Awards and Recognitions

The Nation’s Leading Train Accident Lawyers

Pottroff & Karlin has been honored with several prestigious awards due to their outstanding legal ability as well as his long history of upholding the highest professional and ethical standards.

To learn more about the following awards, simply click on the links provided.

Avvo – Rated Superb

Avvo is a service which finds and profiles every attorney in the nation and then rates them using an objective process. Robert Pottroff is rated as “Superb”, the highest possible ranking for any attorney.

Fellow – American College of Trial Lawyers

The ACTL is a highly selective organization with a rigorous nomination and election process. Only the top 1% of a state’s trial lawyers can be accepted as Fellows.

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Martindale-Hubbell provides a peer-review system for all attorneys admitted to the bar. AV is the possible highest rating – meaning that other attorneys have rated Robert Pottroff at the highest levels of professional and ethical excellence and ability.

Member – Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a prestigious group of trial lawyers in the U.S. It limits its membership to trial lawyers who have won million or multi-million dollar verdicts. Fewer than 1% of the nation’s lawyers are members.

Missouri – Kansas Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is an organization aimed at distinguishing the top lawyers in a given field in a given state. Super Lawyers accepts no more than the top 5% of a state’s attorneys.

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Train crash cases are unique and complex with many different potential pitfalls, such as federal preemption. Anytime I get hired or even get a call from a train crash victim, my very first call is to Nathan’s firm. Nathan’s knowledge and experience in handling and trying cases against these litigation savvy railroad companies gives me the confidence to know that the clients and cases I refer to him are getting the best of the best.

James PerrinLubbock, Texas

I have had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Nathan on several railroad crossing accidents cases. In each case, Nathan always possessed an incredible knowledge of the law and the facts, possessed a great talent for aggressive - strategic legal planning and trial tactics while, at the same time, displaying great skill as an effective negotiator. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

Scott McCluenHarriman, Tennessee

Nathan Karlin has my strongest endorsement in the field of railroad crossing cases and personal injury law. I had the pleasure of working with Nathan in a complex railroad personal injury case. I was impressed by Nathan’s knowledge, his work ethic, and his dedication to the client. I look forward to working with Nathan on future injury matters. I am also aware firsthand that he has obtained excellent trial and settlement results in numerous cases involving members of the public harmed by railroad companies.

Joseph M. MillerMandeville, Louisiana

Nathan is a warrior fighting the railroads. As a fellow personal injury lawyer, I have constantly been impressed with his depth of knowledge and his capabilities from case to case. I’d take him into battle with me any day against the biggest railroads and insurance companies on the planet.

Jon C. ClarkAustin, Texas

Bob Pottroff has fought for the victims of the railroads’ callous disregard for safety more than any other attorney that I know. I should know because I am currently Chair-elect of the Railroad Section of ATLA.

Robert SchuetzeBoulder, Colorado

Mr. Pottroff has shaken the rail industry to its very roots. Settlements are now more common as a result of the way he has exposed the industry’s wrongdoing.

Mike EasleyArkansas

Bob Pottroff’s work in railroad safety law is unmatched and he has been the source of great advice and phenomenal creativity.

Roger BrownJefferson City, Missouri

In addition to his substantive contributions to railroad grade crossing safety, I have personally observed his untiring efforts and contributions to improving the integrity of the legal system.

Elizabeth HardyLake Charles, Louisiana