Overview

A seasoned civil trial attorney with nearly 40 years of experience, Robert M. Wolff has represented large and small companies in the healthcare, energy, transportation, financial and retail industries in issues arising in the increasingly complex world of employment and trade secret litigation. He has handled numerous labor arbitrations and taken more than 50 cases to jury verdicts involving matters such as:

  • Wrongful death
  • Age, race, disability and sexual discrimination
  • Commercial and various major civil rights class actions
  • Wage and hour class actions

Additionally, Rob is a frequent lecturer on employment discrimination and litigation topics.

Previously, Rob served as Chairman of the Management Committee at Duvin, Cahn & Hutton, which later merged with Littler. He also was the chief labor and employment lawyer for the City of Cleveland. In law school, he was an editor of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Rob has been honored by Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and by Chambers Leading Lawyers for Business every year for the last decade. He was recently named Cleveland's Top Management Employment Lawyer (2012) and Cleveland's Top Employment and Labor Litigator (for 2016) by Best Lawyers and currently is one of only five Ohio lawyers ranked as Band One in Labor and Employment by Chambers. He was voted by his peers as one of Cleveland's Top 5 and Ohio's Top 10 lawyers (all specialties) and for the past ten years has been named by HRE/Lawdragon as one of the Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers. Rob lectures throughout the United States on employment discrimination, wage and hour and healthcare law and litigation topics and has written various blogs, articles and book chapters on employment issues in healthcare.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Board Chair

Bellefaire JCB, one of the nation's largest child service agencies

Board Chair

The Wingspan Care Group, nonprofit management organization providing community based network of services

Trustee

Jewish Federation of Greater Cleveland

Member, Executive Committee and Former Chair, Board of Directors

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Former Chair

Cuyahoga County Personnel Review Commission

Recognition

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Employment Law - Management, Cleveland

The Best Lawyers in America©

2012, 2020

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2005-2019

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Litigation - Labor and Employment, Cleveland

The Best Lawyers in America©

2016

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Tier One

Chambers USA

2004-present

Named, Nations' Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Top 100

Human Resource Executive / Lawdragon Inc.

2010-present

Named, Top 100 Lawyers

Ohio

Super Lawyers

2009–present

Named, Top 5 Cleveland Lawyers/Top 10 Ohio Lawyers (all specialties)

Super Lawyers

2016

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Harno Scholar

Governor's Fellow

Illinois

1977

News, Analysis & Press

Health-Care Employers Managing Prayer Break Needs

BNA’s Health Law Reporter

May 9, 2016

Robust Internal Complaint Program Can Stave Off False Claims Act Lawsuits

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

April 15, 2015

Personal View: Court must be a 'moral compass' on gay marriage issue

Crain's Cleveland Business

September 21, 2014

FLSA Class Nixed In ManorCare Meal Break Suit

Law360.com

February 1, 2013

No Smokers Allowed

ACC Docket

April 1, 2012

Books & Book Chapters

  • Dealing with Disruptive Physicians and Retaining Immunity Under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act, Health Law Handbook, chapter co-author, Thomson Reuters, Alice J. Gosfield Ed., 2013

Speaking Engagements

2018 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 18, 2018

Healthcare Industry Roundtable

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017

Healthcare Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016
2013 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 24, 2013

Civility in Employment Litigation

Federal Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Northern District of Ohio Chapter - Federal Bar Association

May 22, 2012
The 2011 Health Care Summit

Pittsburgh, PA

September 22, 2011
OFCCP Audit Jurisdiction Expanding to Hospitals and Health Care Systems

July 27, 2010
Preparing for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and Other Labor and Employment Law Initiatives

January 21, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1980cum laude
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1977

Bar Admission

Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio