Robert Blythe has been a managing partner of the Palm Desert Office of Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette and Blythe since its inception in the early 1980’s. Practicing in the field of Personal Injury law for more than 35 years, Mr. Blythe decided to open the Law Offices of Blythe, Walker and Associates for the purpose of handling those particular cases he wishes to fully immerse himself in. The large number of cases accepted by his office continue to be handled by the Nordstrom, Steele, Nicolette & Blythe offices in Palm Desert and Tustin, California. However, the few cases that Mr. Blythe decides to handle personally are managed at his Palm Desert Office of Blythe, Walker & Associates.
The benefits to those few clients he chooses to represent exclusively are that of a small firm, with little distraction, the resources of his large office, and the concomitant access to his many attorneys and support staff as needed. This provides a unique foundation for the firm and provides those special clients with Mr. Blythe’s personal attention throughout the handling of their case.
Barbara Walker, his law partner in this venture has been practicing law in California for 36 years. She began her career as an associate attorney with the Law Firm of Arthur Sherman in Beverly Hills, California and held the position of Managing Attorney for the entire firm. There she controlled the day to day activities of the firm and supervised its many attorneys, support staff, law clerks, paralegals, and secretaries. Ms. Walker handled everything from court appearances and pre-litigation to the management of complex litigation cases. Presently, she manages the practice of Blythe, Walker & Associates and, akin to Mr. Blythe, devotes her time and attention to the small number of cases this firm accepts.
At Blythe, Walker & Associates, we have settled or tried literally thousands of cases over the past 35 years. We have tried, to judgment, cases of each of the following types: air crash cases, asbestos cancers, automobile versus automobile collisions, automobile versus pedestrian collisions, commercial trucking crashes, animal bite cases, slip-and-falls, amputations caused by defective products, construction site accidents, construction defect-related property damage, motorcycle accidents and medical malpractice cases. The types of injuries involved in the cases that we have taken to trial include amputations, spinal injuries, brain damage, fractures, burns, mesothelioma, facial scars, paraplegia, quadriplegia and fatalities. We have been fortunate enough to have won for our clients the substantial majority of the cases that we have tried, many of which resulted in six- and seven-figure judgments in their favor.
Blythe, Walker & Associates limits its practice to plaintiff’s civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury & wrongful death cases arising from aviation/construction/auto accidents, as well as many other personal injury & wrongful death claims.
Robert Blythe brings to the firm a unique past that has proven to be very significant in our personal injury practice. He is able to bring insight to the damage areas of our clients claims by implementing his knowledge base of medicine and injuries. These areas are often times not understood by other personal injury practitioners.
Following his honorable discharge for the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict, Mr. Blythe made the decision to further his education and pursue a course of pre-medical studies. His focus was to ultimately practice medicine as an emergency medicine physician.
After working as both UCLA’s School of Medicine Emergency Department and The Santa Monica Hospital Emergency Department in emergency medical trauma, he had an epiphany.
His goal was centered on treating the critically injured. This passion developed during the time he had spent in the service during the Vietnam Conflict seeing so many wounded and maimed from this war.
Robert spent all of his pre-medical years working in emergency departments as an emergency trauma technician and for several years thereafter completing his studies.
“After many years of working with trauma patients I felt empty. We were saving lives and helping those critically injured but, something was missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it until one day a very close friend of mine was admitted into the emergency room at UCLA with severe multiple trauma following an automobile accident. He happened to be a very skilled physician and had known no other life than practicing surgery. We used to joke that he had ‘hands of gold’. When all was said and done, he was rendered quadriplegic after this incident and resigned to life in a wheel chair with no use of his arms or legs. I recall many conversations about “life experiences” but, all he ever knew was school, more school and work. He never had traveled, or experienced any of those quality areas of life the rest of us take for granted.”
“The inevitable occurred and within hours of his discharge from the hospital he took his life. If only I could have done something more for him… It hit me like a ton of bricks. Even though he could no longer practice medicine as he was accustomed, if I could have supported him monetarily as I tried to do emotionally; given him an opportunity to explore other facets of life that he could not experience due to the economic realities, he may well have had a different outcome. All he could focus upon was his life insurance policy and it’s ability to provide for his family.”
“It became evident that a competent emergency medicine staff could save one’s life and cosmetically patch up the wounds but, who would help with the monetary pressures if a patient was unable to work for a lengthy period or gain satisfactory employment thereafter. I needed to start where the doctors left off and use my skills to provide economically for those who faced the aftermath of a tragic accident.”
“I enrolled in law school in 1977. Now my goal was to help those resigned to life in a wheelchair; those missing limbs; those blind or without hearing; and those disfigured by catastrophic accident. I would ensure they would be equipped to deal with the economic pressures that befell my friend.”
For Mr. Blythe this was indeed a wise decision. The medical expertise he has brought to the law firm, coupled with his legal abilities has enabled him to transform the lives of many injured clients and their families.
A critical area when engaged in the practice of personal injury law is understanding the injury and understanding the residual impact it will have over the course of the clients life.
Many lawyers will hire a physician to explain an injury to them. Truly understanding the medicine is often an unattainable goal for attorneys. Not only understand the medicine but, having seen the injury and treatment ‘up close and personal’ takes the personal injury attorney to a new plateau.
Having the ability to effectively cross-examine an insurance company’s doctor, all the while clearly understanding the medicine as well as the injury, and its anticipated impact on a client/patients life is a rare skill set indeed. Effectively, providing a jury with this complex information in a fashion they can digest is concomitantly unique.
These are the skills that separate the average personal injury practitioner from the learned, skilled trial lawyer.
Mr. Blythe has cross examined literally thousands of expert medical witnesses over his 35 years of practice. He has used his unique powers of presentation of an injury to resolve a large number of cases in the six and seven figure range for his clients. He has the distinction of obtaining some of the largest settlements prior to and during trial in California for particular cases he has handled.
Born: Los Angeles, California, July 19, 1948
Admitted to Bar: 1981, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Education: University of Southern California; California State University of Northridge (B.A., 1976); Southwestern University (J.D., 1980).
Member: Desert, Los Angeles County, Northern California and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (formerly LATLA); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Consumers Attorneys of California (formerly CTLA); National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice Law; Products Liability Law; Personal Injury Law, Elder Law.
Recognized Experience in the Fields of: General Personal Injury and Products Liability Law; Medical Malpractice law; Elder Law Practice with the emphasis on Nursing Home Abuse cases
Medical Experience: Emergency Trauma Technician, UCLA School of Medicine Emergency Department, 1973-1979; Santa Monica Hospital Emergency Department, 1973-1978
Military Experience:U.S. Air Force, Honorably Discharged 1968
Past personal counsel for the following: Director of Emergency Medicine, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Emergency Medicine Program; Director of Emergency Medical Care, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Fire Department Paramedic Program; Director of Pharmacy, Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Past medical/legal consultant for the following: Directors of Emergency Medicine, Santa Monica Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine; UCLA Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine; Torrance Memorial Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine
Resident/Managing Partner: Palm Desert Office
Barbara Walker has been practicing law in California for 36 years. She began her career as an associate attorney with the Law Firm of Arthur Sherman in Beverly Hills, California and held the position of Managing Attorney for the entire firm. There she controlled the day to day activities of the firm and supervised it’s many attorney’s, a large support staff along with it’s law clerks, paralegals and secretaries. Ms. Walker handles everything from research, pre-litigation, court appearances to the management of complex litigation cases. Presently, she manages the practice of Blythe, Walker and Associates.
Born: Seattle, Washington , February 22, 1952
Admitted to Bar: 1980, California
Education: Mills College, Oakland, California (B.A., 1974); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1980)
Member: American Bar Association; State Bar of California
Practice Areas: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury