Robert A. Shuman

Robert A. Shuman

Sharon, Massachusetts

Robert Shuman is acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent personal injury litigators in Massachusetts. He started his firm in 1978 and with over 35 years of trial experience, Mr. Shuman concentrates primarily in the litigation of medical malpractice and other serious personal injury and wrongful death claims. The medical negligence cases which Mr. Shuman has successfully tried or settled have encompassed numerous specialties, including oncology (failures to detect, diagnose, and treat cancer in a timely manner); cardiology (failures to diagnose, prevent, and timely treat heart attacks and other cardiac conditions): neurology (failure to timely diagnose strokes and other neurological conditions); emergency room and internal medicine; anesthesiology; orthopedic surgery; and chiropractic treatment. He has received the distinction as being named by Boston Magazine as one of the state's medical malpractice SuperLawyers for the past 12 consecutive years. Robert has also received the prestigious AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been named one of the National Trial Lawyers top 100 Massachusetts Trial Lawyers for 2010 & 2011.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Shuman has also obtained substantial compensation for people tragically injured by nursing home negligence, pharmacy errors, motor vehicle accidents, and negligent maintenance of premises. "Standing tall for the rights of the less fortunate in the face of the increasing hard ball tactics of the insurance industry and their representatives is a daunting but rewarding endeavor. I am very mindful of the responsibility that comes with the trust that our clients put in us to handle their cases with integrity, ingenuity, and passion. I am extremely proud of the quality of law that our dedicated and compassionate staff provides for the needlessly injured and the recoveries we have achieved."

Mr. Shuman is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and has been specially admitted to try cases in numerous other states. Verdicts and settlements obtained by Mr. Shuman have been reported in both the legal and public media. He has been invited by prominent legal organizations including the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys to present lectures on trial tactics; invited to act as a moot court judge by institutions of higher learning; given lectures to doctors during their residency training at grand rounds; appeared on television programs at the request of a Massachusetts state legislator and authored numerous legal articles.

Out of the office and the courtroom, Mr. Shuman volunteers his time to help local sports organizations. He is a past president and long time coach for his previous town's Pop Warner Football organization, and is especially proud of his 2008 team winning the Massachusetts State Championship. He currently (2017) is the head coach of the freshman football team at a local high school.

In The News

Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer Results in $1.4 Million Settlement - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 30 M.L.W. 4142, in which Attorney Shuman's settlement on behalf of a 46-year-old mother whose colon cancer went undiagnosed due to an incompletely performed colonoscopy was spotlighted.

Med Mal Case Settles for $1 Million with Discovery Master's Aid - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly,in which Attorney Shuman's settlement with the assistance of a discovery master was reported on the front page of Lawyers Weekly in the 'Trial Report Plus' section.

Hemorrhage of Man with 'Worst Headache' Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 26 M.L.W. 1119 Spotlighting Attorney Shuman's settlement in the amount of $1 Million on behalf of a 52-year-old man who suffered a stroke due to failure to diagnose a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Failure to Diagnose Cases are the Rise Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Vol. 30, No. 9 - in which Attorney Shuman was interviewed and noted as one of two attorneys who are 'frequently involved in significant verdicts or settlements for failure to diagnose medical problems.

Osteosarcoma Goes Undetected Spreads to Lungs Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, spotlighting Attorney Shuman's $775,000 settlement on behalf of a 58-year-old plaintiff whose osteosarcoma was misdiagnosed.

The Problem with Medical Malpractice Tribunals - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - 30 M.L.W. 5428, in which Attorney Shuman was interviewed for commentary regarding the controversy regarding Medical Malpractice Tribunals in Massachusetts.

Paying Attention to Mandatory CLE Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, in which Attorney Shuman was the lead attorney interviewed regarding the need for compulsory legal education in Massachusetts.

Williams Pushing for Creation of Night Court Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly - Vol. 22, No. 20 in which Attorney Shuman was interviewed regarding a pilot project conceived by Chief Justice Frank J. Williams of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1978

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Auto Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • General Negligence
  • Products Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1974
  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2011


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1974
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. - 1970

Honors and Awards

  • New England/Massachusetts SuperLawyer, 2006 - 2017
  • AV-Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Massachusetts Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Medical/Legal Committee


  • Alpha Epsilon Pi