Robert K. ChewningAssociate
Robert Chewning is an associate at McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC. He practices primarily in the areas of complex commercial, contractual, employment, civil litigation and bankruptcy issues. Robert’s dedication, passion, and determination has helped his clients, both individuals and businesses, in achieving their goals, both quickly and efficiently.
Robert joined the firm during his second year of law school and stayed with us since he graduated. Robert has handled all aspects of research to arbitrations and trials, including retaliation and whistleblower protections under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, disability harassment, and employee-independent contractor determinations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law. He has drafted briefs on employment related issues for many cases, including appeals to both the New Jersey Appellate Division, New Jersey Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Rob has handled many employment case issues.
Robert also works on various complex contractual disputes. Among the issues Robert has handled are contract disputes, consumer fraud violations, tortuous inference with contractual relationships and economic advantage claims, and promissory estoppel claims. Rob has also handled construction litigation and construction arbitration.
Robert is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York.
Prior to McLaughlin & Nardi, Robert worked at the Superior Court of New Jersey in Hudson County as a judicial intern for the Honorable Marybeth Rogers in both the Family Division and Special Civil Part. He worked alongside the judge in drafting and reviewing the judge’s orders and opinions and assisted mediators in court appointed mediation. He also worked on landlord/tenant law and mediation.
Robert received his juris doctorate from Rutgers School of Law – Newark. At law school, Robert was a student attorney for the Rutgers Federal Tax Law Clinic, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in the field of tax law. As a student attorney, he represented low-income taxpayers on multiple tax law issues, including eligibility of earned income credit, availability of innocent spouse relief, and trust fund recovery penalties. He was responsible for every aspect of his client’s case including counseling, legal research and briefing, negotiating with the IRS, and appearing for Tax Court trials. For instance, Robert successfully appealed and negotiated with the IRS to relieve his client of past due tax liability based upon the defense of innocent spouse relief.
Robert received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in history from Rutgers University – New Brunswick. He served as Treasurer of Rutgers’ chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, primarily charged with fundraising numerous law related educational seminars and assisting.