Robert C. Petrulis

Shareholder || Cleveland

Since beginning the practice of law in 1988, Mr. Petrulis has worked extensively with businesses large and small, in the resolution of workplace issues and disputes.  He has partnered with employers in a wide range of industries, including medical systems and health care, retail and consumer products, insurance and financial services, technology and computers, electronics, automotive and aviation, restaurants and hospitality, manufacturing, telecommunications and cable television, and environmental and energy services.

Mr. Petrulis provides preventative employment law counseling to help employers avoid potential costly and time-consuming lawsuits and employment disputes.  When employment matters do result in litigation, Mr. Petrulis has vigorously and successfully defended employers in state and federal courts throughout the United States against the full range of employment-related claims, such as discrimination, retaliation, and employment-related Sarbanes-Oxley claims, often obtaining summary dismissal of cases.

Mr. Petrulis also has helped companies protect their customer bases, trade secrets and valuable human resource assets through successful prosecution of claims against former or current employees (and/or their new employers) who have violated non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements, or who have misappropriated or disclosed trade secrets.

In 2001, Mr. Petrulis was one of the first attorneys in Ohio to be certified as a “Specialist” in Employment and Labor Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.  In 2007, he was among the first attorneys to be recertified.  Mr. Petrulis was first elected a “Super Lawyer” in Ohio in 2004.  He has also received a Peer Review rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating designation conferred.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins as a shareholder, Mr. Petrulis was a Partner in the employment law group of a national law firm based in Cleveland, where he began his career in 1988.

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  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1988
  • M.P.A., The Ohio State University, 1985
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Case Western Reserve University, 1983

Admittance to Practice

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law)
  • American Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Ohio Super Lawyer (2004-2006, 2008-present)
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)