Robin B. Snyder

Assistant Director, Health Care Department
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Robin concentrates her practice in the defense of medical malpractice and school civil rights, including education and employment law. This skill set gives Robin a unique perspective in handling mental and behavioral health cases. Throughout her 25-year career with Marshall Dennehey, Robin has tried more than 35 cases to verdict, including medical malpractice, civil rights, motor vehicle and premises liability cases.

As the assistant director of the firm's Health Care Department, Robin is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations and supervision of our health care attorneys. In December 2012, Robin became a member of the firm's board of directors, serving as a senior vice president until 2018. 

Robin is a 1987 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation, she worked with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and attended law school at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. During her last year of law school and for a short period of time immediately following graduation in 1993, Robin clerked for Judge Jacobs in the Court of Chancery in Wilmington, Delaware.

Robin is a member of the Lackawanna Bar Association, serving in the past as a Director and as a member of the Civil Rules Committee. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Significant Representative Matters

Represented a hospital-based laboratory and its pathologists in an alleged misdiagnosis of breast cancer case. As a result of the diagnosis, which was interpreted as ductal carcinoma in situ, plaintiff underwent a lumpectomy and removal of lymph nodes resulting in mobility limitations and radiation which damaged her breast. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the laboratory and its pathologists. 

Obtained a defense verdict after a nine-day trial in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The 52-year-old plaintiff presented to the emergency department with chest pain and stroke-like symptoms. She was administered 25 mg Phenergan IV in her hand, twice, and when her symptoms resolved and the MRI was clean, she was discharged. She returned two days later complaining of swelling in her hand and was diagnosed with infiltration. She claimed she developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and that she was disabled and unable to continuing working. Phenergan carries a Black Box warning that subcutaneous injection or perivascular extravasation may cause necrotic tissue. The jury found that the doctor, nurse and hospital did not breach the standard of care.

Tried a First Amendment political retaliation/freedom of association case in which she represented a school district. Plaintiffs alleged they suffered economic loss as a result of their political activities in supporting board members who ultimately lost the election. More significantly, plaintiffs alleged the retaliation occurred because they were friends with one another. Although we lost the case, after filing post-trial motions, the judge ordered a new trial, agreeing that his charge incorrectly implied that plaintiffs had a protected right of association for the purely social aspects of their relationships. We ultimately settled the case.

Successfully secured summary judgment in a case where plaintiff, a student at the University of Scranton/Wyoming Valley Healthcare System School of Nurse Anesthesia, was placed on academic probation and dismissed from the university. His complaint contained four causes of action, which were all dismissed: 1) breach of contract; 2) breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing; 3) denial of due process; and 4) tortious interference with contract. Plaintiff appealed, and the Third Circuit affirmed.

Involved in a major case involving alleged abuse of seven minor autistic students. Through their parents, they claimed they were assaulted by their teacher in violation of their constitutional rights, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder. Represented the school district where the alleged abuse occurred and its administrators. Successfully had the 14th Amendment claim against the individuals dismissed. The school district had an indemnification clause in its contract with the entity that employed the teacher, and, ultimately, the case settled for multi-millions, none of which was paid by the school district.

Classes/Seminars Taught

The Pitfalls of Pressure Ulcer Litigation, Marshall Dennehey Health Care and Health Law Seminar, November 9, 2017

Taking a Closer Look at how Student Records are Defined, National Business Institute's Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights Seminar, Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2013

The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, National Business Institute's Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights Seminar, Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2013

Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition, ASHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Harbor, MD, October 9, 2012

Remedies: IDEA v. Section 504, Panel Discussion - 38th Annual Education Law Conference, Lehigh University College of Education, May 2010

Charting Pitfalls, NOR - PANPHA, An Association of Pennsylvania Nonprofit Senior Services, Continuing Education Conference, April 2009

Americans with Disabilities Act Update, New Realities in Employment Law, April 2009

Overview of Legal Issues Confronting School Districts, Tunkhannock Area School District, January 2009

Charting Pitfalls, University of Scranton / Wyoming Valley Healthcare System, Inc. School of Nurse Anesthesia, February 2006

Updates to IDEA, National Business Institute, January 2006

Medical Malpractice Update, Marshall Dennehey Healthcare Seminar, November 1999

Published Works

"Recent Appellate Court Cases Applying Pennsylvania's Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law," Civil Litigation Update, Winter 2000

"Recent Appellate Court Cases Applying Pennsylvania's MVFRL," Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999

"ERISA Subrogation: Who Pays The Litigation Expenses?" Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1996

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1993
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1987)
Honors & awards
BV® Distinguished™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Associations & memberships
Lackawanna County Bar Association - Board of Directors, 2016-present; Civil Rules Committee
Year joined
1994