Robert J. Permutt currently serves as a Commercial Zone Practice Group Leader for the Trial Division of Nationwide Insurance. In this capacity, he oversees the Commercial Litigation being handled by Trial Division attorneys in four Northeastern states. Prior to his current role, Robert served as a Lead Assistant General Counsel, supervising a team of attorneys that provided legal support to the Personal Lines Casualty Claims Organization for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. He also individually provided legal support to the New York Personal Lines Casualty Claims Organization.
Robert graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1991, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. Robert then attended Brooklyn Law School, obtaining a Juris Doctorate in 1996.
Following his graduation from law school, Robert worked in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for four years, ending his tenure in the office’s Violent Felony Unit.
Upon leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Robert worked for two New York State insurance defense law firms, handling a varied case load including products liability, Labor Law, premises liability, municipal liability and automobile liability cases.
Robert then joined the House Counsel operations for Progressive Insurance Company, handling large loss exposures throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island.
Robert is a frequent presenter at New York CLE programs having presented for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Judicial Institute and the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
Robert served on the Executive Committee of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association from 2013 to 2016. On January 29, 2014, the Section honored him with the Committee Chairman of the Year award.