Kevin Kita has six years’ experience defending the interests of manufactures, insurers, and businesses in all aspects of civil litigation. He has first-chaired numerous jury trials and obtained favorable jury verdicts in three different states. Kevin is also a member of the firm’s appellate practice group and has successfully handled appellate cases before Ohio’s Sixth, Ninth and Tenth District Courts of Appeal, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court. Though experienced in a wide variety of legal matters, Kevin focuses his practice primarily in the areas of insurance defense, products liability, warranty defense, and general liability defense.

Kevin’s achievements as a litigator and trial counsel have been recognized throughout the community. He was recently retained by LEXIS to co-author two chapters of its upcoming Ohio Insurance Litigation Guide along with Sutter O’Connell Partner, Brian Roof. In addition, the University of Akron School of Law has named Kevin an adjunct professor of law for its nationally ranked trial advocacy program. In this capacity, Kevin helped guide the University of Akron to a Mock Trial National Championship in 2014 and to the National Quarterfinals in 2016. Kevin has served as a lead instructor at the law school’s annual summer trial practice academy since the program was founded in 2015.

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
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  • United States District Courts
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky

Education

  • John Carroll University, B.S., 2006
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011

Representative Matters

  • Successful defense of an insurance company in federal court against a post-settlement discovery action seeking a basis for contribution and indemnification. Court found in favor of defense legal arguments limiting plaintiff’s expansive request for pre-suit discovery, ultimately resulting in dismissal.
  • Breach of warranty and consumer protection action filed by consumers alleging their vehicle contained a latent defect causing it to experience a steering pull which was not corrected in a timely manner. Directed verdict returned in favor of client auto manufacturer.

Community

  • In addition to his growing litigation practice, Kita volunteers his spare time coaching The University of Akron School of Law 2014 National Champion Mock Trial Team.
  • Kevin also serves as Sutter O’Connell’s liaison to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014 - 2017
  • Top Attorneys – Outstanding Young Lawyers in Cleveland and Columbus, 2014-2017