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Bulkley Building, Sixth Floor
1501 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 216-241-5310
Fax: 216-241-1608
E-Mail: info@gallaghersharp.com
www.gallaghersharp.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1912

Practice Areas
  • Fire
  • Casualty
  • Life Insurance
  • Insurance Law
  • Aviation
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Construction Law
  • Mass Tort
  • Drug
  • Medical Devices
  • Professional Negligence
  • General Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Transportation
  • Railroad Law
  • Trucking Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Appellate Practice
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About Us
Since 1912, Gallagher Sharp LLP has provided aggressive and cost-efficient representation to corporations, insurance carriers, municipalities and other public entities, professional service organizations, and individuals in a wide variety of civil litigation. We have grown to approximately 45+ lawyers, organized into practice areas: professional liability, business and employment practices liability, insurance, transportation, product liability, mass torts, appellate, and general litigation.

Gallagher Sharp’s registered service mark is “Solutions, Not Surprises”, embodying Gallagher Sharp’s core philosophies of:

Value added partnering
Knowing your business
Prompt resolution strategies
Small firm sensibilities, large firm capabilities

Our core philosophies illustrate our commitment to partnering with our clients by providing service that incorporates prompt and accurate reporting, early and frequent case evaluations focused on early resolution strategies, thorough knowledge of your industry, client-oriented seminars, publications, and news advisories, rapid and often on-site response to accidents, and registered nurse paralegals to assist in injury and wrongful death issues across all types of matters handled by the firm. We believe that our client team structure affords our clients the benefits of small firm responsiveness and accountability as well as large firm stability, experience, and resources.

Since our nomination and selection in 2007, we are involved in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), whose mission is to advance ethics, cooperation and education among risk managers, claims managers and adjusters, general counsel, insurance company executives, attorneys, brokers and service providers. Gallagher Sharp has been nominated by clients and selected by American Lawyer Media's Corporate Counsel magazine as a "Go-To Law Firm®" for Labor and Employment and Litigation Services from 2008 through 2013. In 2016, Gallagher Sharp was named a “Best Lawyers Best Law Firm®” for railroad law, ethics and professional responsibility law, and personal injury litigation-defendants by U.S. News and World Report.

Our attorneys are active in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Defense Research Institute (DRI), Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Trial Attorneys of America (TAA), Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLAUS), Ohio State and Cleveland Associations of Civil Trial Attorneys, as well as the American, Ohio, Michigan, Toledo, and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations.

Gallagher Sharp LLP is the Ohio representative of Themis Advocates Group, a network of premier law firms who offer their clients trust, value and innovation.
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Additional Locations
Toledo, Ohio
420 Madison Avenue, Suite 1250
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Telephone: 419-241-4860
Fax: 419-241-4866
Detroit, Michigan
211 West Fort Street, Suite 660
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Telephone: 313-962-9160
Fax: 313-962-9167
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Aetna Life and Casualty CompanyAIG Aviation, Inc.
American States Insurance CompanyAssociated Aviation Underwriters
Beacon Insurance Company of AmericaCIGNA Group
CNA Insurance CompaniesColonial Penn Insurance Company
Crum & Forster Insurance GroupFarmers Insurance Group
Federal Insurance CompanyFireman's Fund Insurance Company
Globe American Casualty CompanyHome Insurance Company
Insurance Board of ClevelandLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
Maryland Casualty CompanyMidwestern Insurance Company
Millers Mutual Insurance CompanyMotorists Mutual Insurance Company
National Union Fire Insurance CompanyNorth Atlantic Casualty & Surety Insurance Company
Northwestern National Insurance CompanyOhio Bar Liability Insurance Company
Ohio Casualty Insurance CompanyRoyal Insurance Group
Safeco InsuranceSecurity Insurance Group
Shelby Insurance CompanyState Automobile Mutual Insurance Company
Sumitomo Marine and Fire Insurance Company, Ltd.Travelers Insurance Companies
Underwriters at Lloyd's, LondonUnited Equitable Insurance Company
United States Aviation Underwriters, Inc.United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company
Western Surety Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Continental Loss Adjusting ServicesThe Sherwin-Williams Company
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Personnel Information
Partners and Senior Attorneys
Kevin C. Alexandersen
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1986
Memberships:
  • American and Ohio State Bar Associations
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S., 1981
  • Ohio Northern University, J.D., 1986
Born:1959
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Markus E. Apelis
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2008
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • Ohio University, B.S.J. (magna cum laude), 2004
  • Ohio University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2005
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2008
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Timothy T. Brick
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1988
Memberships:
  • American and Ohio State Bar Associaitons
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Wittenberg University, B.A., 1985
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1988
Born:1963
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Lori E. Brown
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1999
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A. (with distinction), 1996
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1999
Born:1974
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Thomas J. Cabral
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1986
  • Michigan, 2015
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Society for Pharmacy Law
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Walsh College, B.A., 1982
  • The University of Akron, J.D., 1985
Born:1960
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Thomas E. Dover
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1980
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.S., 1977
  • University of Dayton, J.D., 1980
Born:1955
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Donald G. Drinko
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1993
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Certifications:
Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist, Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Cleveland State University, B.A., 1990
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1993
Born:1967
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Robert H. Eddy
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1979
  • Michigan, 2011
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1976
  • The University of Toledo, J.D., 1979
Born:1954
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Paul D. Galea
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1978
  • Ohio, 1993
Memberships:
  • American and Detroit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Detroit, B.A. (cum laude), 1975
  • Detroit College of Law, Michigan State University, J.D. (cum laude), 1978
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Larry C. Greathouse
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1983
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Past Chairperson) Bar Associations
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1980
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1983
Born:1954
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Mark A. Greer
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1986
Memberships:
  • American and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1983
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1986
Born:1961
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Todd M. Haemmerle
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1993
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • Miami University, B.S., 1990
  • The University of Toledo, J.D., 1993
Born:1968
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Julie L. Juergens
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1996
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Society ofr Human Resource Management
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A., 1993
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1996
Born:1970
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Sheila A. McKeon
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1984
  • Michigan, 2008
Memberships:
  • Ohio State, Toledo and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Ohio's Women's Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Council of America
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A., 1981
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1984
Born:1959
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Daniel J. Michalec
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1989
Memberships:
  • Ohio State, Akron and Medina Bar Associations
Education:
  • Kent State University, B.S., 1968
  • The University of Akron, M.S., 1981
  • The University of Akron, J.D., 1989
Born:1946
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Colleen A. Mountcastle
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1998
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Appellate District
  • William K. Thomas Inn of Court
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Certifications:
Certified Appellate Law Specialist, Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.A., 1995
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1998
Born:1972
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John T. Murphy
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1990
Additional Biographical Details:
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society, Cleveland Chapter
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Miami University, B.S., 1978
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1990
Born:1956
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Gary L. Nicholson
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1984
Memberships:
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1980
  • The University of Toledo, J.D., 1983
Born:1959
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Scott A. Norcross
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • Miami University, B.A., 1997
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2000
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Matthew T. Norman
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1999
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S. (cum laude), 1995
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
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Holly Olarczuk-Smith
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2000
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Associaiton
Education:
  • Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College, B.A., 1986
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2000
Born:1974
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Joseph W. Pappalardo
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1980
Memberships:
  • John M. Manos Inn of Court
  • Ohio Trucking Association
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1977
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1980
Born:1955
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Alan M. Petrov
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1974
Memberships:
  • American (Standing Committee on Professional Liability), Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Rutgers University, A.B., 1971
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1974
Born:1949
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Michael J. Pike
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2001
  • Michigan, 2008
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Fairfield University, B.S., 1997
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 2001
Born:1973
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Richard C.O. Rezie
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1999
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Ukranian American Bar Associations
Education:
  • State University of New York College at Oneonta, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1999
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Jay C. Rice
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1979
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A./M.A., 1976
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1979
Born:1954
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Theresa A. Richthammer
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1997
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1994
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1997
Born:1972
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Timothy P. Roth
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1994
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1991
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1994
Born:1969
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Monica A. Sansalone
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1995
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associaitons
  • Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A. (with honors), 1992
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1995
Born:1970
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Joseph J. Santoro
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1997
  • Michigan, 2007
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.S., 1994
  • The University of Toledo, J.D. (cum laude), 1997
Born:1971
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P. Kohl Schneider
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1992
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S., 1989
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1992
Born:1967
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John Travis
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1976
  • Michigan, 2014
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.S., 1973
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1976
Born:1952
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James T. Tyminski, Jr.
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Geauga County Bar Associations
  • Polish American Attorneys Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.A., 1991
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1998
Born:1969
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Deborah W. Yue
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1995
Memberships:
  • Ohio State, Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan (Trustee) Bar Associations
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Claims Association
Education:
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., 1989
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1994
Born:1966
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Of Counsel
William H. FultonDavid R. Baxter
Retired
Thomas E. BetzEdward J. Cass
Burt J. FultonForrest A. Norman
Alton L. StephensJames F. Sweeney
Associates
Sarah V. Beaubien
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2011
  • Michigan, 2012
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Toledo Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Toledo Women's Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Education:
  • Siena Heights University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2008
  • The University of Toledo, J.D. (cum laude), 2011
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Robert D. Boroff
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2006
  • Ohio, 2014
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Miami University, B.S., 2003
  • Loyola University, J.D., 2006
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Timothy P. Brady
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2005
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A., 2001
  • Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 2004
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Abigail A. Greiner
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2011
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Grove City College, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2008
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D. (cum laude), 2011
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R. Scott Heasley
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2010
Memberships:
  • American and Cleveland Metropolitan (Vice President, Membership) Bar Associations
Education:
  • Ohio University, B.S. (cum laude), 1997
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2010
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Melanie R. Irvin
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Memberships:
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.A., 2005
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2008
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Maia E. Jerin
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2014
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.A. (cum laude), 2001
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2014
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Hannah M. Klang
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2013
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Western Michigan University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 2009
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2013
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Shane A. Lawson
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2010
Education:
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S. (cum laude), 2006
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2010
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Kevin R. Marchaza
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2011
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • Ohio University, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2011
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J. Philip Nester
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2013
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Miami University, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.A. (cum laude), 2009
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2013
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Alexis J. Perko
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2012
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • Towson University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2009
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2012
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Leslie A. Stanard
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2015
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 2012
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2015
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Erik C. Stein
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Michigan, 2008
Memberships:
  • Federal, Monroe County and Oakland County Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Consumer Bar Association
Education:
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 2005
  • The University of Toledo, J.D., 2008
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Stephen D. Strang
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2009
Memberships:
  • Federal (Northern District of Ohio Chapter), Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • Miami University, B.A., 2003
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D. (cum laude), 2009
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Robert R. Terbrack
Cleveland, OH
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2010
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
Education:
  • Loyola College in Maryland, B.B.A., 2004
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2010
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