Law Office of Robert M. Baskin

Law Office of Robert M. Baskin

Firm Overview


We will treat you with the respect that every client deserves. We will keep you informed with regard to the factual and legal issues that arise in your case. We will take your telephone calls when we are in and call you back if we were out of the office. We will aggressively protect your legal rights and advance your interest.

Since our practice began in Southern California in 1981, we have handled thousands of lawsuits and claims and hundreds of trials and arbitrations. We have obtained over one hundred million dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Clients are provided with the highest quality of legal representation and are treated with fairness and respect. The vast majority of our clients have either been successfully represented by us in the past or have been referred by other clients, judges, attorneys, or professionals whom we work with on a regular basis and who know the quality of the professional service that we provide.

We are a 4 attorney firm located in Ventura, California since 1981 (25 years) with specialty in Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Products Liability. We have extensive experience investigating, settling and trying personal injury claims.

Example cases

Attorneys in my office handle a variety of personal injury, product liability and wrongful death cases ranging from uncomplicated auto accident injuries to complex wrongful death and products liability claims. We have successfully settled or tried thousands of personal injury claims. Defendants range from negligent individuals to claims against the State of California, Counties and Cities for unsafe road conditions, major automotive manufacturers for negligent manufacture and product design and businesses and corporations related to their negligent activities and practices. We are successful in handling the vast majority of our cases.


The Law Office of Robert M. Baskin has substantial experience in handling product liability cases. Product liability cases are cases that involve products which have an unsafe design which results in injuries from foreseeable use. In one case, this office represented a passenger in a sport utility vehicle. The vehicle was being operated on a dirt road. The driver lost control of the vehicle resulting in it skidding out of control and rolling down an embankment. The driver walked away with minor injuries. Our client was rendered a quadriplegic. This office brought suit against both the driver and the manufacturer of the sport utility vehicle. The insurance company for the driver settled out of court. A lawsuit was brought against the manufacturer of the sport utility vehicle. Among the allegations of defect were contentions that the passenger seat was inadequately secured to the vehicle which resulted in partial ejection to our client. In addition, the sport utility vehicle had an inadequate roll bar which failed to protect the occupants when the vehicle rolled over. This office successfully negotiated a confidential seven figure settlement on behalf of the client.

In another case, this office represented occupants in a motor vehicle that was being driven on a freeway. One of the tires separated, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, leave the roadway and overturn several times. The front seat passengers were restrained by a seat belt system that did not utilize the three point harness now commonly found in motor vehicles. The rear seat passengers, had lap only seat belts. Two occupants were killed and one occupant sustained catastrophic injuries, resulting in quadriplegia. A lawsuit was brought against both the manufacturer of the motor vehicle on a theory of defective seat belt design and against the tire manufacturer alleging defects in the tire due to tread separation. That case settled at the courthouse steps for a confidential seven figure settlement.

Smith v. State of California (Cal Trans), Case No.: CIV152765 and Wildenhain v. State of California (Cal Trans) and the County of Ventura, Case No.: CIV181924. Smith v. State of California involved an unsafe controlled intersection in the County of Ventura whose negligent design resulted in serious injury to a motorcyclist. The case was tried before a Ventura County jury with a verdict of $1,330,000.00. Wildenhain v. State of California (Cal Trans) was a wrongful death action, the result of an uncontrolled intersection and unsafe crosswalk, designed and maintained by the defendants. The case resulted in a six figure settlement which was followed by a redesign of the intersection and crosswalk and the installation of pedestrian crossing signals by the State of California.


Andrews v.State of California, 83 CV-6336. This employment discrimination case was filed in the United States Federal District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of a school teacher who was discriminated against on the basis of race and reprisal. After a six week jury trial, a Federal Jury awarded $2,600,000.00 in damages and the Federal District Judge later awarded $300,000.00 in attorney fees.

Our office has handled a large number of employment discrimination claims based upon race, national origin, sex, religion, handicap, age, sexual harassment, and retaliation. Defendants have included numerous agencies of the Federal Government, the State of California, numerous counties, cities and corporate defendants. Many clients have been civilian Federal employees who have sued Federal agencies regarding a wide range of discriminatory actions and practices. We have achieved a high measure of success in the handling of these claims.


The Law Office of Robert M. Baskin also has experience in handling nursing home negligence cases. In one case, the decedent was placed into a nursing home due to increased mental illness. Negligence of staff at the nursing home resulted in the patient choking to death. The family of the decedent brought a wrongful death action against the nursing home. After filing a lawsuit the case was confidentially settled through mediation for a six figure amount.


We prepare wills and trusts and assist clients in planning their estates so that their wishes can be fulfilled without the need for court proceedings or litigation. We also handle complex will, trust and probate litigation, including elder abuse actions.

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The Law Office of Robert M. Baskin has handled thousands of personal injury, wrongful death and products liability claims with a high measure of success and excellent results on behalf of clients. No case has ever proven to be too large, too complex or too small. Every case whether major injury or not, receives the professional attention that is necessary to bring it to a favorable conclusion.

Main Office

1849 Knoll Dr.
Ventura CA 93003


(805) 658-1000


(805) 658-8034


Free Initial Consultation?

Free initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Generally handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee or percentage of recovery basis, typically 1/3 - 40%

Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Office Manager

Terri R. Kump, J.D.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Personal injury law allows me to work with and help individuals who often need my help the most. Typically they have suffered injury for reasons that are not their fault and are beyond their control. Often they lack the skills and resources to pursue their claim and achieve a fair result. I have chosen this primary area of practice because it enables me to use my skills to help others.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We make every effort to inform and educate our clients regarding all aspects of their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to do so.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to do so.

Robert M. Baskin

Law Office of Robert M. Baskin

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handling employment discrimination claims

To effectively handle a personal injury claim requires good interpersonal experience, keen negotiating skills and the ability to bring to trial any claim that your opponent refuses to reasonably settle. I believe that good interpersonal relationships with clients and the ability to effectively prepare and present their case enables attorneys in my office to settle the vast majority of injury claims. But our ability to settle cases for their fair value also depends on our opponents knowing that we will bring to trial any case that cannot be fairly resolved. Often it is our opponents' knowledge of our ability to try cases that results in their fair and early resolution. I have 30 years experience as a trial attorney as well as in the preparation of matters for trial and their resolution.

My goal is to provide quality representation for every client who has a need. Attorneys who handle personal injury matters in my office generally have between 10 and 30 years of personal injury trial experience. They are able to handle a full range of personal injury matters, both large and small. I hire them both for their broad experience as well as their goal of providing effective, quality representation for my clients.

Attorneys in my office are very "hands on" in their representation of our clients. Clients can expect to have regular and quality contact with their attorney. We invite open communication with our clients and find that keeping them informed and educated with regard to their case results in a positive attorney-client relationship.

Personal interests:

I enjoy reading (primarily philosophy), traveling, spending time in nature and being with my family. Each of the 4 attorneys in my office are married and have children. They enjoy time with their families and pursue a variety of personal, family, religious and community service activities.


Bar Number: 65149
California, 1975


George Washington University Law School
J.D., 1975

University of California at Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, 1972

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