Robert Kum

Robert Kum: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Partner at Duane Morris LLP
  • 865 South Figueroa Street, Suite 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Robert Kum is a nationally recognized trial attorney focusing his practice on complex litigation matters concerning toxic torts, products liability, catastrophic injuries and business disputes in various state and federal courts throughout the United States.He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, and has served as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Mr. Kum has experience defending actions ranging from a single plaintiff to large mass torts. He provides multiple services to his clients, including mock trials and preparing corporate witnesses for trial and depositions. Mr. Kum also provides guidance to companies concerning the latest technological advances and cost-saving measures applied to various forms of litigation.

Mr. Kum is a 1996 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and a 1991 graduate of the University of California, Berkley


•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2018-present

•Sedgwick LLP
- Associate/Partner, 2001-2017

Honors and Awards

•California Super Lawyers, 2004-2018

•California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2005-2008

•2016 Sedgwick Inclusion and Diversity Award


Selected Publications

•Quoted, J&J's 3-Deal Day Signals A Shift In Legal War Over Talc, Law360, March 29, 2019

•Quoted, Weil Gotshal Lawyers' Tough Tactics Sealed J&J Talc Win, Law360

•“Consumer Products Act May Be Regulatory Overkill,” Law360

•“An Overview of the Underlying Policy and Application of the Raw Material and Bulk Supplier Defenses,” DRI Toxic Tort Quarterly

•“Reclassification of Two Industrial Chemicals in New Report on Carcinogens May Increase Toxic Tort Litigation,” Los Angeles Daily Journal

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Asbestos
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
213 689 7424  Phone
213 947 1118  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1991
Law School Attended:
Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; California; District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Activities

•Defense Research Institute

•Toxic Tort Subcommittee

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Represented Berryman Products, Inc. in the Paul Simmons, et al. v. US Steel, et al. trial ending in a defense verdict in a benzene exposure case venued in Philadelphia.; Obtained a voluntary no-pay dismissal for a pharmaceutical distributor after filing a summary judgment motion establishing that our client's over-the-counter talcum powder was not contaminated with asbestos and that the plaintiffs' personal injury claims were preempted by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.; National coordinating counsel for automotive chemical supplier in benzene lawsuits venued throughout the U.S.; Represents manufacturers of medical implant devices in numerous product liability cases nationwide.; Defends various national paint and chemical companies in cancer and lung disease cases.; Trial counsel for equipment manufacturer in asbestos lawsuits.; Defense verdict in product liability action venued in the United States District Court of California (Eastern Division).; Obtained summary judgment during trial for industrial furnace manufacturer in mesothelioma asbestos case based on O'Neil replacement parts doctrine.; Obtained $450,000 jury verdict in breach of fiduciary duty/constructive fraud action venued in Los Angeles Superior Court.; Bench trial verdict obtained on behalf of insurance company in breach of contract action.; Served as coordinating counsel for food flavoring company involved in domestic and international product liability and commercial disputes.; Successfully represented and obtained no cost dismissals for talc producers and suppliers; Obtained defense verdict in first diacetyl case to be tried in California.; Provides consulting on Prop 65, HazComm and label and material safety data sheet compliance.; Defended public utilities in hexavalent chromium groundwater environmental litigation.; Defended national equipment manufacturer in silica and welding rod litigation.; Defended cosmetic and hair care companies in commercial and product liability lawsuits.; Provides guidance to companies concerning the latest technological advances and cost-saving measures applied to various forms of litigation.; Provide expert and lay witness preparation for deposition and/or trial.; Provide jury and mock trial research.

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