Douglas Simek’s strength is in working with environmental and toxic tort law, product liability, workers’ compensation claims and appellate issues. With more than a dozen years of experience, and as a former judicial staff attorney, Simek brings practical legal knowledge to each and every case, being able to anticipate the needs and requirements of the legal system when defending clients.

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
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  • United States District Courts
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Education

  • University of Dayton, B.A., 1998
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2002

Involvement

  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem, State of Ohio

Representative Matters

  • Walter Cox v. Chrysler Group LLC, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 05-560894: Asbestos products liability action alleging exposure to friction products manufactured by Chrysler while employed as an auto salesman; plaintiff verdict held Chrysler 4% liable.
  • James Bier v. Chrysler Group LLC, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 05-578389: Asbestos products liability action alleging exposure to friction products manufactured by Chrysler while performing shade tree mechanic work; defense verdict.
  • Charles Rich v. Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Case No. 1:98-cv-14094: Asbestos products liability action alleging maritime exposure to Garlock gaskets and packing; defense verdict.
  • William LaParl v. John Crane Inc., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 08-667485: Asbestos products liability action alleging maritime exposure to John Crane gaskets and packing; directed verdict at the close of plaintiff’s case.
  • Tricia Lewis v. Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Case No. 1:11-cv-00644: Appeal of the granting of AMHA’s motion to dismiss the complaint for failure to allege 42 U.S.C. §1983 and state created danger claims; judgment affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.
  • Kenneth Smith v. Chrysler Group LLC, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 2011-05-2860: Asbestos workers compensation claim for widow death benefits; defense verdict.
  • Marilyn Johnston v. Chrysler Group LLC, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Case No. 2013-02-0981: Asbestos workers compensation claim for widow death benefits; defense verdict.
  • Sharon Hensley v. FCA US LLC, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Case No. AC-2014-11-5159: Asbestos workers compensation claim for widow death benefits; defense verdict.

Publications

  • Author: “All Asbestos is Not Created Equal: Practical Application of Ohio Tort Reform”, Ohio Academy of Civil Trial Attorneys Quarterly Review, Fall 2010.

Community

  • Board of Governors, Quail Hollow Country Club
  • Doug and his family organize and sponsor an annual golf outing benefitting several local charities.

Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2015