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Robert J. Walter

Phone: (614) 233-4749

Combining experience and instinct, I help clients achieve their growth plans, including entity formation, complex acquisitions, financings, and commercial and residential real estate purchases, sales, and leases.  I serve as general counsel to several trade associations and other organizations.  I regularly represent clients in labor and employment matters, handling union grievances and arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, discrimination charges and serve as chief negotiator for collective bargaining negotiations.  I review and prepare individual employment contracts and severance arrangements.   I have appeared in Common Pleas Courts and Courts of Appeals throughout the state and the Supreme Court of Ohio.  I have served as a Hearing Examiner for the Ohio Attorney General and the Ohio Department of Commerce.  And I am a “Judge” --- for over 15 years I have been a “Judge” of the Gourmet Division of Pizza Pizzazz Competition at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show.

Honors

  • Earned the Martindale-Hubbell "A-V" peer-rated designation Preeminent
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Central Ohio
  • Hearing Examiner for the Ohio Department of Commerce
  • Former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio
  • Former Special Counsel and Hearing Officer for the Ohio Attorney General's Office

Representative Experience

  • As chief negotiator, negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements with or on behalf of private employers and unions.
  • Handled union grievances before arbitrators.
  • Represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and State Employment Relations Board (SERB) on bargaining unit clarifications, unfair labor practice charges, and other labor issues.
  • Defended clients against EEOC and OCRC discrimination charges.
  • Authored extensive manual, and frequently conducts training seminars, on Ohio's mechanics' lien law, claims against bonds, and prompt-pay law.

Appearing Before Administrative Agencies

Bob has years of experience representing clients' interests before the:

  • Board of Health
  • Ohio Civil Rights Commission
  • Ohio Department of Liquor Control
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Ohio Industrial Commission
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Pharmacy Board
  • Ohio Public Utilities Commission
  • Racing Commission
  • Real Estate Commission
  • State Employment Relations Board
  • State Personnel Board of Review

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D.
  • Miami University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community and Civic Involvement

  • Lawyers Club of Columbus
    – Past President
  • Upper Arlington Civil Service Commission
    – Past President

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