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.
John is an AV 5.0 Preeminent peer rated lawyer by Martendale-Hubbell, their
highest rating. He carries a Superb rating from AVVO. He has been
designated a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyer Magazine and has been honored with
a listing in the Best Lawyers in America guide.
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
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
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, Frazey
Foundation, 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
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.
John was the second recipient of the national Demetrio Rodriguez Champion of
Educational Justice Award presented annually by the Education Law Center in
New Jersey at the Litigators Educational Opportunity Conference. The award
is presented for lifetime career achievement in advancing equal educational
opportunity through school finance advocacy.
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 grandson, Harrison, and on weekends you might
find John enjoying his Mazda Miata or sitting in a duck blind.