Joshua A. Klarfeld


Joshua focuses his practice on product liability litigation. His practice involves the defense of pharmaceutical, medical device, and mass and toxic tort actions. He also is engaged in complex business litigation. He represents major corporations in multidistrict, coordinated, and consolidated proceedings, as well as putative class actions and “one-off” product liability suits. Joshua has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list.

Education & Admissions


  • Yeshiva University

    (B.A., magna cum laude, 2002)

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

    (J.D., summa cum laude, 2005)
    Cleveland State Law Review, Editor in Chief (2004-2005)


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan



  • Represented medical device manufacturer on claim alleging product defect in spinal fixation device.
  • Represented dialysis center in medical malpractice wrongful death actions.
  • Represented manufacturer of isocyanate-containing products in defense of putative class action for alleged damages arising from alleged occupational exposure to diisocyanates.
  • Defended toxic tort, fraud and civil conspiracy claims against chemical manufacturers based on alleged occupational exposure to vinyl chloride.
  • Represented manufacturers of silica-, asbestos-, and diisocyante-containing products.
  • Represented automobile manufacturer in alleged design defect claim arising out of a rollover accident.
  • Represented former owner of foundry for employer intentional tort and joint venture claims arising from a magnesium explosion.
  • Defended workplace intentional tort claim where employee plaintiff failed to follow workplace safety lock-out and tag-out procedures.
  • Represented automobile manufacturer in negligence claim arising out of plaintiff’s truck allegedly rolling over after being loaded with vehicle parts at manufacturer’s facility.
  • Defended subrogation claims brought by insurance companies arising out of vehicle, forestry equipment and structure fires.

Publications & Presentations


  • Lawyer Well-Being: It’s an Ethics Issue, Too,” Professionalism Perspectives (September 2018)
  • “A Legislative Response to Shotgun Litigation,” For The Defense (February 2014)
  • “Implications of the New REACH Laws,” Law360 (November 2008)
  • “Chazakah: Judaic Law’s Non-Adverse Possession,” 52 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 623 (2004-2005)


  • “Medicare Fact or Fiction: A Conversation About Future Medical Expenses & Medicare Set Asides,” The Maritime Law Association of the United States and The Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law Fall Meeting of the MLA and 18th Congress of the IIDM’s Continuing Legal Education and Academic Program (October 2013)
  • “To Report or Not To Report: I’m Medicare and I Want my Money Back,” U.S. Maritime Law Association’s Annual Fall Meeting (December 2011)



  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing Department)


  • Young Israel of Greater Cleveland (Board of Directors & Executive Committee)
  • Hebrew Academy of Cleveland (Board of Directors)
  • VeloSano – cycling event to raise money for cancer research (Steering Committee, 2016-2018; Team Leader 2014-2016)



  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2014-2021)
  • Ranked a Top 100 Ohio attorney and a Top 50 Cleveland attorney in the Super Lawyers list (2021)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2011; 2013)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List (2017-2020)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2021)