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After having worked at the Law Firm of Woolsey, Fisher since coming out of Law School, my practice had grown apart from the core practice at Woolsey Fisher which was primarily insurance defense related. I had developed over the years an expertise in all sorts of product liability and large cases involving litigation mostly from the plaintiffs' side. I decided to form my own firm in 1990. Originally the name of the firm was the Law Offices of Robert M.N. Palmer, PC but we changed it in 2005 when Craig Oliver became my partner. 
The focus of the firm has remained primarily based in plaintiffs' work with an emphasis on large products and commercial cases. We have however from time to time represented defendants in large cases as well.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    34 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • John B. Boyd

    I endorse this lawyer. He is among the elite of great trial lawyers in our state, indeed in the region.


    John Boyd Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brian Scott Franciskato

    I endorse this lawyer. Rob is a top notch trial attorney. Rob routinely takes on the big corporations...and wins!! I recommend him for any product liability case against a manufacturer of a defective product.


    Brian Franciskato Trucking accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Law Offices of PalmerOliver, PC

431 S Jefferson
Suite 120
Springfield, MO, 65806


MOGood Standing, Active198201/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Presidents's Award for ExcellenceAttorney Information Exchange Group2010
Orrin Hatch Distinguished Trial Lawyer AwardBrigham Young University2009
Board CertifiedNational Board of Trial Advocates1995
Law ReviewUniversity of Missouri Law School1981
Outstanding Teacher of the YearUniversity of Missouri-Department of Philosophy1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Law Offices of PalmerOliver, PC1990 - Present
PartnerWoolsey Fisher Whiteaker & McDonald1982 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
International Society of BarristersFellow2001 - Present
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysPast President2010 - 2011
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupPast President2005 - 2007
American Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2000 - 2009
American Trial Lawyers Association-product liability sectionChair1999 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gills v FordPlaintiff's verdict for $2.5 million.
Shropshire v VermeerPlaintiffs' verdict for $400,000
Meyer v Mazda Motor CompanyPlaintiff's verdict for $3.5 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Missouri Trial AttorneyTwo Steps Back: Supreme Court deals Significant Setback to Jury Trials2012
Missouri Trial AttorneyA Lack of Class2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of Missouri, ColumbiaPhilosophyMA - Masters1979
Gordon-Conwell Theological SeminaryN/AOther - Masters1977
Southwest Missouri State UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MATA Annual Meeting.Thoughts on Accepting and Preparing Cases2012
AIEG Fall ConferenceDirect Examinations: Experts in Products Cases2012