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Robert W. Sauter


Bob Sauter is a founding partner of the firm, and practices primarily in the area of public sector labor. Bob has represented clients as counsel in several cases before the Ohio Supreme Court involving the Ohio Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (issues involving strikes, appropriate topics of bargaining, constitutionality of interest arbitration for strike-prohibited employees, and unfair labor practice charges) and public records issues. Bob is a frequent lecturer regarding labor and employment topics. Bob’s publications include three Law Review articles dealing with Ohio Civil Service law and the Ohio Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act.

Areas of Practice

Civil Service, Labor & Employment, Public Employment Relations

Bar Admissions


Ohio, 1977

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District

United States Supreme Court




Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, 1977
Juris Doctor

Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts


Honors and Awards


Named to The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Named as Ohio Super Lawyer, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Professional Membership


American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (current State and Local Government Collective Bargaining Committee Member)

Ohio State Bar Association (current Senior Lawyers Section Council Member and former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section)

Columbus Bar Association (former Chair, Labor Law Committee)

Central Ohio Labor and Employment Relations Association (current Executive Board Member)

Ohio Public Employees Lawyers Association (former President)

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee


Thought Leadership – Classes and/or Seminars Taught


FMCS Arbitrator/Advocate Symposium, 2014

OEA Collective Bargaining Conference, 2010, 2012 and 2015

SERB Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Conference, 2009
Midwest Labor Law Conference, 1985, 1992 and 1998

IRRA Spring Meeting, 1998

ALRA Annual Conference, 1990

OSBA Annual Convention, 1991

OHIO CLE seminars, 1993 and 2003

Various SERB and FOP Lodge 9 seminars

Chicago-Kent Public Sector Labor Relations Program, 1995

Ohio Public Employee Lawyers Assn. Conferences, 1988, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.