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
E rblackham@ralaw.com



Robert E. Blackham

Chairman, Shareholder

Phone: (216) 615-4839
Fax: (216) 623-0134
Email: rblackham@ralaw.com

With the firm for nearly 25 years, Mr. Blackham 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. Mr. Blackham 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, Mr. Blackham 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.

Representative Matters

  • 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

Accomplishments

  • 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)

Education

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

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)

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

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