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Correy E. Stephenson
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Aviation Lawyer Makes a Difference

Personal injury lawyer Anita Porte Robb hasn’t had the career she expected.

Robb has landed some of the largest verdicts and settlements on record in the country – a $350 million verdict for the family of a deceased Life Flight helicopter pilot, and a $38 million settlement for a helicopter passenger severely injured during a sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon. But that’s not the type of success she had planned on. 

Torn between law school and medical school, Robb chose a legal career, originally working on the defense side.

“I felt like I was winning for the wrong team,” she said. “I had cases where as a result of my work, people who had meritorious cases were denied a favorable result, which was never my intention as a lawyer.”

So Robb and her husband Gary Robb, also a defense lawyer at the time, took matters into their own hands, opening their own plaintiffs’ firm in Kansas City, Mo., in 1984.

Robb & Robb has since become a nationally recognized leader in aviation and transportation accidents, as well as medical malpractice. The firm has been amazingly successful, generating more than $750 million in verdicts and settlements.

But Robb, who specializes in cases involving serious injury to children, said that her most meaningful cases aren’t about the numbers.

She prefers to emphasize the cases that “have made a difference not only in our clients’ lives, but for others as well.”

She recalled a medical malpractice case where a 1 1/2-year-old boy was admitted to a hospital to have his seizure medication evaluated and updated. After hooking him up to a telemetry system, the doctors took him off all of his existing medications, cold turkey, with deadly results.

“He had a seizure that lasted for hours and he eventually died – all the while being recorded by the video system,” said Robb. It was a horrific case, but as a condition of settlement, the hospital agreed to change their policy so that a similar incident would never happen again.

As one of the few female PI attorneys with a nationwide presence, Robb said she has never felt disadvantaged because of her gender.“I don’t think of myself as a woman lawyer – I just think of myself as a lawyer,” she said.

And the secret to her success?

Persistence. Luck and good fortune play huge roles, but we have always persisted in our cases – sometimes beyond the point of all reason,” she laughed.

From ridiculous hours of research to 80 depositions in a particular case, “our experience is that the best evidence comes to the fore when you make that kind of effort, and it’s important to push as far as you can in every case.”

Looking forward, Robb doesn’t plan on any more career changes, although she did express concern about proposed damages caps, both in Missouri and nationwide.

Were such initiatives passed, “I feel like not only would we not be able to help people in their hour of need, but we would be unable to really force changes that would not have happened but for these types of cases being brought,” she said.  

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Personal Injury Lawyers - Kansas City, Missouri

Personal injury is an area of law that pertains to the injury of an individual. Both physical and emotional injuries fall into this branch of tort law. A personal injury lawyer is generally involved in cases where an injury has occurred due to the negligence of another party.

Examples of cases that a personal injury lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri can assist with include workplace accidents, falling or other accidents in the home, premises liability, defective and hazardous product cases, and dental and medical malpractice cases. If negligence on behalf of another party can be proved in court, compensation may be awarded.

Personal injury attorneys can also assist with industrial disease cases that may include respiratory diseases or a decline in health due to hazardous occupational conditions. These and other medical cases are often very complex, and it is advised that all aspects of the claim be handled by an experienced attorney.

Wrongful Death Lawyers - Kansas City, Missouri

Wrongful death falls under the common law jurisdictions wherein a person may be held liable for a death. It is important to note that wrongful death is the only course of legal action in which a company, rather than an individual, is at fault for a death.

In Kansas City, Missouri, cases involving wrongful death accidents require a preponderance of evidence as the standard of proof. Generally, the suit is filed by close relatives.

This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

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