Promoting product safety through education, awareness and advocacy.

Bob focuses his practice on personal injury cases where defective vehicles or products have injured or killed the plaintiffs he represented. His leadership in the profession has led him to serve as an Executive Board member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), as President of the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers, and as a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. Bob also is a board member of the University of Missouri Law School and has led many fundraising initiatives for the school. Bob was included in Super Lawyers’ listing of the top 100 attorneys in Missouri and Kansas in 2011.Devoting 100% of his practice to personal injury and wrongful death litigation, Bob regularly deals with accidents involving automobiles, aviation, product liability and similar litigation. In 2000, he was one of only eight lawyers in the United States to spearhead cases against Ford/Firestone. Since then, he and the firm have actively pursued Ford/Firestone for causing the deaths and serious injuries of thousands of innocent U.S. consumers. Bob has been nationally board-certified in trial advocacy since 1985. Bob speaks regularly at many seminars throughout the US, teaching other lawyers various successful trial

Hoping to achieve with the Academy

  • Help communicate to the general consumer the unknown dangers of particular products that may be harmful to the public;
  • Share knowledge and best practices with other leading attorneys in the area of product liability.

Recent Career Achievements

  • Honored by the lawyer peer-review process Martindale-Hubbell with its highest distinction for lifetime achievement.
  • Received the Thomas Strong award for the state’s top trial attorney from the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and a 2011 “Legal Champion” award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly for his successful advocacy in the area of defective products.
  • Together with his partner Kent Emison, Bob’s verdicts and settlements as a plaintiff’s attorney have netted more than a half billion dollars.


  • J.D., University of Missouri Columbia School of Law (1972)
  • B.S., University of Missouri (1970)