Bob Atkins has been a litigator at Paul, Weiss for 25 years, is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and the Chairman of the firm's Professional Representation Committee. He has tried cases, on both the plaintiff and defendant side, in state and federal courts, as well as in several alternative dispute resolution forums including the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association.
Bob handles litigations and government investigations in a wide
range of matters and industries, including antitrust and product
liability class actions in the medical products business, mass tort
actions arising from the 9/11 attacks, struggles for corporate
control in the insurance and newspaper industries, charges of
payola in the radio industry, false advertising lawsuits in the
healthcare industry, and trademark and copyright infringement in
the movies and on TV.
Bob represents Becton Dickinson in antitrust
lawsuits and class actions, as well as government investigations
regarding the sale of medical devices. He also has represented
IBM in unfair competition litigation and
Bob has litigated high profile disputes over corporate control
and management, including the representation of
AIG, the litigations between
Hollinger and its former CEO Lord Conrad Black,
and the thwarted hostile takeover of True North
Bob also defends product liability and negligence suits
involving allegations of unsafe pharmaceuticals, defective medical
devices, the transmission of infectious diseases, and occupational
exposure to asbestos. In product liability litigation, Bob has
- Boeing against design defect claims in the
multi-billion property damage lawsuits arising from the destruction
of the World Trade Center.
- Becton Dickinson in product defect class
actions and individual suits claiming fatal injuries to healthcare
- Take-Two Interactive in dismissing wrongful
death and strict liability claims against the creator of the
Grand Theft Auto video game.
In addition to his commercial practice, Bob regularly litigates
voting rights cases and Constitutional challenges to voter
registration and identification laws. Bob serves as a Member of the
Advisory Board of the Brennan Center for Social Justice.
From 1983 to 1984, Bob served as Political Director for then
Congressman Robert G. Torricelli (N.J.) and was the campaign
manager of Congressman Torricelli's 1984 reelection.