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Robert F. Linton, Jr. has been a trial attorney since 1984. Bob was previously a partner in one of Cleveland's premier defense firms, where he defended local hospitals, Fortune 500 companies and insurance companies in wrongful death and personal injury cases. But he found his calling after he switched sides and left to start his own firm more than 20 years ago, to represent people harmed or killed by wrongful conduct.
As reported in Ohio Lawyers Weekly, in 1999, Bob obtained one of the state's top 20 verdicts of the year. In 2000, he negotiated one of Ohio's top ten reported settlements for that year. In 2002, he received a $7.5 million dollar verdict against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for a patient severely brain damaged from experimental surgery. In 2004, Bob received an $8.9 million dollar judgment for a chemical worker burned over half of his body as a result of unsafe work conditions and OSHA safety violations.
In 2006, Bob received the then largest reported wrongful verdict against the State in Ohio's Court of Claims. The verdict was for the family of an innocent driver killed by a state trooper during a high speed chase.
In 2009, Bob received a $15.6 million dollar verdict against Metrohealth Medical Center, one of the largest malpractice verdicts ever in our county. The verdict was for an 18 year old high school student left quadriplegic and blind due to numerous patient safety violations at the hospital.
Bob also won a precedent setting case in the Ohio Supreme Court holding Cities responsible for drowning deaths in public pools. Cater v. City of Cleveland (1998), 83 Ohio St. 3d 24.
Bob has been named eight times to Ohio's Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine, based on a blue ribbon peer review panel, an award limited to the top 5% of lawyers in Ohio. For more, click here.
For more then 15 years, Bob has held the Martindale Hubbell's highest AV rating of "very high to superior" ability and its highest ethical rating based on confidential surveys of other lawyers and judges. Bob also holds Martindale Hubbell's highest AV rating of "very high to superior" ability and its highest ethical rating based on confidential surveys of his peers. He is a frequent lecturer on trial tactics and techniques and was invited to speak at the Cleveland Bar Association's 1998 Trial Superstars Series. He is a Past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, and sat on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Bob is a summa cum laude graduate from Ohio University and received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. While there, he was a research, advocacy and writing instructor and now sits on the Law School's Dean Advisory Committee.
Bob serves a Co-chair of the local Bar Association's Judicial Qualifications Committee screening judicial appointments for the Governor. He also co-chaired its Judicial Selection Committee, which interviews and rates judicial candidates for voters. www.judge4yourself.com. He has served as Advisory Chair to MADD locally and represents victims of drunk driving crashes against insurance companies, drunk drivers and bars. http://www.madd.org. He has been a volunteer tutor for Cleveland high school students as part of the Bar Association's 3R program, and sat on the board for Youth Challenge providing recreational activities for physically disabled children. www.youthchallengesports.com. He also helps facilitate retreats for recovering homeless men as part of the Ignatius Spirituality Project. www.IgnatiusSpiritualityProject.org.