Litigation: General Commercial - Ohio


Band 1 | Jones Day

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What the team is known for Standout capabilities in a range of contentious matters. Regularly handles bet-the-company disputes for household names. Possesses a deep bench, well supported by offices nationwide and across the globe. Also maintains highly regarded antitrust trial experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"In all instances, the law firm has provided professional legal services of the highest quality. The team has excellent communication skills, keeps me well informed, and assigns appropriate and highly competent professionals to work on my company's legal matters."

"They have been outstanding. They have top-quality attorneys and it's a top-quality practice. They are very responsive, flexible and pragmatic."

Work highlights Represented the University of Notre Dame in a putative class action, alleging the university's football players were not warned about the dangers of concussion.

Advised KeyCorp and an affiliate against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and common-law fraud, among others, in relation to investments made by the funds of funds that were misappropriated by Bernard Madoff.

Notable practitioners  

The "outstanding" Thomas Demitrack heads the firm's antitrust practice in Cleveland. He has a wealth of expertise pertaining to antitrust matters, including price-fixing, monopolization and price discrimination.

John Majoras is a well-regarded litigator who focuses on antitrust disputes. He regularly advises clients from the pharmaceutical and credit card spheres in governmental and criminal investigations.

The highly regarded Jack Newman is a "premier securities lawyer," according to sources. He regularly tackles matters such as litigation arising out of mergers and acquisitions.

The "top-notch" Stephen Sozio has an excellent reputation in the market for his white-collar expertise. He has extensive experience in representing healthcare organizations.

Steve Squeri is highly thought of in the market and maintains a broad practice, which includes litigating white-collar crime, intellectual property and business tort cases.

The "tremendous" James Wooley is a "a go-to lawyer for white-collar" work. Wooley is experienced in government investigations concerning antitrust, criminal tax, public corruption and environmental crimes, among others.

Theodore Grossman is head of litigation at the firm's Cleveland office, and recently advised Macy's in its dispute with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He has a broad practice and regularly leads on business and product liability litigation.

David Adler's varied practice includes advising companies in commercial litigation, regulatory issues and internal investigations. He recently defended FirstMerit Corporation and FirstMerit Bank in a class action concerning allegations of breach of contract and fraud.

Robert Faxon often advises on disputes arising from corporate governance issues and acquisitions. "He was able to put together a very compelling case, with a very aggressive and balanced approach, and brought it together in a very short time," said one satisfied client.

Sources describe Robert Rawson as a "tremendous antitrust lawyer." He is experienced with disputes concerning M&A, price discrimination and monopolization.

Geoffrey Ritts is "incredibly intelligent, and very practical and pragmatic, " asserts a client. Ritts focuses on securities and derivatives litigation.

Significant clients Citizens Financial Group, Quicken Loans, R.J. Reynolds, Macy's, Cooper Tire & Rubber.

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What the team is known for First port of call for a diverse client base, advising a range of public sector entities and well-known private companies. Offers services on a wide array of disputes, including RICO and civil rights violations, shareholder class actions and insider trading issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Baker and Hostetler were well prepared to litigate the case. They demonstrated a good understanding of the issues presented. We were very satisfied with their legal representation. 

"Highly professional and knowledgeable."  

Work highlights Advised Apex Restaurant Management in a shareholder class action concerning its $20 million acquisition of Morgan Foods.

Successfully represented KeyCorp and several of its officers in a long-running ERISA stock drop class action.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Kincaid has a broad litigation practice, which includes leading on commercial fiduciary and employment disputes. He regularly handles trials across the nation and is described as a "wonderful jury trial lawyer."

Thomas Lucchesi has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation, and also represents clients in arbitration and mediations. "He is a good strategist and counselor and does not oversell his argument or our position. He gives realistic assessments of the posture of the case - a critical skill in litigation," said an impressed client.  

The "very good" Ernest Vargo enjoys a fine reputation for his commercial litigation expertise. He advises a range of clients, including insurers.

The "very solid and even-keeled" Thomas Warren leads the firm's class action defense appellate team. He is experienced in handling appeals relating to bankruptcy, insurance and IP law, among other areas.

Daniel Warren has a broad litigation practice and is described by a source as "a wonderful trial lawyer." He regularly works on securities and derivatives class actions, advising banks among other entities.

Edmund Searby focuses on white-collar criminal defense cases, as well as civil litigation. He "combines a remarkable intellect with a very, very impressive court presence," a client notes.  

Significant clients Cincinnati Life Insurance, Glow Industries, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, SBM, Cuyahoga County.

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What the team is known for Offers services in commercial, toxic tort, product liability and securities litigation. Significant experience in class actions, multidistrict litigation and appellate cases, advising a range of Fortune 500 companies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am very satisfied: I feel as if they give us the utmost attention and they are very timely. They make me feel like their only client."

"They are always extremely helpful and always looking out for the best interest of the company."

Work highlights Advised BP in a dispute concerning allegations that plaintiffs were harmed by emissions from a refinery flare in Texas City.

Representing DuPont in multidistrict litigation in which plaintiffs allege that exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid at the company's Ohio River plant caused personal injury to a significant number of employees.  

Notable practitioners  

Damond Mace is a well-regarded first-chair trial attorney. He leads on a range of disputes, including litigation concerning product liability and premise liability.

Robin Weaver leads on a range of trial and appellate work. He continues to represent BP across diverse matters, and is highlighted by sources for his products liability work.

Columbus-based John Gall has a wealth of expertise when it comes to disputes and works with clients in the healthcare and financial arenas, among others. He is well versed in IP, control contest and contract disputes. 

Richard Gurbst is "a great all-around litigator," according to a commentator. He advises both plaintiffs and defendants on a host of matters, including unfair competition, trademark and bankruptcy disputes. 

Significant clients LeBron James, American Greetings, Cleveland Browns, Eaton, Limited Brands.

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What the team is known for Cincinnati-based team, regularly tackling product liability and securities litigation. Also handles commercial litigation and a range of other disputes, representing well-known regional and national clients.

Work highlights Represented ViaQuest, and its subsidiary SupportCare, in a suit which concerned allegations of civil conspiracy and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other claims.

Defended Portfolio Recovery Associates against an allegation of violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Notable practitioners  

Sources praise practice head Mark Vander Laan for his impressive litigation and client service skills. He is admired for his expertise in business and fiduciary litigation, among other areas.

Key partner Jeffrey Hinebaugh has extensive experience in advising clients in the automotive arena and is also noted for his expertise in banking litigation.

Frank Woodside is commended for his impressive expertise in litigation. He often advises on product liability, mass tort and medical malpractice cases. 

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, State Farm, Morgan Stanley, Toyota, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique that maintains a notable presence in Dayton and Cincinnati. Solid expertise in handling a range of contentious matters, including IP, antitrust, employment and breach of contract disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Outstanding performance: attention to detail, thoroughness, strategy and results."

"This is an excellent commercial litigation firm." 

Work highlights Defended Procter & Gamble in a nationwide class action involving allegations of false advertising, breaches of warranty and violations of consumer protection statutes relating to the dietary supplement Align.

Represented several defendants, including PremierHealth Partners and Catholic Health Initiatives, in a case brought by The Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, which alleges that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to restrain competition. 

Notable practitioners  

Charles Faruki is a highly regarded and experienced trial lawyer. He often handles business litigation at the state and federal courts, but also has expertise in arbitrations. Peers describe him as "one of the best in Ohio" and "as good as you can get, in terms of trial skills."

Jeffrey Ireland is "very good at strategy and understanding our company" and "a very wonderful trial lawyer," note sources. He has a broad practice and advises on disputes relating to antitrust, IP and employment issues.

Significant clients Dayton Power & Light, Midmark, Reed Elsevier, Cox Media, Crown Equipment.

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What the team is known for Frequently handles trial and appellate cases. Strong track record in advising pharmaceutical companies and financial services entities. Experienced in high-stakes litigation such as complex product liability cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are outstanding. Exceptionally talented people. They are client-centric and get results."

Work highlights Successfully defended, as co-counsel, Anheuser-Busch against allegations that the company's labels misrepresented the alcohol content of several of its malt beverage brands.

Represented Eaton and several of its executive officers in a securities fraud class action.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Ungar is praised across the board and is highlighted as an "outstanding litigator" by clients. Ungar chairs the firm's litigation department and leads on a range of cases, including professional liability, securities and banking disputes.

The "very smart" Joseph Castrodale is an experienced litigator who handles cases at state and federal level. He regularly leads on contract disputes, class actions and noncompete work.

Construction department head Frederic Shadley assists clients in environmental and toxic tort litigation, as well as in construction disputes. He has "a wonderful personality, accompanied by precise legal acumen," a client notes.

Marvin Karp is "no doubt about it, a very fine lawyer," according to commentators. He has over five decades of experience with business, corporate, and insurance litigation.

The "well thought of" Frances Floriano Goins regularly advises public and private entities on contentious matters concerning corporate governance, shareholders rights and consumer law, and comes highly recommended for her work in securities cases.

Significant clients Avery Dennison, HSBC, Wells Fargo Advisors, KeyCorp, IMG Worldwide.

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What the team is known for Active on a range of litigation, including antitrust, toxic tort and False Claims Act work. Has a presence in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and represents regional entities as well as well-known companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a fantastic firm, and they have lawyers who compete on a national level in terms of knowledge and experience, but at a lower price. They are efficient, nimble and better than the bigger firms."

"They are outstanding. They are very responsive, giving almost immediate responses. They are very knowledgeable, and always start the conversation with a clear summary and recommendations."

Work highlights Defended Huntsman Petrochemical against a trade secrets suit brought by Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry.

Defended Abercrombie & Fitch in a nationwide FLSA collective action concerning challenges to the company's wage practices.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say James Wilson is a "terrific lawyer" who is "fun to work with." He is well known for his antitrust work, advising individuals and companies in criminal investigations and trials on matters such as price-fixing and monopolizations.

Daniel Buckley is hailed by commentators as "one of the best litigators in town." He has a broad practice which incorporates advising on fiduciary and probate litigation.

Anthony O'Malley is an "effective guy" and a "very good lawyer," note interviewees. He advises a range of companies and individuals on matters such as shareholder actions and disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions.

Glenn Whitaker enjoys a fine reputation in the market and is a highly experienced practitioner who regularly handles both civil and criminal litigations.

Columbus-based Mary Ellen Fairfield works on a range of disputes, including employment and business claims, and is particularly singled out for her trial experience.

William Porter leads the firm's litigation practice and regularly leads on class actions. He is experienced with fiduciary claims, among others, and represents clients at state and federal courts. 

Significant clients Safelite, PNC, James R. Taylor, Fifth Third Bancorp.

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What the team is known for Respected Columbus boutique, offering services across a range of complex disputes. Advises clients in the healthcare and financial services sectors, among others. Robust trial and appellate experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are our go-to firm for important litigation. They have performed outstandingly and they do outstanding work. They are tenacious and creative in their thinking."

"Their performance has been excellent. What stands out is their research and the background investigating they do to thoroughly understand what needs to be done. They provide great thinking on new approaches to old problems." 

Work highlights Defended ORIX USA and RED Mortgage Capital in a $70 million class action brought by former executives alleging breach of incentive compensation plans.

Represented XTO Energy in a suit brought by landowners aiming to invalidate oil and gas lease agreements executed prior to the boom in shale energy in Southeastern Ohio.

Notable practitioners  

The highly admired John Zeiger is highlighted as a "high-powered trial lawyer" who brings "instant credibility" to the courtroom. Zeiger has a wealth of experience in litigation, and advises a range of stakeholders on business and securities disputes, among others.

Steven Tigges handles a range of litigation, including disputes concerning the construction industry. "When we have a case we have to win, we go to him," notes a client.

Marion Little is "a good lawyer, who is smart and works hard," according to an interviewee. He has a broad practice, and regularly tackles disputes concerning commercial torts, contracts and securities.

Significant clients The Columbus Dispatch, L Brands, Ohio Health, NetJets, American Greetings.

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What the team is known for Strong bench, focusing on disputes concerning financial services, shale oil and gas, and insurance companies, among others. Solid expertise in medical malpractice and class action work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We are very pleased with the results - not only outcomes, but the cost management too. Bricker has a good sense of our business, and approaches our matters as we would."

"I would say their performance has been excellent. They have handled the relationship in a professional way and the work product has been very good." 

Work highlights Defended Smoot Elford Resource Management against a $52 million discrimination claim brought by an architect.

Represented the school districts of Toledo, Dayton and Cleveland in suit against the Ohio Department of Education, aiming to recover $30 million of withheld funding.

Notable practitioners  

The "very effective" Quintin Lindsmith covers a range of contentious matters, including employment discrimination, bankruptcy litigation and election law disputes.

Drew Campbell is valued by clients for his "results-driven" and "cost-conscious" approach to matters. He focuses on commercial litigation and class action defense, advising clients in the financial and insurance arenas.

Anne Marie Sferra comes recommended for her expertise in a range of commercial disputes and is described as "effective in both framing the arguments, and preparing the written product."

Bobbie Sprader has a specialty in representing physicians and hospitals. She is experienced in medical negligence, wrongful death and personal injury actions.

Significant clients Nationwide Mutual Insurance, OhioHealth, City of Cincinnati, Kenyon College, Redflex Traffic Systems.

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What the team is known for Works on a range of litigation, including securities, ERISA, construction and public law disputes. Handles cases across the state and nationally, with experience in areas such as shareholder disputes and tort claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They take a practical, strategic and cost-effective approach." 

"Practical and efficient." 

Work highlights Represented Great American Insurance in a securities action arising out of its tender offer for National Interstate Corporation.

Defended DAP Products in a cost recovery claim concerning the cleanup of a contaminated landfill site in Dayton.

Notable practitioners  

John Eklund leads the firm's antitrust and trade regulation counseling and litigation practice. He is a seasoned litigator and has a specialty in antitrust matters, including disputes concerning M&A and monopolizations. He regularly advises clients in the healthcare sector, among others.

Mitchell Blair is a "great lawyer" with a "really strong practice," according to observers. He focuses on disputes concerning derivatives and securities, representing both plaintiffs and defendants at state and federal level.

Significant clients FirstEnergy, KeyBank, RPM, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Eaton.

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What the team is known for Columbus-based boutique, specializing in class action and commercial disputes. Noted for its expertise in cases concerning environmental, banking and antitrust issues, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A boutique firm in the true sense. A talented group of lawyers who are savvy and experienced, and know their clients well."

"I have been very impressed with their work over the last year." 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Carpenter is highlighted as a "great lawyer, and an excellent litigator." He regularly tries cases across the country, leading on matters concerning clients in the banking, transportation and healthcare fields, among others.

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What the team is known for Represents a good choice of counsel for clients such as automotive, healthcare and energy organizations. Well versed in a range of disputes, including matters concerning antitrust, securities and white-collar crime.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide very practical advice. They try to get to cost-effective solutions." 

"They provide strong legal arguments and are very responsive." 

Work highlights Defended the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians against a $75 million breach of contract claim.

Continues to advise Columbia Development Corporation on a dispute concerning a ground lease for an office tower in Cincinnati.  

Notable practitioners  

The "very well-connected" Stephen Chappelear is a "very personable and likable guy" and "a fine litigator," according to commentators. He has decades of experience in complex litigation at both state and federal level.

Significant clients AK Steel, CNN, Cincinnati Bell, Senco Brands, Huntington National Bank.

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What the team is known for Notable expertise in trial and appellate work, advising clients in the public and private sectors. Much sought after by clients in the healthcare, natural resources, and food and beverage spaces, offering expertise in a range of disputes, including class actions.

Work highlights Successfully defended Fidelity National Title Company in a class action on behalf of owners of a condominium complex in California, alleging, among other claims, construction defects.

Successfully defended Chicago Title Insurance in a class action that alleged that two joint ventures between Chicago Title and local realty companies were formed in order to siphon off illegal kickbacks to their owners.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Fogarty has extensive experience in cases at state and federal level, representing plaintiffs and defendants. His expertise includes ERISA, healthcare and antitrust disputes.

"Excellent lawyer" Steven Goldfarb primarily advises public companies in the insurance, financial services, hospitality and real estate areas on complex disputes.

Marc Kessler chairs the firm's Columbus litigation practice and is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He regularly handles product liability, bankruptcy and insurance disputes.

Rob Remington enjoys a strong reputation for his work in construction litigation, and also handles commercial disputes.

Significant clients Quay 55, Cleveland Clinic, POET, Cliffs Natural Resources, Aetna.

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What the team is known for Strong trial expertise at state and federal level. Well versed in securities disputes, mass tort claims and commercial litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They represent the company in an aggressive but professional fashion, know how to hone in on key issues, and offer value at every level from associate to senior partner, while remaining mindful of cost and efficiency."

"Their litigation team is excellent. I think one of the things that stands out is they are driven to find a conclusion for the client as quickly as possible."

Work highlights Defended Fifth Third Bancorp in a case alleging an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty.

Represented the General Tool Company in a qui tam case action concerning a range of claims, including that the company was liable for excessive charges paid by the US Navy.

Notable practitioners  

The "highly talented" James Burke commands a great deal of respect in the market. He is noted for his work at trial and appellate level, and is particularly well versed in disputes arising from financial and transactional matters.

Michael Scheier is an experienced trial lawyer and has a specialty in defending ERISA fiduciary claims. Commentators highlight him as "a wonderful opponent" and "easy to deal with."

Significant clients Cincom Systems, Cintas, GE, Fifth Third Bank, Belcan.

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What the team is known for Expertise covers competition-related disputes, including governmental investigations, noncompete litigation and unfair trade practice disputes. Works with clients such as healthcare corporations, financial services entities and automotive companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Performance has been excellent."  

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Hill is "one of the finest lawyers in the community" and is an experienced litigator, handling matters such as business and IP disputes.

Roger Sugarman focuses on white-collar and regulatory litigation. He is "extremely good to work with and interacts well with clients," notes one interviewee.

Loriann Fuhrer regularly leads on disputes concerning entities in the financial sector. "She is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable practitioner. Probably what was most important to me was her availability and responsiveness," reports one impressed client.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Cardinal Health, Alliance Data Systems, Catholic Diocese of Columbus, CMHA.

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice, advising clients such as public utilities, telecommunications entities, insurance companies and higher education institutes. Significant experience in handling trials across the country, with recent activity in antitrust, trade secrets and breach of contract disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"First-rate performance. They are professional, skilled and provide a first-class service all around. They provided a good team that has met our needs." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Broad Street Energy in a $3.5 million breach of contract claim against Endeavor Ohio.

Secured a $8.2 million jury verdict for Skurka Aerospace in a dispute against Eaton concerning claims of fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets, among other issues.

Notable practitioners  

Kathleen Trafford elicits much praise for her strategic and tactical strengths. She frequently leads on disputes concerning governmental agencies, as well as in trademark and price discrimination litigation.

Robert Trafford has a broad practice which includes advising on securities fraud and accountant liability disputes. "He has strategic vision, he is thorough, has attention to detail and his counseling skills are impressive," according to commentators.

Hugh McKay is the partner-in-charge of the firm's Cleveland office and "has a great courtroom presence," according to observers. McKay regularly advises Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts.

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

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What the team is known for Active on disputes such as RICO conspiracies, bankruptcy claims, toxic torts and fiduciary litigation. Works with a broad client base, including those in the charity and healthcare fields.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent on all matters."  

Work highlights Defended The O’Gara Group in litigation brought by a former executive, which included a claim of wrongful termination.

Represented Morton Salt in a dispute which alleges the company, along with Cargill, conspired to restrain competition in the bidding for the sale of road salt.

Notable practitioners  

Jack Donson is a "leading antitrust lawyer" and handles civil and criminal suits and investigations. He also has decades of experience in franchising cases, advising both franchisors and franchisees.

Key partner Stuart Dornette is "strong in litigation and related strategy." He has a longstanding practice which includes advising on financial, securities and corporate litigation at state and federal level.

Columbus-based Stephen Fitch has a specialty in commercial disputes, and frequently handles appellate litigation and alternate dispute resolution. "I think he is great - he is really personable and really likable," said a source. 

Ralph Kohnen leads the firm's corporate compliance and white-collar criminal defense practice and is a former federal prosecutor. He is experienced in a range of matters, including securities litigation.

The "always effective" David Wallace operates out of Cleveland, and is well versed in IP, employment and class action disputes. He cochairs the firm's litigation practice.

Charles Saxbe is "very well connected" and has a wide-ranging civil practice. He has often led on trials before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Russell Sayre has "very strong skills" and is a key partner in the firm's Cincinnati office. In addition to litigation, Sayre also advises clients on alternative dispute resolution.

Significant clients The St. Joe Company, Sherwin Williams, Goodyear, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, BAE Systems/Star Dynamics.

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What the team is known for Well regarded for its expertise in product liability disputes. Also handles matters such as fiduciary, antitrust and IP litigation. Advises a broad spectrum of clients, including pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm provides high-quality services. They are of the highest caliber in terms of substantive knowledge while being cognizant of the economic expectations of the client." 

"Very strong product liability practice." 

Work highlights Represented PPG Industries on a putative class action alleging contamination from chromate production in Jersey City.

Advised Axiall on a mass action in Kentucky concerning claims by former employees of Dresser Industries that occupational exposure to TCE and 1,1,1-trichlorethane caused them cancer, Parkinson's Disease and parkinsonism.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Collin heads the firm's antitrust, competition and distribution practice. In addition to antitrust and unfair competition litigation, Collin regularly tackles dealer termination work. "He is an understated attorney and knows so much law," said one impressed source.

The "very bright" Scott King is "a fine lawyer," according to commentators. He has a broad practice which incorporates advising on product liability, general commercial and IP litigation.

"Terrific litigator" James Robenalt is experienced in disputes concerning construction, tax and medical malpractice.

Significant clients BASF, Illinois Tool Works, UTC, Ford, Global Aerospace, ITW.

Band 4 | Tucker Ellis

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What the team is known for Frequently works with Fortune 500 companies, both in Ohio and nationally. Areas of expertise include shareholder and derivative claims, antitrust disputes and IP litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"What impresses me the most is that their response to me is amazing. I always get a quick turnaround and they are always very responsive to my needs."

"I thought they were excellent. Their performance was good, highest standards of professionalism and dedicated to the delivery of a positive result. Hard-working, diligent and very effective."

Notable practitioners  

John McCaffrey is "a great criminal lawyer," notes one source, while another adds: "I think highly of his skills." McCaffrey is an experienced litigator and frequently handles white-collar, malpractice and business disputes.

John Lewis advises public and private companies on numerous types of dispute, including commercial litigation and consumer class actions. "He has a strong understanding of the law and its impact on the case," said a client, who praises him as "a sound decision-maker, who is highly intelligent and very logical."

Significant clients United Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Cleveland Clinic, Electrolux.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Sources say David Greer of Bieser, Greer, & Landis LLP is "a wonderful general practice lawyer." He has a wide-ranging practice and regularly handles matters such as personal injury, patent, product liability and professional negligence disputes.

Sole practitioner Frank Ray is "a very good lawyer" who is "very affable" and "very bright," according to a source. Ray is based in Columbus and advises on commercial litigation, as well as on matters pertaining to sports law.

Neil Freund of Freund, Freeze & Arnold is highlighted by the market for his insurance defense work and is noted as a "great trial attorney." He also leads on litigation concerning product liability, employment law and professional malpractice.

John Gilligan of Ice Miller LLP provides "exceptional support during difficult business litigation matters" and is "direct and to the point, so options are easier to evaluate," asserts a client. He is an experienced trial lawyer, and frequently represents clients in the healthcare and financial services fields.

"Very good trial lawyer" Robert Pitcairn of Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild operates out of Cincinnati and is a respected practitioner who handles a range of disputes, including ERISA and tax concerns.

Steven Kaufman of Kaufman & Company, LLC is "unquestionably a force to be reckoned with," praises one interviewee. He is experienced in advising clients from a range of industries on high-stakes business disputes. "Steve is a warrior when he needs to be, and a very astute and effective trial lawyer," notes a client.

Toledo-based Richard Kerger of Kerger & Hartman LLC is a well thought-of lawyer, whose experience includes product liability and patent cases. He has a diverse client base which includes individuals, such as clergymen and congressmen, and Fortune 500 entities.

The "very intelligent" Philip Kushner of Kushner & Hamed is a "thoughtful lawyer," state sources. He assists clients in civil and criminal proceedings, at state and federal level.

James Arnold is a well-regarded sole practitioner and often leads on criminal suits. In addition, Arnold also handles a range of other matters, including medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

Patrick McLaughlin of McLaughlin Law, LLP has a strong practice which incorporates commercial, civil and product liability disputes. Peers assert that McLaughlin has a "very strong white-collar practice."

Roger Fry of Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP is an experienced litigator who focuses on commercial, construction and insurance coverage disputes. He also has expertise pertaining to tribal art law and firearms litigation.

Donald Scherzer of Roetzel & Andress, LPA is a "very strong lawyer" and is highlighted by sources for his expertise in criminal and civil disputes. He has a wealth of experience across a range of disputes, including matters concerning criminal tax fraud and securities.

Cleveland-based Robert Rotatori of Rotatori Bender Co LPA is a "very fine courtroom guy," according to commentators. He has over 30 years of experience in litigation, focusing on criminal and labor matters.

William Meeks of Meeks & Thomas Co., L.P.A. is "one of the top criminal defense guys in the state," according to a peer. Meeks is an authority on criminal law disputes and has four decades of experience in the field.

The "trusted and respected" Niki Schwartz of Schwartz, Downey & Co LPA is an experienced litigator who regularly leads on employment disputes, legal malpractice, mortgage fraud and public corruption cases. Schwartz is a well regarded lawyer and is also highlighted by the market for his mediation practice.

Jim Dyer of Sebaly Shillito & Dyer can "communicate with people from all levels" according to a source, who adds: "He has years of experience and he knows the state and federal court system very well, and is familiar with the nuances of the court." Dyer handles a range of disputes, including matters concerning IP and employment law.

Sources say Roger Synenberg of Synenberg & Associates is a "very fine lawyer" and "one of the top criminal defense lawyers in town." He has extensive trial and appellate experience, and handles both civil and criminal work.

Mark Wallach of Thacker Martinsek LPA has a specialty in municipal and commercial litigation. He is "extremely bright" and "understands the political aspects, as well as the legal aspects of a case," asserts a client.  

Ralph Cascarilla of Walter | Haverfield LLP is "highly sought after for high-profile white-collar matters," according to sources. Cascarilla also frequently handles construction, real estate and environmental disputes.

David Kamp of White, Getgey & Meyer Co LPA has a broad practice which includes civil litigation, medical malpractice and commercial litigation. "He is very talented and the first person a lot of people would go to if they had a conflict," notes one peer.

Eric Zagrans is managing partner of Zagrans Law Firm LLC and has substantive experience in advising clients in the financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. He leads on disputes concerning ERISA, antitrust and bankruptcy, among other areas.  

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.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.