Working with a range of clients that include those in the cultural arena, Robert P. Duvin provides day-to-day advice and counsel about:

  • Contract interpretation
  • Problems arising from collective bargaining agreements
  • Employment discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Business restructuring 

As a chief negotiator, he has successfully produced contracts that have included company-saving concessions, and he has worked extensively with the supermarket industry, addressing economic challenges and offering valuable advice. In recent years, he also has served as mediator.

Additionally, Robert's practice includes representing clients, including arts organizations, in commercial and high-stakes litigation matters. In that capacity, he has appeared before all levels of federal and state courts on a variety of matters. He also has been asked to speak on numerous occasions on the state of labor relations and collective bargaining. 

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Robert founded a law firm in 1972. That firm grew to 47 attorneys, represented major companies throughout the country in all areas of labor relations and employment law, and was selected by The American Lawyer as one of the top six management labor law firms in the country before merging with Littler in 2007. In law school, he authored an article for the Columbia Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Ohio Bar Association

Member, Advisory Board

Northeast Ohio

New York Community Bank


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Super Lawyer

Named, Top Employment Lawyer

Chambers and Partners

Named, Leading Lawyer of Northeast Ohio

Inside Business Magazine


Named, Senior Statesman in Employment Law


Chambers USA


Named, First Tier of Labor and Employment Lawyers



Recipient, Jurisprudence Award

American ORT, Cleveland Chapter


Recipient, Spirit of Independence Award

Easter Seals Society of Northeast Ohio


Recipient, Honor Award

Cleveland Food Dealers Association


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating



  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1964With Honors
  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1961With Honors
  • B.A., Indiana University Bloomington, 1958With Honors

Bar Admission



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