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Rob Hanna is a trial lawyer with broad experience in all aspects of business litigation. He is chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Group.

He concentrates a significant portion of his practice on unfair competition claims, fiduciary duty claims, non-competition agreements, trade secret, real estate litigation, and other business-related torts. He is also experienced in matters involving data security breaches and notification laws, class actions, professional liability, accountant liability, broker-dealer cases, officer and director liability issues, and manufacturing disputes.

Rob has tried and arbitrated cases in a half-dozen states, including Ohio, California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and West Virginia and before the FINRA (formerly NASD), JAMS, and the American Arbitration Association. On behalf of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Rob serves as lead trial counsel, prosecuting disciplinary violations by attorneys. He regularly handles complex commercial litigation matters involving contract and business tort claims.

Rob is the proud father of a growing family and a lifelong Cleveland sports fan.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1986)
Cleveland State University (M.B.A., 1983)
Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., 1981)
State Admissions
Ohio, 1986
Federal Admissions
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

trade secret and data security litigation

  • Defended and counseled a broker-dealer in a breach of data security
  • Defended major pharmaceutical manufacturer in the trial of a theft of trade secret case in San Jose, California
  • Prosecuted theft of trade secrets for a local colorant manufacturer where theft occurred in Brazil

non-competition claims

  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of an Ohio screen manufacturer whose sales contractor improperly competed in the southwest United States
  • Prosecuted claims against a Michigan sales representative violating his non-compete agreement with a paint manufacturer
  • Defended a broker’s non-competition agreement and theft of trade secrets case brought by broker’s former firm

securities fraud/broker-dealer arbitration

  • Successfully defended securities fraud claim brought in Arizona Federal Court by a former major league baseball player
  • Successfully prosecuted claims of defamation brought against a representative of a multinational broker dealer
  • Defended numerous claims of unsuitability, fraud, and other torts brought against former representatives of various firms

business litigation

  • Serves as lead trial counsel prosecuting trade secret misappropriation involving source codes from software system developed by our client
  • Successfully prosecuted warranty and product liability claims in an arbitration on behalf of an Ohio manufacturer
  • Successfully arbitrated a shareholder dispute and business valuation claim against an owner and his companies
  • Tried a software licensing case in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of a computer software company
  • Successfully represented a trustee and a bond holder in foreclosure actions of TIF-financed landmark properties in downtown Cleveland and the City of University Heights

attorney disciplinary proceedings

  • As lead trial counsel, successfully prosecuted attorney disciplinary claims through hearings and ultimately to the Ohio Supreme Court

Speaking Engagements

  • “Living at Work: Practical Advice on Data Privacy for Your Business and Your Family,” Moderator, 2020 In-House Counsel Summit Webinar, Tucker Ellis LLP (December 2020)
  • “Incident Response,” 2020 Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (September 2020)
  • “It’s No Secret, Trade Secrets Have to Be Protected,” 2019 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2019)
  • “Cyber Ohio Business Summit on Cyber Risk Assessment,” Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Columbus, Ohio (March 2018)
  • “Data Breach Class Actions,” 2017 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2017)
  • “Coordinating Data Security and Incident Response Efforts with the Government,” A Different and Better Data Security Guide: Counseling Clients and Managing Crises, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2017)
  • “Incident Response,” 2017 Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (April 2017)
  • “Tax Increment Financing: Cradle to Grave,” 38th Annual Real Estate Institute 2016, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2016)
  • “Surviving the Breach: Immediate Steps and Responses,” Tucker Ellis Privacy and Data Security Risks: Are You Prepared?, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2015)
  • “What Are the Risks: An Introduction to Exposures, Costs, and Trends,” Tucker Ellis Privacy and Data Security Risks: Are You Prepared?, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2015)
  • “Protecting the Net: Cybersecurity,” Tucker Ellis/McGladrey Marching Through the Madness: Making Your Financial Services Team a Winner in Risk and Compliance, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2015)
  • “Data Security: Managing the Crisis,” 2014 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2014)
  • Trade Secrets Damages: A Framework for Success at Trial,” AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (October 2013)
  • “Use of Online Evidence in the Courtroom,” National Business Institute, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2013)
  • “Preparing for and Taking the Deposition,” Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (February 2013)
  • “Data Breach: Understanding the Risk and Managing a Crisis,” Cleveland, Ohio (2010)



  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2013–2024)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2006–2016)
  • Women’s Recovery Center
    • Past Member of the Board of Directors, Past President
  • Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
    • Past President and Executive Committee Member
  • Padua Franciscan High School, Past Trustee of the Endowment Trust
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • E-Discovery Roundtable, Member