Robert J. Talaska

Robert J. Talaska

Houston, Texas
888-791-5191 (Toll Free)

It is with great sadness we must inform you that Robert “Bob” J. Talaska, the founder of The Talaska Law Firm, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019. We ask that your thoughts and prayers be with his family during this difficult time.

Owner of The Talaska Law Firm has been practicing law for over 17 years.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 18, 1962. He attended Beloit College where he played basketball and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. After graduation, he was accepted at the University of Houston Law Center where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1988. Bob has completed the Master Advocates Program for advanced training in the art and skill of trial advocacy. Bob has had success at trial representing children who have cerebral palsy as well as brachial plexus injuries.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Bob also works in the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Bob has a strong sense of family and he and his wife are the proud parents of two boys. Since most of his clients are injured children, Bob takes a special interest in making sure that the children and their families have strong representation in these difficult and demanding cases. He recognizes their trust with experience and honest litigation skills.

Bob's commitment to the families he represents is demonstrated by the on-going relations he has with many former clients.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Negligence
  • Toxic Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Obstetric Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Birth Trauma

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1988
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2009


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1988
  • Beloit College
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1984

Published Works

  • Arguing Medical Negligence Cases Involving Cerebral Palsy, 12/09/2002, Texas Lawyer


  • Obstetrical Malpractice. What the HCA Project Taught Us, AAJ National Professional Negligence Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 2010
  • Normalization of Deviance in Obstetrical Malpractice, TTLA Med Mal seminar, Austin, TX, 2010
  • Determining the Cause of Children’s Brain Injury, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Eureka Springs, AR, 2008
  • Refuting the Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy Green Journal, Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
  • Shoulder Dystocia/How to Successfully Help the Family, New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association’s Advanced Medical Malpractice Symposium, Newark, NJ, 2007
  • Medical Malpractice and Birth Injury, National Convention for Persons with Disabilities, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • New Non-Cap Damages, Texas Trial Lawyers Association 16th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2005
  • New Expert Qualifications and How They Qualify, Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s 14th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2003
  • 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
  • Case Law Update, Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s 13th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2002
  • Life Expectancy of Children with Cerebral Palsy, International Birth Trauma Conference, London, England, 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
  • Trusts and Settlements Issues in Cases Involving Children with Cerebral Palsy, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2000
  • What Parents Need to Know About the Medical-Legal Aspects of Brachial Plexus Injuries, United Brachial Plexus Network National Conference, Denver, CO, 2000
  • Shoulder Dystocia, AAJ’s National Conference on Litigating Catastrophically Injured Children Cases, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  • How the New Rules of Texas Civil Procedure Affect Medical Malpractice Cases, Galveston County Bar Association, 1999
  • Avoiding Premature Births and the Resulting Complications of Prematurity, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Washington, DC, 1998
  • Neonatal Hypoglycemia and Its Effects after Hypoxia and Ischemia, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1996
  • Birth Injury and Newborn Brain Damage, The State Bar of Texas 15th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, San Antonio, TX, 2008
  • Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section, Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Litigating Catastrophically Injured Children Cases, Atlanta, GA, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, 2010 - Present
  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Texas Lawyer’s 40 Lawyers under 40 Special Edition, 2001 - Present
  • Outstanding contribution, American Association of Justice – Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 1998 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director Member
  • American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2007 - 2009
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate
  • Blakely Advocacy Institute, University of Houston Law Center, Board Member, 2001 - Present
  • AAJ Medical Negligence Litigation Group Member, Board Member, 2000 - 2002
  • American Association for Justice’s Professional Negligence Section, National Secretary, 2010 - 2011
  • American Association for Justice, 1997 - Present, Board of Directors
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Fellowship Member

Past Employment Positions

  • The Haskins Law Firm, Houston, Texas, Trial attorney, 1988 - 1998
  • The Haskins Law Firm, Houston, Texas, Partner and Part-owner, 1996 - 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Northside Rockets, Director and Coach