Robert “Bob” Buckley is a devoted medical malpractice and catastrophic injury attorney. For more than 40 years, he has practiced law in the Independence area. Bob strongly believes medical negligence litigation has a positive impact on improving health care in America and spends an extensive amount of time educating himself on medical issues to better serve his clients.
“The practice of law is about helping people. We are driven each day to represent our clients in the best manner possible which means combining the experience we’ve gained in the courtroom with our knowledge of emerging issues in the health care industry. With each successful case, our team works with clients to shine a light on an area in which improvements can be made to our health care system.”
Bob was the lead attorney in the landmark case of Roth v. Turbomeca, where he successfully argued that a flight nurse severely injured in a helicopter crash could sue for damages for being wrongfully induced to settle her lawsuit by lies about insurance coverage, yet still enforce the underlying settlement.
As a skilled personal injury attorney, Bob’s greatest strength is his ability to develop strong relationships with his clients who regularly refer his work. He has settled numerous personal injury and wrongful death cases that occurred as a result of catastrophic accidents, medication errors, surgical errors, birth injuries, misdiagnosis, emergency room negligence, nursing negligence, and nursing home negligence resulting in pressure ulcers and falls.
Prior to becoming a partner with the firm, Bob spent more than 20 years practicing law in Independence, MO. His wife Kim has been his paralegal for almost 30 years and serves as White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, LLC’s office manager.
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
The Best Lawyers in America, 2020-2023
- Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2021
- Kansas City Magazine, Top 50 Kansas City Area Lawyers (Medical Malpractice)
- Sugarcreek, Missouri, Citizen of the Year, 2016
- Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors, 20+ years
- Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, President, 2004
- Missouri Bar Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Bob is an active member of the Independence community. He is a regular columnist for the Independence Examiner and has written more than 300 columns to date. Bob is committed to helping youth in his community. He founded a nonprofit organization called Bears Tomorrow, Inc. The nonprofit helps area youths develop their athletic potential and leadership skills.
Bob is also active in William Chrisman High School activities; he has been the school’s Booster Club president for five years, and is the home game announcer for football games and boys’ varsity basketball games. He is vice president of the Foundation of the Independence School District, and he and his wife, Kim fund annual scholarships for graduating seniors of William Chrisman.
Bob and Kim also established a donor-advised fund to help disadvantaged youth with the Truman Heartland Foundation.
Bob received his J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1979. Prior to that, he received his M.P.A. in 1977 and his B.A. in 1975.