Robert W. Hesselbacher, Jr.


Robert W. Hesselbacher, Jr.


Phone 410-659-1317 (direct dial)

Fax 410-659-1350 (fax)

Email rhesselbacher@wcslaw.com

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Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Nonprofits
  • Mediation/Arbitration


Avvo Rated 10.0

Best Lawyers in America, 2016
AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Inducted as Charter Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (2007)

DRI (Defense Research Institute) Davis G. Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award (2007)

Maryland Super Lawyers®, 2007-2015 

Martindale-Hubbell's 2014 Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyer


University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1977; Order of the Coif; Maryland Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor.

Michigan State University, B.S., Mathematics, 1969; Graduation with highest honors; Member, Phi Beta Kappa.

The Johns Hopkins University, M.A., Mathematics, 1973

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Courts for the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

U.S. Tax Court

Bob Hesselbacher has had a wide-ranging and varied civil litigation practice for more than 30 years. He regularly handles cases throughout Maryland and in the District of Columbia and Virginia. He has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation since 2007 in recognition for his excellent representation of individuals and businesses.

Bob is very experienced in a variety of insurance defense areas, notably the defense of attorneys and other professionals and nonprofit organizations. In addition to his litigation practice, he frequently serves as a mediator in civil and probate cases.

Mr. Hesselbacher has held leadership positions with the national defense organizations DRI and the Professional Liability Defense Federation. He is active locally with the Bar Association of Baltimore City, having chaired a number of committees, and he is a board member of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Bob brings a wealth of other experience to the firm, having previously worked in the Maryland Attorney General’s office and in both very small and very large law firms. He emphasizes that he most enjoys Wright, Constable & Skeen for its collegial team atmosphere and the extraordinary value offered to clients by the firm.


Insurance companies; individuals and small businesses; attorneys and other professionals; nonprofit residential care facilities and other nonprofit organizations.


Law Clerk, The Honorable C. Stanley Blair, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1977-78.

Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, 1980-84.


Professional Liability Defense Federation

DRI – Professional Liability Committee, Past Chair; Commercial Litigation and Lawyers´ Professionalism & Ethics Committees

Federal Bar Association

Bar Association of Baltimore City – Professional Ethics Committee, Past Chair; ADR Committee, Past Chair; Fee Arbitration Committee, Past Chair; Federal Practice Committee, Chair; Historical Committee

Baltimore Bar Foundation – Fellow

Maryland Defense Counsel

Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution

Harmonie Group


Circuit Court of Baltimore City, Settlement Program Mediator

Baltimore City Courthouse Museum, Docent


Hesselbacher Jr., Robert W. “Prepping Your Client for Mediation.” The Baltimore Barrister 1 February 2013: 14. Web.

Maryland and District of Columbia chapters of The Collateral Source Rule: A Compendium of State Law, The Defense Research Institute, 2012.

Applying Iqbal to Affirmative Defense, FBA Maryland Chapter Newsletter, June 2011

Legal Malpractice Claims Arising from Patents, For the Defense, May 2009

Lawyer Liability for Lost Punitive Damages, For the Defense, March 2007

Legal Malpractice Actions and Appeals, For the Defense, February 2004