Litigation: General Commercial - Ohio


Band 1 | Jones Day

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THE FIRM The bench strength of this international firm is well respected, with a raft of recognized lawyers in its Cleveland office. It is further validated by its comprehensive skill set, enabling it to handle antitrust, white-collar criminal and general commercial litigation. High-profile clients in the state and beyond are a given, and include Abercrombie & Fitch and IBM. Recent highlights include advising Macy's in a high-stakes licensing and manufacturing dispute.

Sources say: "Jones Day is always at the top of the list."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jack Newman is a key partner in the Cleveland office. His practice includes advising on securities and shareholder actions. Sources continue to praise his pragmatic manner, with peers describing an "excellent lawyer" who commands "great respect."

Theodore Grossman is a former DOJ trial and appellate counsel, who is now resident in the firm's Cleveland office. He is experienced in leading high-stakes cases all the way up to trial, and led the team in the aforementioned Macy's litigation.

Cleveland partner Robert Walker offers clients his experience after 30 years of legal practice. He was recently successful on behalf of shopping center owner and developer DDR Corp during a five-week trial relating to a high-value breach of contract lawsuit.

David Adler has a developed a sound reputation in the Cleveland market for his representation of commercial entities and financial institutions. His recent work includes advising a bank on a class action alleging unfair and deceptive trade practice. 

Robert Faxon is a respected disputes lawyer in the Cleveland market with experience in a variety of work, including product liability and securities matters. He acted as lead trial counsel for RJ Reynolds in a high-value lawsuit concerning wrongful death.

Elizabeth Kessler is partner-in-charge of the Columbus office. She continues to develop her skills in commercial litigation, and sources adjudge her to be "a fine trial lawyer with great promise." 

Thomas Demitrack wins plaudits from the market, with one interviewee remarking that he is an "extremely good lawyer: smart, articulate and he does a very good job in the courtroom." His contentious practice has a particular slant toward the regulatory aspects of commerce, and he is called an "effective antitrust litigator." He acted as lead counsel to Experian Information Solutions concerning antitrust aspects relating to access to consumer credit information.

John Majoras is commended for his "broad set of skills," with sources describing an "able trial lawyer" who exhibits "good judgment." He was lead adviser to Sirius XM Radio in an antitrust dispute involving satellite radio subscription.

Former US Attorney Stephen Sozio practices from the Cleveland office, and is recognized for his work in government investigations and white-collar criminal matters. Sources note his "practical and solid advice" and ability to reach acceptable resolutions as necessary. Clients include notable healthcare entities and manufacturing interests.

James Wooley is a former federal prosecutor now resident in the Cleveland office. He is noted for his excellence in white-collar crime and government investigatory matters. Sources describe him as "top-shelf," and add that he is "the guy you want in front of the jury in a trial."

The "very knowledgeable" Steve Squeri is of counsel in the Cleveland office. He has a rising profile for his antitrust work, and is an experienced and recognized trial lawyer.

Jonathan Leiken represents clients in white-collar criminal matters. Sources agree that he has a fine reputation as a capable adviser on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and SEC-related matters. Clients include individuals, multinational companies and financial institutions.

Robert Rawson has proven skills as "a litigator with antitrust strength," according to sources. He is widely considered to be one of the leading figures of the Ohio antitrust Bar.

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THE FIRM Clients are quick to point to the keen service levels on offer at this indigenous Cleveland firm, and note its increasing prominence in the Columbus market. The firm has won considerable plaudits for its extensive, continuing and high-profile work for Irving Picard, the Securities Investor Protection Act trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L Madoff Securities. Other high-profile work includes acting for Cardinal Health in a class action antitrust case against Abbott Laboratoriess.

Sources say: "The firm is very responsive and accommodating. There is a lot of depth."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Kincaid is described as a "standout trial lawyer, very analytical, with an excellent demeanor on his feet." He recently advised on a high-value claim involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

The highly respected Randall Solomon focuses his practice on the defense of toxic tort cases, construction disputes and trade secrets.

Mark Johnson is based in the Columbus office. He includes securities litigation and appellate work in his skill set, and wins particular plaudits for his "great depth of knowledge of class action work; he recalls case specifics and draws them together." Recent highlights include advising an insurance client on a putative nationwide class action.

Richard Knoth offers clients in the Cleveland market more than 30 years of litigation experience. He has broad capabilities across the dispute resolution spectrum, and is noted as a proficient and recognized advocate at the trial and appellate levels.

Thomas Lucchesi is recognized for his effective litigation skills and practical approach. Highlights include the aforementioned two-year representation of Irving Picard.

Ernest Vargo leads the firm's national class action defense practice from the Cleveland office. He continues to advise clients in the insurance industry, and has also acted on antitrust matters. Sources relate that he is "someone you look to as an expert in his area."

Former federal prosecutor Thomas Warren divides his time between the Los Angeles and Cleveland offices. He remains cochair of the firm's nationwide appellate group, and has also been heavily involved in the Madoff litigation.

Daniel Warren is acclaimed as "fine and capable" by market observers. Sources agree that he is particularly effective in complex shareholder litigation. He is also an accomplished appellate lawyer.

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THE FIRM This firm is well known for the quality of its work in the dispute resolution arena, with its Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati offices providing an impressive statewide presence. A client roster of high-profile household names includes Goodyear and BP, while recent highlights include the successful defense of AmFin Financial in a $765 million jury trial brought by the FDIC.

Sources say: "They are prompt, understand the needs of their clients, and have the resources to handle any matter appropriately."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Damond Mace is applauded by clients as an "outstanding litigation strategist." He is an experienced trial lawyer whose highlights include representing clients in high-stakes product liability-related litigation.

Cleveland partner Robin Weaver has built a respected name for himself in this field over his 40 years of legal practice. Sources note his profile in appellate matters in particular. He has argued cases all the way to the Supreme Court.

Richard Gurbst acted as lead counsel on the FDIC jury trial matter, and has long experience with trial and litigation work. Sources reveal that he is a "good, smart and hard-working" advocate.

John Gall is a senior partner who practices from the Columbus office. His key clients include entities from the healthcare and financial services sectors, while sources describe him as "a fine trial lawyer."

Mark Ruehlmann is the managing partner of the Cincinnati office. Sources agree that he is a talented attorney who enjoys "a good reputation with the Ohio judiciary." He focuses his commercial litigation practice on the representation of clients in the financial services sector.

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THE FIRM This firm is recognized for its broad litigation capabilities. The team represents clients from a host of industries in high-stakes disputes, and receives warm praise as a tenacious and formidable group of trial lawyers. The firm is particularly noted for its representation of clients in the banking and insurance sectors. 

Sources say: "Phenomenal. They are smart and super responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Ungar chairs the firm's litigation practice. He is described by sources as "a very fine, aggressive lawyer" who "understands what you have to do to present your case well to the judge." He is experienced in multiparty and complex commercial litigation, and he has acted for clients such as Citi and US Bank.

Joseph Castrodale is a partner in the Cleveland office, and heads up the business litigation practice at the firm. His areas of influence include multistate, multiparty actions and high-stakes federal court disputes.

Partner Frederic Shadley handles a broad range of business litigation, and is particularly noted for his focus on construction disputes. Other areas of excellence include environmental, IP and toxic tort litigation.

Marvin Karp is based in the Cleveland office and is one of the most experienced figures of the Ohio litigation Bar. Sources describe him as "one hell of a lawyer!"

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THE FIRM This firm remains strong in Ohio and is noted for its trial expertise in cases relating to antitrust, toxic tort, white-collar and complex commercial matters. The team recently successfully represented Walnut Private Equity Fund in a high-value dispute with Argo Tea.

Sources say: "The quality of legal counsel we receive is outstanding."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "talented" Daniel Buckley is a key litigation partner in the Cincinnati office. His broad experience includes derivatives and class action disputes, and he recently led the team in the aforementioned matter for Walnut Private Equity Fund.

Glenn Whitaker has built a respected profile in the white-collar criminal and False Claims Act arena, in addition to the general commercial litigation field. "He leads very well and sets the standards," according to sources, one praising his "exceptional knowledge."

Anthony O'Malley is the managing partner of the firm's Cleveland branch. He remains active in disputes work particularly for banks, and recently acted for a financial institution in breach of fiduciary duty litigation. Sources describe him as a "no-nonsense litigator who gets to the point. He sees what is important and what is not."

Mary Ellen Fairfield is based in the Columbus office. She has acted for a number of notable manufacturing interests in matters involving alleged product liability and employment discrimination.

William Porter is chair of the firmwide litigation practice. He brings substantial litigation experience to the table, including trial and advocacy skills. His recent clients include financial institutions.

Columbus partner James Wilson is lauded as "the guy with the antitrust expertise. He is very smart, has good judgment, and knows the antitrust laws inside and out." 

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THE FIRM This litigation boutique has built an impressively strong reputation in the Columbus market. The 11-strong team is active in matters from high-value contractual and trust disputes to shareholder actions. Its client list includes American Signature, Fifth Third Bank and Deloitte & Touche. Highlights for the practice include representing JPMorgan Chase in a trial concerning alleged breach of fiduciary duty.

Sources say: "Great technical ability and great, common-sense, practical advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Those seeking a "very perceptive, thoughtful litigator" who is "smart and capable" would do well to consider retaining John Zeiger, according to admiring sources. He recently acted as lead counsel on a hotly contested shareholder and breach of fiduciary duty action.  

Steven Tigges acted as lead trial counsel in the aforementioned matter for JPMorgan Chase. He is admired for his fearless yet thoughtful approach to getting the best result, with sources noting that "he is not just a litigator - he is a talented strategist."

Marion Little enjoys a rising profile in the market for his wide-ranging and effective skills. Sources describe him as "very creative and strategic," and note that "he writes very well." 

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THE FIRM This firm's litigation practice group continues to impress market observers. It is active on an array of high-value work, including medical malpractice, contractual and insurance disputes. It advised Nationwide Mutual Insurance on keenly contested litigation concerning Lehman Brothers credit default swap agreements. Other clients include OhioHealth and JPMorgan Chase.

Sources say: "They understand our commercial objectives and are superb at handling complex issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS  The "outstanding" Quintin Lindsmith acted as the lead lawyer on the aforementioned matter for Nationwide Mutual Insurance. Sources note that "he can get to the bottom of the most complex business litigation."

Drew Campbell heads up the litigation practice group at the firm. His key clients include insurance companies and financial institutions. Source label him a "high-quality and very talented litigator."

Anne Marie Sferra heads up the firm's dedicated appellate practice. She recently acted as lead counsel to a number of Ohio healthcare associations in a Supreme Court case concerning health insurance coverage.

Bobbie Sprader garners significant praise from the market, with one commentator naming her "detail-oriented and knowledgeable," and adding that "she follows through without exception." She concentrates her practice on healthcare litigation.

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THE FIRM This Ohio firm retains a solid presence in the Cleveland market. It advises on a variety of contentious work, including shareholder litigation, breach of contract and associated class actions. Clients include FirstEnergy, AT&T and KeyBank.

Sources say: "We have deep respect for Calfee and rely heavily upon it."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mitchell Blair ascends the rankings after receiving sterling market feedback. Sources reserve special mention for his "great oratory and litigation skills in the courtroom," and note that "he is an excellent cross-examiner." He continues to advise the directors of Eaton Corporation on a shareholder derivative lawsuit.

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THE FIRM This respected firm continues to win plaudits for the strength of its litigation team. The group is particularly noted for work with the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors, while it continues to be known for its historic ties to Procter & Gamble.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly experienced Mark Vander Laan chairs the litigation practice and is described as "a fine lawyer" by market sources. His clients have included Procter & Gamble and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Jeffrey Hinebaugh is a key litigation partner in the practice, regularly acting in mass tort claims and product liability cases. Clients are often drawn from the automotive sector, and have included industry giants such as GM, Mazda and American Suzuki.

Frank Woodside handles product liability trial work and professional malpractice litigation. Clients include pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

Of counsel Patrick Lane's broad practice straddles litigation and IP matters, with sources praising him as a "very talented trial lawyer." His prior experience as an in-house counsel with Procter & Gamble lends him an invaluable level of commercial awareness.

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THE FIRM This compact commercial dispute resolution boutique operates from offices in Dayton and Cincinnati. The team comes to market attention for its courtroom skills and high degree of professionalism. It has long-standing relationships with clients such as Procter & Gamble, while it recently advised Reed Elsevier in a class certification dispute. 

Sources say: "A top-quality firm that compares well with those from other markets such as New York, Chicago or Los Angeles."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Faruki is a renowned trial lawyer who wins outstanding recognition from the market. Sources say that "he never loses sight of his client's goals," while one interviewee notes that "he will not hesitate to give his impartial advice for the benefit of the client. He is a real craftsman." He led the team on the aforementioned matter for Reed Elsevier.

Jeffrey Ireland handles antitrust and general commercial litigation. Sources regard him as "a hard worker who leaves no stone unturned,"  and observe that "he is willing and able to throw legal punches when necessary."

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THE FIRM The Hahn Loeser & Parks litigation team is noted for its strength in complex commercial disputes, with market sources speaking highly of its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The group successfully defended Chicago Title Insurance in a keenly contested jury trial concerning alleging breach of contract and tort claims in the energy sector.

Sources say: "Big-firm service at a medium-firm price."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Fogarty is admired for his long and deep experience of commercial disputes, and is an accomplished trial lawyer. He recently represented Aetna Better Health in a dispute concerning Medicaid contract awards. Sources name him "a tough litigator."

Steven Goldfarb counts a number of financial institutions and insurance companies among his clients, and led the team on the Chicago Title Insurance matter.

Rob Remington recently represented biofuel manufacturer POET in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute. Sources note: "He understands both litigation and negotiating contracts, which helps him help us across all issues."

Marc Kessler represents clients in high-stakes disputes at trial and appellate level. He worked closely with Fogarty in the aforementioned Aetna litigation.

Band 3 | Ice Miller LLP

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THE FIRM Ice Miller continues its respected showing in the litigation arena following its 2011 merger with native Ohio firm Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. The litigation team handles a variety of work from product liability to securities disputes. The group recently represented Ramius Private Select in a high-value securities fraud claim by investors against a fund manager. Other clients include Pinnacle Data Systems and City of Dublin.

Sources say: "In my opinion the representation we received was outstanding."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Gilligan is a highly experienced litigator in the firm's Columbus office. As a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers he is noted for his immaculate courtroom skills.

John McDonald is an accomplished and highly experienced trial counsel whose practice is increasingly concentrated on arbitration and mediation. He recently acted for Pinnacle Data Systems in a shareholder derivative and securities class action.

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THE FIRM This firm receives warm praise from market sources for its professional, client-oriented and result-driven service. Recent highlights for the practice include acting for Fifth Third Bank in a breach of fiduciary duty dispute and a securities class action. Other clients include Cincom Systems and American Financial Group.

Sources say: "They understand our business and business needs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Burke played a key role in the aforementioned matters for Fifth Third Bank. Sources speak admiringly of him as a "strong, widely respected litigator" and "one of the top business litigation attorneys in the state."

Michael Scheier is described as an "excellent lawyer who expresses professionalism at every turn." He is also a trial lawyer with notable experience in the courtroom.

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THE FIRM The 35-strong litigation team at this Columbus firm has a rising profile for antitrust litigation, in addition to its recognized skills in broader commercial disputes work. Key matters of late include shareholder litigation and insurance disputes. Clients include Alliance Data Systems, Cardinal Health and the Catholic Diocese of Columbus.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly respected Thomas Hill is called a "great business lawyer" by sources, who unanimously agree that he is deserving of top-tier recognition. Recent matters include securities litigation arising from claims of breach of contract and fraud.

Roger Sugarman is a reliable and effective choice of counsel for litigation and trial work, according to interviewees. His practice has a particular slant toward professional liability matters, and his highlights include advising the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in a shareholder class action.

Loriann Fuhrer is quickly establishing a fine reputation in the state Bar. Sources describe her as "smart, extremely diligent and hard-working," and note that "she is good with witnesses and in the courtroom."

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THE FIRM This firm continues to win admirers in the Ohio market, with sources citing an impressive breadth of practice and credibility with local courts. Key clients include household names such as Duke Energy, American Electric Power and Huntington National Bank. The team recently secured an $8.2 million jury verdict on behalf of Skurka Aerospace.

Sources say: "They have talented professionals that speak business language."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kathleen Trafford is chair of the firm's appellate practice and has built a sound reputation in the Columbus area. Areas of excellence include government and regulatory litigation.

Columbus-based Robert Trafford is the firm's managing partner and maintains an active business litigation practice at trial and appellate levels. His practice is often concentrated on securities litigation and corporate governance matters.

Kathleen Brinkman is a former federal prosecutor and a leading litigator in the firm's Cincinnati office. She recently acted on a high-stakes class action concerning food supplements.

Hugh McKay represents corporate clients and financial institutions in commercial litigation at state and federal level. He led the team in the aforementioned matter for Skurka Aerospace.  

Ryan Sherman continues to emerge as one of the next generation of leading Ohio litigators. His areas of influence include IP and securities litigation.

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THE FIRM This firm's January 2012 merger with Chester Willcox & Saxbe has provided a boost to its litigation capabilities in the Columbus market. Clients report long, productive relationships with its lawyers, and delight in the aggressive client advocacy on offer. It has an impressive client list that includes the Cincinnati Bengals, American Municipal Power and Globalstar.

Sources say: "Professional, very easy to work with and very responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stuart Dornette is based in the Cincinnati office, where he serves as cochair of the litigation practice group. He is "very thorough and he understands the issues very well," according to sources.

Stephen Fitch is a vastly experienced partner in the Columbus office. He recently represented American Municipal Power in a lawsuit stemming from the cancellation of a power station project.

David Wallace cochairs the litigation practice from the Cleveland branch of the firm. He is adjudged a versatile practitioner who is equally comfortable handling litigation from IP disputes to construction and wider commercial matters.

Charles Saxbe receives warm praise from the market for his general business litigation practice. In addition, he is admitted to the Supreme Court, enabling him to advise seamlessly on appellate matters.

Cincinnati partner Jack Donson chairs the antitrust group at the firm, and is a well-known and respected practitioner in this area. Sources point to his "vast experience and good judgment" as key reasons to engage his services.

Ralph Kohnen is the firm's authority on white-collar criminal matters. He enters the rankings for the first time after receiving glowing feedback from the market, with one impressed interviewee noting: "Ralph is without question at the top of the list of those I have dealt with. His approach is to seek out the truth and stand firmly."

Russell Sayre has a rising profile in the Cincinnati market. Sources speak of him as "thorough, very systematic and meticulous in his approach."

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THE FIRM This firm's business litigation and product liability practice has a solid reputation in the Cleveland market. Recent highlights include defending Ford in a lawsuit alleging the defective design and manufacture of the 2005 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Other clients include Wells Fargo Bank, KeyCorp and JPMorgan Chase.

Sources say: "I am absolutely impressed. They are excellent trial lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Cleveland-based James Robenalt is an experienced trial counsel and arbitrator whose broad practice encompasses professional malpractice, tax disputes and general business litigation. 

Scott King impresses sources, with one interviewee noting that "he has a very firm handle on the courtroom, and he is very good at communicating back to us." Recent work includes ongoing mortgage-related litigation for a number of financial institutions.

Thomas Collin is recognized for his excellence in antitrust matters, with sources speaking highly of his collegiate and intellectual approach to the law. He recently advised Dayton Superior on a matter concerning alleged Robinson-Patman Act price discrimination matters.

Band 3 | Tucker Ellis

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THE FIRM The Tucker Ellis trial team is noted for its representation of Fortune 500 companies, and is known for its close ties with the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. The group recently represented PharmaJet on a nationwide putative class action concerning administration of medication. Other marquee clients include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Electrolux.

Sources say: "Outstanding. A very strong firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Hugh Stanley focuses on commercial litigation pertaining to the corporate, banking and insurance sectors, and is noted for his class action experience in state and federal court.

John McCaffrey is a former FBI special agent and public prosecutor. His practice has a particular slant toward high-stakes white-collar criminal matters such as securities fraud. Sources agree he is "very good at what he does."

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THE FIRM This compact litigation boutique has built a sound reputation in the market for its wide spectrum of work and high-quality practice. Its areas of experience include banking disputes, product liability and regulatory matters.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Carpenter is described by sources as a "very effective" litigator with "great vision." He is closely associated with the automotive, banking and consumer lending industries.

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THE FIRM This firm remains visible in the Ohio market, recently handling a number of matters including insurance defense and white-collar criminal work. It has also advised on high-stakes arbitrations and enforcement work.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Casarona is chair of the firm's national litigation and government affairs group. His long activity in this field has seen him act for entities from the energy, utility and waste management sectors.

Donald Scherzer garners market respect for his handling of white-collar criminal matters. Sources describe him as a "well-rounded litigator" and a "very effective communicator who works extremely well with co-counsel."

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THE FIRM Clients were quick to praise the keen service and effective litigation practice at this compact corporate and commercial firm. The firm has proved itself a force to contend with in matters such as insurance, environmental and ERISA litigation. Clients include MeadWestvaco and Barco.

Sources say: "The quality of the firm's representation has met or exceeded the other Ohio firms."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jim Dyer is the chair of the litigation department at the firm. He advised MeadWestvaco on product liability matters related to an acquisition. Clients report that "he has very good insight into our business and is genuinely interested in it."

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

David Greer of Bieser, Greer, & Landis LLP is widely considered to be one of the leading figures of the Ohio litigation Bar. Sources call him "an outstanding trial lawyer, with an excellent reputation in this part of the state."

Columbus-based sole practitioner Frank Ray acts for commercial concerns and individuals. Interviewees praise his trial skills and cite his credibility before the judiciary.

Neil Freund is a name partner at Dayton firm Freund, Freeze & Arnold. He enjoys a deservedly good reputation in matters such as product liability.

Stephen Chappelear recently joined Frost Brown Todd LLC from Hahn Loeser & Parks. Chappelear is an experienced trial lawyer and former partner in charge of the Columbus office. Interviewees praise his ability to manage high end, detail-heavy matters effectively, noting that he is "good at simplifying the case for the jury."

Jill Meyer is managing member of the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd LLC. She is noted for her IP-related disputes work and enjoys a reputation as a skilled counselor in contentious matters.

Robert Pitcairn is "a great trial lawyer" and head of litigation at Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild in Cincinnati. Areas of focus include securities litigation and high-stakes contract disputes.

The "very creative" Steven Kaufman practices with Cleveland firm Kaufman & Company, LLC. Sources note the breadth of his experience in both plaintiff and defense representation. His clients include financial institutions.

Richard Kerger of Kerger & Hartman LLC is a well-known lawyer in the Toledo market. He is noted for his expertise in white-collar criminal matters and wins the respect of market observers for his "good common sense and great experience."

The "very effective" Philip Kushner of Kushner & Hamed is also noted for his expertise in the white-collar criminal arena. Sources point to him as an "extremely aggressive and hard-working lawyer."

Sole practitioner James Arnold is admired for his litigation capabilities and his adroit case preparation. Sources describe him as a "fabulous, standout trial lawyer." His experience includes commercial and noncommercial matters, including probate and medical malpractice work.

Roger Fry is of counsel at Cincinnati firm Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP. Areas of excellence include insurance defense and commercial law.

Robert Rotatori is the managing partner of Cleveland firm Rotatori Bender Co LPA. Interviewees refer to him as a bright and highly capable litigator, with a notable profile in white-collar criminal matters.

Sole practitioner William Meeks enjoys a fine reputation for white-collar criminal defense work in Columbus and beyond. He can be relied upon to do a good job of representing clients, according to sources.

Niki Schwartz is a senior and name partner at Cleveland dispute resolution and criminal law boutique Schwartz, Downey & Co LPA. Interviewees describe him as a "very effective advocate," and point to his "wisdom and terrific judgment." He is increasingly active in mediation work.

The highly experienced Orville Reed recently left Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs to join Akron firm Stark & Knoll. His areas of expertise include personal injury and insurance and business litigation.

Roger Synenberg is a former Assistant US Attorney who now practices at Synenberg & Associates in Cleveland. He is a litigator and trial lawyer who spends a substantial amount of his time on white-collar criminal matters. Sources describe him as "first-rate," and an "experienced, well-regarded lawyer."

Mark Wallach is a "tenacious litigator" at Thacker Martinsek LPA. He advised Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in a dispute concerning a stormwater management program.

Patrick McLaughlin is the name partner at McLaughlin Law, LLP. He is an effective counsel in commercial litigation and white-collar criminal matters. Sources describe him as "aggressive yet thoughtful."

The "outstanding" Ralph Cascarilla is a lawyer at Walter & Haverfield LLP in Cleveland. He is a white-collar crime specialist and is described as "thorough, analytical, knowledgeable and experienced."

David Kamp is the managing partner of White, Getgey & Meyer Co LPA in Cincinnati. Sources attest that "he relates well to jurors and judges," and note that "he makes sharp points without being obstreperous or difficult."

Eric Zagrans of Zagrans Law Firm LLC is lauded by sources for his "honest, straight-talking and ethical" approach. He handles complex commercial litigation, class actions and medical malpractice work.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.