With his years of experience and unique perspective working inside the public sector, Robert provides skilled and strategic advice for clients interacting with government at all levels: local, county, regional, state and federal. Robert has a keen understanding of how government works and he has extensive experience in a multitude of areas including legislation, development opportunities, public contracts, internal investigations, labor relations, conflict resolution, mediation and public policy.
Robert previously served as Director of Law for the City of Cleveland where he managed the 100-member Law Department and provided counsel to Mayor Frank G. Jackson in assisting the City Administration and Council navigate though unprecedented economic difficulties while establishing a strong viable foundation for economic growth in the City, County and region. As Law Director, Robert provided legal counsel for major development projects and high-level litigation, and also served as the Prosecuting Attorney for the City.
Robert also was elected twice to serve as Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court where his leadership helped establish the Cleveland Mental Health Court, the Domestic Violence Court, the Greater Cleveland Drug Court, and the Cleveland Bar Association Education Initiative. As a result of these and other similar community-wide collaborative innovations, Robert was awarded the “Justice for All Award” by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Robert left the Court when he opted to run for Mayor of the City of Cleveland in 2005.
Prior to his election to the bench, Robert worked for the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as District Director for U.S. Representative, Eric D. Fingerhut, in Northeast Ohio. He also previously worked as an attorney for two other Cleveland law firms.
Robert is a member of the Government Affairs Council of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. He has served on approximately 30 legal and civic boards and commissions. He was elected to the Case Western Reserve University Law Society of Benchers and is a graduate of both Leadership Cleveland and Leadership Ashtabula.
Robert joined Calfee in 2011.