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. He has counseled individuals and businesses for more than 30 years regarding business matters, including employment law, transactional matters, and business succession planning. He drafts employment manuals, conducts employment audits and workplace investigations, and provides training to management on a variety of employment-related matters with the goal of preventing violations of local, state and federal employment laws and attendant costly litigation.
Mr. Small brings decades of experience in assisting businesses in protecting their trade secrets, proprietary information and customer relationships through the use of protective covenants in secrecy, joint venture and employment agreements. He also has experience working with both owners and contractors in a wide range of construction litigation-related claims.
In addition to large law firm experience, Bob has served as Assistant General Counsel to two Fortune 500 companies and as such, is sensitive to the need to control legal costs. He has tried to verdict jury and non-jury cases in both federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania, and has been admitted in several other states for particular matters. He has argued before both state and federal appellate courts.
Bob frequently writes about employment law matters and lectures to lawyers and human resources professionals on developments in employment law. He has been consulted by and appeared on air on ABC News regarding local employment issues.
Believing that lawyers have a special obligation to give back to their community, Bob provides pro bono legal services to at risk children. Additionally, he has served on the governing bodies of and solicits charitable contributions for several non-profit organizations 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