Robert S. Gilmore
Robert S. Gilmore
Robert S. Gilmore

Direct Dial: 216.736.7240
Fax: 216.621.6536
Email: rsg@kjk.com

Litigation, Labor and Employment Law

Mr. Gilmore is the Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group.  Mr. Gilmore represents employers of all sizes, providing advice and counsel in all areas of labor and employment law.  He also represents employers in labor and employment litigation and ERISA (benefits) litigation.  Prior to joining Kohrman Jackson & Krantz Mr. Gilmore was Assistant General Counsel – Employment and Human Resources for Verizon Communications, (previously GTE Corporation), a Fortune 50 Telecommunications Company.  In that role, he provided advice and counsel to the company’s various business units, and managed the company’s employment and ERISA litigation defense. Mr. Gilmores’s in-house experience has made him believe in a proactive approach to labor and employment law.  Mr. Gilmore also represents executives in negotiation of employment agreements and severance/separation agreements. He has also focused upon the effect of new technology in the workplace, as a charter member of the American Bar Association’s Technology Committee.

A sampling of Mr. Gilmore's recent representative experience includes:

  • Successfully defending our client sued for disability discrimination by a terminated employee
  • Successfully structuring a workforce reduction and negotiating severance arrangements with its employees
  • Negotiations resulting in severance agreements for various executives
  • Obtaining a favorable determination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in response to a charge of sex discrimination filed against our client by one of its employees
  • Successfully defending our client against claims that it unlawfully hired an employee in violation of a non-compete agreement
EducationThe Ohio State College of Law (J.D., 1986) with Honors

University of Cincinnati (B.A., summa cum laude, 1983), Phi Beta Kappa
Professional AssociationsAmerican Bar Association, Charter Member, Technology Committee of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of ABA Labor & Employment Law Section

Bar for the United States Supreme Court

Ohio State Bar Association

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Bar of the U.S. District Court-Northern District of Ohio

Bar of the U.S. District Court-Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Member, Diversity Law Institute; Member, The Trial Law Institute

Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2014
Awards/HonorsMartindale Hubbell AV rated

Ohio Super Lawyer, 2005-2006, 2008-2015

Barrister, William K. Thomas American Inn of Court
PresentationsMr. Gilmore has been a frequent speaker on legal-related labor and employment issues, and has been asked to discuss labor and employment issues with various groups and media outlets, including the American Bar Association (Technology and Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committees), Cleveland SHRM, HR Star Conference, Northern Ohio HR Conference, Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), Alexander Hamilton Institute, American Strategic Management Institute Employment Law and Compliance Summit, Western Reserve SHRM, Streetsboro Chamber of Commerce, American Society of Metals, American Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Society of Women Accountants, Crain's Cleveland Business and WCPN-FM among others.
Community InvolvementPast President, Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society (NOHRPS)

Chair, The Club at Key Center Board of Governors

Vice-Chairman of the Board, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio

Member, University of Cincinnati Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council

Board of Governors, Alumni Association, University of Cincinnati (former)

Board of Directors, Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation (former)

John Carroll Entrepreneurs Association, Chair, Program Committee

Ohio Venture Association

B to B Connect, Twinsburg, Ohio

Cleveland Professionals Group

University of Cincinnati, Cleveland Leadership Council

Solon, Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE), HR Steering Committee and HR Referral Network
Outside InterestsTennis (USTA match play)


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