Robert W. Stanko


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

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University (J.D., 2008)
Villanova University (B.A., 2005)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
Associations & memberships
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Penn State Alumni Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society), Member
Villanova Alumni Association
Year joined