Robert W. CasbyPrincipal
Robert (Bob) Casby is well known for his in-depth preparation and courtroom agility. Bob brings to his trial practice a sharp understanding of human nature and an unrelenting focus on knowing more about a case than anyone else in the courtroom. In his 30 years of practice, Bob has successfully tried nearly every type of personal injury and wrongful death case, from medical malpractice to defective consumer products and industrial equipment to aviation to railroad accidents. His practice also encompasses construction site accidents, and premises and general liability cases.
Recognized by his peers for his achievements, Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Attorneys. He was also elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter from 1998 - 2000. He is a frequent lecturer, locally and nationally, for the American Law Institute, American Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Massachusetts Bar Association and other industry trade organizations.
Bob joined SUGARMAN after graduating law school in 1982 and has been a principal of the firm since 1987.
J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 1982
B.A., Boston College, 1975
Magna cum laude
Bar AdmissionMassachusetts, 1982
United States District Court, Massachusetts, 1983
United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1993
United States Supreme Court, 1993
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Advocates
Massachusetts Bar Foundation
Fellow, Amercian College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
“The Best Lawyers in America”, 1997-2013
“Massachusetts Super Lawyers”, Law and Politics, 2004-2012
“Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers”, 2012
Comment Editor, Suffolk University Law Review, 1981-1982
Failure to diagnose and treat placental abruption during labor, Case settled after jury verdict in favor of our clients whose newborn child died because of negligent delay in performing a C-section delivery.
Recovery under Massachusetts' liquor liability law for family of man killed in single car accident, Significant recovery for the widow and family of a man who died in a single car accident while he was a passenger in his friend's vehicle. The driver of the car was intoxicated at the time of the accident and had been drinking at a bar near the accident site. SUGARMAN attorneys brought claims on behalf of the widow and family against the driver and the establishment, under Massachusetts liquor liability law, alleging that the driver was negligent and that the bar had over-served him.
Defective scissor lift, Settlement against manufacturers of defective scissor lift which caused severe crushing injuries to SUGARMAN's client.
Defective industrial drill, Verdict in product liability case against manufacturer of defective industrial drill which caused permanent and disabling injuries to our client's hand.
Negligent intubation, Settlement in the death of 54-year-old intensive care patient.
Selected Appellate Decisions
Baudanza v. Comcast, 454 Mass. 622 (2009), The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed judgment in favor of SUGARMAN's client following a jury verdict and post-trial motions by SUGARMAN that led the trial judge to award a substantial increase to damages found by jury. The client sustained severe injuries when his vehicle was struck by a cable company truck.
Tryon v. City of Lowell, 29 Mass. App. Ct. 720 (1991), The Superior Court's judgment for the defendant was overturned because the extent of the duty owed by the City to an injured child was a question of fact for the jury to determine, and the defendant could not avoid liability under the discretionary function exemption of the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act (G. L. c. 258, §10(b)). At trial, the jury awarded the plaintiffs damages for injuries to a child trespasser after his arm was run over by a train as he walked along railroad tracks on his way to school.
Sable v. Meade Johnson & Co., 737 F.Supp. 135 (D. Mass. 1990), The United States District Court decided in favor of injured patient who suffered severe complication from a drug manufactured by defendant drug company and allowed evidence at trial of post-injury warnings ordered by FDA. The case settled before the jury began deliberations.
Frutin v. Dryvit Systems, Inc., 760 F. Supp 234 (D. Mass. 1990), In a case involving a mid-air collision, the United States' Motion for Summary Judgment was denied because the United States can be held liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for failure to issue a traffic advisory. The trial that followed resulted in a jury award to SUGARMAN's client for a below-the-knee amputation suffered by a student pilot in a mid-air collision caused by a negligent air traffic controller and another pilot.