Robert E. Blackham

Chairman, Shareholder
Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.615.4839
F 216.623.0134
P 216.615.4839 | F 216.623.0134

Overview

With the firm for over 25 years, Bob started his career at Roetzel as an Associate in 1994. In 1996, he was named Partner and began to focus on developing the employer-side of the Employment Law practice. Bob took on the role as Chairman in January 2017 and has been devoted to growing the firm in many areas. He is dedicated to maintaining the firms’ environment and committed to client service, as well as strengthening accountability and the firm’s cultural stability.

In addition to his firm leadership role, Bob is a Shareholder in our Employment Law practice. He represents employers in all facets of employment law and related litigation, and has handled numerous labor arbitrations for unionized employers on a local and national level. His practice focuses on workplace injury, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) claims, workers' compensation, intentional tort, non-compete agreements and employee discrimination matters. He has tried cases at all levels of federal and state court.

Experience
  • Defends management in all facets of employment-related litigation
  • Assists clients in implementing strategies designed to minimize exposure under laws such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), state fair employment statutes (i.e., the Ohio Civil Rights Act)
  • Performs on-site audits to ensure compliance with OSHA requirements
  • Statewide involvement in all aspects of defending workers' compensation claims for both self-insured and state-funded employers
  • Extensive experience before the Industrial Commission
  • Significant involvement in both civil litigation and appellate work in the workers' compensation area
  • Successful defense of numerous Violation of Specific Safety Regulation (VSSR) claims and intentional tort claims
  • Prepares and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements and severance plans
  • Litigation of complex Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) charges before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
Languages
  1. Spanish
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
  2. The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. Supreme Court

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers (2020-2022)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2015)
  • Certified as a Workers' Compensation Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • Board Certified in Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio, Person of Vision Award (2009)
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Fellows Committee
  • American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award winner (2012)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Self-Insurers Association (OSIA)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Charter Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Life Member of The Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District
Community Affiliations
  • Dollar Bank, Director
  • Aurora Baseball and Football Associations, Pro bono legal counsel (1994-present)
  • American Heart Association, Leadership Team (2010-2012)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, Board (2007-2010)

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Federal Courts Block the Federal Contractor and Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandates for Certain States (Including Ohio) (Dec 1, 2021)
    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Will Hear the Court Challenge to OSHA’s Vax-or-Test Rule (Nov 17, 2021)
    OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccination Rule: What Employers Need to Know (Nov 5, 2021)
    Ohio Court Reaffirms Employer’s Right to Raise Voluntary Abandonment (Oct 11, 2021)
    Kentucky Federal Court Allows Hospital to Proceed with Vaccination Policy for Employees (Sep 29, 2021)
  2. Presentations
    Routinely presents to public and private companies on employment-related issues, including OSHA, EEOC, FLSA and workers' compensation practice and procedures
    Lectured on workers' compensation to the Ohio Self-Insurers Group
    Several presentations to self-insured and private employers' groups
  3. Firm News
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel’s Reopening America Readiness Team Formed to Help Businesses Reopen (May 5, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    Bob Blackham Achieves Recertification by National Board of Trial Advocacy (Aug 27, 2019)

Overview

With the firm for over 25 years, Bob started his career at Roetzel as an Associate in 1994. In 1996, he was named Partner and began to focus on developing the employer-side of the Employment Law practice. Bob took on the role as Chairman in January 2017 and has been devoted to growing the firm in many areas. He is dedicated to maintaining the firms’ environment and committed to client service, as well as strengthening accountability and the firm’s cultural stability.

In addition to his firm leadership role, Bob is a Shareholder in our Employment Law practice. He represents employers in all facets of employment law and related litigation, and has handled numerous labor arbitrations for unionized employers on a local and national level. His practice focuses on workplace injury, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) claims, workers' compensation, intentional tort, non-compete agreements and employee discrimination matters. He has tried cases at all levels of federal and state court.

Experience
  • Defends management in all facets of employment-related litigation
  • Assists clients in implementing strategies designed to minimize exposure under laws such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), state fair employment statutes (i.e., the Ohio Civil Rights Act)
  • Performs on-site audits to ensure compliance with OSHA requirements
  • Statewide involvement in all aspects of defending workers' compensation claims for both self-insured and state-funded employers
  • Extensive experience before the Industrial Commission
  • Significant involvement in both civil litigation and appellate work in the workers' compensation area
  • Successful defense of numerous Violation of Specific Safety Regulation (VSSR) claims and intentional tort claims
  • Prepares and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements and severance plans
  • Litigation of complex Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) charges before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
Languages
  1. Spanish

Education

  1. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
  2. The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. Supreme Court

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers (2020-2022)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2015)
  • Certified as a Workers' Compensation Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • Board Certified in Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio, Person of Vision Award (2009)
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Fellows Committee
  • American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award winner (2012)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Self-Insurers Association (OSIA)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Charter Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Life Member of The Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District
Community Affiliations
  • Dollar Bank, Director
  • Aurora Baseball and Football Associations, Pro bono legal counsel (1994-present)
  • American Heart Association, Leadership Team (2010-2012)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, Board (2007-2010)

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Federal Courts Block the Federal Contractor and Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandates for Certain States (Including Ohio) (Dec 1, 2021)
    The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Will Hear the Court Challenge to OSHA’s Vax-or-Test Rule (Nov 17, 2021)
    OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccination Rule: What Employers Need to Know (Nov 5, 2021)
    Ohio Court Reaffirms Employer’s Right to Raise Voluntary Abandonment (Oct 11, 2021)
    Kentucky Federal Court Allows Hospital to Proceed with Vaccination Policy for Employees (Sep 29, 2021)
  2. Presentations
    Routinely presents to public and private companies on employment-related issues, including OSHA, EEOC, FLSA and workers' compensation practice and procedures
    Lectured on workers' compensation to the Ohio Self-Insurers Group
    Several presentations to self-insured and private employers' groups
  3. Firm News
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Roetzel’s Reopening America Readiness Team Formed to Help Businesses Reopen (May 5, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    Bob Blackham Achieves Recertification by National Board of Trial Advocacy (Aug 27, 2019)