Robyn S. Maguire
Robyn S. Maguire is a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Product Liability and Business Litigation practice groups. Clients involved in complex civil disputes frequently turn to Robyn for counsel on drug and medical device, and land use litigation cases.
Pharmaceutical and medical device companies rely on Robyn’s extensive experience to represent them in lawsuits alleging negligence, failure-to-warn, strict liability design and manufacturing defect, and wrongful death claims concerning the use of orthopaedic implants, contraceptive patches, DES, pediatric painkillers, and other drugs and devices. Robyn has intimate knowledge of medical device distribution and representation, operating room protocols, biomaterials applications, medical device testing standards, healthcare compliance, and a variety of other scientific issues related to the manufacture and sale of prescription drugs and medical devices.
Notable Experience and Client Impact
- Member of expert witness product defense teams in two mass tort actions concerning metal-on-metal hip implants
- Represented orthopaedic sales representatives and distributors in federal investigation concerning off-label marketing of metal-on-metal hip implants
- Provides regulatory review of product labeling for manufacturers of orthopaedic, cardiac, and other medical devices
Land Use Litigation
- Trial counsel in four eminent domain cases concerning the Sagamore Flyover Highway Project (2010-2015), resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts in favor of Cape Cod landowners
- Representation of property owners in title disputes, zoning appeals, and with regard to affordable housing issues
- Representation of landlords and tenants concerning a variety of commercial property disputes, including commercial eviction
- Trial counsel in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Ten Verdicts” of 2015, 2011, and 2010
Robyn is actively involved in pro bono, civic, and charitable initiatives. She has represented indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes with the Boston Housing Authority, as well as immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Robyn represented a student who was wrongfully denied in-state tuition by Bunker Hill Community College based on the College's erroneous interpretation of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's tuition classification rules.
Passionate about the community, Robyn has served on the Town of Hingham’s Zoning Board of Appeals in various capacities since 2012 and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board. She regularly decides zoning matters on behalf of the Town, including a variety of land use issues, from residential special permit and variance applications, to large-scale commercial development permits pursuant to G.L. c. 40B and other statutory schemes.
Prior to joining Nutter, Robyn was a judicial intern for the late Honorable Reginald C. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
- Top ten verdicts of 2011
After an approximately two-week trial in April 2011, a Barnstable Superior Court jury awarded damages of $2,100,000 to the plaintiff landowners in an eminent domain trial resulting from various takings at the former Sagamore Rotary. Nelson Apjohn and Robyn Maguire represented the plaintiffs. According to Lawyers Weekly, the verdict was among the top ten verdicts in Massachusetts in 2011.
The takings were made in October 2004 in connection with the Commonwealth’s construction of the Sagamore Flyover Highway Project. The plaintiffs’ land consisted of approximately seventeen acres just west of the former Sagamore Rotary, which had historically been used in part for residential housing. The plaintiffs presented evidence at trial that the highest and best use of the land was a residential housing development pursuant to G.L. c. 40B, along with a commercial development on the commercially-zoned eastern portion of the property. The Commonwealth contended that the highest and best use of the property was for a nine-lot residential subdivision.
- Representation of a manufacturer of prosthetic knee, hip and spinal implants in cases around the country
Ongoing representation of a manufacturer of prosthetic knee, hip and spinal implants in lawsuits around the country including so-called “mass tort” multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings and other coordinated national litigation.
- Representation of major corporations in cases involving diverse pharmaceutical and medical device products
Ongoing representation of major corporations in cases involving diverse pharmaceutical and medical device products such as contact lenses, contraceptive patches, pediatric painkillers, quinolone antibiotics, and migraine medication in lawsuits in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- Top ten verdicts of 2010
After an approximately two-week trial in October 2010, a Barnstable Superior Court jury awarded damages of $4,150,000 to the plaintiff landowner in an eminent domain trial resulting from various takings at the former Sagamore Rotary. Nelson Apjohn and Robyn Maguire represented the plaintiff. According to Lawyers Weekly, that verdict was among the top ten verdicts in Massachusetts in 2010.
This case involved the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ takings of commercial property near the former Sagamore Rotary in Bourne, Massachusetts. The takings were made in connection with construction of the Sagamore Flyover Highway. The property consisted of approximately eleven acres of commercial property, a portion of which had been used as a gas station since the 1960s. The Commonwealth took approximately 2.5 acres in fee and approximately an additional 7.5 acres of property as a five-year easement, for use as a commuter parking lot during construction.
News & Insights
- David Ferrera and Robyn Maguire Analyze How 3-D Printing Leaps Ahead of Product Liability Law in Bloomberg BNA09.28.2016
- Robyn Maguire Weighs In on Text Messages Satisfying the Statute of Frauds in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly05.12.2016
- Robyn Maguire Successfully Defends Client in Copyright Infringement Case, Reports Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly04.28.2016
- BBJ features Nutter client victory in “Property owners win $5.3M verdict in Cape Cod eminent domain case”11.24.2015
- Nutter co-hosts reception with five other law firms at Defense Research Institute’s 30th Annual Drug and Medical Device Seminar05.15.2014
- October 2013
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly lists Nutter eminent domain case among largest verdicts and settlements of 201101.23.2012
- June 2011
- 01.19.2017 | Legal Update
- Writing for Inside Counsel, David Ferrera, Robyn Maguire and Valérie Imparato Analyze Legal Issues Generated by Additive Manufacturing10.17.2016 | Article
- David Ferrera and Robyn Maguire Analyze 3D Printing in the Health Care Industry in Additive Manufacturing Today08.25.2016 | Article
- 08.16.2016 | Article
- 3D Printing: Health Care Miracle, Product Liability Nightmare, or Both? Insights from Nutter’s David Ferrera and Robyn Maguire08.08.2016 | Legal Update
- 05.31.2016 | Article
- Sales Representatives Face Increased Risk of Being Named in Medical Device Product Liability Litigation: Insights from Nutter’s Robyn Maguire04.04.2016 | Legal Update
- 02.29.2016 | Legal Update
- 01.30.2015 | Legal Update
- ABA’s Products Liability Litigation Newsletter publishes “Does a Sales Representative Owe a Duty to a Patient?” by Robyn Maguire01.06.2015 | Article
- 11.19.2014 | Legal Update
- 07.02.2014 | Legal Update
- 01.27.2014 | Legal Update
- April 2012 | Article
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2017
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2014
Education & Admissions
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Michigan, B.A., high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
In the Community
Robyn has represented indigent clients in landlord-tenant disputes with the Boston Housing Authority, as well as immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. She also represented a student who was wrongfully denied in-state tuition by Bunker Hill Community College based on the College's erroneous interpretation of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's tuition classification rules.
Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2017
Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2014