Robert J. Talaska

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Houston, TX

The Talaska Law Firm
 | 442 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 713-869-1240
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

For more than two decades, Robert J. Talaska has dedicated his legal career to representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases involving birth injury or birth trauma. Prior to founding the Talaska Law Firm in 1998, Mr. Talaska handled complex or catastrophic medical malpractice cases at a prestigious law firm in Houston, Texas. Although his current offices are also in Houston, Mr. Talaska represents clients throughout the state. He is rated* AV-Preeminent by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law.

After completing his bachelor's degree at Beloit College, Mr. Talaska earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in 1988. Admitted to practice in Texas, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. In addition, he has acted as counsel pro hac vice in multiple states. Mr. Talaska is a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a former national chairman of the American Association for Justice's Birth Trauma Litigation Group and currently sits on the organization's board of directors. He is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Talaska is frequently asked to lecture on birth trauma cases, and he has appeared at seminars and conferences throughout the United States as well as several foreign countries. He has also written numerous articles on birth injuries and obstetrical malpractice. Mr. Talaska is an active volunteer in his community, and his civic involvement includes coaching a youth basketball team and serving as the team's director as well.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (100%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2017

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About Robert Talaska

Admitted: 1988, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.talaskalawfirm.com/robert-j-talaska/

Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding contribution, American Association of Justice – Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 1998
  • Texas Lawyer’s 40 Lawyers under 40 Special Edition, 2001
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, 2010
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 10 years
  • Elected and inducted into American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only group of the preeminent plaintiff and defense lawyers, 2009

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Primerus, An International Society of Preeminent Law Firms
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director Member
  • National Secretary, American Association for Justice’s Professional Negligence Section, 2010-2011
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AAJ (American Association for Justice), Board of Directors 1997 through present
  • National Chairman, AAJ (American Association for Justice), Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2007-2009
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Blakely Advocacy Institute – University of Houston Law Center – Board Member, 2001
  • Pro Hac Vice: Multiple states around the country
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2009
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2007
  • Texas Supreme Court, 1988
  • Texas, 1988
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director Member and Fellowship Member
  • Primerus, The Board of Directors of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • AAJ Medical Negligence Litigation Group Member, Board Member 2000-2002
  • American Association of Justice

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Full sponsor, Director and coach for the Northside Rockets, a competitive AAU youth basketball team

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Neonatal Hypoglycemia and Its Effects after Hypoxia and Ischemia, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1996
  • Avoiding Premature Births and the Resulting Complications of Prematurity, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Washington, DC 1998
  • How the New Rules of Texas Civil Procedure Affect Medical Malpractice Cases, Galveston County Bar Association, 1999
  • Shoulder Dystocia, AAJ’s National Conference on Litigating Catastrophically Injured Children Cases, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  • What Parents Need to Know About the Medical-Legal Aspects of Brachial Plexus Injuries, United Brachial Plexus Network National Conference, Denver, CO, 2000
  • Trusts and Settlements Issues in Cases Involving Children with Cerebral Palsy, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2000
  • Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section, Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Litigating Catastrophically Injured Children Cases, Atlanta, GA, 2000
  • Arguing Medical Negligence Cases Involving Cerebral Palsy,Texas Lawyer, 12/09/2002
  • Causation Issues in Cases Involving Brain Injury to Children — The Texas Tech School of Law and St. Mary's School of Law Medical Malpractice Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2002
  • Life Expectancy of Children with Cerebral Palsy, International Birth Trauma Conference, London, England, 2002
  • Case Law Update, Texas Trial Lawyers Association's 13th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2002
  • Ethical Issues Involving Informed Consent and Informed Refusal for Obstetricians, Texas Tech University School of Law and St. Mary's University Law School's Medical Malpractice Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 2002
  • New Expert Qualifications and How They Qualify, Texas Trial Lawyers Association's 14th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2003
  • New Non-Cap Damages, Texas Trial Lawyers Association 16th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2005
  • Medical Malpractice and Birth Injury, National Convention for Persons with Disabilities, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • Shoulder Dystocia/How to Successfully Help the Family, New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association's Advanced Medical Malpractice Symposium, Newark, NJ, 2007
  • Refuting the Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy Green Journal, Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
  • Determining the Cause of Children's Brain Injury, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Eureka Springs, AR, 2008
  • Birth Injury and Newborn Brain Damage, The State Bar of Texas 15th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, San Antonio, TX, 2008
  • Normalization of Deviance in Obstetrical Malpractice, TTLA Med Mal seminar, Austin, TX, 2010
  • Obstetrical Malpractice. What the HCA Project Taught Us, AAJ National Professional Negligence Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 2010
  • American Association for Justice, Professional Negligence Section, National Newsletter Editor, 2009-2010
  • Master Advocates Program for advanced training in the art and skill of trial advocacy
  • Upcoming Speech:  “Causation Evidence in Birth Injury Cases” – International Conference on Birth Trauma Legal Issues, AAJ and Pan European Personal Injury Lawyers, Amsterdam, Netherlands  April 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Many other cases were resolved for amounts greater than the $1,000,000 for families whose children were victims of medical malpractice
  • Recovery for a little boy in Beaumont, TX in the amount of $2,500,000.00 of which he recovered $1,500,000.00
  • A little boy with cerebral palsy from birth recovered the amount of $4,300,000.00 of which the child recovered $2,580,000.00
  • A child with birth defects in the Fort Worth area in the amount of $5,750,000.00 which settled for a confidential amount.  **Believed to be the largest wrongful birth verdict in the State of Texas
  • A North Texas little girl with cerebral palsy from birth recovered the amount of $5,000,000.00 of which she received $3,000,000.00
  • A Houston area little girl with cerebral palsy received the amount of $5,900,000.00 after a jury verdict of which the little girl recovered $3,540,000.00
  • A Fort Worth little boy with cerebral palsy recovered the amount of $2,300,000.00 of which the child and his family recovered $1,380,000.00
  • A North Dallas little girl with cerebral palsy from a birth injury recovered $2,750,000.00 of which the family recovered $1,650,000.00
  • A little girl who was blinded by negligence in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recovered $2,750,000.00 of which the child recovered $1,650,000.00
  • A Dallas area little boy with brain damage from meningitis in the amount of $2,600,000.00 of which the child recovered $1,560,000.00
  • A Houston area girl with cerebral palsy in the amount of $5,150,000.00 with the family receiving $3,090,000.00
  • A little boy in Denver, Colorado recovered $2,750,000.00 with the client receiving $1,650,000.00
  • A West Texas little boy with cerebral palsy from birth recovered the amount of $4,500,000.00 with the client receiving $2,700,000.00
  • A Houston area little boy with cerebral palsy recovered the amount of $5,200,000.00 of which the client received $3,120,000.00

Educational Background:

  • Beloit College, Beloit, WI, Bachelor of Arts, 1984
Office Location for Robert J. Talaska

442 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 713-869-1240

 

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Last Updated: 12/4/2017

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