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My practice focuses on employment and construction counseling and litigation, and general commercial litigation.

I advise owners, developers, and contractors concerning construction contracts, disputes during construction, and I mediate, litigate and arbitrate all types of construction claims after completion (including breach of contract, construction defect, design defect, and delay claims).

I advise employers on employment law practices, regulatory compliance and claims avoidance, and I defend employers against employment claims in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings.

I provide counseling and litigation representation in business disputes in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, retail, distribution, and healthcare.

I am actively licensed to practice in Ohio, Illinois and California.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 40%
    20 years
  2. Construction: 40%
    23 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    23 years

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The Bartman Law Office LLC

1991 Crocker Road, Suite 600
Cleveland, OH, 44145


ILNot Authorized To Practice Law199611/12/2015
CANot eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)199311/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2016
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2005
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberThe Bartman Law Office LLC2012 - Present
MemberMcDonald Hopkins LLC2007 - 2012
PartnerKahn Kleinman LPA1999 - 2007
AssociateCremer Kopon Shaughnessy & Spina1996 - 1999
AssociateLaw Offices of Malcolm A. Misuraca1993 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
Builders Exchange MagazineBIM and the Law2008
Builders Exchange MagazineLegal Issues in Green Construction2008
Cleveland Bar JournalThe Ohio Supreme Court Issues Important Construction Opinion2007
Builders Exchange MagazineContracts 101: Read Before You Sign2007
Builders Exchange MagazineTo note or not to note2006
Cleveland Bar JournalWorkplace Violence: Does it fit within the intentional tort exception to workers' compensation exclusivity?2005
IDC QuarterlyBurdens of Accommodation1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Michigan Law SchoolEconomicsOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEConstruction Contracts: Negotiating Key Provisions2014
CLEConstruction Defect Litigation2013
CLEConstruction Defect Litigation: From A to Z2012
The Pitfalls of EmailInterview with WVIZ2007
CLE seminarMechanics LIens2007
CMAA MeetingRisk Allocation in Agency Contruction Management Contracts2006
Ohio Society of Certified Public AccountantsContract Issues and Claims2004
Kahn Kleinman LPA seminarContract Issues and Claims2004
CLE SeminarBankruptcy in the Construction Industry in Ohio2004
CES Breakfast ForumMold & Sick Buildings2002
Kahn Kleinman SeminarCollecting Your Money2001
Gobbell Hays PartnersSick Buildings: Litigation and Construction Issues2000
Saltz Shamis & Goldfarb, Inc.The Basics of Mechanics Liens: Protecting Your Rights and Ensuring Payment2000