Bobby has earned multimillion dollar verdicts for victims of civil rights abuses, catastrophic injuries, and defective products.
Bobby DiCello’s practice encompasses locally and nationally significant cases across a broad range of topics with a focus on restoring the human dignity stolen by civil rights abuses, catastrophic injuries, defective products, and corporate misconduct.
The trial of Officer Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s murder was the most anticipated civil rights trial in recent history. When ABC News Live decided to cover the trial and produce the series “The Death of George Floyd – Derek Chauvin on Trial,” they realized that they needed an authority on high-profile trials to analyze and comment on the Floyd trial. Anticipating a national and international audience, ABC called on Bobby to give his opinions on the case. Between focus group preparation for a major pharmaceutical trial and research into the psychology of modern jurors, Bobby made himself available for weeks of real-time commentary and insight into the decisions of the lawyers and presiding judge.
Before and since his most recent national recognition as a trial expert, Bobby has been a force in the trial bar. He has obtained record verdicts in cases thought unwinnable, while, at the same time, leading cutting-edge research into juror decision-making in the politically polarized jury system. Bobby has successfully tried, as a first-chair trial lawyer, catastrophic injury and death cases, civil rights cases, medical malpractice cases, mass tort bellwether cases, qui tam cases, and financial services, as well as major felony prosecutions, major criminal defense actions, and a variety of other cases that have branded him as one of the nation’s best modern day trial lawyers.
In 2021, Public Justice awarded Bobby its prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award for his work in the landmark Black v. Hicks police brutality and corruption case in the City of East Cleveland, Ohio. Public Justice presents this annual award to attorneys who promote the public interest by trying a precedent setting, socially significant case. Bobby tried the Black case to a jury that awarded Mr. Black a record $50 million—a verdict that has since been sustained up to the United States Supreme Court.
Bobby has also been recognized twice as an “agent of change” by The National Law Journal in its annual list of Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers, an honor rarely bestowed even once in a lawyer’s career.
Having taught trial lawyers across the country, Bobby is also known for his dedication to improving the art of trial practice. Bobby is routinely asked to assist lawyers from across the United States on their cases. He consults on all aspects of trial preparation and motion practice, including theme building, case framing, case messaging, and the creation of visuals for courtroom presentation and exhibits. He develops his approach through DiCello Levitt’s Trial Center, where he leads focus groups, mock trials, and jury decision-making research. Bobby’s work sets DiCello Levitt apart as a truly rare law firm: a plaintiffs’ firm with an in-house focus group and mock trial practice that creates powerful presentations and—most importantly for our clients—meaningful verdicts.
Throughout his work, Bobby maintains a singular focus: to teach juries about the value of each of his clients and to encourage a verdict that publicly recognizes their dignity.
- Represented a black man subject to a brutal assault by East Cleveland police and confined to a closet in the police station for days. At trial, secured a jury verdict of $22 million.
- Represented plaintiffs in class action litigation over sudden and unintended acceleration in Ford automobiles.
- Drafted amicus brief to Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of the Ohio Association for Justice, arguing for the availability of legal remedies for minor victims of sexual abuse.
Trial Lawyer of the Year, Public Justice (2021)
Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer, The National Law Journal (2020 and 2017)
Ohio Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2017)
Editor-in-Chief of The Cleveland State Law Review
- Season 3, Episode 06, Serial Podcast
- “How to Find Your Client’s Story,” 360 Advocacy, Power Story Conference (2017)
- “Essential Aspects of the Story-in-Trial Approach,” 360 Advocacy, Power Story Conference (2017)
- “Story-in-Trial: It’s Not What You Might Expect,” 360 Advocacy, Power Story Conference (2017)
- “Why Story-in-Trial Works With and Empowers Who You Are and What You’re Doing Right Now,” 360 Advocacy, Power Story Conference (2017)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
- National Police Accountability Project
- Ohio Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- Trial Lawyers’ College (2013)