Robert A. Poklar
Partner

For more than 30 years, Robert A. Poklar has represented automobile, RV, boat and motorcycle dealers and other businesses in matters involving advertising, aftermarket products/services, buy/sell, consumer litigation/issues, corporate acquisitions and divestitures, dealer relocations, employment issues, finance, franchisor-franchisee disputes, first refusal, governmental compliance and regulatory issues, insurance, lemon law, warranty audits, and working capital and floor plan issues. He has developed and presented numerous seminars on business-related issues such as regulatory compliance, Truth-in-Lending and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. He has tried complex and class action litigation. Since 1982, Bob has published a monthly newsletter, “You Auto Know,” which discusses current legal topics.  In June 2017, Bob provided a legal update presentation to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association on topics including franchise protection standards, facility renovations, FTC used car buyer’s guide update, warranty compensation, warranty chargeback protection, succession performance standards, manufacturer/dealer litigation and relocation protests.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1975
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Dealer Candidate for the Chevrolet Division of the General Motors School of Merchandising and Management

Experience

Court of Common Pleas Arbitrator

Certified Mediator for the Institute for Conflict Management, LLC

Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association

Certified Associate for The Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership

Press, Publications and Presentations

2017 -
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, "2017 Legal Update"
2013 -
Business Contract Litigation Seminar, "When Contracts Go Bad - Remedies and Solutions," National Business Institute

Representative Matters

Represents clients in complex and class action litigation

Represents clients in matters involving: advertising, aftermarket products/services, buy/sell, consumer litigation/issues, corporate acquisitions and divestitures, dealer relocations, employment issues, finance, franchisor-franchisee disputes, first refusal, governmental compliance and regulatory issues, insurance, lemon law, warranty audits, and working capital and floor plan issues.

Develops and presents seminars on business-related issues such as regulatory compliance, Truth-in-Lending and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Since 1982, has published a monthly newsletter, “You Auto Know,” which focuses on various topics for automobile, RV, motorcycle and boat/marine dealers as well as the retail industry.

Professional Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

National Automobile Dealer Council

Cleveland Notre Dame Alumni Lawyers Association

Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Life Member

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
Catholic Charities Corporation, Board of Directors
C.A.S.E., Volunteer Lawyer, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association/Legal Aid Society
3 Rs Instructor for the Cleveland and East Cleveland High Schools

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Institute for Conflict Management, LLC - ADR Mediation Certification


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