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Charles R. (Bob) Janes

Senior Assistant Attorney General
Court of Claims Defense Section

Office: 614-466-7447

Bob practiced law in the private sector for 38 years before joining the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in the Construction Litigation Group of the Court of Claims Defense Section.  In private practice, Bob acquired extensive trial and appellate court experience as lead trial counsel in many types of complex litigation, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability (toxic torts, ethical drug and medical products), premises liability, real estate, banking, and insurance coverage disputes.  He has tried over 100 jury trials to completion in courts throughout Ohio, and has been admitted as counsel pro hac vice in federal and state court litigation throughout the country.  He has received an “AV” rating (the highest possible) from Martindale-Hubbell since 1992, and has been included on the list of “Top Lawyers in Central Ohio” published annually by Columbus C.E.O. magazine since 2009.  He has also testified as an expert witness, and has been a lecturer on many occasions on trial procedures and strategies, medical-legal, insurance, real estate, and professional liability topics.  He now concentrates on public sector construction litigation.


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, B.A.