Robert H. McKertich

  • Partner



Robert is a partner with Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP. He is chair of the firm’s Public Law Practice Group and his practice is concentrated in municipal and education law. Robert is experienced in courtroom litigation and practicing before federal, state, and local administrative agencies.

As chair of the firm’s Public Law Practice Group, Robert regularly advises cities, towns, villages, school districts, and fire districts on all aspects of municipal and education law. His representation includes sound and cost-effective legal guidance on issues such as procurement, the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the Open Meetings Law (OML), zoning and planning laws, student discipline, public sector labor and employment law, the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), code enforcement, board governance, and many other aspects of public law.

Robert was first admitted to practice law in 2003 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he worked at a large Boston law firm practicing municipal law. He was admitted to practice in New York in 2009 when he joined Coughlin & Gerhart and he is also admitted in Pennsylvania. Robert’s entire 20+ year legal career has been dedicated exclusively to advising municipal and school clients in nearly every aspect of their public mission.

Robert also serves as a hearing officer for several state agencies and local school districts. He was selected as a Rising Star among Upstate New York’s Super Lawyers list in 2013 and he is chair of the firm’s Personnel Committee. Robert is a member of the Municipal Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Broome County Bar Association. He is also a former adjunct professor of law at two local colleges.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers' Rising Star, 2013.

Past Employment Experience

  • Massachusetts Division of Banks, Bank Auditor

Practice Areas:

  • Public Law
  • Labor & Employment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Juris Doctor - 2003
  • University of Rhode Island
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1998
    • Honors: Strauss Academic Scholarship Award for excellence in Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • New York, 2009
  • Pennsylvania, 2010

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association , Member
  • Broome County Bar Association, Member
  • Stoneham Conservation Commission and the Watertown Rotary Club, Member