Christopher J. Robinette
Professor of Law

B.A., College of William & Mary
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
LL.M., Temple University School of Law

Phone: 717.541.3993

Professor Robinette is a graduate of the College of William & Mary (B.A., cum laude, 1993) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1996). He served as an Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Temple University School of Law from 2003 through 2005 and received an LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple in 2005. From 1996 through 2003, Professor Robinette practiced law at Tremblay & Smith, LLP in Charlottesville, Virginia, where his practice focused on tort and commercial litigation.

At Widener, Professor Robinette teaches Torts, Products Liability, Insurance, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Contracts. He writes in the areas of tort law and theory. In 2008, Professor Robinette co-authored A Recipe for Balanced Tort Reform. He authored or co-authored articles and essays in the University of Illinois Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Maryland Law Reivew, George Mason Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Northern Illinois University Law Review, and Brandeis Law Journal. He has also written for symposia published in the Charleston Law Review and Widener Law Journal. In 2012, Professor Robinette was elected to the American Law Institute. He has received both the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award. Professor Robinette serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Torts & Compensation Systems Section and the New Appleman on Insurance Advisory Board. Additionally, he serves as an editor of TortsProf Blog.

Selected Recent Publications

  • 6 Appleman on Insurance: Motor Vehicle Insurance (LexisNexis 2011) (Editor of Volume 6 of the 15-volume Library Edition that will update and replace the leading 68-volume treatise on insurance law)
  • A Recipe for Balanced Tort Reform (with Jeffrey O'Connell) (Carolina Academic Press 2008)
  • Apportioning Liability in Maryland Tort Cases: Time to End Contributory Negligence and Joint and Several Liability, 73 Md. L. Rev. 701 (2014) (with Donald G. Gifford)
  • Two Roads Diverge for Civil Recourse Theory, 88 Ind. L.J. 543 (2013)
  • Why Civil Recourse Theory Is Incomplete, 78 Tenn. L. Rev. 431 (2011)
  • The Prosser Notebook: Classroom as Biography and Intellectual History, 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 577
  • The Synergy of Early Offers and Medical Explanations/Apologies, 103 Nw. U. L. Rev. 2007 (2009) (essay)