February 16, 1961 – September 4, 2018
Mr. Robert N. Hunn was an accomplished and respected attorney, serving as partner in the Philadelphia and New Jersey offices of Kolsby, Gordon, Robin & Shore for over 20 years. He represented the interests of those who were injured through medical and other professional malpractice, faulty or mislabeled products, personal injury and employment-related claims. He was known as a scholar, with a deep knowledge of both the law and medicine. Mr. Hunn was an experienced and respected courtroom lawyer. It is this combination as a scholar and tough litigator that made Mr. Hunn such a formidable opponent and staunch advocate for his clients.
In 2005, he represented the family of a young girl with cerebral palsy, who suffocated and was killed when she became stuck in the siding of her bed, which had been designed specifically for special needs children. The case became particularly meaningful after extensive research revealed that this girl’s family was not alone—the number of children who had experienced similar injuries and even death was statistically significant.
Shortly after Kolsby Gordon filed suit, the Food and Drug Administration shuttered the company which had developed this defective product. Along with a successful settlement, the company was required to make the case public, providing research and evidence to help other families who may have been affected.
Before joining Kolsby Gordon, Mr. Hunn worked for many years as a plaintiff’s lawyer at another Philadelphia law firm, where he litigated personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Hunn’s decision to become a plaintiff’s lawyer reflected the care and compassion he felt for each of his clients. Often times, large corporations and insurance companies take advantage of individuals who are harmed under their care. As an attorney at Kolsby Gordon, Mr. Hunn worked hard to level the playing field—giving people suffered severe and life-altering injuries a fair shot at recovering financially and, many times, emotionally.
In the Community
Mr. Hunn demonstrated an extraordinary amount of care for the community where he lived and worked. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pathways to Housing PA; a nonprofit that provides housing for the chronically homeless with disabilities and military veterans as well as supportive services. He served for six years as the vice chairman of the board of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formerly Arthur Ashe Tennis and Education), an organization which uses tennis as a tool to encourage civic responsibility and matriculation among at-risk youth. Mr. Hunn was also one of the founding organizers of “Rec Day,” an expo of recreational and sports activities for people with disabilities.
Since his son Jeremy’s untimely death in 2012, Mr. Hunn had been actively involved with Minding Your Mind, an organization designed to provide mental health education to adolescents, teens and young adults, their parents, teachers and school administrators. Its goal is to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues. Mr. Hunn believed the work of Minding Your Mind could decrease the chance of another family having to endure the pain of losing a child as his family did. Trish Larsen, Executive Director, shared, “I was amazed that he was looking for ways to help others so soon after the unimaginable loss of his son. He also thought that maybe if Jeremy had heard a story of hope and recovery, he may have made a different choice. Bob’s heart was always in it and it showed.”
Mr. Hunn continued his legal work by serving as the Editor-In-Chief of the VERDICT, a local newsletter published by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, where he contributed articles on personal injury and medical negligence. He was also a 1992 fellow of the Academy of Advocacy of the Temple University School of Law, an intensive program dedicated to the craft and excellence of trial law, and a previous board member for the Pennsylvania Association of Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
- Fellow, Academy of Advocacy, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1992
- J.D., Widener University School of Law (cum laude), 1986
- B.A., Gettysburg College (distinguished honors in economics), 1983
- Pennsylvania Eastern District Court
- Pennsylvania Middle District Court
- New Jersey
- New Jersey District Court
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
- Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pathways To Housing PA, 2014 to 2018
- Board of Director, Pathways To Housing PA, 2013 to 2018
- Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Association of Justice, 1995-1996
- Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, 1995-1996
- Board of Governors, Pennsylvania Association of Justice, 1999-2000
- Board of Governors, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-2011
- Editor in Chief, The Verdict (local trial lawyers newsletter), 2013 to 2016
- Lecturer, Pennsylvania Association of Justice
- Lecturer, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
- Lecturer, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
- Trial Lawyers Cares (legal relief effort for victims of 9/11), 2002-2005
- Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education 2007-2012
- Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Legacy Youth Tennis & Education, 2012-2013
- Advisory Board, Legacy Youth Tennis & Education 2014 to 2018
- Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers For The Indigent Program, 1990 to 2018
- Volunteer, Philadelphia Lawyers For The Arts, 1990–1995
- Volunteer, Tennis Buddies, a tennis clinic for children and adults with disabilities 2013 to 2018
- Volunteer Buddy Ball, a baseball league for children with disabilities 2018
- Pro Bono Legal Counsel, Legacy Youth Tennis & Education, 2011 to 2013
- 2014 Mayoral Citation from Mayor Michael Nutter for work with at-risk children
Awards & Recognitions
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2006 to 2018
- Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association President’s Award, 2010
- Jerry LaRoque Award; Recognition for service to underprivileged children through youth sports, 2014
- Citation From City of Philadelphia for service to underprivileged children through youth sports 2014