Elia A. Robertson is a former assistant Philadelphia district attorney and standout law school trial team competitor who litigates medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability and sexual assault cases at Kline & Specter.
Robertson has served as co-counsel in three of the firm’s largest recent cases, cases that brought lengthy trials and resulted in jury verdicts for women injured by surgically implanted vaginal mesh products manufactured and sold by one of America’s behemoth corporations, Johnson & Johnson.
Most recently, in April 2019, Robertson was co-counsel in a case that resulted in a $120 million verdict in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. for injuries suffered by a woman surgically implanted with a vaginal mesh device. The jury verdict, including $100 million in punitive damages, was the largest to date in the national vaginal mesh litigation and the largest contested liability personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania history. (Read article)
Robertson was co-counsel three months earlier on a trial that culminated in a $41 million verdict for a Pennsylvania woman who suffered permanent injuries also from an Ethicon vaginal mesh device. The verdict, following a five-week trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, included $25 million in punitive damages. (Read article)
In the same year, Robertson was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2019 and again in 2020. The independent rating service designation places her as among the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 or younger.
In late 2017, Robertson was co-counsel in a trial that concluded in a $57.1 million jury verdict — including $7.1 million in compensatory and $50 million in punitive damages — against J&J for a Pennsylvania woman injured by the company's vaginal mesh device. (Read the article)
Before that case, Robertson was co-counsel in litigation that resulted in a $1.725 million settlement in March 2017 on behalf of an eight-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted by a teenager at a Montgomery County residential youth facility. The facility failed to provide required constant supervision of the younger boy.
While in the DA’s office, Robertson, among other things, tried felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanor bench trials. Her work in the Juvenile Unit involved domestic violence and sexual assault cases, including those involving adult perpetrators sexually and physically abusing minor children.
Robertson’s prior experience includes a clerkship with Community Legal Services, Inc., where she worked with the elderly and people with disabilities. Robertson also spent a year while in law school working with Philadelphia Legal Assistance, where she represented low-income litigants seeking Protection from Abuse orders and helped resolve child custody disputes.
Robertson earned her law degree from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she graduated with honors and won several academic awards, including two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for best student performances in the field of trial advocacy. She also received the James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
Robertson competed nationally in both mock trial and moot court competitions. As a member of the mock trial team, she was a regional champion in the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition and a semi-finalist in the American Association of Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. With the moot court board, Robertson won the title of “Best Overall Advocate” in the school’s internal competition, and won the Best Student Brief Award in the Vanderbilt National First Amendment Competition. She also served as both a Vice President and President to the board.
Additionally, Robertson won a national writing competition for student-authored articles held by the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Law Review, which recently published her article.
While in law school, Robertson helped high school students compete on moot court competitions and currently helps coach the highly regarded Kline Law School moot court and trial teams.
Robertson earned her undergraduate degree with honors from Saint Joseph’s University, where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.
Robertson is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.
Elia Robertson In The News:
$57.1 Million Vaginal Mesh Verdict Awarded, victim Interviewed, CBS 3, 9/26/17