The National Trial Lawyers

Robert K. Erlanger


Since 1994, Robert has successfully represented plaintiffs, in New York state and federal courts, in many different types of lawsuits that settled or resulted in jury verdicts: wrongful death; construction site accidents; mesothelioma from asbestos exposure; defective products; pedestrian knockdowns; falls caused by dangerous conditions on commercial properties and school grounds; negligent operation and security; medical malpractice; defamation; international air travel injuries; false arrest and excessive detention; malicious prosecution; work place discrimination; and breach of contract. He has also defended individuals and small companies sued for negligence, but which had no insurance. Robert also represents executors of estates, worth over $2 million, in Surrogate’s Court and in estate administration.

Robert’s highest jury verdict, $15 million ($10M compensation, $5M punitive damages), was awarded by a federal court jury against foreign international airline for its role in illegally flying an American child out of the country in violation of a court custody order. His highest negotiated settlement, $2.7 million, was in a Rockland County wrongful death case – mesothelioma from asbestos exposure – with the surviving spouse and two children ultimately receiving a total of $4.7 million in current and deferred payments.

In 2012, Robert was selected as a Member, The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Robert was first selected as a New York Metro SuperLawyer. in 2006 for General Litigation, and then for 2009 through 2017, for Personal Injury-Plaintiff. SuperLawyers is a highly respected attorney ratings organization that identifys the top 5% of lawyers from more than 70 different practice areas for their unmatched commitment, skills, and client satisfaction. Robert also has the highest rating by his colleagues – AV-preeminent – in Martindale, the international lawyer’s directory.

For 18 years, Robert was on the volunteer mediation panel, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He successfully mediated cases involving negligence, insurance coverage, copyright infringement, breach of commercial and employment contracts, and workplace discrimination. Since 2004, he has been on the attorney referral panels of the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service for negligence (high value) and products liability.

Robert graduated with a BA from Columbia College, where he was on the varsity swimming team, and an MIA from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. He received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 1985, where he was Articles Editor, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and a Belkin Scholar. Robert was a summer law clerk for the Hon. H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Robert is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Appeals Courts for the Second and Third Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is member of the New York City Bar Association.