Bob Boatman, Phoenix Car Accident Attorney

Robert W. Boatman


With a legal career in personal injury and wrongful death spanning over 39 years, Bob is tireless in his dedication and resolve to seek justice for each and every client. From the very first meeting with a prospective client, Bob’s easygoing manner engenders trust because he is naturally compassionate, sincere, and possesses a unique ability to understand and communicate with clients from all walks of life. This same direct, common-sense approach has proven extremely effective in cases that are ultimately heard by juries.

Over the course of his career, Bob has obtained some of the largest verdicts in Arizona, including jury verdicts or awards of $17,000,000, $14,000,000, and $5,000,000. In addition, Bob has obtained significant settlements in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Bob is known by his clients and professional colleagues alike to be a man deeply connected to his clients and their causes. For Bob, client relationships don’t often end as a case concludes, especially when an outcome presents an opportunity to affect social change. For example, Bob successfully compelled two major automotive manufacturers to admit their vehicles were defective, yielding a recall to fix the defect in over 500,000 vehicles; a significant win for his client and the consumer at large.

See Bob’s profile on Gallagher & Kennedy’s main website.

Honors & Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Society of Barristers, 2017-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2006-2024; Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2020-2024; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, 2021-2024, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2023-2024
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff, 2007-2024
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyer, Personal Injury and Product Liability, 2023
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2011-Present
  •, Best Personal Injury, Motorcycle Accident & Wrongful Death Lawyers Phoenix, AZ, 2024
  • Marquis Who’s Who, “Who’s Who in American Law”
  • State Champions, Arizona Pop Warner Youth Football, 2001
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Robert Boatman Super Lawyers

Representative Experience

Product Liability Cases

  • Co-lead counsel for In re Bard IVC multi-district litigation for thousands of consumers injured or killed by defective blood clot filters (2015-2017)
  • Co-lead counsel on $55,000,000+ claim for multiple deaths due to defective bus design. (2009-2011)
  • Designation as co-lead counsel for all Arizona plaintiffs and settlement of claims exceeding $20,000,000 in the Arizona Ford/Firestone litigation. (2001-2002)
  • $17,000,000 jury verdict against General Motors for a death caused by a defective transmission. (1999)
  • $9,900,000 for wrongful death due to vehicle defect. (2012)
  • $4,700,000 for defective fire suppression system. (2020)
  • $4,500,000 for defective seat back. (2018)
  • $4,250,000 for paralysis from tread separation and rollover. (2013)
  • $3,000,000 for paralysis from golf car rollover. (2018)
  • $2,700,000 for wrongful death due to tread separation and rollover. (2006)
  • $2,150,000 settlement for burns due to defective trailer hitch. (2006)
  • $2,050,000 for wrongful death due to tread separation and rollover. (2012)
  • $1,500,000 for wrongful death due to tread separation. (2005)
  • $1,500,000 settlement for woman injured by experimental drug. (2004)
  • $1,500,000 to the parents of an unborn baby due to food poisoning. (2000)
  • $1,215,000 settlement re vehicle defect. (2017)
  • $1,000,000 for wrongful death due to a tire issue. (2007)
  • $750,000 for defective engine shutoff. (2019)
  • $700,000 for wrongful death due to tread separation. (2009)
  • $595,000 for injuries due to faulty medical implant. (2011)
  • $499,000 for wrongful death due to fuel tank failure. (2008)
  • $400,000 for wrongful death due to tread separation.  (2009)
  • Member of the team that obtained confidential settlements against Ford Motor Company for serious burn injuries that resulted from the defective design of fuel systems in police cars.  (2004)
  • Confidential settlement for the family of a young man who suffocated in a sleeping bag.  (2003)


  • $14,990,661.24 award for breach of contract by hospital to doctors. (2011)
  • Return of multi-million dollar medical practice. (2012)

Professional Medical Malpractice

  • $8,000,000 settlement against one of the country’s largest law firms for legal malpractice.  (1998)
  • $6,000,000 for client paralyzed during elective surgery.  (2023)
  • $5,000,000 jury verdict to mother for negligent death of son in rehab hospital.  (2019)
  • $4,325,000 to a woman injured due to medical negligence of a hospital. (2018)
  • $2,700,000 settlement for the family of a mother who died following childbirth as a result of physician malpractice.  (2023)
  • $950,000 for medical malpractice of family doctor. (2020)
  • $860,000 for medical negligence during neck surgery. (2020)
  • $500,000 insurance broker malpractice. (2018)

Mental Health Malpractice

  • $8,000,000 settlement for failure to provide mental healthcare, resulting in death of two boys.  (2009)

Premises Liability

  • $1,325,000 death due to an unsafe swimming pool. (2018)
  • $1,000,000 for fall in home. (2018)
  • $700,000 for child drowning. (2020)
  • $275,000 for negligence for a bike path accident.  (2023)
  • $250,000 for torn Achilles tendon. (2009)
  • $150,000 for fractured hip. (2012)
  • $120,000 for trip and fall. (2008)

Utility Negligence

  • Secured over $50,000,000 for residents and ranchers in the Ventura County Thomas Fires. (2021-2022)

Governmental Misconduct

  • $4,470,000 settlement against city and state for failure to install a traffic signal.  (2006)
  • $2,500,000 settlement for the wrongful death of an incarcerated inmate allowed to develop a fatal infection.  (2023)
  • Obtained $2,250,000 settlement for family of deceased 20-year-old who died while in jail for a 20-day hold in jail health care malpractice case (Section 1983).  (2022)
  • $1,000,000 settlement against U.S. Forest Service for failure to post sign warning of road closure. (2011)
  • Confidential settlement with county for failure to keep horses off road.  (2006)
  • Confidential multi-million-dollar settlement for the family of a woman killed by a police officer.  (2003)


  • $400,000 settlement for wrongful death of wife by husband.  (2005)

Motorcycle Accidents

  • $4,500,000 to a man suffering a head injury. (1997)
  • $2,500,000 for motorcycle/truck accident. (2018)
  • $1,900,000 to a man who was run over by an 18-wheeler. (2003)
  • $900,000 to a man with a broken leg. (2004)
  • $500,000 verdict for a broken back. (2019)
  • $400,000 to a man who broke his wrist. (2001)
  • $250,000 to an adolescent with a broken leg. (2007)
  • $100,000 for a knee injury. (2006)

Construction Accidents/Defects

  • $1,050,000 for the death of a trucker when a load of pipes fell on him.  (2002)
  • $300,000 settlement for the death of a worker when a sign collapsed.  (2003)
  • $110,000 settlement for the victim of a crane loading mishap.  (2004)

Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • $5,900,000 for couple injured in intersection collision. (2020)
  • $4,800,000 for pedestrian/bus accident. (2010)
  • $3,000,000 for brain injury. (2018)
  • $2,000,000 for wrongful death. (2018)
  • $2,000,000 for multiple injuries. (2019)
  • $1,400,000 for wrongful death. (2012)
  • $1,000,000 to wife for husband negligent driving. (2020)
  • $990,000 for brain injury. (2012)
  • $550,000 for multiple fractures. (2018)
  • $500,000 for broken leg. (2011)
  • $250,000 for post-traumatic stress syndrome. (2011)

Trucking Accidents

  • $2,525,000 for multiple fractures. (2010)
  • $2,500,000 for death in a motorcycle/truck accident. (2017)
  • $1,150,000 for truck accident and death. (2018)
  • $1,000,000 for death in a bicycle/truck accident. (2017)

Bad Faith

  • Confidential settlements with major insurers for bad faith handling of insureds’ claims.

Nursing Home Abuse

  • $1,850,000 settlement for man murdered in nursing home. (2020)
  • $1,800,000 for nursing home abuse. (2020)
  • $1,200,000 settlement for bedsores, infection and death.  (2008)
  • $925,000 settlement for elder abuse. (2017)
  • $750,000 settlement for pressure sores. (2005)
  • $535,000 settlement for bed sore infection and death. (2012)
  • $375,000 for bedsore infection and death.  (2010)

Dram Shop

  • $1,000,000 for serving drunk driver. (2018)
  • $730,000 settlement for serving drunk driver. (2011)
  • $520,000 against wineries for over serving a woman leading to a  fatal car accident.  (2023)

Published Works

  • Product Liability Under California Law, Cambridge Institute, 1987

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We lost our home in the 2017 Thomas Fire. We were lucky to have Gallagher & Kennedy representing us against SCE. We couldn’t have had a better team of attorneys on our side. We highly recommend them.

Jim HawkFacebook

What an experience! Everyone is always afraid to prove that they are eligible to receive what’s rightfully there’s. I know I was. I was in a terrible roll over accident 3 years ago which changed my life completely. Went under many surgeries, was not working, could not do things for myself for a year. I had insurance thru State Farm and always wondered how I could use it to benefit myself. The girl that caused the accident didn’t even have the state min requirement. Which made things even harder on me! Well, I went ahead and called Robert Boatman and Eleanor Shaffer to see if I have something worth fighting for. I went to their office and felt comfortable. We joked, got to know each other and then we dig into my case. We went over everything and they said let’s do this! We worked hard for over a year going back and forth with my insurance but we didn’t give up. They worked endlessly to ensure that everything this insurance company threw our way we could beat it. Eleanor checked in with me so much- always filled me in and answered any question I had. At one point State Farm was not budging. But with these two in my corner no one could stop them. We ended up getting the full amount my insurance refused to give me in the beginning and middle but not the end. Eleanor went as far as even seeing what else my other insurance policies could do for me. Fast forward to the present- I still call them for questions regarding any medical bills, surgeries, questions that I have etc., and they don’t hesitate to treat me the best (even after the case was won) they have now become someone I consider close friends. I couldn’t and wouldn’t recommend anyone else to defend me at the worst times.

Mae BarkerGoogle

My son was struck on his motorcycle by a careless driver. The injuries sustained were life threatening with a minute by minute prognosis for the first 3 days. Sub acute facilities and many doctors visits. From the moment we became clients with G&K, we were treated with dignity, concern and respect. My first point of contact was Angel Medina , he was efficient and on point with communication and gathering everything that was needed. Robert Boatman explained in detail the entire process and answered all my questions honestly and thoroughly. Finally, Maria Raciti officially represented our case and was absolutely top notch! She worked diligently on my son’s behalf , with compassion and empathy! No stone was left unturned when it came to getting the best settlement possible and so much more! The passion she exhibits for her clients is truly amazing. Maria made sure we did not stress on any part of this case so we could focus on my son’s care and aftercare. I 100% recommend this firm and if you get an opportunity to retain Maria Raciti, know you will have a warrior on your side!

Chantel PadillaGoogle

Robert Boatman and Shannon Clark were extremely professional, thorough, and compassionate representing us in a very sensitive personal injury claim. The availability, expertise, and diligence that they and their team represented in our case returned results that exceeded our expectations while being sensitive to our experience. We are greatly appreciative.

C SGoogle

Bob Boatman and Maria Raciti are representing me in a serious GSW case. I feel so relieved to have them on my side. They are super responsive and truly care about my injuries. They’re not going to take the first and easiest settlement offer; they’re fighting for just compensation. I highly recommend anyone needing an injury attorney call Bob and Maria and the G&K injury team.

Shawna VanleyGoogle

“I highly recommend anyone who is looking for an auto injury attorney to lawyers of G & K. Eleanor, Bob, Karen, and the entire team went above and beyond with my motor vehicle case, they were consistent with follow up calls, 100% on strong work, feedback, and clear guidance in my case with outstanding results. Their detailed follow ups and check-ins calls were always my piece of mind through the entire process. Thank you for your support and dedication to my case!

Jesus R. Y.Google

I wanted to take the time to write a review to help other’s make a good decision on an attorney. When the accident happened, my “thinking” was not clear. However, I did know the attorney we picked would make a big difference in a complex TBI case. We interviewed (3) PI attorneys that were highly recommended. With the resources the G &K Team was providing it was an easy choice. From Bob’s and Chuck’s finesse and Trial experience to their administrative support (Karen) we had a complete team. They are all athletes which gives them that “Don’t Give Up Can Do Attitude” Bob interviewed our doctors, arrange a mock jury (which is very telling) and came prepared to our mediation meetings and depositions. He is well versed in Worker’s Comp and Disability issues. We had monthly conference calls to keep the communication lines open; moreover, to make sure any new findings were encompassed into our case. It was made clear we had to be part of the process. As was originally thought, when you are coming down to the wire, our attorney’s skill and reputation was the key.


I was nearly killed in a 2-car accident, and my attorney, Robert Boatman of Gallagher & Kennedy, along with his team, truly helped me find the strength to help recover. He was always there for me, providing confidence and sincere assistance. An attorney like Robert should be recognized as the very best. He has earned it.

JONI D.Best Lawyers Client Review


  • Arizona State University
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1984
    Order of the Coif
    Editor, Law Review
  • Stanford University
    B.A., 1981

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 1984
  • California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1993

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona , Member, 1984-Present
  • State Bar of California, Member, 1985-Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1997-Present
  • Arizona Pop Warner and Scottsdale Christian Youth Football, Coach, 1994-2011
  • McCormick Ranch Little League, Coach, 1994-2009
  • McCormick Ranch Little League, Board of Directors, 2001-2004
  • Chaparral High School Booster Club, Board of Directors, 2002-2004