Robert A. Bilott, a distinguished attorney who has been at the forefront of environmental litigation. The attorney was the focus of a recent story in the New York Times that caught global attention; The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.
Mr. Bilott has joined the board of Next Generation, also known as “Less Cancer” to support its mission in championing education and policy that will help prevent cancer.
“We are thrilled and honored to have Rob on our board,” says Bill Couzens, founder and president. “Rob Bilott’s reputation as an attorney is widely respected and his expertise adds a new dimension to our efforts.”
Bilott is a partner in Cincinnati-based Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he practices in the Environmental, Litigation, and Product Liability and Personal Injury groups, representing a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of matters involving federal, state, and local environmental laws and related litigation, which he has been pursuing since 1990.
His experience working with medical, scientific and regulatory experts for many years, all over the country, will benefit Less Cancer as it widens its mission to eradicate the more than 50% of cancers that are preventable.
More on his experience: Rob has been listed for several years as one of the Best Lawyers in America for his litigation and environmental practice and has received an “AV” peer-review rating, the highest possible, by Martindale-Hubbell. For five consecutive years, he has been named a “Top Local Plaintiff Litigation Star” by Benchmark Plaintiff in Ohio for environmental work, and he is named a 2016 Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation for his litigation work. In addition, he is a member of the National Trial Lawyers, a national organization of trial lawyers and since 2008 has been ranked as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio.” In 2005, Rob received the “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award” from The Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation for his work on an innovative, ground-breaking approach to settling an environmental class action involving tens of thousands of people alleging contaminated drinking water in West Virginia and Ohio. In 2014, he received the coveted “Clarence Darrow Award” from the mass tort bar in connection with the same litigation. Rob also has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law by Cincy Business Magazine since 2008 and was named a 2006 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star.
The Board of Directors of Next Generation, AKA“Less Cancer” includes Thomas M. Sherman, MD, chairman; Bill Couzens, founder and president; Greg Lam, vice president; KC Graham, treasurer; Veronique Pittman; Margaret I.Cuomo,MD; Stormy Stokes Hood; Miles O’Brien; John M. Couzens; Maryann Donovan, PhD, MPH; David MacDonald; Natalia (Ali) Pejacsevich, and Larry Fisher.
The organization is the founder of National Cancer Prevention Dayand initiated the first ever United States Bi-Partisan Congressional Cancer Prevention Caucus.