Bobby brings a unique and valuable perspective to Rutter & Russin's practice. He formerly worked for the "dark side" representing insurance companies against their insureds. This experience gives him unparalleled insight and perspective that truly sets him apart from the field.
Bobby is passionate about protecting the rights of policyholders. He has experience representing clients in a variety of insurance coverage disputes including claims involving damage to personal and commercial property caused by fire, water, windstorm, hail and other perils; life insurance issues; cyber liability; duty to defend; disaster recovery; Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency coverages; and other insurance coverage issues. He also has experience consulting on risk management for individuals and businesses.
His approach to protecting the client's rights is not "one size fits all," but tailored to meet the client's needs. Sometimes that involves filing a lawsuit, but other times appraisal, arbitration, mediation, or settlement is more appropriate. He prides himself on the ability to identify the critical issues and communicate those issues persuasively to a jury, judge, or legal counsel.
Bobby's colleagues have recognized his achievements. He has been named to the 2019-2023 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Bobby was also named in the 2018 through 2023 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law, and the 2021-2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Insurance. He is a Trustee of the Ohio Association for Justice and served as the organization's Insurance Committee Chair. Bobby is frequently asked to speak on the topic of insurance law.
The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2018-23
The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Insurance, 2021-23
Rutter & Russin, LLC has been named a Tier 1 firm in Cleveland for Insurance Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in 2021-23
Best Lawyers 2023 Cleveland Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Super Lawyers, Insurance Coverage, 2018-23
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Insurance Coverage, 2014-17
Ohio Association for Justice, Trustee, 2014-23
Ohio Association for Justice, Insurance Committee Chair, 2014
American Association for Justice
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Insurance Law Section
Ohio State Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee
Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
United Policyholders, Sponsor
Folds of Honor, Board Member, 2023
"Vetting and Litigating Business Interruption Claims for COVID-19 Related Losses."
Tort Litigation Committee, Chicago Bar Association Webinar, April 2020
"Business Interruption Loss Claims: What You Need to Know"
OAJ Webinar, April 2020
Bifurcation and Trifurcation: An Analysis of the Procedural Posture of a Bad Faith Claim in Light of Civil Rule 42 and R.C. 2315.21
Ohio Association for Justice, Columbus, 2019
Insurance for Bitcoin
2019 AAJ Mid-Year Conference
Claims File Discovery Issues in Insurance Law Cases
The Stark County Association for Justice, Advanced Insurance Coverage Law Seminar, 2018
CLE Rising, Panelist 1/2017; CLE Rising, Moderator 5/2017
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A Procedural Analysis of Bifurcation and Trifurcation
Ohio Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Columbus, 2017
Speaker, Insurance Coverage Insurance Claims File Seminar
Summit and Stark County Associations for Justice, North Canton, 2016
Property Claims: Tips, Tricks, and Updates
Ohio Association for Justice, Insurance Seminar, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, 2015
Don't Take No for an Answer—The Denial of Coverage Dilemma
Ohio Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Columbus, 2014
Business Risk Exclusions in a CGL Policy: The Impact of Custom-Agri
Ohio Association for Justice, Cleveland and Columbus, 2014
An In-Depth Look at Property Insurance
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2013
Fighting Your Insurance Company
Fox 8 Legal Call-In Show, 2013
The Anatomy of a Complex CGL Claim
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2012
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Nielsen, Zehe & Antas, P.C. 2005-2010
Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, J. D. 2005
Ohio State University, B.S. in Communication 2002