November 26, 2013
It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden death of our partner Robert Slota Jr. on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Bob, who was 51, suffered a heart attack while exercising.
According to firm Managing Partner Steven Lupin, Bob was “a lawyer of outstanding gifts–an advocate of unsurpassed intelligence and care, a man of impeccable character, a sympathizer and empathizer and above all a protector of his clients. He was a terrific colleague who will be sorely missed. We feel so fortunate to have been colleagues for many years and to have enjoyed his company, fun dry wit and enthusiasm.”
Bob was a hero to his personal injury clients; a giant in the Montgomery County legal community. For over 25 years, he represented injured persons in matters ranging from the simplest of injuries to the most complex. Simply put, he was one of the best personal injury lawyers in the Bar. Clients knew he would leave no stone unturned and give 150% effort to them. His record as a trial lawyer was outstanding. Bob handled numerous cases involving medical errors and misdiagnosis, spinal cord injury, brain injury, misdiagnosis of cancer, nursing home neglect and abuse, school safety, automobile accidents, product liability, premises liability, insurance bad faith, and employment discrimination. He was especially active in protecting the rights of disabled children, both in obtaining compensation for their injuries and securing their rights under federal and state education and civil rights laws. As a tribute to his character and outstanding legal acumen, Bob was appointed by the courts of Pennsylvania to serve as a special representative, or guardian ad litem, in important claims involving injuries to and rights of minor children.
In 2007, Bob was elected and served as President of the Montgomery Bar Association–the third largest county bar association in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During his term as President, Bob worked to educate the general public about the role of lawyers in our community, to develop a groundbreaking mediation program for medical error cases, and to educate and inform the public about the importance of Pennsylvania’s judicial election process. For his efforts, Bob was recognized for his yeoman service with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Distinguished Bar President Award.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1984), Bob received his law degree, Order of the Coif, from Georgetown University in 1987. Bob was an avid fan of Notre Dame football, Jimmy Buffet, surfing and sailing.
Above all else, Bob was a tremendously loving and caring husband to his beloved wife of 28 years, Carolyn. Bob was a larger than life adoring and exemplary father to his three children, Robert, Kelly and John Paul.