United States: Former Appellate Judge Robert Byer Joins Duane Morris
Last Updated: May 2 2006

PHILADELPHIA, April 26, 2006 - Duane Morris LLP is pleased to welcome former Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Byer as a partner. Robert will join the firm's expanding Trial Practice Group, and will practice in both the firm's Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offices. Robert was most recently a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP in Pittsburgh, where he founded and was a leader of that firm's national Appellate Practice Group. He will play a similar role in developing the appellate practice at Duane Morris.

Robert brings to Duane Morris a wealth of appellate and trial experience, as well as experience in strategic corporate counseling. He focuses his practice in appellate work, complex litigation, intellectual property litigation and administrative law. He also advises clients on corporate compliance, corporate governance, crisis management and dispute resolution, and conducts internal investigations for major corporations.

As an appellate lawyer, Robert has briefed or argued more than 120 appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, several other federal appellate circuits, the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the appellate courts of California, Maryland and Washington. He also has briefed and worked on appeals in the United States Supreme Court. His appellate work covers a wide range of legal areas, including corporate governance, intellectual property, administrative agency law, tax cases, Constitutional law, insurance coverage contract cases, professional liability, product liability and toxic torts.

Robert is an elected fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Other honors include:

  • appointment to the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit;
  • listing in Best Lawyers in America under both Appellate Law and Commercial Litigation;
  • designation as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer under Appellate Practice;
  • listing as one of the 100 Top Lawyers in Pennsylvania and 50 Top Lawyers in Pittsburgh by Philadelphia and Law & Politics magazines;
  • appointment as a member for nine years and chair for five years of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Appellate Court Rules.

He is a founding Steering Committee member of the newly formed Third Circuit Bar Association and the author of a chapter in the forthcoming Third Circuit Practice Manual.

During his tenure as a Commonwealth Court Judge from 1990 to 1992, Robert heard appeals and presided over original jurisdiction cases in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, covering a wide range of areas, including environmental; state and local taxation; public employee labor and employment; public utilities; insurance regulation and insolvencies; eminent domain; land use; torts; workers' compensation; and state and local administrative agency law. After his service on the Commonwealth Court, Robert served for four years as a Judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline. He authored many published opinions as a judge of both courts.

Robert is also an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute and a former director of the American Judicature Society. He taught courses focusing on appellate review of administrative agency decisions at The National Judicial College and on civil procedure as an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University School of Law. He is a frequent course planner and faculty member at seminars and continuing legal education programs in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and has published numerous articles and course materials on appellate advocacy and procedure, civil procedure and in various substantive areas. He served two terms as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section and is an active member of the American Bar Association's Council of Appellate Lawyers, among other bar activities.

Robert earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1977, and was Note Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He did his post-graduate work at Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford and received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh.

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP, among the 100 largest law firms in the United States, is a full-service firm of more than 600 lawyers. In addition to legal services, Duane Morris has independent affiliates employing approximately 100 professionals engaged in other disciplines. With offices in major markets, and as part of an international network of independent law firms, Duane Morris represents clients across the nation and around the world.

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