Robert M. Palumbos is chair of the Appellate division of Duane Morris' Trial Practice Group. Mr. Palumbos helps companies and entrepreneurs resolve complex legal issues in appellate and commercial litigation. He is an experienced appellate lawyer with a track record in over 100 appeals of preserving trial court victories and reversing trial court losses. Mr. Palumbos has briefed and argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His appellate work covers a wide range of legal areas, such as RICO, corporate governance, administrative agency law, real estate and insurance coverage.
Mr. Palumbos is the vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee and a former co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Appellate Courts Committee. He is also an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Amicus Curiae Brief Committee.
In addition to his appellate work, Mr. Palumbos represents companies in complex commercial litigation in trial courts throughout the United States. He handles high-stakes cases involving RICO, antitrust, securities, and class actions, often winning those cases early in the process before trial through strategic motions practice. His clients include leaders within the energy, venture capital investment, software and hardware design, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Palumbos was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Palumbos is a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and former editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (M.A., B.A.), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Palumbos serves on the board of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) and the development committee for Friends School Haverford.