Cavitch Familo & Durkin, Co., L.P.A.

Robert West

Direct Dial: 216-472-4655

Bob is counselor and trusted advisor to both individuals, financial institutions, and private and public corporations.  Regardless of the issue, Bob is recognized for his experience, intellect, dedication and persistence. He strives to exceed client expectation by providing sound legal counsel and seeking win/win solutions for his clients.

As an experienced civil litigator, Bob has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including general commercial litigation, contract disputes, business torts, insurance defense and coverage disputes, opioid multi-district litigation, pharmaceutical class action, product liability, personal injury, legal and professional malpractice, real estate and construction, and other civil actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  Bob also advises businesses in out-of-court resolutions, including mediation and arbitration.

Throughout his career, Bob has always maintained a robust probate litigation practice involving estate, will and trust contests, guardianship actions, executor and trustee removal actions, interpretation of ambiguities in wills and trusts, accountings, breaches of fiduciary duty, and claims seeking to void gifts and beneficiary designations.

Bob’s consumer financial services practice involves advising and representing individuals, financial institutions and mortgage servicers on a broad array of consumer finance related matters, including creditors’ rights and lender liability, unfair credit reporting, unfair debt collection, telephone consumer protection, unfair business practices, electronic fund transfers, commercial foreclosures, commercial collection and replevin, cases alleging wrongful/abusive collection tactics, wrongful repossession, wrongful foreclosure, tortious interference, conspiracy, defamation, preference, and violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Retail Installment Sales Act, and the Second Mortgage Loan Act.

Bob has significant experience litigating and counseling clients on employment issues including Title VII, disability, age and gender discrimination, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, WARN, and ERISA.  Bob also assists businesses in the enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants, including confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and advocates on behalf of clients seeking and defending against temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and other forms of emergency relief.  Bob frequently consults with companies and individuals in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements, severance packages, and employment policies including those related to social media.

Bob is also a licensed patent attorney with the USPTO who assists clients in obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights. He works with clients to build and establish a comprehensive intellectual property strategy that reflects all of the issues that could impact their business, both today and tomorrow.  Bob works with clients in the negotiating, drafting, and reviewing of contracts, including license and purchase agreements. Bob regularly gives strategic advice and analysis regarding the formation, management, and enforcement of intellectual property assets.

Through the combination of Bob’s patent license with his litigation experience, Bob has defended and prosecuted intellectual property claims, including patent infringement, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement, trade secret, false designation of origin, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices, and false advertising matters.

Bob was born in Houston, Texas, and spent his youth in Texas, California and New York before becoming the fourth generation of his family to attend the University of Texas at Austin.  Bob also attended Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Bob lives in Medina and is an active member of his community.  Prior to joining Cavitch in May 2019, Bob spent twelve years at Thompson Hine LLP and three years at a small boutique firm.