Train Accident Lawyers

The Attorneys of Pottroff & Karlin

At Pottroff & Karlin, a train accident law firm serving the nation out of Manhattan, Kansas, our attorneys have devoted their careers to helping families across the United States who have suffered from railroad crossing accidents. Our lawyers are nationally and internationally recognized authorities in the legal issues involved in railroad accidents, which often involve even more complex legal issues such as brain injuries. They are also members of many prestigious professional organizations, such as the American Association for Justice, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum. Lead attorney Robert Pottroff served as president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association for the 2006 term. Visit the below links to learn more about our attorneys.

Robert L. Pottroff (Bob)

Bob Pottroff is the managing partner of Pottroff & Karlin. He is one of the nation’s leading railroad accident attorneys and advocates for safe railroad crossings, which is evidenced by his verdicts. Bob is an outspoken advocate for the rights of railroad accident victims and their families. He frequently lectures all over the United States on railroad crossing litigation, investigation and discovery, and the use of innovative technologies for litigation. Mr. Pottroff has also developed an expertise in the representation of clients with traumatic brain injury, and he continues to devote a significant amount of his time to public service and activism on behalf of public interest groups promoting railroad crossing safety and train passenger safety.

Nathan L. Karlin

Nathan is a partner of Pottroff & Karlin and strongly believes in the firm’s commitment to advancing public safety across the country.  Since joining Pottroff & Karlin, LLC in 2012, Nathan has devoted the majority of his practice to fighting for railroad accident victims.  There are over 3,000 train accidents a year.  Hundreds of people lose their lives and even more are seriously injured.  Nathan understands that life can be profoundly changed in an instant by a train collision.  He also understands many of these railroad tragedies are preventable.  Nathan is active in courtrooms throughout the country advocating for a safer tomorrow.  He is committed to serving the community and furthering safety in the transportation industry.

Douglas F. Martin


Doug Martin was an attorney with Pottroff & Karlin from 2005 until he lost his battle with cancer in 2009.  Not only was Doug our valued colleague, but he was a dear friend as well.  He was passionate about the legal profession and worked tirelessly as an advocate for his clients.  Doug’s positive nature and dedication touched many people and will long be remembered.

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Railroad News
December 4, 2019

One Indiana Motorist Killed, Another Injured in Two Separate Collisions at Nearby Dangerous, Unguarded Crossings by the Same CSX Freight Train

December 4, 2019

One Indiana Motorist Killed, Another Injured in Two Separate Collisions at Nearby Dangerous, Unguarded Crossings by the Same CSX Freight Train


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