John Robinson is a partner primarily resident in the Hartford office. He opened the Boston office for the firm and is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, with substantial experience in handling complex tort and commercial litigation matters. While not admitted to practice law in these states, he is also the contact partner for the firm’s New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont offices. Mr. Robinson strives and commits himself to being immediately responsive to clients, crafting solutions around clients’ needs, and presenting those clients with no surprises. He is happy to provide references, upon request, regarding this commitment over twenty years of practice.
Mr. Robinson's current primary areas of practice are catastrophic personal injury, complex products liability, medical device, toxic tort, property damage and professional liability 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 across the New England region in elevator related litigation, and has tried a number of premises liability cases.
Mr. Robinson has also spent his entire career in the defense of wide-scale mass tort litigation, including but not limited to, the presently ongoing MDL opioid litigation, consolidated toxic tort, product liability and class action litigation. Mr. Robinson has successfully defeated class certification, successfully defended product liability class actions, and has resolved (pre-class certification) proposed product liability class action litigation.
As primary trial counsel and consulting counsel for the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, he assists a corporate parent to hundreds of manufacturing subsidiaries with its products liability matters. He also acts as primary consulting counsel, nationally, for a 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 as national counsel 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.
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, trial settings, discovery, medical workup, motion practice, and trial preparation.
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
*Not admitted to practice in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont