James E. Robinson


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  • Biography

    James E. Robinson is a Partner in the Philadelphia office of GRSM and Chair of the firm's Aviation practice group. James’ practice includes the defense of aviation, products liability, commercial litigation, construction and appellate matters. His clients include major manufacturers, commercial airlines, pilots, Part 135 operators, FBOs, Repair Stations and aviation insurers.  He has handled wrongful death and survival actions, product liability and construction defect claims, commercial litigation, ground handling claims, passenger injury claims, commercial disputes, and product recalls, in a number of jurisdictions around the country, at trial and on appeal.

    James currently serves as a Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee, and is the immediate past Chair of the DRI Aviation Law Committee, and a member of the DRI Judicial Task Force.

    James has an active pro bono practice representing children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, dependency or crime for which he has been repeatedly recognized by the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania and was honored as a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Advocate Award.  He serves on the Board of the Support Center for Child Advocates.

    James is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and 4th Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey.


    • Pennsylvania
    • New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Fourth Circuits
    • U.S. Supreme Court
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  • Publications & Presentations


    • Author, PA Appellate Court Declines Opportunity to Re-Evaluate State Registration Statute Under Daimler, Environmental and Toxic Tort Defense Insight, July 6, 2020
    • Author, Recent Developments in the Law of Personal Jurisdiction, Jenkins Law CLE, July 24, 2019


    • Speaker, The Sky’s the Limit: Soaring into the Future of Aviation and Space Law; Unique Perspectives from In-House Counsel, American Bar Association TIPS Aviation and Space Law Conference, October 26, 2023
    • Speaker, Issues for Insurers: Around the World in Weighty Days, Embry-Riddle Aviation Law & Insurance Symposium, May 13, 2022
    • Speaker, The Tripartite Relationship: Ethics, Obligations, and Expectations, Aviation Insurance Association, April 29, 2022
    • Speaker, Jury Selection in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, June 28, 2021
    • Speaker, Traversing the Minefield: Overcoming Procedural Obstacles in Aviation Cases, American Bar Association TIPS Aviation and Space Law Conference, October 24, 2019
    • Speaker, ADR: Where We Resolve All Claims, Avicon Aviation Insurance Conference, September 14, 2018
    • Speaker, Choosing Your High Ground: Strategic Defense of Specific Personal Jurisdiction, 52nd Annual Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Air Law Symposium, April 5, 2018
    • Speaker, Arbitration-Advocacy and Strategy, Avicon Aviation Insurance Conference 2017, September 15, 2017
    • Speaker, Evolving Regulations for Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles, American Bar Association TIPS Conference, November 3, 2016
    • Speaker, Best Practices for Selecting and Working with Experts, Avicon Aviation Conference, September 28, 2016
    • Speaker, Touching Evidence: A Hands-On Primer for Inspections, Site Visits and Testing, Avicon Aviation Insurance Conference, September 10, 2015


  • Education


    J.D., cum laude, Pace University School of Law, 1995

    • Pace Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

    B.B.A., cum laude, Business Management, Pace University, 1992


    • 2017 Davis Carr Award, Defense Research Institute

    • 2014 Distinguished Advocate Award, Support Center for Child Advocates