Education

  • John Carroll University, A.B., 1970
  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1973

Involvement

  • Program Director, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills; Trial Advocacy; Mediation Skills; and e-Discovery.
  • Member, Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Rules of Practice and Procedure (2009 – 2014)

Associations

  • Product Liability Advisory Council (former Member Board of Directors)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (former Chairman of CLE Board)
  • Defense Research Institute (former Member Board of Directors and former Ohio State Representative)
  • Life Member, Judicial Conference of Eighth Judicial District of Ohio
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Program Director)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (former President)
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (former President)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (member of Judicial Administration & Legal Reform Committee (1976 -present)
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • Cleveland Bar Association (former Chair of Litigation Section)
  • Erie County Ohio Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • John Carroll University Alumni Association (former President)
  • Friends of the Western Reserve Historical Society Library (former President

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Rated AV/Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • NITA’s Judge Prentice Marshall Faculty Award for the Development of Innovative Teaching Methods, 2014
  • OACTA’S Frank Seth Hurd Member of the Year, 1997 and 2011

Presentations

  • “Do the Rules Compute & Do Computers Rule: Controlling Electronic Data in Discovery,”
  • Products Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
  • “Jury Trial Innovations,” Federal Bar Association National Convention; PLAC
  • “Electronic Discovery: What Types of Information Should Be Routinely
  • Retained and How to Produce It,” Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • “Challenges to Computer Generated Evidence,” International Association of Defense
  • Counsel (IADC)
  • “Combating Spoliation of Evidence,” IADC
  • “Dealing with the Gorilla at Depositions,” Ohio Legal Center Institute
  • “Uses of Video in the Courtroom,” American College of Trial Lawyers; Kentucky State Bar
  • Association; Wyoming State Bar Association; Canadian Bar Association; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers; Maryland State Bar Association
  • “The Liability Insurer's Duties to Defend and Settle,” CWRU School of Law
  • “Litigating Bad Faith Insurance Claims,” CWRU School of Law
  • “The Insurer's Duty to Defend,” CWRU School of Law
  • “Evidentiary Standards in Toxic Tort Litigation: Challenging the Plaintiff's Expert,” DRI “Gender Equity Issues and the Code of Professional Responsibility,” Cleveland-Marshall
  • College of Law
  • “Attorney Client Relations with Corporate Clients: An Overview of Ethical Issues in
  • Business Litigation,” IADC
  • “Electrons Meet the Civil Rules,” Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • “Punitive Damages,” Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
  • “The Changing Landscape of Punitive Damages,” Lorman Education Services
  • “Writing Opinion Letters,” OACTA
  • “Hartman: When is interest due on a settlement?” OACTA
  • “Discovery and Electronic Data: Electrons meet the Civil Rules,” OACTA
  • “Qui Tam and Whistle Blower Litigation,” Cleveland Bar Association
  • “Voir Dire in Civil Litigation,” Ohio Legal Center Institute
  • “Impact of Fidelholtz on Multi-Party Tort Litigation,” OACTA and Ohio Legal Center
  • Institute
  • “Representing Co-defendants in a Motor Vehicle Products Liability Suit,” DRI
  • “What's new with Peremptory Challenges in Civil Litigation,” IADC
  • “Avoiding Problems in Commercial Arbitration,” Cleveland Bar Association
  • “Calculating Law Firm Costs for Budget Planning,” IADC
  • “Avoiding Environmental Liability,” National Business Institute
  • “A Commentary on the Cases Every Defense Trial Counsel Should Know,” OACTA
  • “Motions in Limine to Exclude Plaintiff's Expert Witnesses,” IADC
  • “Legal Malpractice and Bad Faith - You and the Insurer on Trial,” IADC