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Robert Brand Newman

Robert Brand Newman

Senior Partner
Cincinnati, Ohio
513-952-9200 Ext 100

Robert Newman is available to practice in the areas of civil rights, personal injury and criminal.

Bob has practiced in these areas since his graduation from Emory Law School in Atlanta Georgia in 1967.

The types of civil rights case Bob has done are:

1.      Employment discrimination involving race discrimination, and discrimination in the areas age, sex, and nationality.
2.      Housing discriminatory where the discrimination was because of race, national origin or family size.
3.      School cases, including cases involving racial bullying, IEP issues, student discipline cases, and student free expression/First Amendment issues.
4.      University cases involving faculty discipline cases, First Amendment issues, failure to promote and Title IX involving discrimination against women in sports programs.
5.      Police misconduct cases, involving illegal searches and seizures and excessive use of force.

These are some of the areas of civil rights cases, however Bob has taken on a lot of cases that do not fit into categories, but can be described as cases where “government has gone too far.”

Bob has also had a significant number of personal injury and criminal cases.

Bob has been listed in Best Lawyers of America since 1993 and was given the Courageous Advocate Award from the Inns of Court of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Areas of Practice

  • General Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 1967
  • Ohio, 1972
  • Kentucky, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1967
    • Honors: Recipient, AmJur Awards for Corporate Taxation and Real Property
    • Honors: President, Law School Civil Rights Research Council
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1964
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases


  • Instructor, Social Welfare Policy and the Law, Atlanta University, Graduate School, 1967
  • Trial Counsel and Student Instructor, Emory Community Legal Services Center, 1968 - 1971
  • Lecturer, American Legal History, Honors Program at Northern Kentucky University

Honors and Awards

  • Highest Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Courageous Advocate Award, Inns of Court of the Southern District of Ohio, 2004
  • Best Lawyers of America, 1993 - Present
  • One of the Best Lawyers in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Magazine
  • Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, University of Michigan Law School, 1968

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Legal Redress Committee of the N.A.A.C.P., Cincinnati Branch, Board Member and Chairman, 1980 - 1982
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Cincinnati Chapter, Board Member, 1979 - 1981
  • Mental Health Association of Cincinnati, Board Member, 1984 - 1985
  • Equal Employment Review Board, City of Cincinnati, 1988 - 1989
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Chairman, Judicial Selection Committee, 1991 - 1993
  • John P. Parker Historical Society, Board Member, 1996 - 1999
  • Elmwood Place, Ohio, Village Solicitor, 1993 - 1997
  • Elmwood Place, Ohio, Village Solicitor, 2005 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Summerhill, Managing Attorney, 1967 - 1968
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society, 1971 - 1972
  • Attorney General of the State of Ohio, Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Law Section, 1972 - 1973
  • Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati, Director of Litigation, 1974 - 1982
  • Kircher & Phalen, General Litigation Practice, Partner, 1982 - 1991
  • Kircher, Robinson, Cook, Newman & Welch, General Litigation Practice, Partner, 1991 - 1995
  • Kircher, Robinson, Newman & Welch, General Litigation Practice, Partner, 1995 - 1997

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Tenant Grievance Arbitration Panel, Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, 1988 - 1993
  • Board Member, Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, 2005 - 2007