Bob focuses his practice on civil litigation. Bob has experience representing clients involved in complex commercial litigation and defending claims of professional malpractice or other personal injury. Bob has experience serving manufacturers, hospitals, technology companies, small businesses, and individual clients.  In addition to representing clients in active litigation, Bob is available to consult with clients regarding litigation risks they face.

Before joining the firm, Bob spent a year each clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary and U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp, II, both of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division. Bob was born and raised in Toledo, and is thrilled to be able to practice law in Toledo in addition to residing in Toledo with his wife and children.


 

Commercial Litigation

  • Bob obtained dismissal of a breach of contract case brought by physician group against client hospital for lack of federal subject matter jurisdiction.
  • Bob drafted a successful motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of client licensee in case involving misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of exclusivity provision in contract with licensor.
  • Bob pursued franchisor on behalf of franchisee in arbitration for breach of franchise agreement, resulting in arbitration award in franchisee’s favor.
  • Bob assisted Tier 1 automobile suppliers for claims against suppliers relating to non-conforming parts.

Medical Malpractice Defense

  • Bob frequently assists in defense of hospitals, doctors, and nurses against claims of medical malpractice.
  • Bob sat second-chair in a two week-long trial resulting in a jury verdict in favor of the client radiologist and radiology group in a wrongful death and loss of less-than-even chance of survival case.

Personal Injury Defense

  • Bob sat second-chair in week-long trial brought by individual alleging assault, battery, and false imprisonment against client’s security guards.
  • Bob obtained a dismissal for an individual client who was a defendant in a car accident negligence case where the plaintiffs had made a claim to the insurer pre-suit for an individual who was not in the plaintiffs’ vehicle at the time of the accident. 

Avoidance of Conflict Between Co-defendants to Decrease the Likelihood of an Adverse Verdict

Issue:

The defendant surgeon at his deposition and at trial potentially implicated our radiology client by testifying that the content of our client’s radiology report did not give the surgeon the information he needed to have allegedly changed the patient’s treatment plan. The patient ultimately died after many months of treatment and incurring over $1 million in medical expenses. 

Our Approach:

Plaintiff's counsel used the defendant surgeon’s testimony to create conflict among the defendants while at the same time portraying the patient as a victim of the defendants’ disagreement.  To counter Plaintiff's counsel’s strategy, the defendant surgeon attempted to put his testimony in its proper context and we worked with our client to avoid any disagreement with the surgeon.  We instead focused our client’s defense upon his correct interpretation of the radiology study and that all of the information which could be reasonably be derived from the radiology study was reported. 

Result:

By avoiding the temptation to openly disagree with the co-defendant and keeping the defense focused on the proper interpretation of the radiology study by our client, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client notwithstanding a verdict against the co-defendant.

Contact Bob

Office Toledo, Ohio  Email rtucker@rcolaw.com
P 419-418-6461
Assistant Lynne Haney  Email lhaney@rcolaw.com
P 419-418-6466
  • Get to know Bob 

    I was born and raised in West Toledo, where I now reside with my family. When not being entertained by my young children, my primary hobby is cooking (and eating) new and interesting things. I also have a great love of music, although lacking any musical talent of my own. Despite that fact, I was the music director and disc jockey of the Georgetown University Radio Station, WGTB, during college.

 

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