Robert S. Hawkins



(215) 665-2015

(215) 701-2098

New York

(212) 453-3870

Robert represents employers and rail carriers in labor and employment law matters, especially those involving the transportation, manufacturing, and construction industries. He represents clients in labor negotiations, arbitration, litigation, counseling, and both regulated and non-regulated transactions.

Bob's experience includes matters involving the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, the Federal Railroad Safety Act, and federal and state equal employment opportunity laws.

Bob has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading U.S. business lawyers and, since 2008, has been recognized in the Labor and Employment Law — Management category of the of The Best Lawyers in America®. In 2012, he was named to the BTI Client Service All-Star list, a roster of 272 elite attorneys regarded for their attention to client needs.

Bob is a senior editor of The Railway Labor Act, Fourth Edition, written by leading practitioners from the American Bar Association's Committee on Railway and Airline Labor Law, Section of Labor and Employment Law and published by the Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C., in 2017.

Bob is a board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Philadelphia County (CASA), an organization committed to the recruitment, training, and supervision of volunteers who represent children in the foster care system. Following law school, Bob served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred L. Luongo, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.



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  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • St. Joseph's University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1980

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2008-2021

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Honorable Alfred L. Luongo, U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania