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Robert T Karns

Personal injury Attorney at Providence, RI

3.7   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    Rhode Island - RI 35 years
    Massachusetts - MA 48 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Good Standing
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1988
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2013
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1974
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2013

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Robert Karns started his firm, Karns & Kerrison, in 1974 and has been tirelessly serving clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts ever since. The firm provides personalized attention and compassion to victims of accidents and injuries. Clients come to Karns & Kerrison for the depth of experience, their success record, and their determination to recover the compensation each victim deserves. 

Robert Karns specializes in brain injuries and has handled TBI cases for dozens of years. Karns is on the Executive Committee of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and served on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island.

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Posted by Michelle | June 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
MVA case with TBI
I am forever grateful to Robert Karns and his children. I had a motor vehicle accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. They handled the case with utmost professionalism and helped me every step of the way to get the best medical treatment I could. I was very happy with my outcome regarding the accident but I was thrilled beyond expectation by my legal team.
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Posted by Dave | December 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Good Concussion lawyer
I sustained a concussion in a car accident. He was very knowledgeable about the topic which made my case run smoothly.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Mixed bag
Although the staff are extremely friendly, I got the impression that they believed themselves not to be dedicated in terms of when I would get a "call back". I asked his phone AAs to give me an idea of when I could expect to hear from him for an initial traumatic brain injury (TBI) liability case consultation time, and they replied; "when he gets a free moment". This was a very bad first impression for him in that it suggested to me that there is a lack of communication between him and his staff, specifically regarding his case schedule. So, I can expect a call back maybe today, maybe tomorrow, or maybe next month. My civil legal issues span a few specialties at the moment, so I have interacted with quite a few lawyers. One did call back about a month after my initial contact. In conclusion, I have been in the pharmaceutical industry for about 30 years prior to my disabling accident and let me tell you: in my business, one's ability to be an expert in scheduling and dealing with critical issues shows your proficiency in your profession. This skill is clearly absent on this lawyer's CV, and sadly, quite a few others. Please note that I had to check whether I consulted with him or hired him. Although 'consulted' is checked, I didn't have the pleasure of receiving one, and after writing this comment I did find an attorney who was recommended to be the best in premises liability, I had a consultation the same day.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2013.

Reciprocal - Public Reprimand/Admonishment issued in MA, 2013
updated on 06/10/2013

This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Massachusetts.

Public Censure issued in RI, 2013
updated on 06/07/2013

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Karns & Kerrison
  • 1974 - Present


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Bridgewater State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Settlement
  • $1.86 million Settlement
  • Rollover Accident
  • $1.55 million


  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group
  • Executive Committee
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Melvin M. Belli Society
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Brain Injury Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group
  • Chairman
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished rating by peers 4.4 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 99 Truck Accident Lawyer, US
  • Truck Accident Attorney's Roundtable
  • N/A


  • Trial Magazine
  • Experts Put Your Slip and Fall Case on Solid Ground
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • American Association for Justice
  • Working with the Brain Injured Client
  • 2013
  • Rhode Island State Bar
  • Proving Head Trauma
  • 2008
  • North American Brain Injury Association
  • TBI and the Elderly
  • 2008

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Providence Personal injury Lawyer Robert T Karns
Robert T Karns
Personal injury Attorney
Providence, RI
Licensed for 48 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2013. See details