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Robert B. Carey

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

Phoenix, AZ, USA


Mr. Carey handles class-action lawsuits against many different types of organizations and companies. He has served as lead counsel in cases such as the LifeLock Sales and Marketing Litigation, Hyundai Motor America’s cases on sub-frame corrosion and airbag systems and the state of Arizona’s claim against McKesson Corporation for overcharging on prescription drugs. Mr. Carey has argued high-profile cases in federal and state courts across the country.

Current Role:

  • Partner & Executive Committee Member, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro
  • Leads Hagens Berman’s Phoenix and Colorado Springs offices
  • Practice focuses on class-action lawsuits, including auto defect, insurance, right of publicity and fraud cases. Mr. Carey's work also extends to bad-faith insurance, personal injury and medical malpractice, with several jury trials involving verdicts with as much as $75 million at stake.
  • Routinely handles jury trials for high-value cases

Recent Success:

  • Helped start HB’s efforts against GM for its ignition system and other recall problems, which is now in the MDL with Hagens Berman leading the litigation
  • Helped originate the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration case, filing the initial Hagens Berman complaints for a case that eventually settled for $1.6 billion
  • Led Hagens Berman’s efforts on the $400 million settlement with Hyundai and Kia corporations over misrepresentations about MPG ratings
  • Helped secure a first-ever ($60 million) settlement for collegiate student-athletes (Keller, consolidated with O'Bannon) from Electronic Arts (EA) and the NCAA for the misappropriation of the student-athletes' likenesses and images for the EA college football video game series. This groundbreaking suit went up to the U.S. Supreme Court before a settlement was reached, providing student-athletes—even current ones—with cash recoveries for the use of their likenesses without permission.
  • Numerous jury verdicts in trials, including complex matters, phasing of threshold issues, liability and damages, trials with more than $75 million at stake and recoveries of treble and punitive damages
  • Represented Donnovan Hill against Pop Warner after he was paralyzed at 13. With Rachel Freeman, Rob secured a settlement that "forever changed youth football" (OC Weekly) and was "unprecedented" and owed a debt of gratitude by those who care about the safety of kids playing football (Washington Post).  Donnovan died tragically during a 2016 surgery. 

Education:

University of Denver, M.B.A., J.D., 1986

Arizona State University, B.S., 1983

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, State & Local Government Program, 1992

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