John S. Robb - Somers, Robb & Robb

John S. Robb

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

John Robb has been actively practicing law since 1978 when he joined his father as a third generation lawyer in Newton.  John's practice is concentrated in estate planning, including wills, trusts, estate tax and probate and he also handles many business-related matters in the legal arena for clients. An active school attorney, John has distinguished himself in the area of school finance litigation and negotiations as well as day-to-day advice for school administrators and Boards.

After growing up in Newton, John attended Kansas University and you'll find that he's still a loyal Jayhawk fan.  John has a continuing interest in business issues and puts his undergraduate degree in Business Administration to use frequently for clients and in his civic activities.  Serving regularly on various local organization Boards and particularly finance committees has been a real pleasure.

Always active, John has served as President or Chairman of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Harvey County Jobs Development Council, The Greater Newton Foundation, the Newton Jaycees, the Kansas Jaycee Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Northview Developmental Services, Inc., the Harvey County Bar Association and Harvey County Ducks Unlimited.   He's also been active on the Boards of Mirror, Inc. a comprehensive alcohol, drug and corrections entity, the Florence Bessmer Foundation, which financially supports the Newton Public Library, the Frazey Foundation, which financially supports various Catholic charities, Bank IV Newton, and Harvey County United Way.  

His other affiliations include The Harvey County, Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations, the Kansas School Attorneys Association, the National Council of School Attorneys, the Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Honorary and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.  He's also been active in a number of local office political campaigns.

Being named an Outstanding Young Kansan, receiving the Newton Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, the Ducks Unlimited Conservation award and being named Newton Kansan Newsmaker of the Year are all honors John has received.  In 2003 John was named Newton’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year by The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce.  John was named one of Wichita's "Ten to Watch" by the Wichita Eagle for 2010 in regards to his school finance litigation efforts.

After graduating from Washburn Law School with honors, the return to Newton was natural for John and his wife Karen who is also a Newton native.  As you'd expect, they keep very busy with their three daughters, Jenny, Katy and Suzy and on weekends you might find John enjoying his Mazda Miata or sitting in a duck blind. 

University of KansasBS 1975Washburn UniversityJ.D. 1977
Florence Bessmer FoundationMirror, Inc.Ninth Judicial District Nominating CommissionNational Association of School AttorneysKansas School Attorney AssociationKansas Bar AssociationWichita Bar AssociationHarvey County Bar AssociationKansas Disciplinary AdministratorFrazey Foundation

Case History

Montoy vs. State of Kansas — Historic Kansas school finance case. Victory at trial court level with five trips to the Kansas Supreme Court on appeal. Resulted in over $1 Billion added to Kansas education funding.
Gannon vs. State of Kansas — Current Kansas school finance case. Won at trial court with unanimous three judge panel. $500 million funding increase ordered for Kansas schools. On appeal to Kansas Supreme Court.
Petrella vs. Brownback — Intervenor in school funding case in the federal courts defending current Kansas school finance formula. Currently on appeal to 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for the second time on procedural issues.
U.S.D. 229 vs. State of Kansas — School finance case. Won at trial court level. Reversed on appeal to Kansas Supreme Court. Established constitutionality of Kansas school finance formula.
Mock vs. State of Kansas — Kansas school finance case. Won at trial court level and forced the adoption of new school finance formula in Kansas.

Office Location

110 East Broadway Street
Newton, KS 67114
United States

Practice Areas

Education Law

Other Information

Gender: Male