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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 Robinette is one of the nation’s leading torts scholars. He has received both the Teacher of the Year award and the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award.

Professor Robinette writes in the areas of tort law and theory. His work has appeared in the nation’s leading law reviews. He is a contributor to the leading treatise on insurance law, and he co-authored the book A Recipe for Balanced Tort Reform. Professor Robinette’s scholarship focuses on the justifications for tort liability and the conditions which would make an alternative compensation program preferable. Elected to the American Law Institute in 2012, Professor Robinette is actively involved in the institute’s mission of clarifying and improving the law.

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 FortuneThe Indian ExpressAsia 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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