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Bill Bluth

Bill Bluth


Bill Bluth began his storied legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Orrin Judd of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In 1970, he became an Assistant Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, being awarded a full professorship five years later.  Professor Bluth founded the law school’s clinical education program that provided legal services to the inmates of the Ohio Penitentiary.

Professor Bluth maintains a small private practice in addition to his teaching responsibilities at Capital University Law School. Kravitz, Brown and Dortch is proud to be able to call on Professor Bluth’s vast legal knowledge in his role as “of counsel” to the firm.  Professor Bluth has tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases throughout the state of Ohio and has argued cases in the Ohio Court of Appeals, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Practice Areas
Criminal Defense
Civil Litigation
Domestic Relations

Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio, 1970
Supreme Court of New York, 1969
U.S. District Court, Southern District, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1978

Boston College Law, J.D. , 1969
City College of the City University of New York, 1966


  • Made national news when he tried a federal postal and bank robbery case when he uncovered that one of the government’s tracking dog expert was a fraud. His research on this expert likely saved the life of a prisoner on death row in Arizona.
  • Served as a legal expert witness in a capital case in Florida.
  • The Ohio Supreme Court adopted Professor Bluth’s reasoning from an appellate case in ruling on the legality of non-compete clauses.
  • Secured visitation rights for a father whose children lived with their mother in England by securing “mirror” orders in both the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and its counterpart in London, England.
  • In 1972, the State of Ohio retained Professor Bluth’s clinical program to provide legal services to all of Ohio’s prisons. The program ran for two years and received national recognition, including recognition from the United States Supreme Court. See Bounds v. Smith, 430 U.S. 817 (1977)


  • Member, Boston College Law Review
  • Order of the Coif