Robert Bartlett Jr

Robert P. Bartlett, Jr. (Retired)


Bob’s areas of practice are First Amendment, defamation, privacy, access to news, Freedom of Information Act, and commercial business litigation.  Bob has successfully guided our media, business and insurance clients through difficult situations for many years.

Areas of Practice

Media and Communications Law

  • Newspaper and Television Representation
  • Social Media
  • Public Records
  • First Amendment
  • Libel and Slander Defense
  • Open-courts
  • Right of Privacy

Advertising Law

Environmental Issues

Breach of Contract


Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Awards and Honors

Attorney for Dayton Daily News in 1998 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Regularly elected to Ohio SuperLawyers

Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ Defense of First Amendment Award representing WHIO-TV-7

Award of Appreciation from all Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for Distinguished Service to the Court as a Member of the Attorney Examination and Admission Committee

LexisNexis Preeminent Peer Review Rating 1968–2015

Ohio State Bar Association Foundation, Community Service Award

Memberships and Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (being less than 1% of all lawyers in any state)

Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation

Life-Member Delegate, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference

American Bar Association

  • Forum on Communications Law member
  • Business Litigation, Product Liability and Reinsurance Committees
  • Trial, Tort & Insurance Practice Section

Media Law Resource Center

Federal Bar Examiner for the United States District for the Southern District of Ohio, 1978–2013

International Association of Defense Counsel

National Freedom of Information Coalition

The Ohio State Bar Association

  • Media Law Committee (Chair 2007–2008)
  • Local Government Affairs Committee

Dayton Bar Association

  • Eikenbary Trust Advisory Committee

Defense Research Institute

Bench Bar Media Forum

Ohio Trial Lawyers Association

Phi Delta Phi Legal Honorary

The Hundred Club of Dayton

Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton Law School

Mentor, Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program

Estabrook, Finn & McKee, Senior Partner, 1964–1984

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, 1984–1987, Senior Partner and Managing Partner of Dayton Office, Member of Executive Committee and Compensation Committee

Coolidge Wall Womsley & Lombard, 1987–2004, Senior Partner, Member of Firm’s Executive Committee and Compensation Committee


Denison University, B.A., 1960

  • Political Science and Economics
  • Member Student Senate
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
  • Denison Lacrosse

University of Virginia Law School, 1961

The Ohio State University Law School, J.D., 1964

Community Involvement

Frequent Lecturer and Panelist for Seminars Conducted by the Ohio Bar Association Media Law Committee and Local Government Affairs Committee, as well as other organizations.

Board of Directors, Dayton Chapter, American Red Cross

Board of Directors of Kids Voting U.S.A.

Board of Directors of Alliance for Education

Dayton Bicycle Club

Dayton Lawyers Club

Board of Trustee First Baptist Church, Dayton, Ohio

Moraine Country Club

Robert P. Bartlett, Jr.
(937) 227-3107

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
110 North Main Street
Suite 1600
Dayton, Ohio  45402


Administrative Assistant
Teri E. Seabold
(937) 227-9917


Robert P. Bartlett, Jr.