Goldberg Segalla’s Robert M. Hanlon Jr., a senior trial partner at the firm and National Board member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), was tapped to join the ABOTA COVID-19 Task Force. The group is charged with addressing a wide range of problems related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impacting the legal profession, the judicial system, and the public. On June 9, 2020, the COVID-19 Task Force released a white paper, “Guidance for Conducting Civil Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the result of months of research and analysis surrounding the pandemic.
Aimed at preserving the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial while helping lawyers and judges adapt to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the white paper covers issues related to accelerated jury trials, courthouse safety, and trial procedure at every stage.
Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Membership is by invitation only and consists of more than 7,600 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Bobby concentrates his practice on the defense of product liability, transportation, and catastrophic personal injury litigation, and serves as chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Trucking and Transportation practice. An ABOTA National Board member and a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, he has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in nine states, including such challenging venues as Los Angeles County, California; Cook County, Illinois; Bronx County, New York; and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Bobby is also a recognized authority on legal issues related to COVID-19, and particularly regarding causation, investigation, damages, and trial issues, and serves as a leader in Goldberg Segalla’s internal COVID-19 Task Force, an interdisciplinary group of attorneys working to assist large national and international companies and insurers with evolving legal issues stemming from the pandemic.