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Christopher J. Robinette

Professor of Law
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Phone: 717.541.3993

"As a teacher, the most gratifying experience is to see your former students succeed in the profession you helped them understand." 

Christopher J. Robinette is Professor of Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School.  He has won both the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Douglas E. Ray Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship on multiple occasions.  In 2018, he received the Lindback Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, a University-wide recognition awarded to one professor per year. 

Professor Robinette writes in the areas of tort law and theory, and his work has appeared in the nation’s leading law reviews.  He serves as an editor of a leading torts treatise, Harper, James & Gray on Torts, and a leading insurance treatise, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition.  He also edits TortsProf Blog, a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network.  In 2012, Robinette became an elected member of the American Law Institute.  In 2019, the ALI Council appointed him an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law Third, Torts:  Concluding Provisions.  Also in 2019, Robinette was elected the United States’ Representative to the European Group on Tort Law.  In 2016, Robinette was appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Tort Law, the only peer-reviewed journal devoted to tort law in the United States.  Robinette served as chair of the AALS Torts & Compensation Systems Section in 2017.

Professor Robinette litigated tort and contract cases for several years prior to becoming a law professor, experiences he uses to engage students in his classes. 

  • Torts
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance
  • Evidence
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Contracts


BA, College of William & Mary, cum laude
JD, University of Virginia School of Law
LLM, Temple University School of Law


Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Temple University School of Law
Tremblay & Smith, LLP, Charlottesville, Virginia

Bar Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia


American Law Institute, Elected Member
Association of American Law Schools
New Appleman on Insurance Advisory Board
Executive Committee, AALS Torts & Compensation Systems Section

Selected Media Coverage

Record Courier
Christopher Robinette was quoted on 7/22/18
A year after the Fire Ball disaster at the State Fair, has anything changed?
Additional coverage was also featured in The Columbus Dispatch.

Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 4/3/18
Ohio State Fair crash: Why state inspectors won’t pay for death on Fire Ball ride

Associated Press
Christopher Robinette was quoted on 4/1/18
States protect their carnival ride inspectors from lawsuits
This story also appeared in the News Tribune and on ABC13.

Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 11/2/17
Facebook pressured to notify people who saw Russian posts
This article also appeared in Fortune, The Indian Express, Asia Pacific Daily, andVoice of America

Central Pennsylvania Business Journal
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 11/25/16
Regulation is dead; long live litigation?

Bloomberg Law
Chris Robinette provided expert commentary on 10/13/16
Quiet Settlements Close Out Many Theme Park Ride Cases

Bloomberg Law
Chris Robinette provided expert commentary on 10/6/16
Theme Park Accidents Spur Lawsuits, Safety Concerns

WCPO Cincinnati
Christopher Robinette provided expert commentary on 7/27/2016
How Proctor & Gamble Co. (PG) defends its brands against litigation

The News Journal
Christopher Robinette, quoted on 08/18/14
DNREC cites landowners for I-495 dirt pile

The Washington Post
Chris Robinette, quoted on 07/10/14
5 things learned from Giants fan beating verdict

Selected Presentations

Faculty Colloquium, Pluralism in Tort Theory and Reform, Iowa College of Law; Iowa City, Iowa; November 22, 2013

Invited Participant, “An Injury Law Constitution by Marshall Shapo,” Searle Center Conference; Northwestern University School of Law; Chicago, Illinois; March 14-15, 2013

Panelist, Twenty-First Century Tort Theories:  A New Audit of Civil Recourse Theory, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting; Torts & Compensation Systems Section; Washington, D.C.; January 5, 2012

Presenter, Automobile No-Fault in Malaysia:  The Proper Relationship with Tort Liability, International Conference on Public Law 2011; Universiti Teknologi MARA; Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia; December 13-14, 2011

Editor, TortsProf Blog, (2007-Present)

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