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P: (818) 205-9955 F: (818) 205-9944 E: rsalley@tharpe-howell.com

ROBERT B. SALLEY is a Partner of the Firm in its Sherman Oaks, California, office and Chair of the Transportation Law Practice Group.  He represents commercial transportation carriers and insurers in all California jurisdictions on a broad range of matters including casualty, coverage, contract, cargo and employment disputes.

Mr. Salley also represents clients on a broad range of commercial matters, including products liability, unfair business practices, and premises liability claims.

Mr. Salley’s experience includes:

  • Serving as West Coast counsel for the nation’s largest motor carriers and several national commercial transportation insurers.
  • Leading the transportation industry in developing protocols for immediate large loss investigation that potentially save clients from thousands to millions of dollars.
  • Successfully resolving multiple catastrophic loss cases every year, including significant cases for wrongful death and brain injury.

Mr. Salley regularly conducts seminars for transportation insurance companies and their insureds on a variety of topics including motor carrier safety, risk management and the California Fair Claims Handling Act.

Practice Areas


J.D., Whittier School of Law, magna cum laude, 1987
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982


American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Transportation Lawyers Association
Trucking Industry Defense Association

Bar Admissions 

State Bar of California

Court Admissions

All California State Courts

U.S. District Court - Central District of California

U.S. District Court - Northern District of California

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