Robert Krebs

Adjunct Professor
School of Law

Law School Offices, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6300


J.D., Capital University Law School
B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Robert A. Krebs is a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, having been appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell in 2004 and reappointed in 2009. The board hears appeals from decisions of Pennsylvania workers' compensation judges involving traumatic injuries, occupational diseases, and fatal claims. From 2010 to 2011, Krebs served as chairman of the Appeal Board. In 2003 he was named to Governor Rendell's Transition Team for Judicial Issues and in 2015 he served on Governor Tom Wolf's Transition Team for Labor and Industry.

Prior to his appointment to the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, Krebs was a trial attorney in the Pittsburgh area for 20 years, practicing in the areas of commercial law, negligence, and workers' compensation. Notable cases he handled include Development Finance Corporation v. Alpha Housing & Health Care, Inc., 54 F.3d 1156 (3rd Cir. 1995), regarding intervention as a matter of right under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Krebs received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Exeter in England. He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1984, where he was articles editor of the Capital University Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts.

Krebs is a member of the Workers' Compensation Section Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has chaired various committees of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was chairman of the Appellate Practice Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) from 2004 to 2006, and he has served on the Section Council of both the ACBA Federal Practice Section and the Workers' Compensation Section. While in private practice, Krebs was a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (PaTLA) and represented PaTLA in a number of cases on appeal including Urban v. Dollar Bank, 725 A.2d 1815 (Pa. Super. 1999).

Krebs has lectured extensively in the areas of appellate practice and workers' compensation. He was actively involved in the 2006 legislative amendments to the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act and as a member of the Workers' Compensation Rules Committee he served as the principal draftsman for the revisions to the Special Rules of Practice and Procedure before the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, which were adopted in 2014. Krebs has been an adjunct professor of law since 2011 at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches employment law and has received the Adjunct Professor Award for outstanding contributions in teaching as selected by the students. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and United States Supreme Court Bars.


FALL 2019
Employment Law (61)