Robert E. Bartkus
Bob Bartkus, of counsel, has more than 40 years of experience in multiparty business and international arbitration and litigation. He has handled matters at all levels of the state and federal judiciary, and has numerous reported cases.
His clients have included major U.S. financial institutions, foreign governments and trading companies, and Fortune 100 consumer goods, industrial, insurance/reinsurance, insurance brokerage, medical/dental device, pharmaceutical and chemical companies. He also has represented partnerships and closely held businesses.
Bob’s leading roles in billion-dollar, front-page litigation have included trial counsel in the Southern District of New York Iranian Assets Litigation, up through the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob took part in one of only two known nullifications of a long-term supply contract on the basis of “frustration of purpose.”
In his alternative dispute resolution practice, Bob has served as sole arbitrator and panel member/chair in a wide range of American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution and JAMS matters, most recently including computer/IT, closely held businesses and insurance/reinsurance disputes.
He also has been a sole arbitrator in construction, consumer and securities matters, including at the NASD. In addition, Bob has chaired cases on AAA complex and appeals panels. He serves as a U.S. District Court arbitrator and mediator, including in Superstorm Sandy cases. Bob also has been a frequent author and lecturer on federal practice and arbitration issues.
Bob was selected in 2005-2010 and since 2012 for the New Jersey Super Lawyers© List, composed of lawyers with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. From Martindale-Hubbell, Bob has an AV Preeminent™ rating of 5 out of 5 as determined by peers who have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence. In addition, he has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
In 2016, Bob was elected a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, which promotes high standards of conduct, develops best practices, and provides peer training and professional development in the field of complex arbitration.*
- Stanford Law School, J.D., 1976
- Articles co-editor, Stanford Law Review, 1975-76
- 1976 Irving Hellman, Jr. Special Award
- Post-graduation teaching assistant, 1976
- Swarthmore College, B.A., Economics/Math, with honors, 1968; Open Scholar
- New Jersey, 1977
- New York, 1977
- California, 1976 (inactive)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2003
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1987
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1981
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1978
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
Honors and Awards
- New Jersey Super Lawyers© List, 2005-2010 and 2012-present
- Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, special recognition, 2009
- Alfred E. Clapp Award, 1995, from the New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
- American Bar Association
- NJ State Bar Association, Federal Practice Committee (now Section), past chair
- NJ State Bar Association, International Law Section, past vice chair
- NJ State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
- NY State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Practice Section
- NY State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
- American Bar Association, Litigation section
- American Bar Association, Intellectual Property section (former member)
- American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution section
* The Super Lawyers list is published by Thomson Reuters; its selection methodology is here. The AV Preeminent ratings are published by Martindale-Hubbell; its selection methodology is here. The Who’s Who list is published by Marquis Who’s Who; its selection methodology is here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.