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John Somers Robb

John Somers Robb

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Education, Corporate & Incorporation, Trusts

About Me

John Robb has been actively practicing law since 1978 when he joined his father as a third generation lawyer in Newton.  John's practice is concentrated in estate planning, including wills, trusts, estate tax and probate and he also handles many business-related matters in the legal arena for clients. An active school attorney, John has distinguished himself in the area of school finance litigation and negotiations as well as day-to-day advice for school administrators and Boards.


After growing up in Newton, John attended Kansas University and you'll find that he's still a loyal Jayhawk fan.  John has a continuing interest in business issues and puts his undergraduate degree in Business Administration to use frequently for clients and in his civic activities.  Serving regularly on various local organization Boards and particularly finance committees has been a real pleasure.   


Always active, John has served as President or Chairman of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Harvey County Jobs Development Council, The Greater Newton Foundation, the Newton Jaycees, the Kansas Jaycee Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Northview Developmental Services, Inc., the Harvey County Bar Association and Harvey County Ducks Unlimited.  He's also been active on the Boards of Mirror, Inc. a comprehensive alcohol, drug and corrections entity, the Florence Bessmer Foundation, which financially supports the Newton Public Library, Bank IV Newton, and Harvey County United Way.   His other affiliations include The Harvey County, Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, the Kansas School Attorneys Association, the National Council of School Attorneys, the Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Honorary and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.  He's also been active in a number of local office political campaigns.


Being named an Outstanding Young Kansan, receiving the Newton Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, the Ducks Unlimited Conservation award and being named Newton Kansan Newsmaker of the Year are all honors John has received.  In 2003 John was named Newton’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year by The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce.  John was named one of Wichita's "10 to Watch" by the Wichita Eagle for 2010 in regards to his school finance litigation efforts.


After graduating from Washburn Law School with honors, the return to Newton was natural for John and his wife Karen who is also a Newton native.  As you'd expect, they keep very busy with their three daughters, Jenny, Katy and Suzy and on weekends you might find John enjoying his Mazda Miata or sitting in a duck blind. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Education: 30%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Trusts: 20%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    37 years, 1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-250/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Alan L. Rupe

    John Robb is an outstanding attorney. He is one of the smartest lawyers i've ever met. He has been a pleasure to work with. I would most definitely recommend him as an attorney.

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    Alan Rupe Administrative Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

110 E Broadway
Newton, KS, 67114

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KSAuthorized to practice law197810/09/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Demetrio Rodriguez Champion of Educational Justice AwardEducation Law Center2014
Best Lawyer- Education LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers in America- Education LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Kansas Earthmover 2011 EditionHawver's Capitol Report2012
10 People to WatchWichita Eagle2010
Super LawyerMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Citizen of YearNewton Chamber of Commerce2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Newsmaker of the YearNewton Kansan Newspaper1993
Overall Outstandng National Convention ChairmanUnited States Jaycees1984
Outstanding Young KansanKansas Jaycees1983

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSomers, Robb and Robb1978 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Wichita Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
9th Judicial District Nominating CommissionMember1993 - Present
Kansas Association of School NegotiatorsMember1986 - 2005
Harvey County Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Kansas Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
National Association of School AttorneysMember1978 - Present
Kansas School Attorney AssociationMember1978 - Present
Kansas Bar Association, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law SectionMember1978 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Montoy vs. State of KansasWon
Petrella vs. BrownbackPending
USD 229 vs. State of KansasWon at trial court

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Institute for Educational Equity and OpportunityA Quality Education for Every Child: Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Lines2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1977
University of KansasBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1975

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Litigators WorkshipWinning Equal Educational Opportunity For All2014
Educational Leadership classWorking With Your School Attorney2014
Winning Quality Educational Opportunity For AllTrial Practice, Appeals, Remedies and Compliance Proceedings2013
USD 265 Annual Retreat ConferenceSchool Finance Litigation: Gannon vs. State of Kansas2012
KASBO Annual ConventionSFFF- An Update on the School Finance Court Case2012
Litigators' Workshop 2011Evolving State Strategies in a Sea-Change Environment2011
KASBO Annual MeetingKansas School Finance- Status 2011 The New Funding Crises2011
Greenbush Service Center Conference- Topeka, KSKansas School Finance- Status 2009... The New Funding Crises2009