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Robert Bilott

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Robert Bilott

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Rob is a partner in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offices of the law firm, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced in the Environmental and Litigation Practice Groups for over 30 years. During that time, Rob has handled and led some of the most novel and complex cases in the country involving damage from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”), including the first individual, class action, mass tort, and multi-district litigation proceedings involving PFAS, recovering over $1 billion for clients impacted by the chemicals. In 2017, Rob received the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his decades of work on behalf of those injured by PFAS chemical contamination. Rob is the author of the book, “Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont,” which won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature in 2020. His story is also the inspiration for the 2019 motion picture, “Dark Waters,” starring Mark Ruffalo as Rob, and his story is also featured in the documentary, “The Devil We Know.” Rob is a 1987 graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida where he received a BA degree and serves on the Alumni Board. In 1990, Rob received a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Law Journal. Rob also serves on the Boards of Less Cancer and Green Umbrella and is frequently invited to provide keynote lectures and talks at law schools, universities, colleges, communities and other organizations all over the world, including testimony before federal and state Congressional subcommittees, parliaments of the European Union, individual member states, and the United Kingdom, and committees of the United Nations. Rob is a fellow in the Right Livelihood College (with member institutions in Sweden, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Chile, Germany, India, Argentina, and the USA) and an Honorary Professor at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. Among his awards are the Kentucky Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award (2020), Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (2005), the David Browner Lifetime Achievement Award (2020), the Taft Law Legacy Award (2020), Riverkeeper’s “Big Fish Award” (2020), and the Consumer Safety Award from the Kentucky justice Association (2020). Rob has also been listed for several years among the “Leading Lawyers” in Cincinnati, Kentucky “Super Lawyers,” and the “Best Lawyers in America.”

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