Robert’s legal career spans more than 55 years. Now retired, he has been a senior partner with KJK since 1968, counseling clients in a wide variety of general corporate matters.
Robert is also a noted collector, writer and scholar of tribal art and rare books who for decades has traveled the world delivering more than 400 lectures on literature and art. Bob recently served as the first Kelvin Smith Library Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Case Western Reserve University, enriching the library’s collection and advising the library on programming related to rare books and literature. He also sits on the advisory board of CWRU’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
Robert has shared his collections and expertise with dozens of other local, national and international organizations. He has donated a number of his pieces to the Cleveland Museum of Art, including a 13th-century Koran and an assortment of African ceremonial swords. Other Northeast Ohio arts organizations that have benefited from Bob’s wisdom and expertise include the 124-year-old local bibliophilic society The Rowfant Club, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Contemporary Art Society at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Holden Arboretum, Oberlin College and many others.
Nationally and internationally, he is affiliated with such prestigious literary organizations as The Grolier Club, the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie in Paris and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Associations, where he is a co-founder and chairman. His collection of rare books have been displayed at Brown University, the de Young Fine Art Museum in San Francisco, The Whitney Museum in New York City and many others.
In his world travels, Robert continues to add to his collection, deliver lectures and write about art, rare books and his life experiences. His writings have appeared in Biblio magazine, Fine Books & Collections and the book “Book Talk: Essays on Books, Booksellers, Collecting and Special Collections.” He is also currently writing a memoir titled “Life at the Edge.”
“KJK’s attorneys are the smartest I’ve met, clear in their thinking and talented problem-solvers. The firm is small, but we’re able to handle big issues and complex matters.” – Robert H. Jackson