Rob brings real world experience to his work assisting business clients in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits litigation, construction litigation, surety bond litigation, and technology, including ADA website accessibility compliance. Practicing for 25 years and handling a broad range of issues, Rob has a deep understanding and a wealth of responses to issues that are raised throughout all phases of litigation.
As lead litigation counsel, Rob collaborates with his clients to understand all facets of their businesses and addresses their individual inner workings and needs. He has extensive practice experience before U.S. District and Bankruptcy courts and regularly serves as counsel in litigation matters for numerous local, Ohio and national plans, boards of trustees, sponsors, employers, and third-party administrators in all phases of ERISA and employee benefits litigation. In addition, Rob defends breach of fiduciary duty claims, class action suits asserting ERISA claims, and denial of benefits brought by individual participants.
On the construction side of Rob’s practice, he has significant experience in all phases of commercial, construction, and surety bond litigation. He regularly represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, materials providers, surety companies in various litigation matters, as well as in the preparation and presentation of construction claims in arbitrations under the AAA Construction Industry Arbitration Rules.
Technology clients draw on Rob’s proactive approach to counsel in matters such as technology development agreements that protect the purchasing party’s goals and clearly articulate the critical deliverables, testing, deployment, acceptance, and support phases of the project. He routinely represents software developers, digital agencies, website designers and media promoters with protecting their new technologies, ideas, and inventions through aggressive licensing provisions in all of their agreements.
Prior to joining the firm in 1985, Rob served for two years as Law Clerk to the Honorable Nicholas J. Walinski, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, where he had the benefit of seeing more than 20 jury trials.
Outside the courtroom, Rob dedicates much of his time to the performing arts. He is involved with the production of musicals at St. Johns Jesuit High School and Academy Theater, the Toledo School for the Arts, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and stage manages productions for the Toledo Ballet. He also enjoys spending time with this wife of more than 35 years, and his growing family, especially now that his first grandchildren are on the way.