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Moritz alum Robert A. Bilott ’90 portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in upcoming film, Dark Waters

September 20, 2019 | Alumni

A Moritz College of Law graduate is set to be portrayed on the silver screen.

Inspired by the true story of one of the biggest coverups in American history, Dark Waters stars Mark Ruffalo as Robert A. Bilott, a 1990 graduate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The movie is also set to star Anne Hathaway as Bilott’s wife Sarah and Tim Robbins as Bilott’s partner and supervisor, Tom Terp. It has been given a release date of November 22, 2019.

The film depicts Bilott as he helped to expose a lengthy history of chemical pollution by DuPont, despite years of working as a corporate defense attorney following his graduation from Moritz.

In 2016, the New York Times featured Bilott’s story, calling him “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.”

Bilott graduated cum laude from Moritz, where he was the managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. He is currently a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, where he was when he started the DuPont case.