Robert D. Gary

(440) 244-4809

Born Lorain, Ohio, June 4, 1941; admitted to bar, 1966, Ohio; 1968, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1969, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

Education & Experience

Case Western Reserve University (B.A., 1963; J.D., 1966); New York University (L.L.M., 1967).  Former Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice; Former Deputy Chief, United States Department of Justice; Organized Crime Strike Force; Former Director, Ohio Organized Crime Prevention Counsel; Former Special Assistant to the Governor of Ohio; Federal Court-Appointed Mediator; State Court Mediator.

Private Practice

Robert Gary has appeared in Federal and State courts across the country.  His experience includes over thirty-five years of litigating class actions.  U. S. District Court Judge Sandra Beckwith, in her decision awarding a $55 million judgment to a class of underpaid pensioners represented by his firm, described Mr. Gary as being "in the very upper echelons of experienced litigators." Reported cases in which he has been counsel have advanced and changed the law in the areas of pension and class action jurisprudence.  His cases have provided free food to Ohio citizens, funded free medical services and served as the seed money for a permanent local bar association charity.  His publications include a nationally distributed book co-authored with his partner to provide for non lawyers an easy to understand and accessible review of the complex ERISA rules that regulate tax qualified pension plans.  He has mediated complex class actions to settlement and published on the topic of the mediation of class actions. 


  • United States Department of Justice, Special Achievement Award
  • Ohio House of Representatives, Special Recognition for Outstanding Public Service
  • Lorain County Commissioners, Commendation
  • Ohio Lawyers Weekly, Largest Settlement (Mass Disaster Class Action)
  • Corporate Counsel, Biggest Defense Loss in Labor and Employment Law, (Pension Class Action) 2001


  • Protecting Your Pension For Dummies (Wiley Publishing Co., July 2007)
  • Class Action Fairness Act: Winners and Losers (LCBA Legal Times, Lorain County Bar Assoc., January/February 2006)
  • Mediation as a Tool for Settling Mass Tort Class Actions (Conflict Management, American Bar Assoc., Spring 2004)

    Practice Areas

  • Class Actions
  • Pension Litigation
  • Complex Litigation