Rob is a partner at Santen & Hughes who represents people and businesses in strategic planning, negotiations, administrative proceedings, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Rob's practice is focused in business counseling, contracts, personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and general civil litigation. Rob works with his clients in all aspects of day to day decision making and formal legal proceedings.

Rob is an experienced business counselor and litigator. Rob works with companies and individuals in matters ranging from employment decisions to mergers and acquisitions. Rob's practice includes representation of businesses in commercial disputes and litigation. Rob's business practice includes work with both creditors and debtors in bankruptcy. 

Rob's litigation work includes civil rights and criminal defense. Rob has fought on behalf of clients to protect the rights of freedom of speech and assembly, and has brought cases which have resulted in meaningful reform in police and other government policies in the City of Cincinnati and elsewhere. As a criminal defense attorney, Rob works hard to ensure that his clients are treated fairly and believes that trial by jury is the best protection for the citizen who stands accused by the State.

Rob has extensive experience in construction and contracting matters. Rob's clients include contractors, materials suppliers, developers, government entitles and property owners and he is involved in all stages of the construction process from permitting and planning to payment and collection. Rob has successfully litigated and arbitrated cases in government and private construction disputes and has lectured and written on Kentucky and Ohio mechanic's lien law.

Rob has served as an adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Salmon P. Chase College of Law and has experience in the judiciary, serving as an extern to the Honorable Judge William Bertelsman, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

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Published Cases:

  • Taylor Building Corp. of America v. Benfield, 117 Ohio St. 3d 352 (2008).
  • Stutler v. TK Constructors, Inc., 448 F.3d 343 (6th Cir. 2006).
  • Intercargo Insurance v. Thomas L. Hughes, et al., 127 Ohio Misc.2d 48 (C.P. Oh., 2003).
  • Keal v. Day, 164 Ohio App.3d 21 (Ohio App.1 Dist. 2006).


  • A Survey of Kentucky Commercial Law. 31 Northern Kentucky Law Review, No. 2, p. 201-233 (2004).
  • Freedom of Speech ...But Watch What You Say! The Question of Civil Liability for Negligence in the Mass Media. 27 Northern Kentucky Law Review, No. 1, p. 163-200 (2000).

Community Organizations:

  • Member, Board of Governors, Salmon P. Chase College of Law Alumni Association. 2005 - present.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Corporation for Findlay Market. 2009 - present.


  • Ohio Superlawyers, Rising Star, 2005-8.
  • 2012 Thomson Reuters Excellence in Pro Bono Award