EDWARD ROBSON​

managing shareholder​

EDUCATION

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
    • Editor, Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal
    • Member, Moot Court Honor Society
    • National Finalist, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team
  • Villanova University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
    • Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar
    • Villanova Merit Scholarship

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of New Jersey

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

ABOUT

Edward S. Robson is the co-founder and managing shareholder of Robson & Robson, P.C. and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. He has experience litigating a variety of commercial disputes, including those arising from breach of contract, unfair competition, shareholder conflicts and real estate transactions. Mr. Robson also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and other types of commercial transactions.

Ed has been selected for the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the past six years for his achievements in Business Litigation. This honor recognizes excellence in practice by those less than 40 years old and is received by only 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys. In 2018, he was included in The Legal Intelligencer’s Lawyers on the Fast Track list which honors outstanding young attorneys in Pennsylvania. Ed was also selected as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 25 Young Lawyers on the Rise.

Mr. Robson serves as an adjunct professor at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he teaches undergraduate and MBA students about the intersection of law and business strategy. He frequently writes and speaks on a variety of topics affecting business, including contributing to The Legal Intelligencer’s commercial litigation column.

Ed devotes considerable time to civic endeavors and shares his legal expertise with several non-profits in the Greater Philadelphia area. He has served as a volunteer attorney for Wills for Heroes, an organization that provides wills, living wills, and powers of attorney to first responders and their families free of charge. He is also the solicitor for Lafayette Ambulance and Rescue Squad, a suburban ambulance organization that provides basic and advanced emergency medical services to residents and visitors of Upper Merion Township. In addition, Ed volunteers for Face to Face’s birth certificate program where he assists low-income citizens in Germantown obtain birth certificates so they can register to vote and obtain other social services.

Prior to starting the firm, Mr. Robson was a law clerk for the Hon. Howland W. Abramson, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Civil Division. He also interned with the Hon. J. Curtis Joyner, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania while in law school.  Ed earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where he graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. He was also a national finalist for the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team. Ed received his B.A. from Villanova University where he graduated magna cum laude and was a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholar. 

More on Ed...

Represented real estate developers against a municipal authority and its engineer for illegal calculation and imposition of water tapping fees.

Represented homeowners in a class action against a Fortune 100 fuel distribution company for property damage associated with installation of pipeline.

Represented business owner in securing preliminary injunction against partner pursuant to the “anti-cybersquatting” provisions of the Lanham Act after partner commandeered business’s client portal to redirect customer inquiries to himself.

Represented minority owner of a multi-location retail business in asserting shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty claims against the private equity fund majority owner.

Represented HVAC contractor against its former customers over statements the customers posted on online review sites.  Obtained top defamation verdict in Pennsylvania in 2016 after five-day jury trial.

Represented government employees against county government for violation of employees’ First Amendment rights related to posts on Facebook addressing to gun control legislation.

Represented minority owner whose business partner and his law firm conspired to extinguish client’s ownership interest in the company.  Successfully disqualified Defendants’ law firm and obtained significant settlement with the business partner.

Represented participants in innovation contest against contest promoters after promoters cancelled contest without warning and after participants had invested significant funds in participating in the contest.

Represented widow against a life insurance broker for failure to place the deceased husband’s life insurance policy in force prior to his passing.

Represented minority owner of a union HVAC contracting company in a “business divorce.”

Represented shareholder of a pump distribution company in purchase of co-owner’s interest and spinoff of product line.

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2013-2019

The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyer on the Fast Track, 2018

Philadelphia Business Journal, 25 Young Lawyers on the Rise, 2017

“Make Business Divorce Easier—Spell Out Duties in Operating Agreement,” The Legal Intelligencer, September 20, 2018.

“Enough With Arbitration Provisions: Litigators Hate Them and GCs Should Too,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 20, 2018.

“’Pittsburgh History’: Boring Name, Big Development for Attorney-Client Privilege,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 24, 2018

“Demystifying Individual and Derivative Claims in Closely Held Corporate Disputes,” The Legal Intelligencer, Feb 28, 2018.

“Tweeting Up a Storm: The Promise and Perils of Crisis Mapping,” Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, October 2013.

“Responding to Liability: Evaluating and Reducing Tort Liability for Digital Volunteers,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, September 2012.

“Potential Liability for Crowdsourced Disaster Response Groups,” Communia, September 26, 2011.

“Facebook ruling has impacts for fire departments,” FireRescue1, February 22, 2011.

“Rights and Rules When Buying Used Fire Apparatus,” FireRescue1, January 27, 2011.

“Social media policies: What you need to know,” FireRescue1, December 15, 2010.

“To Enforce Settlement Agreements, Pa. Courts Follow Two Approaches,” The Legal Intelligencer, October 21, 2010.

“Market Practices for Settling Derivatives in Bankruptcy: Part 1,” XXVIII ABI Journal 8, 26, 74-76, October 2009.

“Market Practices for Settling Derivatives in Bankruptcy: Part 2,” XXVIII ABI Journal 9, 34-35, 76-78, November 2009.

“Legal Environment of Business,” St. Joseph’s University Haub School of Business, Philadelphia, PA: 2012-Current.

“Attorney Ethics and the “Cloud” – Dispelling the Fog” – Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, PA: October 2014.

“Teaming Agreement for Microsoft Channel Partners,” International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners, Philadelphia, PA: May 2013.

“Social Media Issues for Emergency Service Organizations,” South Central Pennsylvania Task Force, Lancaster, PA: April 2013.

“Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC: September 2012.

“Liability and Reliability of Crowdsourced and Volunteered Information for Disaster Management,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC: August 2011.

“Internet Ticket Exchanges: The Last, Great “Non-Regulated” Securities Market…Maybe,” Annual Meeting Academy of Northeast Legal Studies in Business, Ithaca, NY: 2010.

“Protecting Your Bright Idea,” Villanova University’s ‘Beyond Ideas – The Art of Entrepreneurship’ Conference, Villanova, PA: October 2010.

Lafayette Ambulance and Rescue Squad, Inc., Solicitor, 2016-Present. 

Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court, Member, 2015-Present.

Union League of Philadelphia, Rod & Gun Club Member, 2015-Present. 

Wills for Heroes, Volunteer Attorney, 2016-Present. 

Radnor Fire Company, Board of Directors, 2007-2013; Emergency Medical Technician, 2003 – 2013.