Robert E. Roland

Rob is the Managing Partner of Day Ketterer and maintains an active practice of select clients. 

Rob firmly believes that his clients are best served by concentrating on their businesses -- and not on fighting legal battles. Therefore, he applies sound business concepts to the practice of law and prides himself on keeping his clients out of the courtroom. However, when litigation is the only alternative, Rob works closely with a team of aggressive commercial litigators at Day Ketterer to achieve his clients’ goals.

For 30 years, Rob has provided legal advice to Ohio and national businesses.  His practice is primarily focused on business and banking law, employee stock benefit plans, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, business dispute resolution, and commercial real estate transactions.  Rob serves as general counsel for many well-known closely held corporations and non-profit associations. He represents banks and financial institutions throughout Ohio. In addition, he has taught college real estate courses and has been a frequent lecturer on business law concepts.

Rob began his legal career with Day Ketterer in 1984.   He was elected to the Firm's Executive Committee in 1992.  He was named Managing Partner in 2012.  Under Rob's leadership, the Firm has expanded across Ohio with offices in Canton, Hudson, Youngstown, and Toledo. 

During his career, Rob has volunteered a great deal of his time serving the business interests of his clients in the community at large.  In 2007, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  In 2008, Rob was one of three individuals appointed by the President of the Senate to serve on the Ohio State Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration.  As a Commissioner, Rob is charged by the State Legislature with the duty to develop recommendations on reforming and restructuring local government in Ohio in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of local government operations and to achieve cost savings for taxpayers.

When not practicing law, Rob is a dedicated audiophile, long-time member of the Canton Wine Guild, accomplished jazz pianist, maintains a significant library, and is a mediocre cook (but he is reporting slow but steady progress).

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Understanding your Fiduciary Responsibilities: Recognizing and Reacting to Conflicts of Interest, Canton Symphony, October 2013
  • Recognizing and Reacting to Conflicts of Interest, Association of Fundraising Professionals, August 2012
  • How Will Health Care Reform Impact My Business? Akron CPE Day, June 2011
  • Eight Guiding Principles for Operating in an Economic Storm, July 2009
  • Exit Planning for Selling Your Business, November 2008

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2011 – 2017 

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2015, 2016

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
    -Chair of Board of Directors; School Levy Review Committee, Chair; City-County Affairs Committee, past Chair; Nominating Committee, Chair; 21st  Century Government Steering Committee,
  • Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration
  • ArtsinStark, Board of Directors
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
    -Steering Committee, Sunday Kickoff Concert and Community Parade Chair
  • Edgewood Community Center, Founding Director
  • Brookside Country Club, Board of Directors
  • Stark County Government Academy, Founding Chair
  • Stark Development Board, Trustee
  • Leadership Canton, 1992 Graduate
  • Canton Ballet, Board of Directors
  • Canton Forum, Chair
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors
  • Canton Palace Theater, Board of Directors
  • Eric Snow YMCA, Board of Directors; Downtown YMCA Campaign Drive, Chair
  • United Way Allocation Council
  • Greater Akron Chamber, Akron Small Business Council
  • Stark County Bar Association, Corporate Law Committee,  member
  • Stark County Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice Committee, member

COURTS AND BAR ASSOCIATIONS

  • State of Ohio
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Stark County Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1985
  • Exeter University, United Kingdom, 1983
  • Miami University, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 1982
    -Sigma Phi Epsilon
    -Clifford Scott Award for Scholarship
    -Psi Chi Academic Honor Society
    -Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

To reach Rob, please e-mail him at reroland@dayketterer.com or call him directly at 330.458.2166.