Robert J. Talaska
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"As a birth injury attorney, I enjoy the challenge that demands skill, resources and considerable specialized medical and trial knowledge to help families navigate through the medical malpractice litigation process. Witnessing firsthand the effect a successful case has on the lives of parents and their children makes our legal work worthwhile."

Robert J. Talaska has focused his legal career on birth injury cases for over two decades and is a nationally recognized birth injury medical malpractice expert.

In 1998, he established the Talaska Law Firm in Houston. The firm devotes its practice exclusively to personal injury trial law, representing clients in medical malpractice cases related to birth injury, birth trauma and birth defects.

Practice Areas

  • Medical Negligence
  • Toxic Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Obstetric Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Birth Trauma

Client Work

Mr. Talaska takes a special interest in helping injured children. For 22 years, he has limited his practice to the area of birth injury and birth trauma medical malpractice cases and has developed the expertise, knowledge and resources to ensure that children and their families have strong legal representation in difficult and demanding birth injury cases. Robert Talaska has had notable success at trial, representing children who have cerebral palsy as well as brachial plexus injuries.

Professional History

Prior to founding his own firm, Robert Talaska worked for The Haskins Law Firm, Houston, Texas, where he handled a large litigation and trial practice for families in complex catastrophic medical malpractice cases.
  • Trial attorney, 1988-1998
  • Partner and Part-owner, 1996-1998

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1988
  • Texas Supreme Court, 1988
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2007
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2009
  • Pro Hac Vice: Multiple states around the country

Certification, Honors and Appointments

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 10 years. An AV rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, 2010
  • Elected and inducted into American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only group of the preeminent plaintiff and defense lawyers, 2009
  • Blakely Advocacy Institute – University of Houston Law Center – Board Member, 2001
  • Texas Lawyer’s 40 Lawyers under 40 Special Edition, 2001
  • Outstanding contribution, American Association of Justice – Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 1998
  • Frequent lecturer nationally and internationally on birth trauma cases.

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • National Chairman, AAJ (American Association for Justice), Birth Trauma Litigation Group (2007-2009), Board of Directors 1997 through present
  • American Association of Justice
  • AAJ Medical Negligence Litigation Group Member, Board Member 2000-2002
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • National Secretary, American Association for Justice’s Professional Negligence Section, 2010-2011
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director Member and Fellowship Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Director Member
  • Primerus, An International Society of Preeminent Law Firms
  • Master Advocates Program for advanced training in the art and skill of trial advocacy

Presentations and Articles

  • Obstetrical Malpractice. What the HCA Project Taught Us, AAJ National Professional Negligence Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 2010
  • Normalization of Deviance in Obstetrical Malpractice, TTLA Med Mal seminar, Austin, TX, 2010
  • Birth Injury and Newborn Brain Damage, The State Bar of Texas 15th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, San Antonio, TX, 2008
  • Determining the Cause of Children’s Brain Injury, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Eureka Springs, AR, 2008
  • Refuting the Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy Green Journal, Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
  • Shoulder Dystocia/How to Successfully Help the Family, New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association’s Advanced Medical Malpractice Symposium, Newark, NJ, 2007
  • Medical Malpractice and Birth Injury, National Convention for Persons with Disabilities, San Antonio, TX, 2005
  • New Non-Cap Damages, Texas Trial Lawyers Association 16th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2005
  • New Expert Qualifications and How They Qualify, Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s 14th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2003
  • Ethical Issues Involving Informed Consent and Informed Refusal for Obstetricians, Texas Tech University School of Law and St. Mary’s University Law School’s Medical Malpractice Seminar, San Antonio, TX, 2002
  • Case Law Update, Texas Trial Lawyers Association’s 13th Annual Advanced Medical Malpractice Conference, Houston, TX, 2002
  • Life Expectancy of Children with Cerebral Palsy, International Birth Trauma Conference, London, England, 2002
  • Causation Issues in Cases Involving Brain Injury to Children – The Texas Tech School of Law and St. Mary’s School of Law Medical Malpractice Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2002
  • Arguing Medical Negligence Cases Involving Cerebral Palsy,Texas Lawyer, 12/09/2002
  • Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section, Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Litigating Catastrophically Injured Children Cases, Atlanta, GA, 2000
  • Trusts and Settlements Issues in Cases Involving Children with Cerebral Palsy, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2000
  • What Parents Need to Know About the Medical-Legal Aspects of Brachial Plexus Injuries, United Brachial Plexus Network National Conference, Denver, CO, 2000
  • Shoulder Dystocia, AAJ’s National Conference on Litigating Catastrophically Injured Children Cases, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  • How the New Rules of Texas Civil Procedure Affect Medical Malpractice Cases, Galveston County Bar Association, 1999
  • Avoiding Premature Births and the Resulting Complications of Prematurity, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Washington, DC 1998
  • Neonatal Hypoglycemia and Its Effects after Hypoxia and Ischemia, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 1996


  • University of Houston Law Center, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1988
  • Beloit College, Beloit, WI, Bachelor of Arts, 1984

Civic Involvement

Through his volunteer work, Mr. Talaska continues his dedication to children and strives to shape their future. He is actively involved in youth basketball in Houston and for the last seven years has been the director and coach of the Northside Rockets, a competitive AAU youth basketball team. Mr. Talaska has coached numerous children, making a positive influence through lessons that emphasize education and discipline.

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University of Houston Law Center
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J.D. - Juris Doctor
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Beloit College
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B.A. - Bachelor of Art
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