John Robinson is partner and resident in both the Hartford and Boston offices with substantial experience in handling complex tort and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Robinson's current primary areas of practice are complex products liability, medical device, toxic tort, pharmaceutical, professional liability and personal injury litigation, as well as related class action, unfair trade practices and consumer fraud litigation. He counsels clients on product safety issues and risk management, and he has tried cases substantially or to verdict in various jurisdictions, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He currently defends a client in the New England region in elevator related litigation, has tried a number of premises liability cases and has defended hundreds of them over his career.
Mr. Robinson has spent his entire career in the defense of wide-scale mass tort litigation including but not limited to MDL litigation, consolidated toxic tort and product liability litigation and class action litigation. Mr. Robinson has successfully defeated class certification in class action litigation and handled the successful defense of same. He has also successfully defended product liability class actions, and resolved (pre-class certification) proposed product liability class action litigation. Additionally, Mr. Robinson has experience handling complex business litigation matters and litigating and advising clients in employment matters, in both state court in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), as well as Connecticut.
As primary trial counsel and consulting counsel for the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, he assists a corporate parent to nearly 400 manufacturing subsidiaries with all their products liability matters. He also acts as primary consulting counsel nationally for one client in the asbestos litigation, and as its trial counsel in New England. In this capacity, he coordinates discovery in all cases nationwide and addresses global litigation strategy with the client and with local counsel. He coordinates experts, the handling of complex legal issues, and the defense of its corporate representatives.
Mr. Robinson has also served on a national counsel team for two other defendants in toxic tort litigation with responsibility for managing large regions at the time. In that capacity, he handled cases in California, Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine, appearing in court in many of those jurisdictions. As a result, he has significant litigation management experience on a national level in mass toxic tort litigation, as well as related trial experience.
In 2002, the Connecticut asbestos defense bar selected Mr. Robinson as Defense Liaison Coordinating Counsel for the Connecticut asbestos litigation, and he continues to serve in that role to this day. He is responsible for coordinating with the court and all plaintiffs' counsel regarding docket management, discovery, medical workup, motion practice, and trial reparation.
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Connecticut Bar Association, Member of the Litigation Section Executive Committee (past)
Massachusetts Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (past)
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
Hartford County Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellows