Robert A. Klingler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A.
 | 525 Vine Street, Suite 2320, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-665-9500
Fax: 513-621-3240
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Robert A. Klingler is the founder of Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A., located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Representing clients throughout the area, he focuses his practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on representing employees who have been subjected to workplace discrimination or who have been wrongfully terminated. Mr. Klingler also provides representation to companies in breach of contract and other types of business disputes, and he assists personal injury plaintiffs who have been harmed by the negligence of others.

Mr. Klingler received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English with distinction from Manchester University in 1976. After working in private industry for several years, he later decided to pursue his legal education at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While there, he served as the lead articles editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1985. Mr. Klingler was a partner at a Cincinnati corporate law firm before founding his current practice in 1985. Admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Klingler has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and he has been certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. An active participant in the Cincinnati Bar Association, Mr. Klingler is a member of several other legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (50%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Personal Injury - General (40%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Business Litigation (10%): Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Non-Compete Agreements


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Robert Klingler

Admitted: 1985, Ohio

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  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2006-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America--Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America--Employment Law 

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified In Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1986
  • Ohio, 1985
  • Mentor, Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Elder, Knox Presbyterian Church Cincinnati
  • Board Member, Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lead Articles Editor, University of Cincinnati Law Review, 1984 – 1985


  • We represented a teacher at two Catholic schools who was terminated after becoming pregnant outside of wedlock by means of artificial insemination.  We successfully argued in pre-trial motions that the Catholic Church is not exempt from federal and state employment discrimination laws, in this case, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.  We tried the case to a jury, who returned a verdict in favor of our client and against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  The jury awarded our client $51,000 for lost wages, $20,000 for emotional distress she suffered, and $100,000 in punitive damages against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  Dias v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati, et al.,Case no. 1:11-cv-00251 (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ohio June 2013) (Judge Dlott). Judgment, 2013
  • We represented a nurse at a local nursing home who was terminated for calling off of work due to a pregnancy-related medical emergency.  We argued that her short leave of absence was protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Court found the law and the facts to be so clear that it ruled in favor of our client on her motion for summary judgment, without conducting a trial. Alexander v. Trilogy Health Services, LLC, Case no. 1:11-cv-00295, 2012 WL 5268701 (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ohio October 2012) (Judge Black).  Order Granting Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment[PDF], 2012
  • We represented three African-American laborers, two of whom were also Muslims, in a case against a manufacturer for racial and religious discrimination after a white employee created and posted numerous cartoons depicting the three laborers in a racially and religiously derogatory manner.  The Court denied the Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment.  Just before trial, the case was resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.  Faal v. Allied Window, Inc., Case no. A1103619 Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas (Judge Martin) (January 2012). , 2012
  • We represented a client who was sexually molested by an emergency room physician while she was under sedating medication.  The jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor in the amount of $205,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages, plus attorney fees.  T.H. v. Samuel Perler-Tomboly, Case no. A0802935 Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas (Visiting Judge Hogan) (May 2012)., 2012
  • We represented a female concrete inspector employed by the City of Fairborn, Ohio who was terminated after she complained about numerous sexist comments from her supervisor.  Just before the scheduled trial, the case was resolved to the satisfaction of the parties on confidential terms.  Rickett v. City of Fairborn, et al., Case no. 3:11-cv-00370 (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ohio)., 2012
  • We represented a helicopter pilot who flew emergency medical flights for Miami Valley Hospital's CareFlight program. The pilot was directly employed by CJ Systems Aviation Group, Inc., but flew out of, and for, Miami Valley Hospital. The pilot was terminated after making repeated complaints about safety problems with the helicopters in the CareFlight program. After a four-day trial before an Administrative Law Judge, a decision was rendered in the pilot's favor against both CJ Systems and Miami Valley Hospital in the amount of $80,000 for lost income, $100,000 for emotional distress, and attorney fees and expenses. In addition, the pilot was reinstated to his position. Richard Evans v. Miami Valley Hospital, et al., Case no. 2006-AIR-000022 (United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges) (August 2007).ALJ Decision and Order [PDF]Administrative Review Board’s Final Decision and Order [PDF]
  • We represented the owner of a popular local restaurant whose former business partner attempted to repossess restaurant equipment and close the restaurant. The business partner's attempts to obtain a temporary restraining order and a preliminary and permanent injunction preventing the restaurant from operating were unsuccessful, and the restaurant continues to operate. Food & Company, LLC v. Paula's Café, Case No. A0703274, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas (Judge Martin) (September 2007).
  • We represented an employee of Castrol who was sued by his former employer, Quaker Oil Company, on a covenant not to compete.  Quaker claimed that our client’s employment with its direct competitor Castrol, doing almost the same job he had done for Quaker, put Quaker at a competitive disadvantage and was a direct violation of an agreement not to compete that our client had voluntarily signed.  Quaker also claimed that our client had taken proprietary and trade secret information and disclosed it to Castrol.  Quaker asked the court to order our client to stop working for Castrol.  After an evidentiary hearing lasting three days, the court found that Quaker had not proved its case, and it denied Quaker’s motion for a preliminary injunction.  Quaker Chemical Corporation v. Castrol Industries North America, Inc., et al., Case no. 1:08-cv-449-SJD (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Ohio) (Judge Dlott))October 2008)Order Denying Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction [PDF]

Educational Background:

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, July 2015
  • Phillips University, Marburg, Germany; Manchester University, B.A., with distinction, 1976
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Office Location for Robert A. Klingler

525 Vine Street, Suite 2320
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-665-9500

Fax: 513-621-3240

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Last Updated: 9/17/2019

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