Robert G. Palmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Columbus, OH

Robert Gray Palmer Co., LPA
 | 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 221B
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-721-6263
Fax: 614-484-1201
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
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    Bob Palmer combines his knowledge of the law with his knowledge of people to create reasonable and satisfactory outcomes through mediation. Bob was the first Central Ohio member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  Bob's more than 30 years of diverse trial experience, his temperament and his ability with people, make him a unique combination of law and humanity as a mediator. Bob has successfully mediated business, civil rights, employment, personal injury, wrongful death and many other types of cases. He conducts mediations both in and outside of Ohio. His years of civill litigation and mediation lead to favorable outcomes for the people or business involved. As a litigator, he took on a broad range of civil cases in all Ohio state and federal courts, including insurance coverage and bad faith, business disputes, serious personal injury (including TBI), breach of fiduciary duty claims, will contests, sex abuse, wrongful death and professional malpractice. In the precedent-setting 2002 case of Dardinger v. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 98 Ohio St.3d 77, 2002-Ohio-7113, Bob obtained a $51.5 million jury verdict for Anthem's bad faith denial of health care and retained the largest such Ohio punitive damages award on appeal.   Before entering private practice, Bob served as a United States Air Force judge advocate. Professionally, Bob is a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, American Association for Justice, the Ohio Association for Justice, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is  honored to be listed by Super Lawyers.

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    • 100%Alternative Dispute Resolution
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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Robert Palmer

    Admitted: 1976, Ohio

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ohio Association of Justice (Insurance Law Section, Chair 1987-1989, Civil & Business Law Section, Chair 1989-1991)
    • Columbus Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2003-07)
    • The Columbus Bar Foundation (Trustee 1990-98; President 1996-1997; Trustee 2007 -))
    • The American Association of Justice (Federal Tort Liability and Military Advocacy Section, Chair 1999-2000, 1994-1995 and 1988-1990)
    • Ohio State Bar Association (Council of Delegates, 2003-13; Negligence Law Committee, Chair 1998-2000, 1986-1990
    • Supreme Court of Ohio, Committee on Dispute Resolution (1993-1994)
    •  Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on Commercial Dockets (2007 -)
    • Central Ohio Association of Justice
    • American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution member
    • Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts (2006 - )

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Commissioner, City of Columbus Historic Resources Commission, 2011

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “A Green-Eyed Monster? Punitive Damages & Attorney Fees,” Mealey’s Managed Care Liability Report (Volume 7, Issue #8, April 25, 2003) and Mealey’s Litigation Report Insurance Bad Faith (Volume17, Issue #2 , May 21, 2003) published by Lexis-Nexis  
    •  “Altered and ‘Lost’ Medical Records: Evidence of Spoliation of Records in Medical Negligence Actions,” TRIAL, Medical Negligence, May, 1999 


    • In Dardinger v. Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 98 Ohio St.3d 77, 2002-Ohio-7113, $51.5 million jury verdict for Anthem’s bad faith denial of health care and retained the largest Ohio punitive damages award on appeal. In Schaefer v. Allstate Ins. Co. (1996), 76 Ohio St.3d 553, changed Ohio uninsured motorist insurance coverage law. He continues to prosecute insurance coverage/bad faith, serious personal injury (including traumatic brain injury), wrongful death, breach of fiduciary duty, sex abuse, will contest, and professional malpractice cases.
    • Trial and Appellate Counsel in Dardinger v Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, 98 Ohio St.3d 77, 2002-Ohio-7113, where jury awarded $2,500,000 compensatory and $49,000,000 punitive damages for bad faith denial and processing of managed health care benefit and, which was reported in the National Law Journal’s Annual Survey of 1999’s largest jury awards and in the Ohio Lawyers Weekly as the highest Ohio jury award in 1999, which punitive damages award was remitted by the Supreme Court of Ohio to $30,000,000 of which $14,700,000 was used to establish The Esther L. Dardinger Neuro-Oncology Center at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center; in Schaefer v. Allstate Ins. Co. (1992), 63 Ohio St.3d 708, where Supreme Court of Ohio held unconscionable an insurance policy uninsured arbitration provision which favored insurance company, and in Schaefer v. Allstate Ins. Co. (1996), 76 Ohio St.3d 553, where same court held that each person covered by an uninsured motorist policy who is asserting claim (injured wife and husband for loss of consortium) has separate claim subject to a separate per person policy limit. 

    Educational Background:

    • DePauw University, B.A., 1967
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    Office Location for Robert G. Palmer

    1335 Dublin Road
    Suite 221B
    Columbus, OH 43215

    Phone: 614-721-6263

    Fax: 614-484-1201

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