Bob holds virtually every record for the largest personal injury verdict or settlement in Pennsylvania. He has been lead counsel in nearly every high-profile disaster in the region including the Pier 34 collapse at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, the Tropicana Casino collapse in Atlantic City, the Duck Boat disaster on the Delaware River, and the Salvation Army collapse in Center City Philadelphia. He was co-liaison counsel and served on the Plaintiffs’ Management Committee for the litigation arising from the 2015 Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia.

Bob has amassed a track record filled with superlatives:

Our clients come to us when they’re at their most vulnerable—they’ve just experienced a devastating injury or personal tragedy. They’re going to face multi-billion-dollar insurance companies who have enormous resources to fight these cases. They need someone who’s not afraid to try a case, to play the game and compete.

He is universally regarded as the best construction accident attorney in the world. He has been called “the King of construction accidents,” “a name that generates fear in the construction industry,” and “the top lawyer in the [construction accident] field.” The firm has been called “the top construction-accident attorneys in the country.” He and SMB have more than 400 verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more in construction accidents and have secured multimillion-dollar recoveries for carpenters, ironworkers, electricians, glaziers, bricklayers, cement masons, plumbers, pipefitters, millwrights, painters, pile drivers, steelworkers, laborers, roofers, rodsetters, sprinkler fittters, sheet metal workers, teamsters, and operating engineers. They teach other attorneys how to handle construction accidents locally and nationally. Mongeluzzi wrote the chapter “Litigating Construction Accidents” in the American Trial Lawyers treatise Litigating Accident Cases.

I wish I could get my clients something other than money. In an ideal world, you’d reverse their accident. Sometimes fair compensation just doesn’t exist.

Bob has extensive experience in fire and explosion cases. He has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for burn victims. He has the largest recovery for a burn victim in Pennsylvania history, $70 million, and has handled scores of burn cases. He has extensive experience in handling residential and commercial building fires, propane tank and gas pipeline explosions, space heater fires, and fire alarm and sprinkler failure cases. He was lead counsel in the Riverwalk fire that destroyed a multi-unit apartment complex.

Bob founded and has chaired the American Trial Lawyers of America Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation group. He has handled scores of these specialized cases and has multimillion-dollar results in crane accidents such as powerline contact, tipover, two-blocking, and cases arising from improper crane operation and faulty design. He has multimillion-dollar recoveries in aerial lift cases against lift manufacturers, dealers, and operators involving improper training and inadequate design. He has probably handled more crane and aerial lift accident cases than any attorney in the country. In fact, SMB has several attorneys who have been certified in aerial lift operation and have taken and completed the OSHA 10-hour safety course.

Bob also established and chairs the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Electrical Accident Group. He and the firm have handled scores of electrical accident cases that involve accidental contact with overhead powerlines, dig-in contacts, transformer explosions, wiring defects. The firm has successfully sued electrical companies, product manufacturers, general contractors, utility contractors, land and building owners, and other responsible parties. The firm has likely handled more electrical accident cases for plaintiffs than any other firm in the U.S.

Bob’s achievements and talents have been recognized by his peers. In 2018, he was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed by The Legal Intelligencer, the newspaper for the Philadelphia legal community. He has regularly placed 2nd out of Pennsylvania’s 65,000 attorneys in the annual peer-reviewed SuperLawyers poll. He was elected and served as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the highly selective International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

I’m a fierce competitor—that’s why I do the work that I do. The conventional business world just didn’t appeal to me.

Bob graduated from Huntington High School on Long Island and then attended the University of Pennsylvania where he won seven varsity letters playing lacrosse and sprint football. He attended the Fordham University School of Law and was a Commentary Editor of the Law Review. He returned to law school in 1994 as part of the first class in Temple University School of Law’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program. He is a frequent author and lecturer on trial advocacy, construction and workplace accidents. Bob recently penned an article for the Legal Intelligencer, called Using Themes as an Effective Trial Advocacy Tool, which reveals some insights into his effective courtroom strategies.

His personal history fuels Bob’s passion for representing, protecting, and fighting for injured workers and their families. His great grandfather was killed in a workplace accident and his grandfather was seriously injured in one. Having seen the impact of accidents on his own family, to Bob, it’s personal.

In his spare time, Bob is an avid Bruce Springsteen fan and coaches lacrosse.

Honors & Awards

  • Named by Peers to the Top 10: 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
  • Named by Peers to the Top 100: 2022 Philadelphia Super Lawyers List
  • Named by Peers to the Top 100: 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
  • Named by Peers to the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the year (2020 & 2023) Philadelphia Metro Area for Personal Injury / Plaintiffs
  • Super Lawyers – 2nd ranked attorney in Pennsylvania
  • Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award 2019
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Influencers of Law – 2019 Personal Injury Award
  • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame 2018
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel

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  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S. 1978
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1981
    • Commentary Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M. Trial Advocacy 1994

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for Justice
    • Founder & Co-Chairman of Crane and Aerial Lift Litigation Group and Electrical Accident Group
    • Former member of Board of Governors
  • Former President, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

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