Robert D. Barr

Cleveland, Ohio
Rob has over twenty (20) years of experience in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and real estate, with an emphasis on representing bankruptcy trustees in Northeast Ohio.  He has been and is presently counsel for numerous creditors, creditor committees, and corporate and consumer debtors in chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases.  Rob's specific areas of expertise include:
  • the identification and resolution of defective security instruments and mortgages,
  • the prosecution of civil fraud actions,
  • business restructuring and bankruptcy,
  • the resolution of debtor/creditor disputes, including medical billing disputes, and
  • the defense and prosecution of preference claims in insolvency proceedings.
Rob is an active leader and speaker in regional bar associations, having served as chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and twice as co-chair of the William J. O'Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • 20% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Commercial Collections
  • 10% Consumer Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2016


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1996
  • Albion College, Albion, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Honors: summa cum laude, with honors in history
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Preclusion Delusion: The Application of Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel in Bankr. Proceedings, Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metro. Bar Assoc., August, 2009
  • Student Loan Debt and the Bankruptcy Discharge Exception: An Impending Crisis?, Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metro. Bar Assoc., September, 2012


  • Bankruptcy Fundamentals, Ohio State Bar Association, 2013 - 2015
  • Dischargeability of Student Loans in Bankruptcy, Federal Bar Association, 2015
  • Adversary Proceedings and Non-dischargeability Issues , The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2010
  • Means Test 101, It’s Not Just Basket Weaving: Form 22A Calculations, Exclusions and Deductions, William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, 2008
  • Dealing With Creditors Under BAPCPA, The Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project Seminar, 2007
  • Bankruptcy Reform: Sections 521 and 522 of the Revised Bankruptcy Code, The Cleveland Bar Association, 2005
  • Exemptions, Objections to Exemptions and Exemption Planning, The Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project, 2003
  • Avoidance of Single Witness Mortgages by Chapter 7 Trustees, The Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2016
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Attorney Constituency Group, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2016
  • Chair, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2005-2006
  • Co-Chair, William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, 2001 and 2015
  • Chair, Basic Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2011
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Northcoast e-Pipeline, Newsletter of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Cleveland Bar Association, 2003 – 2006
  • Co-Chair, Basic Bankruptcy Seminar, Cleveland Bar Association, 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, The Bankruptcy Pro-Bono Project, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, 2005 - 2016


  • Phi Beta Kappa