Robert J. Gilbert

Managing Member
P (978) 409-6235
C (978) 479-4907

Mr. Gilbert, founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert & Renton, focuses his practice on the representation of businesses and individuals in complex insurance, business, product liability environmental and real property disputes.

Over the last 25 years, Mr. Gilbert has represented clients and handled matters located in more than 40 states as well as Canada, Western Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. His clientele includes a lengthy list of multinational companies, Fortune 100 companies, regional and local business enterprises, and individual clients. He has practiced in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.

His insurance and business litigation work has included the representation of some of the most recognizable business entities in the United States and across the world, including Invensys plc, Stop & Shop, AOL, Phillip Morris, UniFirst Corporation, Siebe, Stewart Warner and Reichold Chemical Company. Representative engagements have included matters such as pre-litigation counseling for a multi-billion dollar insurance claim for monsoon-related business interruption losses, litigation to seek recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars in asbestos liability costs, litigation to recover tens of millions of dollars in environmental liabilities for a client with operations in more than 20 states, and numerous other matters involving multimillion dollar claims and damages for a variety of environmental, toxic tort, product liability and general business and corporate disputes.

Areas of Practice & Representative Cases

Insurance Litigation Handling environmental and non-environmental cases including general liability, toxic tort, asbestos and silicosis exposures, as well as fiduciary and directors and officers liabilities.

Real Estate, Business, and Products Liability Litigation Representation of purchasers and sellers of property, real estate developers and investors, banks and other business enterprises in civil litigation matters.

Labor and Employment Attorney Gilbert has successfully represented both employers and employees in state and federal court and administrative agencies on a wide range of issues,including:

Criminal Law Experience Mr. Gilbert has served as an Essex County Bar Advocate to represent indigent defendants in the criminal courts of Massachusetts.

Publications and Legal Instruction

Contributing editor, The Law of Hazardous Waste: Management, Cleanup, Liability and Litigation

The Use of Environmental Insurance in Real Estate Transactions, published by the American Bar Association

Has presented various lectures on issues of environmental insurance coverage for Executive Enterprises and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., and has designed and presented insurance litigation training programs for CLE programs throughout the United States

Court and Bar Admissions

Highest courts of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, California and Kansas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts in Massachusetts, California and Kansas.

  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • New Hampshire, 1997
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • California, 1989
  • Kansas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of New Hampshire, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989

Representative Former and Current Clients

  • A&H Power, Inc.
  • Andover Bancorp
  • AOL, Inc.
  • Albert H. Notini & Sons
  • Astoria-Pacific
  • Cutting Edge Systems
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Factory Shoe Mart, Inc.
  • The First Republic Corporation of America
  • Invensys Systems, Inc.
  • Melrath Gasket, Inc.
  • The Naugatuck Glass Company
  • New England Wholesale Tobacco
  • Pacific Telecom
  • Philip Morris
  • Raytheon
  • Reebok International, Ltd.
  • Reltec Corporation
  • Siebe/British Tire & Rubber
  • Stewart Warner Corp.
  • The Stop & Shop Supermarket Companies
  • SynaPix, Inc.
  • UniFirst, Inc.