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									Robert M. Wolff
Co-Chair, Healthcare Practice Group

1100 Superior Avenue East
20th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
main: (216) 696-7600
direct: (216) 623-6065
fax: (216) 696-2038

Practice Areas

Class Actions
Competition and Trade Secret Law
Discrimination and Harassment
Wage and Hour


A seasoned civil trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Robert M. Wolff has represented large and small
companies in the healthcare, energy, transportation, financial and retail industries in issues arising in the increasingly
complex world of employment and trade secret litigation. He has handled numerous labor arbitrations and more than 50
jury trials involving matters such as:
  • Wrongful death
  • Age, race, disability and sexual discrimination
  • Commercial and various major civil rights class actions
  • Wage and hour class actions

Additionally, Robert is a frequent lecturer on employment discrimination and litigation topics. He is the Co-Chair of the
Healthcare Practice Group at Littler Mendelson.

Previously, Robert served as Chairman of the Management Committee at Duvin, Cahn & Hutton, which later merged with
Littler. He also was the chief labor and employment lawyer for the City of Cleveland. In law school, he was an editor of
the University of Illinois Law Review.

Professional and Community Affiliations

 •    Chair and Commissioner, Cuyahoga County Human Resources Commission
 •    Member, Federal Bar Association

Robert M. Wolff

 •     Member, Judicial Qualification Committee - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
 •     Chair, Emeritus, Buckeye Chapter - Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northeast Ohio
 •     Vice Chair, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
 •     Trustee, Executive Committee Member, Bellefaire JCB
 •     Master bencher, Cleveland Employment Inns of Court
 •     Volunteer mediator, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
 •     Member, Advisory Committee - Cleveland Clinic Foundation Neurological Institute
 •     Member, Advisory Board - United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio


 •     Named, Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management, Cleveland - Best Lawyers, 2012
 •     Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2012
 •     Named, Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2012
 •     Named, 100 Most Powerful Labor and Employment Attorneys - Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon,
       2010, 2011 and 2012
 •     Named, Chambers USA Directory and Client Guide, 2004-2011
 •     Named, Ohio Super Lawyers, one of Ohio’s top 100 lawyers (all specialties) 2009 – present
 •     Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
 •     Harno Scholar
 •     Illinois Governor's Fellow, 1977


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1980, cum laude
B.A., Oberlin College, 1977

Bar Admissions



U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


"Religious Accommodation Issues for the Health Care Employer: Termination of Pregnancy and Related Issues," BNA
Health Law Reporter, Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., April 19. 2012

"No Smokers Allowed," ACC Docket, Association of Corporate Counsel, April 2012

"Wage and Hour Class Actions in the Healthcare Industry," March 21, 2012

Robert M. Wolff

"Wage and Hour Class Actions in the Healthcare Industry: Diagnosis and Prevention," June 2, 2010

"Hospitals Providing Medical Services to Federal Employees Through an HMO are Covered Subcontractors Under
OFCCP's Jurisdiction," June 25, 2009


"Littler Attorneys Recognized As Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys," May 25, 2012

"Brinker Dooms FLSA Meal Break Class, ManorCare Says," April 25, 2012

"Religious Accommodation Issues for the Health Care Employer: Termination of Pregnancy and Related Issues," April 19,

"No Smokers Allowed," April 1, 2012

"I'll see you in court: For some hospital CEOs, the end of their employment is anything but amicable," March 17, 2012

"High Court’s Discrimination Law Exception Expected to Have Little Effect on Providers," March 1, 2012

"Best Lawyers in America® Names 108 Littler Lawyers to 2012 Edition," September 12, 2011

"FLSA Cert. Process Challenged in Light of Dukes," August 11, 2011

"Chambers USA Honors Littler And Its Attorneys," June 27, 2011

"Littler Attorneys Recognized as Nation’s Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyers," June 17, 2011

"Seventy-Two Littler Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011," August 9, 2010

"Littler Attorneys Recognized as Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers," June 30, 2010

"Littler Attorneys Honored by Chambers USA," June 21, 2010

"61 Littler Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2010," August 14, 2009

"51 Littler Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America," October 31, 2008

Events & Speaking Engagements

"Civility in Employment Litigation," Federal Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Federal Bar Association - Northern District
of Ohio Chapter, May 22, 2012

"The 2011 Health Care Summit," Pittsburgh, PA, September 22, 2011

"OFCCP Audit Jurisdiction Expanding to Hospitals and Health Care Systems," July 27, 2010

Robert M. Wolff

"Preparing for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and Other Labor and Employment Law Initiatives," January 21,

Blog Posts

"Nurse Compensation Antitrust Case Can Proceed, Court Rules," Healthcare Employment Counsel, April 4, 2012

"Accommodation for Healthcare Employees Objecting to Abortion-Related Procedures," Healthcare Employment Counsel,
January 12, 2012

"House and Senate Overrule OFCCP on TRICARE Subcontractors," Healthcare Employment Counsel, December 21,

"New California Bill Lifts Hospital's Obligations Beyond ADA," Healthcare Employment Counsel, October 24, 2011

"Healthcare Class Actions Post-Dukes," Healthcare Employment Counsel, August 2, 2011

"2011 LGBT Healthcare Equality Index Response Nearly Doubles," Healthcare Employment Counsel, July 15, 2011

"Automatic Meal Deduction Case Survives Motion to Dismiss," Healthcare Employment Counsel, September 9, 2010

"Nurse Wage-Fixing Cases - An Update," Healthcare Employment Counsel, August 4, 2010

"One of Largest Ever Jury Verdicts in a Gender Discrimination Class Action," Healthcare Employment Counsel, June 1,

"Hundreds of New York Area Hospital Systems Hit by Wage and Hour Class Actions," Healthcare Employment Counsel,
April 2, 2010

"Wage and Hour Class Actions Against Healthcare Employers Spreading," Healthcare Employment Counsel, March 31,


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