Litigation: General Commercial - Ohio


Band 1 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for Global law firm with the capacity to handle local, national and cross-border litigation. Collaborative network leveraged for complex and unique cases, bringing specialist knowledge when needed.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The firm is very experienced, competent and capable, with a depth of resources."

"They have very smart individuals working there and they are very experienced and knowledgeable."  

Work highlights Representing Macy's in a high-profile contract case against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) that potentially had billions of dollars at stake. Sued to prevent MSLO from carrying out a conflicting contract with J.C. Penney. Successfully filed for preliminary injunction and sued J.C. Penney for tortious interference.

Secured a favorable result for Expedia, and Hotwire regarding an allegation that defendants failed to collect and pay the appropriate level of hotel occupancy taxes over several years. A high-value victory for the online travel industry.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Demitrack is noted for his extensive litigation expertise and is championed by sources as an "absolutely first-rate" attorney. He recently represented Experian Information Solutions in a particularly challenging antitrust case.

John Majoras has 25 years' experience handling commercial disputes and earns special praise for his skill in antitrust litigation. Recently he acted as lead antitrust counsel for Sirius XM Radio in class action litigation.

Stephen Sozio represents businesses and healthcare organizations throughout government investigations. He is noted as being extremely competent when dealing with complex matters, and "knows how to interface effectively with government authorities."

Steve Squeri specializes in antitrust matters and is experienced in complex trials, as well as arbitration proceedings. "His international work sets him apart," said a market source.

James Wooley handles a range of litigation, including antitrust, criminal tax and public corruption. He is experienced representing individuals and corporations before the DOJ and is noted for his "extensive background in white-collar crime."

Jack Newman represents public companies in litigation involving, among other things, shareholder actions and other claims relating to mergers and acquisitions. His peers praise him as "one of the finest lawyers" in the litigation arena.

Theodore Grossman recently represented Goodman Global in a high-profile class action. "He's a strong, big-case litigator," said a source. 

Robert Faxon is "a very strong jury trial lawyer who has a lot of versatility" and is noted in particular for his unflappable presentation skills. He has acted in major cases in courts across the country.

David Adler has expertise relating to fraud and commercial litigation. Peers are impressed with his ability to present a case and commend him as being "very bright in working with some very complex matters and effective in communications."

Elizabeth Kessler handles complex litigation matters across multiple jurisdictions, and has particular expertise in product liability cases. "I rate her very highly - her organizational ability is most impressive," said one client.

The eminent Robert Rawson focuses on antitrust and trade regulation. He counsels clients as well as representing them in litigation, and handles M&A, monopoly and price-fixing matters, among others.

Significant clients Abercrombie & Fitch, Bayer, R.J. Reynolds.

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What the team is known for Retained by clients such as academic medical centers and life insurance companies in a range of litigation matters. Has an impressive reputation in the fields of consumer class action defense, data security and financial fraud.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very well versed in their areas of practice." 

"The lawyers are knowledgeable, have a broad range of experience, and are efficient and above all practical." 

Work highlights Retained by Cuyahoga County in a case worth $42 million, defending the county and coroner against Section 1983 allegations that a former death row inmate had been falsely convicted. 

Successfully represented Ochsner Clinic Foundation in recovering $20 million in taxes that were erroneously collected. The dispute concerned how much Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax should be charged on medical resident stipends.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Kincaid has a range of experience in business and commercial, fiduciary and trust, and employment litigation. He is noted for being very effective and has represented major national entities in both state and federal courts. 

Class action specialist Mark Johnson is credited with defeating allegations made against his clients before matters become costly. He has a wealth of experience representing nationwide insurance companies such as Cincinnati Life Insurance.

Richard Knoth is an experienced trial lawyer and represents national and international companies in a range of business disputes. He has also represented clients in government investigations.

Thomas Lucchesi is "a very professional guy" with a "very distinguished career" and 28 years' experience in commercial dispute trials. His expertise in fraud and negligence has seen him take the reins in major litigation. 

Ernest Vargo is known for antitrust cartel litigation and represents clients across diverse industries such as steel, cosmetics, insurance and advertising. He is experienced in class action cases.  

"Super-smart" Thomas Warren is noted for his successful appellate practice, in which he distinguishes himself as an "excellent strategist." He is experienced in the areas of insurance, IP and employment law, among others.

Daniel Warren is noted as a "very bright, perceptive, strategic thinker." He has taken a lead role in complex cases, representing clients such as national banks, hospitals and publicly held companies. He also has experience in the increasingly prominent area of data breach litigation.  

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What the team is known for Capable across an array of business and commercial disputes, including securities, product liability and toxic tort litigation. Provides outside counsel to prominent local companies and major multinationals. Known also for appellate work, including at the US Supreme Court

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A first-rate, excellent law firm, and different to others."  

"For extremely difficult matters, I would highly recommend them."

Work highlights Representing Lloyds TSB in consumer protection class actions alleging breach of contract and fraud. The plaintiff's motion involves mortgages sold from the bank's Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore branches.

Successfully defended Leadscope as appellee before the Supreme Court of Ohio in a case regarding issues of unfair competition and tortious interference. The firm also advised Leadscope on a successful countersuit, which settled for $22 million.

Notable practitioners  

Damond Mace is the counsel of choice for American Greetings, successfully defending it against a $95 million breach of contract suit in 2013. His experience includes general commercial litigation and product liability.

Robin Weaver is a go-to trial lawyer for BP Exploration and Production, and is noted as a "very busy, careful, thorough and aggressive lawyer." His broad experience includes a notable amount of appellate work.

Senior partner John Gall is a "very skilled lawyer" with an impressive track record in trials and appeals. He represents clients such as healthcare systems and governmental entities in litigation involving intellectual property and claims of anticompetitive conduct. 

Richard Gurbst is an accomplished litigator with 40 years' experience relating to commercial disputes. He has a busy practice before both state and federal courts.

Mark Ruehlmann is recognized for his expertise in commercial litigation, particularly relating to the financial services industry. His clients include high net worth individuals and major corporations.

Significant clients AmFin Financial, BP Exploration and Production, DuPont.

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What the team is known for Engages in high-value commercial disputes on behalf of clients including Fortune 500 companies. The team advises on risk management and alternatives to costly litigation.

Work highlights Successfully defended Psychiatric Professional Services at district court and then on appeal against allegations of discrimination, FMLA retaliation and wrongful discharge.

Representing Hope Academy and Life Skills Center charter schools in a suit requesting access to their management company's financial records. The case is a potential precedent-setter in the state regarding for-profit management companies' obligations to disclose financial data to the schools they run.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Vander Laan brings 38 years' experience to bear when litigating business disputes and white-collar crime and government investigations. He is held in high regard by market commentators.

Cincinnati-based partner Jeffrey Hinebaugh represents clients such as financial institutions and motor manufacturers in a variety of complex litigation. Sources praise his expertise in handling disputes.

Patrick Lane has a strong reputation for product liability and intellectual property litigation. He has successfully handled many cases in trial and arbitration.  

The hugely experienced Frank Woodside has a special focus on product liability and malpractice suits. His clients include pharmaceutical and chemical companies.

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

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What the team is known for Handles complex business disputes and litigation, often involving pharmaceutical and financial services companies. Represents Fortune 500 and local companies before state trial and appellate courts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Lowest fees and best service."  

"A quality law firm."   

Work highlights Achieved a dismissal in a suit filed by the City of Cleveland alleging that JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions were responsible for diminishing property values in the city, due to subprime lending.

Notable practitioners  

Leading litigator Michael Ungar is described as "a very good attorney, particularly within the broker-dealer area." Other areas of focus include banking, securities and professional liability disputes.

Joseph Castrodale is a "brilliant guy who knows how to manage relationships" and as such is a first port of call for a stable of large corporate clients. Specializing in complex business disputes, he is noted as "a great strategic thinker and planner."

Frederic Shadley is particularly experienced in construction, product liability and environmental litigation. He is appreciated by clients for being "a good listener, deliberate, confident, knowledgeable in his field and more proactive than reactive."

Senior market figure Marvin Karp is well known for his fine track record in tricky insurance and corporate disputes. His 50 years of experience endow him with a wealth of knowledge and unrivaled insight.

Significant clients Avery Dennison, CBIZ, HSBC. 

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What the team is known for The largest department in the firm, with noted expertise in antitrust, false claims and toxic tort litigation. Clients include a significant number of publicly traded companies, including large manufacturers and national and regional banks. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We're impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. They are very respected."

"Their legal acumen is right on point; they are very responsive and very efficient." 

Work highlights Achieved a dismissal of claims against a defense contractor regarding alleged violation of the False Claims Act. The qui tam suit alleged that the company inflated the number of hours its employees worked on government contracts and thus over-billed by $10 million.

Achieved summary judgment for Cincinnati Bell in a case brought by a former employee claiming FMLA retaliation and violation of the ADA.

Notable practitioners  

James Wilson is noted for being "well respected" and "very knowledgeable" in his chosen specialty of antitrust law, including criminal investigations. His experience extends to the representation of foreign entities and handling class actions.

Cincinnati-based Daniel Buckley is heralded as an "exceptional litigator." He focuses on complex business disputes and class actions, serving as lead counsel in numerous high-profile cases.

Managing partner of the Cleveland office Anthony O'Malley represents public and private clients in litigation arising from all manner of governance, shareholder and commercial disputes. He is experienced in defending companies from class actions.

Glenn Whitaker represents individuals and corporations in civil litigation and criminal proceedings. He handles matters such as false claims and government procurement, and is noted by market sources for his great experience and instincts in this area of law.

Mary Ellen Fairfield offers broad expertise across numerous areas in civil litigation. She has represented automotive manufacturers and other major companies in product liability and employment matters.  

William Porter is prominent in the field of general commercial litigation. He is often called upon by corporations and their directors to represent them in complex disputes, including class actions.

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What the team is known for Litigation boutique focusing on all types of complex business litigation, including contract, trust, healthcare and construction disputes. Well regarded for its trial work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Has a good deal of political awareness and astuteness." 

"They work around the clock and have met all deadlines." 

Work highlights Representing Berkshire Hathaway affiliate NetJets Services in action against the US government for the refund and abatement of $642 million in taxes and penalties.  

Representing The Dispatch Printing Company, as an investor, in an action alleging breach of fiduciary duties against the directors of two companies who were responsible for the discovery of more than $100 million of sunken treasure.

Notable practitioners  

John Zeiger mainly concentrates on matters such as major business disputes and securities law claims, and is praised by clients as "a very strong individual with a wealth of experience." He recently defended the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in a major class action.

Steven Tigges's areas of expertise include employment, healthcare and construction law. He is lauded by one source as "one of the best overall trial lawyers I have ever worked with – an excellent writer and an excellent strategic thinker." Tigges's services are sought after by the likes of JPMorgan Chase.

Marion Little's practice spans areas such as employment and antitrust. In 2013, he represented American Signature in a securities fraud action.  

Significant clients OhioHealth, Schottenstein Stores, L Brands.

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What the team is known for Represents a diverse range of entities across industries such as financial services, insurance, oil and gas, and healthcare. Strong showing in medical malpractice and professional negligence claims and class actions, among other things.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm has an excellent reputation in representing healthcare clients."

"Good results, reasonable rates, professional and responsive."

Work highlights Defending Nationwide Mutual Insurance against a $3 billion lawsuit by Lehman Brothers Special Financing regarding credit default swap agreements.

Representing SafeStreets USA in a potential $300 million class action relating to alleged violations of federal do-not-call laws.

Notable practitioners  

Quintin Lindsmith's practice covers several areas of commercial litigation, including bankruptcy and class action defense. He has recently represented Allied Group and Victoria Insurance Group in sizable bankruptcy claims.

Drew Campbell is an outstanding strategist with "excellent communication skills" and a wealth of experience in defending class actions. He recently represented the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Columbus in a suit for civil trespass against a conservative religious protest group.  

Anne Marie Sferra is a seasoned litigator, particularly in matters relating to insurance. She is also experienced in cases regarding privacy, and is known to be "one of the best brief and appellate writers."  

Bobbie Sprader mainly defends physicians and hospitals in wrongful death and personal injury claims. She recently organized the defense of OhioHealth in a series of cases related to negligent credentialing. 

Significant clients Grange Mutual Insurance, Pacific Life Insurance, Redflex Traffic Systems.

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What the team is known for Offering counsel in general business litigation, with a focus on securities, product liability, tort and insurance coverage disputes. Large team serving a diverse range of notable local and regional businesses, as well as major international corporations. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It provides timely feedback and communications."  

"High-quality representation." 

Work highlights Representing Crown Battery Manufacturing in a breach of contact suit against Club Car International, seeking over $10 million in damages.

Notable practitioners  

Department chair John Eklund is commended for his prominent antitrust practice. He is noted for his "very practical advice," and is a go-to for matters regarding competition and M&A.

Mitchell Blair is a seasoned litigator with expertise in securities matters and has recently been representing Invacare in a high-value securities fraud claim. He is praised for his practicality and for being "very experienced; he has a lot of client loyalty and is a real pleasure to work with."  

Significant clients FirstEnergy Solutions, KeyBank, RPM International.

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What the team is known for Litigation boutique focusing on areas such as antitrust, energy and government regulation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very strong reputation." 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Carpenter is a much-lauded trial lawyer who has handled many cases in and outside of Ohio. His name is associated with areas such as banking and consumer lending and antitrust. Impressed market observers praise his outstanding services.  

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What the team is known for Handles a wide variety of federal court litigation in areas such as intellectual property, breach of contract, antitrust and privacy. Experienced in defending a variety of class actions, including claims relating to securities and product liability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have built a remarkable litigation practice."  

"A good firm, with experienced lawyers."  

Work highlights Representing The Dayton Power and Light Company in its application to increase generation rates, which has been rejected by customers, low-income advocates and environmental groups. The price increase would annually generate $500 million.

Defending McDermott Will & Emery against an allegation of legal malpractice by The Antioch Litigation Trust, which had retained MWE as its adviser in a $200 million transaction and subsequently went bankrupt.

Notable practitioners  

Trial specialist Charles Faruki is lauded as a "terrific lawyer" and a "true gentleman." He focuses primarily on business disputes, representing corporations before state and federal courts. He has recently been representing Premier Health Partners in an antitrust action.

Jeffrey Ireland tends to focus on competition issues but has recently been defending Procter & Gamble in multiple class actions relating to alleged defects with its Dry Max diapers. One source describes him as "exceptional – a fine lawyer."

Significant clients Crown Equipment, Cargill, Reed Elsevier.

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What the team is known for Represents publicly traded companies and private entities in trial and appellate courts. Often retained for unusual and complex cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Well deserving of recognition." 

Work highlights Defeated a class action claim against Chicago Title Insurance Company for punitive damages. The plaintiffs sought more than $200 million for the over-collecting of recording fees, which the company admitted it had done mistakenly. The jury awarded $1.1 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Fogarty has experience in the Ohio Courts of Appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court, and was recently retained to represent Cliffs Natural Resources before federal court and in arbitration proceedings. His client list also includes notable healthcare entities.  

Steven Goldfarb has a commercial litigation practice that spans the country and specializes in areas such as title insurance and financial services. He counts one of the largest insurance companies in the USA, Fidelity National Financial, among his clients.

Clients say Marc Kessler is "good at strategic thinking" and "exceedingly good in negotiation." He offers valuable knowledge and experience in settling tricky business disputes, representing major companies such as Avis Budget Group.

Practice chair Rob Remington has a wealth of experience in construction litigation, representing clients such as general contractors, owners and material suppliers. He is described as "knowledgeable, responsive and great to work with."

Significant clients Aetna, Johnson Controls, Lincoln Electric, POET LLC.

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What the team is known for Cincinnati-based team with a notable trial presence across the region and around the country. A reliable choice for complex and high-value cases.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"KMK's communication is excellent; it frequently updates clients on the progress of matters."

"The client service is excellent. KMK never involves more attorneys than a matter requires."

Work highlights Defending Cintas against sex discrimination claims by individuals and the EEOC in a case that is presently on appeal to the Sixth Circuit.

Notable practitioners  

James Burke brings 25 years of litigation experience to the firm, specializing in commercial and corporate disputes, with a particular emphasis on federal securities law. He is currently representing Cincom in complex litigation with creditors. 

Michael Scheier has notable strength in handling ERISA fiduciary duty claims, defending clients such as corporate directors. He is relied upon by an impressive list of well-known companies.

Significant clients American Financial Group, Belcan, GE, Great American Insurance.

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What the team is known for One of the largest litigation groups in Ohio, with a well-established reputation for litigating and trying cases. Handles a wide variety of business disputes, including antitrust and complex commercial litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very responsive to my goals with regard to how to manage the case effectively - how to win the case but not spend more money than is necessary."

"Fantastic litigation practice; I have nothing but praise for them."

Work highlights Representing a national gaming company in RICO litigation against some of its account holders.

Representing a manufacturer in a patent lawsuit involving a product widely used in the trucking industry.

Notable practitioners  

The "very, very impressive" Thomas Hill has more than 35 years' experience in business litigation and intellectual property disputes. He recently acted on a dispute arising from a merger; the case concluded successfully with a verdict worth $18 million.

Roger Sugarman is a seasoned litigator with specific expertise in securities matters, among other things. He is currently representing a Cincinnati-based law firm against claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duties.

Loriann Fuhrer is praised for "coordinating her knowledge of the law and effective litigation skills to meet the client's goals and business considerations." She has recently been defending a subcontractor to the FDIC in a suit filed by former employees alleging violations of the FLSA.

Significant clients Bank of America, Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. 

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What the team is known for Deep industry knowledge and a loyal client following within sectors such as public utilities, transportation and telecommunications. Noted by clients for the depth of the attorneys' experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very aligned to our goals to find the best way to get to the end game in our cases."

"Superb service and professionalism at all times."  

Work highlights Defending Crane Group Companies and Exterior Portfolio against a claim by RotoSolutions alleging breach of contract. The trial court ruled in favor of the defendant; the plaintiff has now taken its $17 million claim to appeal.  

Notable practitioners

Kathleen Trafford excels in matters related to governmental agencies and regulatory litigation. One client highlighted her "highest caliber legal thinking combined with superior client attention." Trafford's experience also encompasses constitutional challenges to state law.

Robert Trafford has a solid reputation in complex business litigation, including securities fraud and corporate governance matters. His peers regard him as a "very effective, established trial lawyer; outstanding."

Columbus-based Hugh McKay's client list features several Fortune 500 companies and leading financial institutions. He presents major cases before state and federal courts.

Ryan Sherman is an emerging talent with a focus on complex commercial disputes, including construction, oil and gas, and healthcare. He is building a reputation as "a well-rounded litigator - a great writer and a great advocate."

Significant clients American Electric Power, AT&T, Duke Energy.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded Cincinnati-based practice with expertise in areas including antitrust, privacy and First Amendment litigation, class actions and appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm's client service, commercial awareness and general operations are all professional and first-rate."

"They build a relationship that allows them to know your business and add value to their legal services."

Work highlights Representing American Municipal Power in its bid to recover almost $100 million in 'sunk costs' following the termination of a coal-fired power plant development. The client alleges that Bechtel Power failed to comply with the obligations of its EPC contract.

Handling the defense of Goodyear in a labor union class action filed on behalf of 1,100 factory workers in France. The action is attempting to prevent the closure of a factory operated by a Goodyear subsidiary.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Donson has been specializing in antitrust and franchise law for four decades and is described as "a very good lawyer with extremely good judgment." He defended Morton Salt against allegations relating to restraining competition.

Cochair Stuart Dornette has a wealth of experience in complex litigation, with a focus on financial, securities and corporate matters. He recently represented the Cincinnati Bengals in a matter concerning workers' compensation claims.

Stephen Fitch focuses largely on commercial litigation, working in areas such as civil trials and professional responsibility. He led the representation of American Municipal Power in its bid to recover $100 million in 'sunk costs'.

Practice chair Ralph Kohnen is recognized for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense. His emergence as a prominent figure has earned him a reputation as "a lawyer on the rise, with a nice understanding of how the government thinks in prosecutions."

David Wallace works on matters such as intellectual property and employment litigation. He is known to have "a level of seniority that goes beyond his years."

Charles Saxbe operates a respected civil litigation practice and has valuable experience in jury trials as well as before the Ohio Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. He is noted for his intimate understanding of the political landscape.

Russell Sayre is representing UC Health in litigation that could be worth more than $1 billion. Clients praise him as a "great litigator with good people skills - he's very able to work with the other side."

Significant clients BAE Systems, Legget & Platt, FDIC, A.O. Smith.

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What the team is known for Capable of handling a range of complex and high-value business disputes. Adopts a particular focus on product liability and protecting the interests of major clients in industries such as aerospace and chemicals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They always know the law and are very quick to get the strategy together."

"Good value for money - my favorite outside counsel." 

Work highlights Representing Parker Hannifin in a case made against the previous owner of a business acquired by Parker. The client is seeking more than $5 million for the alleged violation of noncompetition obligations and a misappropriation of trade secrets.

Retained by Ford to defend a suit alleging defective design and manufacture. The plaintiffs are seeking $20 million after a police officer was severely wounded following a collision. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the client. The case is currently on appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Collin has experience advising manufacturing companies on matters such as antitrust and distribution. He recently represented Dayton Superior in a case related to price discrimination. "He's mature, very seasoned and extremely succinct," according to sources.

Partner James Robenalt is an accomplished attorney with significant trial pedigree. He focuses on matters relating to construction, professional malpractice and tax.

Scott King is recognized as being "excellent at trial and deposition preparation." He specializes in representing financial institutions in cases concerning the Uniform Commercial Code.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Bancroft Life & Casualty, KeyCorp.

Band 4 | Tucker Ellis

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What the team is known for The practice is subdivided into three specialist teams handling mass torts, medical device and pharmaceuticals litigation, and general commercial disputes. Tries many of its cases and is a leader for alternative fee arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very responsive attorneys who are passionate about our business."

"Excellent - there's a lot of depth in their attorneys, who can go into court and try cases. It's a reflection of their performance that we trust them to do the job properly."

Work highlights Handling the defense and counterclaim of Actuate against Cincinnati Insurance in a software licensing matter. Actuate claims that the transfer of its software qualifies as unlicensed use.  

Handling a case in which the client, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, alleges that competitor One Link embarked upon false litigation in order to stall a franchise application that would allow PRTC to compete in the Pay-TV market.

Notable practitioners  

John McCaffrey focuses on business litigation, white-collar crime and professional malpractice. He has been representing Lender Processing Services in a putative class action and is praised as a "talented and experienced" attorney.

Significant clients United Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, Textron, Pfizer.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

The practice of David Greer of Bieser, Greer, & Landis LLP is nationally recognized. He has particular expertise in the areas of business disputes and general civil litigation, and is commended by one source as a "great lawyer."

Frank Ray of Frank A Ray Co LPA has built a reputation in civil trial litigation and mediation. His clients include professional sports teams and landowners.

Neil Freund of Freund, Freeze & Arnold has a wealth of trial experience, dealing with matters such as civil rights, employment law and white-collar crime. He has an impressive track record in state and federal courts.

With over 36 years of experience in litigation, Stephen Chappelear of Frost Brown Todd LLC is a seasoned professional. His practice includes matters in construction law and employment litigation, among others.

Columbus-based John Gilligan of Ice Miller LLP has been trying and negotiating business disputes for 35 years. He has successfully handled wage and hour violation claims, and false advertising accusations.

Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild practice head Robert Pitcairn is regarded as "a very fine trial lawyer," and regularly recognized for his work in litigation. He excels in areas such as antitrust, employment and ERISA, handling both commercial and business disputes.

Steven Kaufman of Kaufman & Company, LLC is an expert trial lawyer, who is "willing to be creative on both legal and business issues." He serves a broad range of clients, from public corporations to nonprofit organizations.

Richard Kerger is a founder of Kerger & Hartman LLC and a renowned lawyer in Toledo. He has represented clients such as congressmen and Fortune 500 companies, and his work in sensitive commercial and criminal disputes is celebrated.

Philip Kushner of Kushner & Hamed is known for his practice in civil and criminal dispute cases. His achievements in business litigation and matters relating to white-collar crime have earned him recognition as being "very able and smart." 

Sources praise the abilities displayed by sole practitioner James Arnold, describing him as an "excellent trial lawyer and highly respected adversary." 

Patrick McLaughlin of McLaughlin Law, LLP is renowned in Ohio, and praised as being "very bright and extremely practical." His practice encompasses areas such as white-collar crime defense and civil litigation.

Roger Fry of Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP concentrates his practice on commercial, construction and insurance law. His extensive portfolio includes more than 100 trials, and experience as a federal court-appointed mediator.

Donald Scherzer of Roetzel & Andress, LPA is an accomplished lawyer with experience in handling litigation matters, including antitrust and fraud, before state and federal courts. An impressed peer said: "I have recommended him to clients in the antitrust area; he has shown a very deft touch."

Robert Rotatori of Rotatori Bender Co LPA has focused his illustrious courtroom career on criminal business and financial cases. He also has a solid reputation for his work in labor law.  

William Meeks of Meeks & Thomas Co., L.P.A. has marked his 37 years of experience with multiple precedent-setting cases, including before the US Supreme Court. His clients include political officials, and his cases have been well documented.

Niki Schwartz of Schwartz, Downey & Co LPA is "a true professional" with a diverse practice, encompassing areas such as commercial litigation and employment law. He has been retained as an expert witness on a range of legal issues.

Jim Dyer of Sebaly Shillito & Dyer has been resolving disputes for almost 30 years, with a practice that concentrates on commercial and intellectual property matters. His client list includes major corporations as well as small businesses and individuals.

Roger Synenberg of Synenberg & Associates acts for an impressive client list, and has extensive experience in areas such as civil litigation and criminal defense. His talent in white-collar crime defense is celebrated in Ohio, with one source saying: "He's one of the best lawyers I have ever seen." 

Mark Wallach of Thacker Martinsek LPA handles complex business disputes including corporate and public law litigation, trying cases before both state and federal courts.

Practice head Ralph Cascarilla of Walter | Haverfield LLP is lauded as being "excellent to work with; he is a very good lawyer, smart and practical." He is a recognized authority on white-collar crime matters, and also works in commercial and environmental litigation. 

David Kamp of White, Getgey & Meyer Co LPA covers various litigation matters, such as product liability and professional malpractice. One impressed source regards him as a "very effective trial lawyer."

Eric Zagrans of Zagrans Law Firm LLC has experience handling significant business litigation cases on behalf of major clients, including Fortune 500 companies. He practices in areas including securities, ERISA and bankruptcy.

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Senior Statesman

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