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Robert L. Ciotti

Robert L. Ciotti



Bob Ciotti practices primarily in the areas of major commercial litigation, including private class actions and regulatory agency investigations. For more than two decades, the vast majority of Bob’s matters have involved opposition to efforts by plaintiffs to certify classes in federal and state courts, as well as in an arbitration. His experience in this area cuts across a wide variety of substantive claims including antitrust and trade regulation, environmental, including claims for property damage, personal injuries, and medical monitoring stemming from alleged exposure to on- and off-site contaminates, product liability, and construction defect and misrepresentation claims. Bob also has his MBA and often uses his training in this discipline in analyzing expert economic or damage reports, and in deposing expert witnesses.


Antitrust & Trade Regulation Cases

  • Nitro Leisure Prods., LLC v. Acushnet Co., No. 2:02-cv-14008 (S.D. Fla.) (represented golf ball manufacturer accused of monopolizing market). 
  • Execu-Tech Bus. Sys., Inc. v. Appleton Papers Inc., 743 So. 2d 19 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999) (affirming denial of class action certification after four-day evidentiary hearing in alleged price-fixing action under Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act).
  • State ex rel. Atty. Gen. Morales v. Zeneca, Inc., No. 3:97-cv-01526 (N.D. Tex. 1997) (entering consent decree negotiated with the National Association of Attorneys General in connection with coordinated investigation by 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico of alleged price fixing).

Environmental Contamination Cases

  • Moore v. Agrico Chem. Co., No. G99-2794 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Aug. 7, 2001) (resolving putative class action for alleged off-site property damage and medical monitoring for exposure from a Superfund site).
  • Mills v. Stauffer Chem. Co., No. 8:97-cv-01197 (M.D. Fla. May 12, 1999) (denying class certification for alleged off-site personal injuries, property damage, and medical monitoring for exposure from a Superfund site).

Class Action Cases (see also those above)

  • Lam v. Gen. Mills, Inc., 859 F. Supp. 2d 1097 (N.D. Cal. 2012) (dismissing in part consumer protection claims challenging labeling of defendant’s fruit snack products; case subsequently resolved with no class certified).
  • Addleman v. Ryland Grp., Inc., No. 11 181 01524 05 (American Arbitration Association) (putative class arbitration regarding alleged construction defects).
  • Hoyte v. Stauffer Chem. Co., No. 98-3024-CI-7, 2002 WL 31892830 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Nov. 6, 2002) (denying certification, after four-day evidentiary hearing, of a putative class of former workers seeking medical monitoring for alleged exposure at a Superfund site).‚Äč


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine  (2010–2016)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Former Vice Chair, State Action and Noerr Doctrine Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law
  • The Florida Bar
    • Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Certification Committee 
    • Present Member, Thirteenth Circuit Grievance Committee "D"
    • Former Chair, Thirteenth Circuit Grievance Committee "C"

Speaking Engagements

  • "Proven Strategies for Defending Class Actions," Carlton Fields Class Action Symposium, New York, NY (June 2013)


  • Boston College Law School (J.D., 1981)
  • Northeastern University (MBA, 1977)
  • Northeastern University (B.S., 1975)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts


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