Robert G. Hanna Jr.

Robert G. Hanna Jr.

Of Counsel
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Robert G. Hanna, Jr. is of counsel to the firm. His primary practice is public entity liability/civil rights. He has served as lead counsel in approximately 100 jury trials, mostly in federal courts.

In over 35 years of litigation practice, his experience includes handling claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII. He has also handled claims asserted against governmental entities that are brought under 42 U.S.C.A. §1983 (First, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment claims), 42 U.S.C.A §1981 (racial discrimination in the making and enforcement of contracts), and 42 U.S.C.A §1985 (racial and class based conspiracies). He litigates premises liability and insurance coverage cases.

Mr. Hanna, a former adjunct professor at Villanova University, has lectured to elected officials, police officers and insurance organizations on numerous occasions, covering multiple topics including the current Pennsylvania Act 120 and Act 180 curriculums for police on the use of force. Mr. Hanna frequently serves on the Use of Force Course Development Committees. He has also prepared and published articles on various municipal liability topics, including the Pennsylvania governmental immunity statute, governmental liability and employment law matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Public Entity Liability/Civil Rights
  • Labor and Employment
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Premises Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1973
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1963

Published Works

  • What Has Happened to Governmental Immunities?, Defense Digest, June, 1995
  • Has The Bleeding Stopped?, Defense Digest, December, 1995
  • Can Police Use A Traffic Violation As An Excuse To Search For Drugs?, Defense Digest, March, 1996
  • Third Circuit Adds Mental Retardation to Protected Classes, Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1997
  • Sex Discrimination: Rush v. Scott Specialty Gases, Inc., Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1997
  • Who Pays The Bill Under Pennsylvania's Tort Claims Act?, Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1998
  • To Chase Or Not To Chase, A Continuing Problem, Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1998
  • County of Sacramento v. Lewis: The Impact, Defense Digest, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1999
  • To Chase Or Not To Chase, A Continuing Problem, The Bulletin, Fall, 1998
  • Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Rewrites Immunities Law, Defense Digest, Apr. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2000


  • Adjunct Professor, Villanova University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Claims representative, 1963 - 1971

Ancillary Businesses

  • Use of Force Course Development Committees