After 35 years with Ulmer, Rob retired in 2022. Rob has extensive experience in the defense and prosecution of intellectual property claims. He practiced in trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices, and false advertising matters. Rob also has comprehensive experience in software and technology matters, including both prosecution and defense of software development contract disputes. Rob combined a deep background in technology and business litigation including computer, software, internet and e-commerce matters. Rob served as chair of the firm’s Security & Technology Committee, which guides policy and protection for client data within the firm. He achieved the highest ranking, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell® and was named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list.
Rob served on the Blockland Cleveland Legal Node. The Blockland initiative exists to educate and promote real-world blockchain applications, while establishing and leading a blockchain ecosystem with support from private, public, and philanthropic individuals and organizations.
Rob was also a member of the firm’s eDiscovery Practice Group. He has significant and substantive experience in all phases of the eDiscovery process, including assessing client systems, assisting clients with identification, preservation, collection, processing and review of electronically stored information, selecting the right eDiscovery vendor, negotiating reasonable and efficient eDiscovery protocols with opposing counsel and litigating eDiscovery disputes when they arise. Rob was the Chair of the firm’s Litigation Support Users Group, which provides an effective interface between the firm’s attorneys and its IT and Litigation Support professionals.
Rob also has over 30 years of experience handling complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in both federal and state court. He is a former Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Property Insurance Law Committee and Past President of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators. Rob successfully defended insurance carriers in a variety of bad faith cases including allegations of failure to settle liability claims and wrongful coverage denial.