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.

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Robert P. Bartlett, Jr. (Retired)

(937) 227-3707

110 N. Main St., Suite 1600
Dayton, OH 45402

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Media and Communications Law


Newspaper and Television Representation


Social Media


Public Records


First Amendment

Libel and Slander Defense




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

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


Regularly elected to Ohio SuperLawyers


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

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


LexisNexis Preeminent Peer Review Rating 1968–2015


Ohio State Bar Association Foundation, Community Service Award

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

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