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  • Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Courts:
      -Northern District of Ohio, 1976
      -Southern District of Ohio, 2004
      -Eastern District of Michigan, 2013
      -Western District of Michigan, 1992
      -Northern District of Indiana, 2005
      -Western District of Tennessee, 2014
      -Eastern District of Arkansas, 2014
      -Western District of Arkansas, 2014
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals:
    Sixth Circuit, 1984
    Federal Circuit, 2002
  • Ohio Supreme Court, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


University of Toledo College of Law, 1975

Ohio Northern University, 1972


Robert J. Gilmer, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of employment, commercial and professional liability litigation.  He is a senior trial attorney at Eastman & Smith.

Following graduation from law school in 1975, Mr. Gilmer worked as a trial attorney for the Office of the Lucas County, Ohio, Prosecuting Attorney from 1976 through 1980. Since joining Eastman & Smith in 1980, Mr. Gilmer has represented clients in complex litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in matters involving employment discrimination, breach of contract, housing discrimination claims, claims of professional negligence, CERCLA cost recovery and toxic tort litigation. He also serves as general counsel for Eastman & Smith.

Mr. Gilmer's community service includes having served as an acting judge in the Perrysburg, Ohio, Municipal Court.

Honors & Affiliations

Community/Professional Affiliations

  • American Inns of Court, Morrison R. Waite Chapter (Executive Committee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Employment Law and Litigation Committees)
  • Toledo Bar Association (Judicial Candidates, Bar Admissions, Employment and Federal Court Committees)

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment by Martindale Hubbell
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings by Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 years
  • Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation -- Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers®  "Lawyer of the Year" for Toledo
    • Litigation -- Labor and Employment (2016 and 2021)
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2022)
  • Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine

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