Robert A. Solomon was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He
graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 1977. He returned to
New Jersey upon his graduation from Drake University School of Law in 1979.
Robert was admitted to practice law before the State Courts of New York as well
as the United States District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of
New York in 1980. He was admitted to practice law before the State Courts of New
Jersey and the United States District Court of New Jersey in 1982. He is a
sustaining member of the American Association for Justice f/k/a Association of
Trial Lawyers of America.
Robert began building a personal
injury practice upon his admission to the New York bar. He began handling
personal injury and wrongful death cases exclusively in 1985. In a wrongful
death action that stemmed from an explosion at an oil terminal in Port Reading,
New Jersey, Robert represented the widow and children of a welder who suffered
burns covering 87 percent of his body when the pipeline he was welding exploded.
Robert obtained a settlement in the case that paid the widow and three children
a total of $2.5 million in damages.
Following the crash of Avianca
Airlines flight 052 near Kennedy Airport, Robert filed the first lawsuit against
the airline and the United States Air Traffic Controllers. The Columbian textile
worker who sustained a fractured left forearm, a broken left knee, back injuries
and numerous lacerations received $1,575,000 in damages. The worker's 2 year old
son, who sustained minor physical injuries along with emotional problems as a
result of the disaster received $175,000 in damages.
When a 26-year-old truck driver
suffered closed head injuries as a result of striking a railroad overpass that
was not properly marked with bridge hit clearance signs, Robert commenced a suit
against the City of Plainfield and its employees. After a week long liability
trial, the judge directed a verdict for the defendants. On appeal, the Appellate
Division initially affirmed the trail court's decision. Realizing that the
Appellate Division decision was wrong, Robert made a motion for reconsideration.
Seeing the error of its ways, the Appellate Division reversed itself and the
trial court and ordered a new trial. The case settled prior to retrial for half
a million dollars.
Robert championed the cause of a
40-year-old longshoremen who suffered only minor physical injuries, after the
jeep he was riding in was struck by a tractor trailer which was slowly backing
up. The burley longshoremen developed post traumatic stress disorder which
prevented him from being able to return to work. Following a long jury trial,
the plaintiff was awarded $725,000 in damages.
Never willing to cave into the
demands of big business, Robert commenced a declaratory judgment action on
behalf of an injured longshoreman to determine the amount of the employer's lien
for workers' compensation benefits. The district court granted plaintiff's
motion for Summary Judgment holding (1) the fee charged by the Department of
Labor to employer for physician's examination of longshoremen was not part of
employer's compensation lien, and (2) expenditures by employer for doctors to
confirm findings made by the longshoreman's own doctor were not part of
employer's compensation lien. Castro v. Maher Terminals, Inc. , 710 F. Supp 573 (D.N.J. 1989).
As the New Jersey State
legislature and the Courts began to whittle away at automobile accident victims
rights, Robert fought to protect the rights of injured motorists. After a trial
court granted summary judgment to the defendant finding that the plaintiff who
was collecting unemployment on the day of the accident did not sustain an injury
that prevented her from performing substantially all of her normal activities
for 90 out of the first 180 days following the accident despite the fact that
she received almost daily medical treatment for 105 days and was advised to stay
home and rest by her doctor. The Appellate Division reversed the trial court and
remained the case for trial. Costa
v. Perez , 272 N.J. Super. 108 (App.
During the course of his
twenty-eight year legal career Robert has both prosecuted and defended numerous
cases in the municipal courts of New Jersey. In addition to negotiating plea
bargains with municipal prosecutors, Robert has tried to conclusion cases
involving violations of the Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulations.
On January 1, 2006, Robert was appointed Municipal Court Judge for the
Borough of Norwood. Serving as a Municipal Court judge, Robert is still
permitted by New Jersey Court Rules to maintain a private law practice. Robert
and the members of his personal injury law firm, Solomon & Associates, P.C.
stand ready to fight for accident victims' rights.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2012|
|Managing Partner||Robert A. Solomon, P.C.||2011 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Solomon & Associates, P.C.||2008 - 2010|
|Managing Partner||Fricke & Solomon, P.C.||1994 - 2009|
|Managing Partner||Daniels & Solomon, P.C.||1984 - 1994|
|Managing Partner||Trippel & Solomon, P.C.||1982 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1993 - Present|
|Drake University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|