On February 9, 2023, BB&D’s founding member Robert D. Blitz received an award from Missouri Lawyers Media for his work on the Number 1 Top Settlement of 2022. Bob was a crucial member of the group of private attorneys representing several Missouri counties that had brought their own actions against the opioid industry alongside the Missouri Attorney General’s Office acting on behalf of the state. Their efforts secured a settlement with opioid makers and distributors that will bring $183.2 million for counties and cities Bob and the other private attorneys represented and $274.8 million to the state of Missouri.
Bob has been recognized for securing the top verdict or settlement in each of the past three decades:
- 2010 Largest Plaintiff Wins, Missouri Lawyers Weekly;
- 2011 Largest Plaintiff Wins, Missouri Lawyers Weekly;
- 2015 Largest Reported Defense Wins, Missouri Lawyers Weekly;
- 2021 Top Settlement, Missouri Lawyers Media; and
- 2022 Top Settlement Missouri Lawyers Media.