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Robert L. Haig

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

New York, NY, USA


Robert L. Haig is a partner in the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in New York City.  His practice includes commercial, products liability, and other types of civil litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts.  He graduated from Yale College and from the Harvard Law School.

Mr. Haig is a former President of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.  He has served as the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and also chaired that Association’s Council on Judicial Administration.  He has served as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Executive Committee, was the founder and first Chair of that Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, and also chaired its Committee on Federal Courts and its Committee on Multi-Disciplinary Practice and the Legal Profession.  He is a former President of the New York Bar Foundation and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors.  Mr. Haig is a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Center for States Courts’ Lawyers Committee, a Director of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, a Life Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the New York Bar Foundation, a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), and a Director of the Committee for Modern Courts.  He is also a member of the Policy Committee of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, and has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Haig was the Co-Chair of the Commercial Courts Task Force established by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye in 1995 to create and refine the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.  He is now the Chair of the Commercial Division Advisory Council established by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in 2013 to advise him on an ongoing basis about all matters involving and surrounding the Commercial Division as well as to keep him apprised of developments in the business world that may affect the court system.  On November 16, 2008, he was inducted as an Honorary Charter Member of the American College of Business Court Judges in recognition of his efforts to develop business courts in New York and many other states and countries. 

Mr. Haig has written and lectured extensively on various litigation topics.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of an eleven volume, 12,000 page treatise, entitled BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LITIGATION IN FEDERAL COURTS.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief of a six volume, 8,000 page treatise, entitled COMMERCIAL LITIGATION IN NEW YORK STATE COURTS.  In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief of a five volume, 7,000 page treatise, entitled SUCCESSFUL PARTNERING BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE COUNSEL.  Mr. Haig is the principal author of the CORPORATE COUNSEL’S GUIDE, published by the New York State Bar Association as well as of numerous articles and book chapters. 

In 1991, Mr. Haig became the only New York lawyer to receive the Award For Excellence in Continuing Legal Education from the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators.  On May 7, 1995, the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section presented Mr. Haig with the Section's first annual Robert L. Haig Award for Distinguished Public Service.  The Section has named this Award after Mr. Haig, and presents it in his name each year.

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