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Robert W. Small

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2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Robert W. “Bob” Small, Partner in the Labor & Employment and Corporate & Business Services Groups in the Firm’s Philadelphia office, has counseled individuals and businesses for more than 30 years with regard to business matters, including employment law, transactional matters, and business succession planning and has litigated those matters in state and federal court throughout the United States. He brings decades of experience in assisting businesses in protecting their trade secrets, proprietary information and customer relationships through the use of protective covenants in employment agreements. 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 needs of corporate law departments to control outside legal costs.

Bob strives to understand each client’s needs, to provide advice and guidance in timely fashion, and to employ a flexible fee structure that enables clients to use legal services to avoid or minimize problems early on, rather than incurring higher legal fees to undo or litigate over an avoidable problem.

Recently, Mr. Small secured a favorable verdict for our client in the amount of $450,000, of which $300,000 was awarded for punitive damages. Our client purchased an RV from a trailer sales entity. Part of the price for it was the trade in of an older trailer on which money was still owed by our client to a bank. The trailer company agreed to pay off that amount in exchange for a reduction in the trade in value of the used trailer. The trailer company, unknown to our client, did not pay off the full amount of our client's loan to the bank. The bank's credit department treated the amount that was paid as a prepayment of the monthly amounts due. More than a year and a half later, those payments ran out and the bank treated the remaining amount due as a default and filed a "default" report with the credit reporting agencies. As a result, the client's personal and business credit were destroyed, resulting in him incurring interest charges of more than $150,000. The case against the trailer company and its two owners was tried. Mr. Small was able to convince the court that the error was intentional, and thus obtained not only the $150,000+ as breach of contract damages, but punitive damages for fraud of $300,000. 

Bob writes about employment law matters and lectures to lawyers and human resources professionals on developments in employment law. 

Believing that lawyers have a special obligation to give back to their community, Bob has provided 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. Most recently, Bob was appointed to the Northern Children’s Services' Board of Trustees. 


J.D., Temple University School of Law (1974)

B.A., Lafayette College (1971)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Pennsylvania
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Montgomery County Bar Association, Business & Banking and Trial Lawyers Sections

Publications & Press Mentions
Author, Human Resources Law From Start to Finish. The National Business Institute. (May 2017)
Author, Payroll News for Pennsylvania Employers and EmployeesReger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (December 7, 2016)
Author, Department of Labor Overtime Rules Enjoined. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (December 1, 2016)
Featured, The Boardroom. The Philadelphia Inquirer. (October 17, 2016)
Featured, People in the News. The Legal Intelligencer. (October 5, 2016)
Author, New Minimum Wage Rule Finally AnnouncedReger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (May 18, 2016)
Author, The Federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act: How it can impact employersReger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (May 3, 2016)
Author, New Bill Could Mean New Jersey Wage NewsReger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (April 1, 2016)
Author, The Intersection of Politics and Employment LawReger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (March 30, 2016)
Author, Employment Law Update: March 2016Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (March 4, 2016)
Author, Employment Law Update for Pennsylvania Litigators and New Jersey EmployersReger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (February 25, 2016)
Author, New Year Brings News From the Employment Front. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (January 7, 2016)
Author, Can Employee Defend Employer's Castle Without Fear of Termination? The Legal Intelligencer. (November 11, 2015)
Author, EEOC Answers Some Questions About Wellness Programs. The Legal Intelligencer. (June 30, 2015)
Mentioned, On the Boards. The Philadelphia Inquirer. (February 2, 2015)
Featured, People on the Move. Philadelphia Business Journal. (January 23, 2015)
Author, Golf, the Fair Labor Standards Act and Daylight Savings Time. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (January 2015)
Author, So, What’s the ADA Got to Do With It? Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (December 2014)
Author, The Use of Criminal Investigations in the Employment Process. Montgomery County Bar Association's Sidebar Magazine. (Fall 2014)
Author, What Employers Need to Know About the DOMA Ruling. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (October 2013)
Author, Addressing Social Media Issues in the Workplace. The Legal Intelligencer. (May 2013)
Author, BYOD Policies...Scary Liabilities for the Uninformed Employer. Montgomery County Bar Association Sidebar Magazine. (Spring 2013)
Author, “BYOD” – Bring Your Own Device. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (March 2013)
Author, NLRB Ruling Jeopardizes Confidentiality of Internal Investigations. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (October 4, 2012)
What Employers Need To Know About Social Media. Reger Rizzo & Darnall Client Alert. (October 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)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations
Troubleshooting HR Legal Nightmares. The National Business Institute. (December 6, 2017)
Recognizing and Handling FMLA LeavePennsylvania Bar Institute’s 22nd Annual Business Lawyers’ Institute. (November 15, 2017)
Eight Employment Laws You Need to KnowThe National Business Institute. (May 25, 2017)
Employee or Independent Contractor?—The Risks of MisclassificationPennsylvania Bar Institute’s 21st Annual Business Lawyers’ Institute. (November 5, 2016)
Employee or Independent Contractor?—The Risks of MisclassificationThe Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. (October 20, 2016)
The New Department of Labor's Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules. PrimePay. (October 12, 2016)
Human Resource Law From Start to Finish. The National Business Institute. (April 20, 2016)
Essentials of Effective Workplace Discipline. Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 21st Annual Business Lawyers’ Institute. (November 5, 2015)
Employee Healthcare Benefits & HR Risk Management. The 2015 Senior Executive Symposium. (October 28, 2015)
Hiring and Firing: HR Strategies to Avoid Legal Mistakes. National Business Institute. (December 4, 2014)
Use of Background Investigations and Social Media in the Employment Setting. Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association. (March 11, 2014)
Human Resources from A to Z. National Business Institute. (February 12, 2014)
Advanced Employment Issues in Pennsylvania. National Business Institute. (July 22, 2013)
Protecting Employer Confidential Information and Business. Pennsylvania Bar Institute. (1989)

Civic & Charitable Associations

Montgomery County Child Advocacy Program
Grace Presbyterian Church (Jenkintown, PA)
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
Springside School
Chestnut Hill Academy
Northern Children’s Services - Board of Trustees; Governance and Human Resources Committee Member

Published Decisions
Carter v. City of Philadelphia et al., 181 F3rd. 339 (1999)
Mark v. Borough of Hatboro et al., 51 F3rd. 1137 (3rd. Cir. 1995)