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Bob is a nationally recognized leader in insurance coverage law and only represents policyholders, not insurance companies. He developed his litigation skills in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, and then turned to insurance litigation. For over 30 years, he has litigated insurance coverage and insurance bad faith cases, first for insurance companies and for the last 25 years against insurance companies. He handled both of the seminal bad faith cases in Ohio: Zoppo v. Homestead Ins. Co., 71 Ohio St.3d 552, 644 N.E.2d 397, 1994-Ohio-461; and Motorists Mut. Ins. Co. v. Said, 63 Ohio St.3d 690, 590 N.E.2d 1228, 1992-Ohio-94.

Bob is recognized and respected among colleagues in his field. Most notably, Bob served as Chairman of the Insurance Coverage Specialization Committee and as Chairman of the Insurance Law Committee for the Ohio State Bar Association, and as Chairman of the Insurance Law Section for the Ohio Association for Justice. Bob has traveled across the country speaking on insurance law and has published articles in multiple legal journals. He has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law, one of only 20 lawyers in Ohio with this designation.

Bob prides himself on recognizing the significant issues in a case and effectively seeking short-term solutions for his client's problems while still moving forward with the case as a whole. Bob is an attorney who gets things done quickly and efficiently. He returns telephone calls, keeps clients informed on what is happening in their cases, and has a down-to-earth personality that makes him approachable and easy to work with.

Certified Specialist in Insurance Coverage Law, Ohio State Bar Association, 2016

The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2015, 2016, 2017
Best Lawyers 2016 Cleveland Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"

AV Preeminent Rated in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Avvo Rated 10 out of 10

Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2011-2017
Super Lawyers Top 50 List in Cleveland, 2016-2017
Super Lawyers Top 100 List in Ohio, 2016-2017

American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee

Ohio State Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee

  • Chairman, Insurance Law Committee, 2010-2012
  • Chairman, Insurance Coverage Specialization Committee, 2009-2014

Ohio Association for Justice

  • Vice-Chairman, Insurance Law Section, 1991-1993
  • Chairman, Insurance Law Section, 1993-1995
  • Trustee, 1998-2002

Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys

  • Trustee, 1994-1996

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Insurance Law Section

International Association of Arson Investigators, Ohio Chapter

National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

United Policyholders, Sponsor

Robert P. Rutter
Ohio State Bar Association – Certified Specialist