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2012 Distinguished Honors Alumni Award Recipient: Kip Petroff

Posted Apr, 16, 2012
Distinguished Honors Alumni Kip Petroff Kip Petroff is a 1980 Kent graduate with a major in political science. Kip started his journey in higher education at the University of Arizona, but unhappy there, he soon returned home to Copley and Kent State. At Kent, Kip met English professor, Bernard Tabbs, who taught Kip’s Freshman Honors Colloquium. This relationship turned into friendship, and four years ago, Kip honored the late Dr. Tabbs by endowing an Honors scholarship in his name. After graduation, Kip went on to law school at Notre Dame and later founded the Dallas-based law firm, Petroff & Associates.Kip is board certified in both civil and personal injury trial law.

Kip lives in Dallas with his wife, Suzi, and their family.Kip and Suze started the non-profit New Hope Foundation in 2007. The foundation grew out of a high school project started by Kip’s son. The foundation strives to improve the livs of underprivileged families living in North Texas through a variety of programs offered at the Empowerment Center which was completed in 2010. All proceeds from Kip’s new book, Battling Goliath:  Inside a $22 Billion Legal Scandal benefit the foundation.

Widely considered one of the foremost litigation experts in the nation on the diet drug “Fen-phen,” Kip won the first case ever tried to a jury verdict, an historic award that ultimately led to a nationwide settlement. The attention he received from this verdict landed Kip appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, Burden of Proof, Frontline and interviews in numerous magazines and national newspapers. Battling Goliath is based on his experiences with this litigation.