Gary Robb

Robb & Robb, LLC
1200 Main St Ste 3900
Kansas City, MO 64105

Mr. Robb has obtained numerous record-breaking results on behalf of past clients, including the two highest jury verdicts in U.S. history for helicopter crash wrongful death, $350 million and $70 million, and the largest pre-trial settlement for an injury in a helicopter crash, $100 million which is also the largest pretrial settlement in U.S. history for a single plaintiff in a personal injury case.
Mr. Robb is past President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA). Mr. Robb has been selected by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers In America,” which has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. He has been a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1994.He has served as Co-Chair of the Aviation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation, and is Past Chair of the Aviation Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly ATLA). He has also served as Chair of AAJ’s Product Liability Section and of the Trial Evidence Committee of the ABA’s Section of Litigation. Mr. Robb serves on the AAJ Board of Governors.In 2010, Mr. Robb authored the book, Helicopter Crash Litigation, published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company. The Second Edition of this acclaimed book was published in 2015. In 2009, Forbes Magazine referred to Mr. Robb as “by far the most successful helicopter crash trial lawyer in the country.”
Mr. Robb has authored numerous articles on trial technique, products liability, and aviation matters published in Trial Magazine Journal of Products Liability, National Law Journal, Journal of The Missouri Bar, Northwestern University Law Review, and has been General Editor of the Missouri Products Liability Handbook since 1984. His writings have been cited by a number of courts and legal scholars throughout the United States.Mr. Robb has received numerous honors and awards. Most recently in 2020 he was recognized as an “Influential Lawyer “ for his career of case accomplishments contributing to aviation safety. In 2014 Mr. Robb received the “Influential Appellate Advocate” award in the state of Missouri for his work on the successful appeal of a $52.5 million plane crash case. In 2014 Mr. Robb was also the recipient of the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award for the Missouri attorney “who most exemplifies the qualities of Professionalism, Ethics, Character, and Courtroom Success.”Gary C. Robb is a Cum Laude graduate of The University of Michigan School of Law and has a Masters Degree in Economics. In addition to his many trial successes, Mr. Robb is extremely active in professional legal organizations and is a sought-after speaker and prolific author.Mr. Robb is one of only a handful of Plaintiffs’ trial lawyers nationwide to have obtained at least five (5) jury verdicts and five (5) settlements in personal injury or wrongful death cases in excess of $20 million.
The two highest jury verdicts in the United States in helicopter crash trials: a $350 million verdict for a deceased pilot, and a $70 million verdict for a passenger killed in a Life Flight helicopter.The largest pretrial settlement in U.S. history for a single plaintiff in a personal injury case: $100 million for severe injuries suffered by a flight nurse in the crash of a medical helicopter.A $52.5 million settlement on appeal of $48 million jury verdict for the crash of a Twin Otter aircraft with five fatalities ($10.5 million per victim).A $48 million jury verdict for death of skydivers in plane crash immediately after takeoff.A $38 million settlement for severe burn injuries in a Grand Canyon helicopter crash.A $27.5 million settlement for a small plane crash  a United States record for a general aviation incident.$26 million settlement for death of husband and wife in airplane crash (North Carolina record).$25 million jury verdict for the death of Judge Michael Coburn.$23 million jury verdict for family members killed by a drunk driver.$21.7 million jury verdict for fatal crash of Bell medical helicopter (Kentucky record).$20 million jury verdict in Adams v. Children’s Mercy Hospital, representing the largest medical malpractice verdict in the state of Missouri.$18.4 million record settlement for wrongful death in Nebraska arising out of a helicopter crash.$18 million settlement against the World Wrestling Federation for the death of wrestler Owen Hart.$16 million jury verdict for crash of touring helicopter in Las Vegas.$15 million settlement for death in Chicago plane crash caused by nonprofessional Morgan Stanley pilot.$14 million settlement for the family of a boy killed in a school bus accident.$12 million settlement for a burn victim resulting from a power line failure.$9.25 million bad faith insurance settlement for the relatives of people killed in an automobile crash.$8 million settlement for deaths in air ambulance helicopter crash caused by pilot texting.$7.2 million jury verdict for death of cameraman while filming movie (Iowa record).$5.9 million settlement in Underhill v. Jack Miller Subaru (arm injury during car dealership test drive).$5.6 million settlement against Rolls-Royce Corporation for death of flight nurse in Indiana helicopter crash.$5.1 million settlement in Langenbau v. Med-Trans (wrongful death in Iowa helicopter crash).$5 million settlement prior to lawsuit being filed (death of flight nurse in Alabama air ambulance crash).Representation of United States Senator Jean Carnahan for the plane crash death of her husband, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, and their son, resulting in a $4 million jury verdict at trial.
University of Missouri at Kansas City, B.A., With Distinction, 1977
University of Missouri at Kansas City, M.A., Economics, 1978
University of Michigan, J.D., Cum Laude, 1981
Helicopter Crash Litigation (Second Ed.)  BookInvestigating Medical Helicopter CrashesHelicopter Crashes 101Handling Helicopter Litigation  The 10 Indispensable StepsHow to select and use aviation expertsSuing foreign product manufacturersGeneral aviation cases  investigating the case and knowing the law and applicable rulesDeposing the Product Manufacturer’s In-House Engineers10 Steps for Maintaining the Plaintiff’s Litigation EdgePrefiling Preparation of a Products Liability Lawsuit
Member, Missouri and Illinois BarsAmerican Bar Association (ABA) (Member, Section of Litigation; Member: Products, Liability and Consumer Law Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice, 1981—; Trial Evidence Committee, 1981; Co-Vice-Chairman, 1988; Co-Chairman, 1991-1995, CLE Committee, Co-Chair 1995-1996; Co-Chair, Aviation Committee, 1996-1999; Council Member, 2000-2003)American Association for Justice (AAJ) (Sustaining Member, Board of Governors, Sections on: Products Liability, Chair, 1997; Aviation, Chair; 2007; State Delegate)Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (President, 2004; Vice-President, 2003; and Member: Executive Committee, 1999—; Board of Governors, 1993—); Tom Strong Trial Attorney Award (2014) (best exemplifying professionalism, ethics, character, and courtroom success)Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney, National Board of Trial Advocacy (since 1994)