Matthew Robb is an associate with Liddle & Dubin, PC.
Mr. Robb was raised in the tradition of People’s Lawyers who use the law to establish rules of the road that protect ordinary people against the abuses of the powerful. His father Dean Robb was a founding member of the first interracial law firm in American History, Detroit’s own Goodman, Crockett, Eden & Robb. The firm was renowned in Michigan and around the United States for successfully talking on the groundbreaking causes of civil rights, workers’ rights, personal injury, and corporate responsibility. Mr. Robb authored a book about his father’s remarkable life entitled Dean Robb: An Unlikely Radical, which won the 2011 Indie Excellence Award for Best Historical Biography.
Mr. Robb became a lawyer to help carry on Dean’s legacy of helping people take on large, powerful interests and advance causes of justice. After teaching Civics and Economics at the Cody High School in Detroit Public Schools, where he intimately observed the ways in which ordinary people can be taken advantage of by large institutions, Mr. Robb attended Wayne State University Law School. He remained actively involved with his former students by leading programs as Chair of the Keith Students at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. His focus in law school was simple: identify areas in our law and society where people need advocates and help. During law school he worked with outstanding attorneys and leading firms in the fields of Labor and Employment, Consumer Protection, Products Liability, and Municipal Law.
After graduation, Mr. Robb clerked for the legendary Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Keith was the longest serving African American federal judge in American History, and he is well known for his groundbreaking opinions that became the law of the land in the areas of presidential power, racial desegregation, and discrimination in the workplace. By working with Judge Keith, Mr. Robb learned how to do the hard, detailed work of achieving justice for people in the courtroom. During his time with Judge Keith, Mr. Robb provided legal counsel to the court on a wide range of issues, including workers’ rights and safety, immigration and asylum rights, constitutional rights, contract interpretation, statutory interpretation, and criminal law and procedure.
Following his clerkship with Judge Keith, Mr. Robb worked as an attorney at the respected Labor and Employment firm of McKnight, Canzano, Smith, Radtke & Brault PC, which has advocated for organized labor for generations. As an associate attorney, Mr. Robb provided litigation support and counsel to some of the most important unions in the country, including the MEA, UAW, Utility Workers, Carpenters, Teamsters, and SEIU. Mr. Robb also represented the victims of discrimination and retaliation by litigating claims on behalf of people for race discrimination, gender discrimination, and disability discrimination in the workplace.
Mr. Robb joined the firm of Liddle & Dubin PC in the summer of 2019 to bring his diverse experience and skillset to the high impact class action context. He specializes in environmental class actions including air pollution, groundwater contamination, and sewage backups. Mr. Robb brings his expertise in employment and labor litigation, constitutional rights, and consumer rights to the class action field.
Mr. Robb graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. He received his law degree cum laude from Wayne State University Law School in 2016. Mr. Robb was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 2016.