Robert W. Small
Robert W. “Bob” Small Chairs the Employment Practices Group and is a member of the Corporate & Business Services Group in the Firm’s Philadelphia Office. For more than 30 years, he has counseled entrepreneurs, small and large businesses, both public and private, on all aspects of employment and corporate law matters.
A significant aspect of his involves advising senior and mid-level managers on thorny employment matters with the goal of avoiding where possible and defending where necessary, claims of discrimination and wage and hour disputes. Bob regularly drafts employment agreements and Employment Manuals, trains managers on the intricacies of employment law, advises on the appropriate content of job descriptions, conducts workplace investigations and represents primarily employers in state and federal court litigation involving claims of discrimination and wage and hour claims. Bob has considerable nationwide litigation experience in cases involving non-compete covenants in employment agreements and the protection of confidential business information.
Bob has tried to verdict both jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and has been admitted in a number of other jurisdictions across the Nation in particular cases. He has successfully argued before both state and federal appellate courts.
In addition to large law firm experience, Bob has served as Assistant General Counsel to two Fortune 500 corporations.
Bob frequently writes about employment law matters and lectures to both lawyers and human relations professionals on developments in the employment law arena. He has been consulted by ABC News and appeared on air regarding employment issues involving a local sports franchise. Bob is also a frequent contributor to Reger Rizzo & Darnall's Employment Law Update, a collection of timely, informative and thought-provoking updates on critical topics impacting employers, employees, HR professionals, business owners, and everyone associated with the employment law arena. Please visit our Employment Law Update page for access to all of our educational client alerts.
Believing that lawyers have a special obligation to give back to their communities, Bob has represented pro bono at-risk children. Additionally, for many years he has served on the governing body of non-profit and religious institutions.
J.D., Temple University School of Law
B.A., Lafayette College
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Montgomery County Bar Association, Business & Banking and Trial Lawyers Sections
Author, BYOD Policies...Scary Liabilities for the Uninformed Employer. Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar Magazine. (Spring 2013)
Author, NLRB Ruling Jeopardizes Confidentiality of Internal Investigations. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (October 4, 2012)
Author, EEOC Rules That Gender Identity Discrimination Violates Title VII. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (Summer 2012)
Quoted, How to Keep Medical Practice Peace in a Political Season. American Medical News. (June 11, 2012)
Author, EEOC Issues Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (Spring 2012)
Author, Protecting Confidential Information & Business Relationships. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. (1989)
Advanced Employment Issues in Pennsylvania. National Business Institute. (July 22, 2013)
Protecting Employer Confidential Information and Business. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. (1989)
Grace Presbyterian Church (Jenkintown, PA)
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
Chestnut Hill Academy
Northern Children’s Services - Chair of the Board of Trustees; Governance and Human Resources Committee Member