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Robert W. Stanko

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2807
(215) 575-0856 - Fax

Rob Stanko is a shareholder in the Casualty Department, where he defends insureds and self-insured entities against catastrophic injury claims in state and federal court related to product liability, premises liability and commercial transportation. Rob’s clients include construction companies, governmental transportation and maritime agencies, and one of the largest international retail stores in the world. He also represents several hotel operators and travel agencies both domestic and abroad. His representative matters include cases arising from incidents in Mexico, Greece, and Vietnam, among several other countries.

In each case he handles, Rob is responsible for identifying and implementing litigation strategies to accommodate the particular intricacies of the underlying facts. He has thrived in this role, obtaining several summary judgments and successfully defending numerous matters at arbitration and trial. Rob is also often called upon in the immediate aftermath of an incident to ensure his clients’ interests are protected. His constant attention to detail and investigative skill have proven invaluable in reducing his clients’ exposure and securing favorable resolutions. Since 2014, Rob has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of Civil Litigation Defense, a recognition awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys under the age of 40 in the region.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Rob served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Saylor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Young Lawyer, a publication of the Legal Intelligencer, the oldest daily legal newspaper in the United States. Rob also advises law students from Dickinson and Villanova through his participation in mentor and mock interview programs. Outside of his practice, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, riding the highs and lows of Philadelphia sports, and rooting on his beloved Villanova Wildcats.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Served as co-counsel in successful defense of luxury hotel operator in an eleven-day jury trial in a complex case involving security.

  • Served as co-counsel in securing a defense verdict on behalf of a commercial food product manufacturer in a case involving a partial hand-amputation.

  • Served as co-counsel in securing a defense verdict on behalf of a nationally recognized non-profit Organization in a claim involving commercial transportation.

  • Served as co-counsel in securing a defense verdict on behalf of a transit authority in a case involving claims of permanent disability as a result of live trolley wires striking the plaintiff’s vehicle.

  • Obtained dismissal of action against international hotel operator on jurisdictional grounds in case Involving significant personal injuries.

  • Obtained favorable resolution on behalf of international hotel operator in a case involving significant injuries to unaccompanied minor overseas.

  • Secured voluntary dismissal of medical device manufacturer in matter involving a fatality of a clinical trial participant.

  • Drafted successful motion to dismiss an international tour operator in a complex death case sounding in maritime and admiralty law.

  • Obtained multiple summary judgments on behalf of nationally recognized businesses within the Philadelphia area involving premises liability matters.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Record Breakers, a primer on the collection, interpretation and use of cell phone records at trial – Client Seminar, August 2016

  • First & Third Party Perspectives in Homeowner's Claims, Dispute Resolutions Institute's Annual Personal Injury Practicum, Philadelphia, PA. October, 2015.

Published Works

  • "When Accidents Happen: Legal Defenses for Travel Advisors," Travel Advisor, February 2019

  • “Back to the Future: Recent Supreme Court Decisions Reaffirm Standards for Exercising General and Personal Jurisdiction,” Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017


  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA (J.D., 2008)

  • Villanova University, Villanova, PA (B.A., 2005)


Past Employment Positions

  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Defense Digest Article September 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017 By Robert W. Stanko, Esq.* Key Points: Challenges to jurisdiction present difficulties for large, corporate defendants. U.S. Supreme Court has recently provided guidance relating to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not...
January 3, 2017
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys were elected Shareholders of the firm and three were elevated to Special Counsel at the firm's annual December shareholders' meeting. The new Shareholders, listed by office, are as follows. Philadelphia, PA: ...


  • Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 2008)
  • Villanova University (B.A., 2005)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2011

Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Penn State Alumni Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society), Member
  • Villanova Alumni Association

Honors & Awards

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2019

Year Joined Organization: 2009

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