Robert J. Balch is a Principal and Vice-Chair of the firm's Casualty Litigation Department and Chair of the firm's Liquor Liability Practice Group. He litigates matters which involve complex issues and catastrophic injuries and damages. His representative clients include universities, sports and entertainment facilities, large retailers, insurance companies, product manufacturers and distributors, multi-national corporations, and commercial landowners.
Mr. Balch maintains an active tort liability practice. His representative clients include universities; country clubs and pools; retailers; commercial landowners; service providers; youth athletic leagues; management companies; and sports and entertainment venues large and small.
Mr. Balch’s products liability practice includes the defense of national and international manufacturers and distributors sued for civil damages stemming from consumer products, medical devices, manufacturing equipment, and automobiles alleged to have been defective and caused injury. He is often retained to oversee and conduct investigations before civil litigation commences, including most recently a multi-state investigation involving an international consumer product manufacturer. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star each year since 2013 in the area of Products Liability Defense.
Mr. Balch is often retained to oversee and conduct investigations before civil litigation commences, overseeing investigations into catastrophic losses and workplace injuries, and most recently, coordinating a multi-state investigation involving an international consumer product manufacturer.
As Chair of the firm's Liquor Liability Practice Group, Mr. Balch has successfully defended bars, restaurants, casinos, fraternal organizations, colleges, clubs, and property owners from allegations of improper alcohol service, lax security, hazing, and criminal conduct by patrons, employees, and guests. He presents frequently on trends and changes which impact the alcohol service industry and works closely with clients on developing and improving alcohol service policies and procedures. He has achieved numerous orders and opinions from the Court narrowing the scope of claims against alcoholic service providers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Certified in advanced mediation training and tactics, Mr. Balch frequently engages in ADR in support of his clients’ interests and has served as an arbitrator and neutral. He is an approved mediator in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Prior to obtaining his law degree, Mr. Balch worked in management for a multi-state utility company, supervising a team of unionized field employees in New York City. He entered law school and worked full-time while completing his law degree, including serving as a law clerk to a Superior Court Judge in Warren County (NJ). Outside of the office, Mr. Balch serves as an elected officer of a non-profit community organization, a volunteer youth coach and youth league commissioner.
Mr. Balch has been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star each year since 2013. In 2017, he was named to Lehigh Valley Business' "Forty Under 40," an annual list that recognizes, “the Greater Lehigh Valley's most accomplished young businessmen and women who share a commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and to the community." Also in 2017, he was named a SelectLawyer by Lehigh Valley Style magazine. For information about these selections and an overview of common third-party publications, rankings, and lists methodologies, click here.
Mr. Balch is active in providing volunteer legal services and received the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor award for the services he provided to members of the community who were unable to afford legal representation. His most recent pro bono assignments resulted in a dismissal of all charges and a defense verdict for his clients.
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