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Mr. Robert A. Zimmerman

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Chair , Public Law Practice Group

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Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
200 Public Square, 2300 BP Tower
Cleveland , Ohio 44114
United States

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  • law degree
    Ohio State University
  • B.A. degree , political science
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Menorah Park - Officers and Board of Trustees 2009, 3 Sept 2015 [cached]
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Rob Zimmerman
Rob Zimmerman was first elected to Council in 2005, then re-elected to new four-year terms in 2009 and 2013. He has previously served as Chairperson of the Finance Commitee and Safety & Public Works Committee, and as a citizen member of the Safety and Public Works Committee and the Human Relations Commission. He is a partner at Benesch Friedlander, where he specializes in litigation and government relations law. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation, where he served as Chairperson of the Government Relations Committee and Vice Chairperson of the Community Relations Committee. He is Board Member of Menorah Park and has served on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee and the Cleveland Jewish News. He graduated from Ohio State University with honors with a B.A. degree in political science. He also received his law degree from Ohio State University where he was Chief Justice of the University Court. He and his wife Lisa and daughters Talia and Lilli live on Shelburne in the Mercer neighborhood.
Zimmerman, Robert « Ohio Lobbying Association – OLA – Ohio Lobby, 4 April 2014 [cached]
Robert Zimmerman
Mr. Zimmerman is a trial attorney and lobbyist. As an attorney, he has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in the areas of constitutional law, employment, zoning, real estate, elections, defamation and general business. As a lobbyist he has advocated on issues involving health care, nursing homes, utilities, economic development, local government, transportation and many others. He is a member of the Shaker Heights City Council and currently serves as vice mayor. He represents governmental entities, non-profits and private companies. Mr. Zimmerman began his career as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General where he represented the Ohio Governor, Secretary of State, Ohio Elections Commission and other state agencies.
Robert A. Zimmerman | Public Policy Advocates [cached]
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Rob Zimmerman is an advocate. From the courthouse to the statehouse to city halls around the state, Mr. Zimmerman forcefully advances his clients' interests. As a first chair trial and appellate lawyer with 20 years experience, Mr. Zimmerman has litigated cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, breach of contract, real estate, landlord-tenant, zoning, constitutional rights, elections, trusts, business and commercial law. He has achieved excellent results for his clients in jury and bench trials, administrative hearings and arbitrations and in appeals before intermediate appellate courts and the Ohio Supreme Court. He has been recognized by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer in the area of general litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in employment law. Complementing his litigation practice is Mr. Zimmerman's government relations practice. He is a member of the Shaker Heights City Council, having been first elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, each time winning the most votes of all council candidates. Mr. Zimmerman served in the administrations of Governor Richard F. Celeste and Attorneys General Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr. and Lee Fisher.
Mr. Zimmerman is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of government relations-one of only two lawyers in the Cleveland area so recognized.
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Robert A. Zimmerman Partner
Robert Zimmerman is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He focuses his practice in the areas of employment law, business, commercial and real estate counseling and litigation. He has successfully represented private and public companies, governmental entities and individuals in administrative hearings, arbitrations, mediations, trials and appeals. He has successfully argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and numerous Ohio district courts of appeal.
Mr. Zimmerman has defended employers in a wide variety of employment law disputes, including claims of racial, sexual, age, religious and disability discrimination, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, negligent hiring and supervision and other employment-related tort claims.
He also has extensive litigation and counseling experience in a wide variety of business and commercial matters, including the enforcement of covenants not to compete, the prosecution and defense of actions under RICO, commercial contract disputes, construction claims, defense of eminent domain actions and business tort actions. He has represented major shopping malls, real estate developers, and major retailers in complex real estate disputes involving commercial leases, trespass, zoning and commercial and residential evictions.
Mr. Zimmerman authored "R.C. 1707.12: A Shield, Not a Sword", Ohio Securities Bulletin and 1995 Enforcement Law Reporter, North American Securities Administrators Association. In that article, he analyzed his successful argument before the Ohio Supreme Court in State ex rel. Dublin Securities, Inc. v. Ohio Division of Securities, et al.
Mr. Zimmerman was appointed special counsel by the Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney to represent Judges Nancy Margaret Russo and John D. Sutula of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in three Ohio Supreme Court cases concerning the question of whether "retired judges" can preside over jury trials.
Mr. Zimmerman won all three cases and was widely quoted in national legal publications which followed the issue.
Prior to joining Taft, Mr. Zimmerman served as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General from 1991-1995 as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General, Mr. Zimmerman represented the Ohio Governor, Secretary of State, Elections Commission and numerous executive agencies including the Ohio Departments of Development, Commerce and Administrative Services.
He currently serves on the Executive and Central Committees of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and as President of the Shaker Heights Democratic Club. Mr. Zimmerman was elected a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention on behalf of Vice President Al Gore.
In 2005, Mr. Zimmerman was elected to the Shaker Heights City Council. He currently serves as chairperson of the Safety and Public Works Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Jewish Federation, and a member of the American, Ohio State, and Cleveland Bar Associations.
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