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Robert F. Daley

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Robert F. Daley takes a simple approach to the practice of law—always put each client’s interest first. He believes in treating every client with respect and dignity and in working hard to see that justice is done. Bob’s 20 years of experience have given him a unique ability to see the big picture in any case and to anticipate outcomes before they occur. He has produced groundbreaking changes to national health care law and asbestos law through more than 20 appellate arguments before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of West Virginia, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. In daily practice, Bob manages and litigates nursing home cases, asbestos cases, complex litigation, and class actions and has recovered more than $100 million dollars for his clients through negotiating settlements and winning verdicts.

Thankfully for the firm’s clients, Bob pivoted his career after working as a chemical engineer for eight years, following his graduation from the University of Dayton. In 1995, he switched gears and headed to Duquesne University School of Law to begin a career where he could work with real people who have real problems, one on one. Bob served as a senior staff member on the Duquesne University Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1998. He then joined Robert Peirce & Associates and has been there ever since.

Fighting for the rights of others was a natural path for Bob. He was born in Duquesne, a small steel town in Western Pennsylvania, and his father, both of his grandfathers, and countless uncles and cousins made their livings, at least for a time, working in the steel mills. This allowed Bob to witness firsthand the value of hard work, but also caused heartache when he saw the town’s devastation after the mills closed and further when two of his uncles died as a result of asbestos-caused cancers. He applies those values and lessons to his practice every day.

Bob contributes to educating future lawyers as an adjunct professor at Duquesne teaching Trial Advocacy and is a Trial Moot Court Coach. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. He is an elected member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, was formerly the Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Nursing Home Litigation Group, where he also previously served as its parliamentarian and treasurer. Bob has been both a Regional and National Coordinator of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, coordinating regional competition for seven years and the National Competition on one occasion.

Bob is also an invited member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been named a Rising Star and Top Pennsylvania Lawyer by Super Lawyers. He received the National Appellate Advocacy Award from The Pound Civil Justice Institute in 2016 for his work in Tooley v. AK Steel, and has received an AAJ Appreciation Award for his work with the Law Student Moot Court Competition.

Over the past two decades, Bob has been working at the forefront of Nursing Home Litigation in the United States. Throughout his career, Bob has been dedicated to preserving and expanding the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury, a bedrock principle of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Through his appellate advocacy, Bob has opened the Courthouse doors to people who previously were denied the right to Trial by Jury, and in doing so has ensured that a fundamental right of our society is both preserved and respected.

Bob spends most of his free time with his wife and three kids, including many hours at sporting events—he’s been to at least 500 youth baseball games and has coached both youth baseball and basketball. On occasion, Bob manages to spend some time on the golf course. Last but not least, Bob spends considerable time at home dodging the nine dogs his wife somehow convinced him to adopt (there are two cats, too, but they’re generally smart enough to stay out of the way).

Published Works

  • The Grammer DecisionAndrews Nursing Home Litigation Reporter, September, 2009
  • A Suggested Proposal to Apportion Liability in Lead Pigment CasesDuq. U. L. Rev., Vol. 36, No. 1, 1997
  • Commentary: The Grammer Decision: The Federal Nursing Home Reform Amendments Give Enforceable Rights to Residents of County Run Nursing HomesAndrews Litigation Reporters, 2009
  • Court Recognizes Rights of County Run Nursing Home ResidentsThe Legal Intelligencer, 2009
  • Negligence in Nursing Home and Assisted Living FacilitiesPennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), 2008
  • Nursing Home Predispute Arbitration AgreementsThe Legal Intelligencer, November 25, 2014

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. cum laude - 1998
    • Honors: Trial Moot Court Coach, Adjunct Professor, 2015 - present
    • Honors: Trial Advocacy, Adjunt Professor, 2016 - present
    • Law Review: Senior Staff, Duquesne University Law Review, 1996 - 1998
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
    • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering - 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Appellate Advocacy Award, The Pound Civil Justice Institute, 2016 - Present
  • Top Pennsylvania Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2021
  • Elected Member Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, 2014 – Present
  • Regional Coordinator, AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2007, 2009 - 2012, 2014
  • Appreciation Award, American Association for Justice, Trial Moot Court, 2005,2009, 2010
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2006
  • Invited Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2000 - Present
  • Top Pennsylvania Lawyer, Rising Star, Philadelphia Magazine, 2005 - 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Trial Moot Court Coach, Adjunct Professor, 2015 - Present
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Trial Advocacy, Adjunct Professor, 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 1998 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 2010 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 1997 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Nursing Home Ligitation Group, Incoming Chair, 2016 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Nursing Home Ligitation Group, Chair Elect, 2015 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Nursing Home Ligitation Group, Parliamentarian, 2013 - 2015
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Nursing Home Ligitation Group, Treasurer, 2011 - 2012
  • American Associates of Justice (formerly ATLA) Student Trial Advocacy Competition, National Coordinator, 2015 - Present
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Elected Member, 2014 - Present
  • American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, National Coordinator, 2015 - Present
  • American Associatoin of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Regional Coordinator, 2005, 2009-2012, 2014
  • American Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1998 - 2013
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1998 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Classes/Seminars

  • Arbitration Case Law and Regulatory Review, Duquesne University, 2016
  • Medicare and Medicaid Liens: Overview, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2015
  • Arbitration: Case Law and Practical Considerations, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013
  • Post Settlement Lien Resolution Issues and 3rd Party Vendors, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Lien Resolution Issues, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Nursing Home Litigation, 2013
  • Post Settlement Lien Resolution Issues and Third Party Vendors, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Conduct of Arbitrations and the Pisano Decision, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013
  • We Are Family, Family Members Rights and Damages in Nursing Home Litigation, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2012
  • Distinction Between Fraud and Neglect in NH Cases, United States Department of Justice - Health Care Fraud, 2011
  • Negligence Per Se and the Use of Grammer v. Kane in Nursing Home Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2011
  • Impact of Grammer v. Kane beyond Civil Rights, AAJ Annual Convention, 2011
  • Civil Rights Claims in Nursing Home Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Impact of Grammer v. Kane Beyond Civil Rights, AAJ Annual Convention, 2011
  • Civil Rights Claims in Nursing Home Litigation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Negligence Per Se and the Use of Grammer v. Kane in Nursing Home Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2011
  • Grammer v. Kane, New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar, 2010
  • The Art of Persuasion: Overcoming Age Bias and Lack of Special Damages in Nursing Home Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2010
  • Arbitration Agreements/Post Settlement Issues, Nursing Home and Assisted Living Litigation, 2008
  • Negligence in Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2008
  • Section 8 Compliance and Other Lead Poisoning Litigation Issues, New York State Department of Health Conference on Lead Poisoning, 2000
  • Legally Defensible Inspection Reports, Ohio State Health Department Conference, 1999
  • Legal Issues in Lead Poisoning Litigation, National Lead Safe Housing, 1999
  • The Art of Persuasion: Overcoming Age Bias and Lack of Special Damages in Nursing Home Cases, Pennsylvania Association for Justice

Representative Cases

  • Pisano v. Extendicare Homes, 77 A.3d 651 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2013)
  • Landis/Tooey v. AK Steel Corp, 81 A.3d 851 (Pa. 2013)
  • Pisano v. Extendicare Homes, A. 3d (PA Superior Court 2013)
  • Thrower v. Pennsylvania, 873 F. Supplement 2d 651 (Western District PA 2012)
  • Grammer v. John J. Kane Regional Centers, 570 F. 3d 520 (3rd Circuit 2009)
  • Grammer v. Kane, 570 F.3d 520 (3d Cir. 2009)
  • In Re: FELA Asbestos, 665 S.E. 2d 687 (W.Va. 2008)
  • Black v. CSX Transportation, 648 S.E. 2d 610 (W.VA. 2007)
  • Jenkins v. CSXT, 649 S.E. 2d 294 (W.Va. 2007)
  • Black v. CSXT, 648 S.E. 2d 610 (W.Va. 2007)
  • Slivo v. City of Pittsburgh Mun. Pension Fund, 882 A.2d 24 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2005)
  • Sliva v. City of Pittsburgh Mun. Pension Fund, 882 A.2d 24 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2005)
  • Sexton v. Grieco, 613 S.E.2d 81 (W. Va. Super. Ct. 2005)
  • Sexton v. Grieco, 613 S.E.2d 81 (W.Va. 2005)
  • Virden v. Altria Group, 304 F.Supp.2d 832 (N. D. W. Va. 2004)
  • Virden v. Altria Group, 304 F. Supp.2d 832 (N.D.W.Va. 2004)
  • In re: FELA Asbestos, 592 S.E. 2d 818 (W.VA 2003)
  • In Re West Virginia Asbestos Litigation, 592 S.E.2d 818 (W. Va. Super. Ct. 2003)
  • In Re: West Virginia Asbestos Litigation, 592 S.E.2d 818 (W.Va. Super. Ct. 2003)
  • Mistick, Inc. v. Northwestern Nat. Cas. Co., 806 A.2d 39 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2002)
  • Mistick, Inc. v. Northwestern Nat. Cas. Co., 806 A.2d 39 (Pa. Super Ct. 2002)
  • Swierkowski v. Consolidated Rail Corp., 168 F.Supp.2d 389 (E.D. Pa. 2001)
  • Swiekowski v. Consolidated Rail Corporation, 168 F.Supp.2d 389 (E.D. Pa. 2001)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1998
  • West Virginia, 1999
  • Ohio, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2009
Community Involvement

Pro Bono Activities

  • Sponsor, Make A Wish, 2008 - Ongoing
  • Coach and Sponsor, Steel Valley Youth Baseball Association, 2008- Ongoing
  • Sponsor and Participant, St. Barnabas Presents for Patients, 2008- Present
  • Member, Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership
  • Pittsburgh Hearing, Speech and Deaf Services (PHSDS), Law Day Program, 1998- 1999, continued pro-bono representation of the hearing impaired through 2002
  • ProSe Committee for Indigent Plaintiffs in Prisoner Civil Rights Cases 1999- Present
  • USDC Western District of Pennsylvania, Pro-Bono Prisoner's Civil Rights Committee, 2000 - 2004
  • Representation of Lead Poisoned Children Reaching the Age of Majority, 2005- Present
  • Election Petition Challenges, 2008- Present