Robb is the immediate past managing partner of the firm and has a diverse practice involving compliance counseling, litigation and transactional work for clients in the waste, chemical manufacturing and development industries and on behalf of cities and municipalities. He is known nationally for his work under the federal Superfund law including handling many high profile Superfund matters such as the Keystone Landfill matter, featured on 60 Minutes, and the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek sites. He regularly litigates Superfund issues of first impression at the trial and appellate levels in multiple jurisdictions.
Robb’s litigation experience extends to class action and toxic tort defense and appeals before federal and state environmental hearing boards. He also represents local, regional and national clients in the environmental aspects of business transactions, ranging from redeveloping brownfields (he assisted in the drafting of the 2002 brownfields amendment to the federal Superfund law) to managing liabilities in the environmental acquisition and divestiture of multinational companies.
Note: his firm is a member of Marcellus Shale Coalition. He also serves on the Environmental Advisory Council in Lower Merion.
In 1995, he aided in the merger of the Lower Merion-Narberth Watershed Association, where his wife, Nancy Astor Fox, was serving as assistant director, with the Lower Merion Preservation Trust. He served as the first chairman of the newly formed Lower Merion Conservancy for five years and as a board member for a total of 10 years.
Career Highlights. (http://www.mankogold.com/people-Robert-Fox.html)
(Examples of Robb’s representative compliance counseling, litigation and transactional matters include the following:
Compliance, permitting and site remediation issues for a national solid waste corporation, a national hazardous waste recycler, several multi-national chemical manufacturers, petroleum companies and convenience store operators;
drafting comments for companies and trade associations on proposed federal and state environmental rulemakings; liability, remedy selection, allocation, and natural resource damage issues for potentially responsible parties at Superfund and RCRA corrective action sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia; and drafting and assisting in the passage of the 2002 brownfields amendment to the federal Superfund law on behalf of a national trade association.
Superfund litigation involving successor liability, unilateral orders, remedy selection, consent decree enforcement, allocation, and private party liability issues;
class action defense relating to property damage and annoyance and inconvenience;
defense of toxic tort matters involving personal injury and property damage claims;
all aspects of administrative appeals before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board and United States Environmental Appeals Board, including permit appeals, enforcement matters, and challenges to agency regulations and actions; and
all aspects of appellate practice, including appearing before all Pennsylvania appellate courts, the United States Supreme Court, and the First, Second and Third Circuit Courts of
Transactional brownfield redevelopment and funding for national and regional industrial, commercial, and residential developers and investment companies; and
acquisition and divestiture of national and multi-national corporations or divisions of national and multi-national corporations, including agreement drafting and environmental due diligence.
Robb has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 25 years and taught environmental law to Chinese lawyers and judges for Temple University’s Law School in Beijing, China. He is also a frequent lecturer at environmental conferences, including the annual ALI/ABA environmental and environmental litigation conference in Washington, DC, and has written on a variety of topics, including Superfund cost recovery and contribution, Superfund allocation, storage tank litigation, environmental due diligence, municipal waste regulations, brownfields development, class action and toxic tort defense and ethical issues.
HONORS & AWARDS
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business listing (environmental law), since 2005. The Chambers list is issued by Chambers and Partners. Click here to view the selection methodology.
Best Lawyers® in America listing (environmental law), since 1999; "Philadelphia Area Best Lawyers Environmental Lawyer of the Year" (environmental litigation), 2012; and "Philadelphia Area Best Lawyers Environmental Lawyer of the Year" (environmental law), 2010. The Best Lawyers list is issued by Woodward/White Inc. Click here to view the selection methodology.
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers listing (environmental law and litigation), since 2004; Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyer listing (2007-2008; 2011-2012, 2014); and Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer listing (2006-2007; 2011). The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. Click here to view the selection methodology.
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell®. Click here to view the selection methodology.
Best Attorneys in Business/South Jersey Biz magazine listing (environmental law), 2014
Main Line Today “Top Lawyer” listing (environmental law), 2015