At The Law Offices of Rotts & Gibbs, LLC, in Columbia, Missouri, we focus our practice on helping clients who have suffered personal injury, the loss of a loved one, or have been financially harmed through the fault of another.
We handle cases in a variety of additional legal matters, including Whistleblower and Qui Tam cases and international law. With over 65 years of combined legal practice and trial experience, our attorneys have the ability to help clients successfully manage many types of legal problems. Because we have exceptional negotiators and trial lawyers, our Missouri, national and international clients have come to rely on our law firm for the legal advice and representation they need, when they need it. Contact us today to discuss your needs and goals with a dedicated Columbia Missouri attorney firm. Our practice is broad, focusing on legal matters involving Whistleblower and Qui Tam cases, personal injury, wrongful death, trucking accidents, automobile wrecks, products liability, dangerous drugs, class actions, workers compensation, and international law. We stand by our motto - "Where experience and compassion meet." Complete Team of Professional MO Attorneys At Rotts & Gibbs, LLC, we emphasize a team approach on most of our personal injury, products liability and wrongful death claims. Our paralegals, legal assistants, support staff and attorneys work together to provide a seamless legal product for our clients. Our clients are often in severe difficulty and need assistance in several areas of the law at the same time. We provide those services. Rotts & Gibbs, LLC, a mid-missouri attorney firm based two blocks from the courthouse in downtown Columbia, has a full staff of attorneys and paralegals to fight significant personal injury cases. Bill Rotts, Finley Gibbs and Alexa Pearson are the attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC. Each lawyer in the firm often works on different aspects of large claims, using their own personal skills and knowledge so that the client gets the best combination of skills and knowledge to further their claim. Paralegals Dina Fentiman and Kate Schulte, along with Legal Assistants Tammy Barrett and Jennifer Homer provide support for the attorneys. We are not aware of any firms in central Missouri with the depth and manpower we have to handle your case. We also have the financial depth to fight long legal battles and use the latest technology to assist with the organization and preparation of your claims. Our firm's attorneys have had experience in nearly every aspect of personal injury law. Auto collisions, motorcycle collisions, trucking collisions, pedestrian injuries, products liability claims, wrongful death, nursing home litigation, pharmaceutical and dangerous drug litigation, workers compensation and many more are areas where our firm has significant first hand case experience. Our firm represented Sherry Hunt against Citibank in one of the larger Whistleblower / Qui Tam cases of all time. Our Missouri Attorney Firm pursues cases for our clients all across the State of Missouri, the United States and sometimes overseas. Currently, we are pursuing claims in each of the above practice areas, with significant case results detailed under Representative Cases in this website along with the blog to the right. Please contact our office for further information or to set an appointment. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Use of this website by a person does not create an attorney-client relationship and email communication with our law firm does not create an attorney client relationship. Email is not secure and we cannot guarantee confidentiality of any information sent through the internet.
1001 East Walnut St., Ste. 301
P.O. Box 7385
Columbia MO 65201
Experienced Trucking Accident Law Firm
Truck drivers work very long hours and often have tight schedules. One of the major reasons trucking accidents happen in the United States is because of driver fatigue. When a driver is excessively fatigued, their performance can drop to the level of an intoxicated person. They also have a decreased ability to evaluate their own level of fatigue which can severely impair their judgment. Trucking accidents are collisions involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-Wheelers or other commercial vehicles that cause property damage and/or personal injuries. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Trucks are extremely heavy, when pulling a full load. Often semi-trucks weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. This is 20 times the weight of most cars on the road. Obviously, when a truck collides with a vehicle weighing 1/20th its weight, the results can be catastrophic. Of the previously mentioned 500,000 truck wrecks, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision. The drivers of the tractor-trailer often escape with no injuries because their vehicles are so much larger than the ordinary cars. Common causes of truck accidents include: unlicensed driver, speeding, disobeying safety procedure, motor vehicle inspection failure, repair and maintenance failure, DUI/DWI, driver fatigue, truck rollover, backing up, vehicle collision, mechanical failure, tire blowout, transporting equiptment, overloaded trailer and loads that shift weight. Commercial trucks have special rules, regulations and laws that they must obey. One rule is that truck drivers must obtain necessary rest and restorative sleep. If you are involved in an accident where the driver fell asleep, you may end up trying your case in Federal Court. Truck drivers are required to keep driving logs. When they are involved in an accident, evaluation of the log is critical. The log may be used to show violations of Federal hours-of-service regulations, intentional illegal conduct and negligent conduct. With emerging technology, attorneys have access to more evidence to help their clients. Computerized dispatch records, cell phone forensics, GPS technology and computer animations make it possible for attorneys to better investigate their cases. The trucking industry is also discussing going to electronic logbooks. If you are involved in a trucking accident, make sure that you document the accident the best that you can. If you believe you need legal help, call an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC have such experience and they know that it is important to begin gathering information necessary to pursue the claim immediately. A truck accident attorney like the attorneys at Rotts & Gibbs, LLC can help you with your case. They can help you get the compensation you deserve to help cover the costs of medical bills, physical therapy fees, vehicle repair and lost wages. Because most cases of this nature are done on a contingency fee basis, most of the time you will not be required to provide any money to pursue your claim and the attorneys will pay for the expensive and necessary costs to properly pursue your claim. Our Missouri Trucking Accident Attorneys are currently pursuing claims from big truck accidents and would like to discuss your potential claim with you. Our Mo attorney firm has a team of lawyers, paralegals and assistants who work together on claims such as this. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Use of this website by a person does not create an attorney-client relationship and email communication with our law firm does not create an attorney client relationship. Email is not secure and we cannot guarantee confidentiality of any information sent through the internet.
Alexa Pearson, the newest associate of the firm, was born in 1973 and grew up in Simi Valley, California. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After college, Alexa spent several years working for the local Division of Family Services and Children's Division, which led her to apply to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. During law school, Alexa was an intern for the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and was employed by the Missouri Attorney General's Litigation Division. She published articles in both the Journal of Dispute Resolution and Missouri Law Review, and was an awarded editor. After graduating from law school and obtaining her law license in 2004, Alexa was a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith at the Supreme Court of Missouri. Alexa went on to work as a Staff Attorney for the Missouri Senate, where she conducted legal research and drafted proposed laws and policy on a wide variety of issues, including civil procedure, tort laws, and Medicaid fraud. Alexa left the Senate for a position as Legislative Counsel for The Missouri Bar, where she assisted with efforts to promote laws that would facilitate the efficient administration of justice and equal access to the courts. After lobbying for increased funding for Missouri's Public Defender System, Alexa left her position at the Bar to join the Public Defender's Central Appellate District, where she represented clients in statewide criminal appeals for several years. She has drafted appellate briefs and obtained favorable decisions for her clients in every appellate court in Missouri. Alexa focuses her practice on trial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on complex legal research and drafting of pleadings and other documents.
The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Use of this website by a person does not create an attorney-client relationship and email communication with our law firm does not create an attorney client relationship. Email is not secure and we cannot guarantee confidentiality of any information sent through the internet.
Finley Gibbs: Born in 1964 in Portland Oregon. A graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1989 with a degree in Speech Communication and an early graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in December, 1996. He passed the Bar exam in the spring of 1997, his first opportunity. Finley is BV rated with Martindale Hubbell. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri and the Federal Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the Eastern and Western Missouri Courts of Appeal and the Missouri Supreme Court. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and the Boone County Bar Association.
He has extensive trial experience, both by court and by jury. He has experience with administrative tribunal practice in the State of Missouri. Finley was employed through college and worked for several large corporations between college and Law School. While in school he focused on personal injury and mediation course work. He is a trained mediator.
Finley became a partner in Rotts & Gibbs, LLC after two years of practice with Bill Rotts. Since then, his special knowledge of medical issues and mechanical issues has lead him to focus his practice on major personal injury, products liability and medically oriented civil cases. He maintains a practice in other areas to properly serve the clients of Rotts and Gibbs, LLC. He has a significant practice in Mass Torts involving injuries to people caused by pharmaceutical and other products.
Finley has represented several clients to Million dollar plus settlements and is currently analyzing Whistleblower and Qui Tam cases where a company or individual has committed fraud against the State of Missouri or the United States of America. He had the privilege of representing Sherry Hunt in a successful 158 million dollar case on behalf of the Federal Government against Citibank. This experience led him to begin focusing his practice on similar matters including national Medicaid and Medicare fraud and governmental contract fraud. If you have such a potential claim, please call Finley to discuss.
University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1997
Kim Force works in an "of counsel" capacity with Rotts & Gibbs, LLC. She was born in 1970 in Fulton, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1993. After college, Kim spent several years working with in-house legal departments for various high-tech and international software companies. She attained her Juris Doctor and Masters of Intellectual Property degrees from Pierce Law School in 2002. She is admitted to practice law in both the State of Missouri and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Kim focuses her practice on small, start-up and high-tech business entities, intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and licensing), and contract drafting and negotiation. Her business degree and real-world corporate experience enable her to skillfully address the legal needs of small businesses struggling to compete and survive in today's global economy.
Pierce Law School
Juris Doctorate, 2002
William Rotts: Born 1952 in St. Joseph, Missouri. A graduate of Missouri Western University with degrees in Economics, Business Management and Accounting in 1970 and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1982. He achieved the honor of being selected as the Smith N. Crowe scholar in International Law. He has achieved a BV rating with Martindale Hubbell.
He is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri and in United States Federal District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. He has been accepted by Eastern and Western Missouri Courts of Appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
Bill has tried hundreds of cases to the court, over 75 jury trials, and has advanced many cases to the Supreme Court of Missouri. He is experienced within administrative tribunals in both Missouri and out of state.
He has represented hundreds of clients and continues to serve clients throughout the state. He is an excellent tactician with significant experience in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. He works with small to medium size businesses and has become adept at working with those who have international difficulties.
University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1982
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