Prestigious legal honor based upon years of service on Michigan No Fault law, President of Michigan Association for Justice, and outstanding trial record including latest $4.6 million brain injury jury verdict
We’re proud to announce that Michigan Auto Law trial attorney Robert Raitt has been named a 2016 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
The state’s largest legal newspaper says that this year’s honorees “are changing the law, expanding access to justice and improving the profession and their communities. They are the lawyers in Michigan setting the example for other lawyers.”
That certainly describes Bobby, and is what makes him so worthy of this award.
During his 24 years with our law firm, Bobby Raitt has established himself as one of the most respected and effective auto No Fault trial attorneys in Michigan, as well as a fierce advocate for motor vehicle injury victims – both in the courtroom and in Lansing working to make our insurance law more fair and more just.
The legal newspaper wrote about Bobby’s most recent verdict in the news, a September 2015 brain injury case that was bitterly contested.
Bobby, with co-counsel Alison Duffy, secured a $4.6 million verdict for a woman injured at CVS. In the case, a Livonia CVS employee caused metal lawn chairs to fall onto a 55-year-old Oak Park grandmother’s head, and she sustained a serious traumatic brain injury. Bobby and Alison were able to prove that the August 2012 incident could easily have been avoided if only CVS had followed its own internal safety procedures. Instead of following the rules, CVS chose to stack heavy metal objects on a six-foot high shelf over customer’s heads, endangering anyone who would be walking by at the wrong place and time. CVS refused to take responsibility, and instead chose to attack the accident victim in court, denying it did anything wrong.
But Bobby didn’t accept the metaphorical shoulder shrug from CVS and its defense attorneys. He knew every fact and every detail of that case like the back of his hand. Alison can attest to this:
“Not only did Bobby have a really strong understanding of all the technical and medical aspects of the case, he deeply cared about our client and that was clear to the jury. He was there to advocate for her and he did so fiercely, which resulted in the great outcome,” Alison said.
The CVS verdict is the latest in a history of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements Bobby has secured on behalf of his injured clients.
But Bobby’s advocating doesn’t stop in the courtroom.
This year, he has a prominent leadership role in the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan, serving as its treasurer. The State Bar Negligence Section provides education, information and analysis about issues of concern for auto accident victims and Michigan’s negligence laws through meetings, seminars, public service programs and publications.
Bobby has also been a long-time leader in the Michigan Association for Justice. He started out as an executive board member, when it was called the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, becoming an officer in 2002. In 2007-08, he sat at the helm of the organization as President of the newly named the Michigan Association for Justice. In this role, Bobby worked extremely hard to uphold the auto No Fault insurance rights and insurance benefits of Michigan residents involved in automobile accidents in the insurance companies continuous battle for so-called auto No Fault “reform.”
In addition, Bobby is a member of the American Association for Justice.
With these numerous legal leadership positions, he speaks regularly at local and national legal seminars, teaching Michigan injury lawyers how to better litigate a variety of auto negligence and premises liability cases. He covers topics including the Michigan auto law, No Fault, injuries to the brain, neck and back; slip and falls, open and obvious defenses, and trial practice.
With his experience as a successful auto accident attorney and leader in the personal injury community in Michigan, Bobby is regarded as a true expert at his craft, one that other attorneys look to for guidance and support.
For all these reasons, Bobby is now a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Leader in the Law.”
Bobby Raitt has also been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the Best Lawyers listing and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the State by Michigan by Super Lawyers, including one of only a select handful that help people injured in automobile accidents. He’s also AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics; and he’s part of Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Another one of Bobby’s notable accomplishments is mentoring then-associate Alison Duffy to her current status as his co-counsel and accomplished trial attorney. Duffy added that Bobby has been fantastic to learn from throughout the years, as he’s an aggressive trial attorney and also efficient in prioritizing their heavy workload. Further, he’s wonderful with their cherished clients, she explained:
“Bobby’s experience instills a lot of confidence in clients. It also enables him to be a fantastic communicator. He’s able to deliver a great deal of complicated information without any fluff. At the same time, he is very comforting to clients who are struggling with serious injuries. It’s a great balance.”
While Bobby has been extremely successful in the field of personal injury law, he is most proud of his family. Bobby has two daughters, who are 15-year-old sophomores. One of his favorite things to do is spend family time with his daughters, his fiancée, Jeannie, and her three children.
In his spare time, Bobby is passionate about CrossFit. He’s a certified Level 1 Coach/instructor and also has competed in numerous competitions. Bobby says since he got involved in 2011, he loves this form of fitness in the “box,” as well as the healthy competition.
The Leaders in the Law luncheon celebrating was held March 17 at the Detroit Marriott, in Troy Michigan.