Robert W. Hayes


Robert W. Hayes has tried over 50 substantial cases to verdict, judgment, or arbitration award. In commercial disputes, he has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar awards, including two in excess of $25 million. Bob has also obtained defense verdicts in personal injury and property damage actions involving demands for over $10 million in damages. He has served as lead counsel in multiple appeals, including those in which published opinions were issued by the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuits and the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Iowa, and Alabama.

Bob has been lead counsel in complex matters involving securities and common law fraud, patent, trademark and copyright infringement, antitrust, unfair competition, and breach of contract claims. This experience includes disputes involving government contracts. Bob has argued three procurement law appeals before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania resulting in published opinions.

Bob is experienced in the sports and entertainment industry, representing professional sports franchises, professional athletes, concert promoters, owners and operators of stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters, musicians, professional photographers and music instrument retailers. He also represented a promoter testifying before the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger.

Bob has defended negligence, product liability and toxic tort claims involving exposure to lead, carbon monoxide and volatile organics and government environmental remediation actions. Representative experience includes serving as national coordinating counsel for product liability claims for a consumer safety product manufacturer. He has also been primary counsel in the defense of multi-district and multi-party litigation arising of high rise office building, apartment, and residential fires, passenger train derailments and commercial and military aircraft crashes.

Bob has significant experience in defending class actions both in federal and state court. He argued class action issues before an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in one of the first appeals under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f).

Bob authors and offers commentary for publications on various aspects of antitrust litigation, including The Legal Intelligencer and, on antitrust issues. Bob was also interviewed by The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel on the subprime mortgage crisis.

Bob graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review, and earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from St. Joseph’s University.



Bob Hayes and Matthew Glazer in Law360 Regarding Successful Representation of Comcast Spectacor

July 30, 2014

A Pennsylvania federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which two sports industry veterans sought a $2 million finder's fee from Comcast Spectacor LP, the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, stemming from the 2011 sale of the franchise. U.S. District Judge Petrese Tucker ruled that under the agreement Bob Whitsitt — a former owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers — and Thomas Shine signed with Comcast Spectacor, the pair were obligated to identify the proposed purchaser to the team in order to collect their fee.

Bob Hayes and Matthew Glazer Prevail On Behalf of Comcast-Spectacor

July 30, 2014

Bob Hayes and Matthew Glazer, members of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, recently obtained a favorable ruling on behalf of Comcast-Spectacor in a breach of contract suit against the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, in which the plaintiffs alleged they were deprived of fees relating to finding a buyer during the sale of the team. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Chief Judge Petrese B. Tucker granted summary judgment in favor of Comcast-Spectacor. The ruling served as a reversal to a prior decision by Tucker in which she said ambiguities in the written language of the contract between the plaintiffs and defendant necessitated further examination of the case by a jury. Tucker said in her opinion that a reversal was necessary because the court failed to address certain portions of the contract.

Cozen O’Connor Team Secures Dismissal of Contract Claims Against Concert Promoter Client

April 26, 2013

Bob Hayes, Jordan Fox, and Rebecca Brodey were successful in persuading the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to dismiss Grammy nominated rapper Wiz Khalifa’s claim that our concert promoter client breached a promotional agreement by cancelling a Washington area concert.

Cozen O’Connor Forms New Practice Group to Address Credit Market Crisis

January 16, 2008

Cozen O’Connor Forms New Practice Group to Address Credit Market Crisis


Rock May Never Die, But It Sure Has Matured [Delaware Lawyer]

December 12, 2017

Bob Hayes, a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Section, published, "Rock May Never Die, But It Sure Has Matured" for Delaware Lawyer.

Threading the 'American Needle': The Supreme Court Adopts a New Standard of Concerted Action Under the Sherman Act [Litigation Alert!]

May 27, 2010

Threading the 'American Needle': The Supreme Court Adopts a New Standard of Concerted Action Under the Sherman Act - Litigation Alert! - In a unanimous decision likely to transcend its unique factual background, on Monday, the United States Supreme Court in American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, et al., established a new test for determining whether related parties are single entities for purposes of establishing an agreement, combination or conspiracy in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1980
  • St. Joseph's University, A.B., 1977
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • American Bar Association
  • Computer Law Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association