Richard D. Sweebe

Retired Partner


Richard D. Sweebe

Retired Partner


Rich retired in 2018 and has more than 30 years of experience in first-party insurance defense litigation. His practice included matters of coverage disputes, coverage opinions, extra-contractual/bad faith punitive damage claims and fraudulent arson and theft claims. He has broad experience in analyzing issues and formulating strategies for good-faith claim handling and for conducting investigations of coverage issues and suspected fraudulent claims. Rich is highly skilled in fire and property damage litigation, and seamlessly executed the addressing of investigative strategies as well as conducted jury trials throughout Ohio in both state and federal courts. He has achieved the highest ranking, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Education & Admissions


  • Kent State University

    (B.A., cum laude, 1975)

  • University of Akron School of Law

    (J.D., 1979)


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio



  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Who’s Who 2000 Edition (Life Member)
  • The National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (Charter Member, Past President, Past Board Member)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The International and Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators


  • Serves as legal advisor to the Lake Ridge Academy High School Mock Trial Team (Ohio State Champions, 2008)




  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named one of Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers (2013)
  • Golden Gavel Award (2015; 2012)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law (2018)