With the firm for nearly 25 years, Mr. Blackham started his career at Roetzel as an Associate in 1994. In 1996, he was named Partner and began to focus on developing the employer-side of the Employment Law practice. Mr. Blackham took on the role as Chairman in January 2017 and has been devoted to growing the firm in many areas. He is dedicated to maintaining the firms’ environment and committed to client service, as well as strengthening accountability and the firm’s cultural stability.

In addition to his firm leadership role, Mr. Blackham is a Shareholder in our Employment Law practice. He represents employers in all facets of employment law and related litigation, and has handled numerous labor arbitrations for unionized employers on a local and national level. His practice focuses on workplace injury, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) claims, workers' compensation, intentional tort, non-compete agreements and employee discrimination matters. He has tried cases at all levels of federal and state court.

  • Defends management in all facets of employment-related litigation
  • Assists clients in implementing strategies designed to minimize exposure under laws such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), state fair employment statutes (i.e., the Ohio Civil Rights Act)
  • Performs on-site audits to ensure compliance with OSHA requirements
  • Statewide involvement in all aspects of defending workers' compensation claims for both self-insured and state-funded employers
  • Extensive experience before the Industrial Commission
  • Significant involvement in both civil litigation and appellate work in the workers' compensation area
  • Successful defense of numerous Violation of Specific Safety Regulation (VSSR) claims and intentional tort claims
  • Prepares and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements and severance plans
  • Litigation of complex Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) charges before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
  1. Spanish


  1. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
  2. The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science


Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
  2. Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. Supreme Court


  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America © for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers (2020)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2015)
  • Certified as a Workers' Compensation Law Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • Board Certified in Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio, Person of Vision Award (2009)
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Fellows Committee
  • American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award winner (2012)


Professional Affiliations
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Self-Insurers Association (OSIA)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Charter Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Life Member of The Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District
Community Affiliations
  • Dollar Bank, Director
  • Aurora Baseball and Football Associations, Pro bono legal counsel (1994-present)
  • American Heart Association, Leadership Team (2010-2012)
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, Board (2007-2010)


  1. Alerts
    Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination (Jun 15, 2020)
    EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Accommodating Employees Who Are Disabled, Pregnant, or Over 65 (Jun 12, 2020)
    Possible Employer Vicarious Liability for Employee’s HIPAA Violation Even When Employee Engages In Unauthorized Act (Jun 9, 2020)
    Legislation Repeals Three Health-Related Excise Taxes Imposed by the Affordable Care Act (Jun 5, 2020)
    OSHA Revises Guidance for Reporting COVID-19 Cases (May 21, 2020)
  2. Presentations
    Routinely presents to public and private companies on employment-related issues, including OSHA, EEOC, FLSA and workers' compensation practice and procedures
    Lectured on workers' compensation to the Ohio Self-Insurers Group
    Several presentations to self-insured and private employers' groups
  3. Firm News
    Roetzel’s Reopening America Readiness Team Formed to Help Businesses Reopen (May 5, 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    Bob Blackham Achieves Recertification by National Board of Trial Advocacy (Aug 27, 2019)
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2019)
    Roetzel & Andress Expands Roetzel Consulting Solutions (Jul 17, 2017)
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