Michael N. Ungar

Partner | Chair, Litigation Department


Practice Areas:

Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, a member of Management Committee, and Past President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Mike’s practice encompasses a broad range of general business disputes with a focus on commercial, banking, professional liability, securities, and broker-dealer matters, including arbitrations, class actions, and other types of complex litigation. Mike also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator in complex disputes.

National Recognition

  • Selected as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country by Benchmark Litigation (2015-2017), which also recognized Mike as a “State Litigation Star,” defined as an attorney who is recommended consistently as a reputable and effective litigator by clients and peers (2014-2017).
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2017) and ranked in Band 1 (the highest of 6 bands) for General Commercial Litigation (only 6 other Ohio attorneys – and only 1 other from Cleveland – earned this ranking). The qualities on which Chambers USA rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. According to client feedback obtained during the selection process, Mike was described as “a razor-sharp litigator and all-around high class guy.” Chambers USA further described Mike as a “go-to attorney,” noting that his practice is “geographically wide-ranging and his expertise includes arbitration and consumer class actions.”
  • Named Best Lawyers® Litigation-Banking & Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland (2013; 2017) and Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” (2016). Best Lawyers designates only one lawyer per practice area as Lawyer of the Year in the nation’s largest legal markets.
  • Named the highest ranking attorney in Ohio (out of approximately 44,000 active attorneys) for four consecutive years on the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list.
  • The following are representative quotes taken directly from the 2014/2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation: “Michael Ungar is beloved by Ohio peers without exception”; “Michael is beyond good, he’s just A1, gold standard awesome,” pipes one peer, while another insists, “If I had to choose one litigator who’s at the top, someone that would be my first choice to represent me in a tough case, Michael would be my first call. He’s an intellectual tough guy who knows how to fight and when to fight, and he is smart about it.”
  • In a recent U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” ranking, another firm client observed: “I would put Mike Ungar up against any attorney in the country on the most sophisticated matter.”
  • Mike is consistently included in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2018).
  • Mike is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Representation
Representative clients in recent public matters include: Anheuser Busch, Citigroup, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KeyBank, Morgan Stanley, PNC Bank N.A., Prudential Financial, Raymond James Financial Inc., and US Bank Corp.

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Boston University
  • Boston University School of Law

    (J.D., 1984)

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Numerous others on a pro hac vice basis

Experience

Mike has successfully represented the following:

  • The prevailing party in a groundbreaking Ohio Supreme Court decision interpreting and applying Ohio’s advancement statute, where the court clarified the scope of protections afforded to corporate directors under Ohio law. Click hereto see video of Mike’s Supreme Court oral argument. Miller v. Miller, 132 Ohio St.3d 424, 2012-Ohio-2928.
  • The prevailing party  – – a large national bank in an important preemption case – –  before the 6thChase Bank USA, N.A. v. Cleveland, 695 F.3d 548 (6th Cir. 2012).
  • The prevailing defendants in a 10b-5 “material omissions” case. Summary judgment was granted by the Federal Court and affirmed on appeal by the 6thFiling v. Phipps 2012 WL 5200375 C.A.6 (Ohio), 2012.
  • A large securities firm and its financial consultant accused of causing significant monetary harm to a former customer who was the winner of the $102 million Indiana lottery. All claims were dismissed by a FINRA arbitration panel following a lengthy hearing. Roberta Eaton, Individually and as Trustee of the Rondal Eaton Trust vs. Chase Investment Services Corp. and Jeffrey L. Roache,FINRA Arbitration No. 11-01585.
  • A national retailer in a consumer class action alleging statutory and common-law claims; trial court dismissed case on early dispositive motion, court of appeals affirmed dismissal, discretionary appeal denied by Supreme Court of Ohio. Grey v. Walgreen Co., 131 Ohio St.3d 1553, 967 N.E.2d 764, 2012-Ohio-2263 (Ohio May 23, 2012) (Table, NO. 2012-0341)
  • A large national bank in a purported class action alleging violations of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA). All claims were dismissed at summary judgment stage by district court and affirmed by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • A major law firm accused by a court-appointed receiver of malpractice in connection with a $65 million Ponzi scheme (all claims dismissed at summary judgment stage).
  • A large investment bank in a one-week arbitration involving claims against it arising out of a “busted deal” concerning a large power generation facility in Anchorage, Alaska. All claims determined in client’s favor.
  • A major law firm accused of malpractice by a real estate developer client. After trial, judgment was
    rendered in favor of law firm client on all claims.
  • A large publicly traded company and its directors defending against claims alleging fraud/misrepresentation/breach of fiduciary duty filed by the company’s largest shareholder (all claims against our clients were dismissed).
  • A large national bank and its executives accused of causing over $40 million in damages to a major
    customer based on alleged violations of various federal securities laws and lending laws (State court in Seattle dismissed all claims).
  • A publicly traded bank and its officers and directors in shareholder derivative claims arising out of a contemplated merger transaction (all claims against our clients were dismissed).
  • A national securities firm in defense of claims brought by the trustee of a large trust seeking damages in excess of $20 million. All claims against our clients were dismissed, and after a successful appeal, we recovered all of our clients’ attorneys’ fees against the Plaintiff.  Hollern v. Wachovia Securities, Inc., 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 20995 (10th Aug. 16, 2006).
  • A large bank and its broker-dealer in multi-million dollar claims arising out of highly publicized criminal misconduct by a senior executive (all claims against our client were dismissed).
  • A national securities broker-dealer in defense of a lawsuit brought by an Ohio county in an attempt to recover $115 million in investment losses sustained by large pooled public investment fund.
  • Major national and international companies in numerous cases involving trade secrets, non-competition/non-solicitation, inevitable disclosure, raiding, and unfair competition issues.
  • A national banking institution, accused of breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA for failing to timely invest participants’ contributions to the pension and profit sharing plan of a major insurance company.
  • A regional discount brokerage firm in its defense against significant order execution claims involving “when issued” securities (favorable jury verdict).
  • A national broker-dealer, accused in a nationwide class action complaint of misleading investors in limited partnerships (obtained dismissal of all claims, affirmed on appeal).
  • A national securities firm and its broker accused of churning, switching between mutual funds, and recommending unsuitable investments (obtained dismissal of both clients after NASD Arbitration hearing).
  • An Ohio manufacturer of environmental testing equipment for multi-million dollar losses resulting from breach of a multi-stage requirements contract.
  • A national securities firm, accused in a nationwide class action complaint of failing to pay interest to commodities customers (obtained dismissal by federal court; dismissal affirmed by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals).
  • A public company in its defense against shareholder claims alleging violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5, fraud and conspiracy claims.
  • A public company in an action against a major competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets involving manufacturing processes in the commercial lighting industry (obtained injunctive relief and favorable settlement).
  • A national broker-dealer in its defense against ERISA-based breach of fiduciary duty claims and claims of unsuitability, churning and common law fraud for alleged losses to a pension and profit sharing plan.
  • A public company and its recently hired senior executive accused by a competitor of inevitable disclosure of trade secrets.

REPORTED CASES

  • Chase Bank USA, N.A. v. Cleveland, 10-4115, 4116, 2012 WL 4372550 (6thCir.)
  • Miller v. Miller,132 Ohio St.3d 424, 2012-Ohio-2928.
  • Grey v. Walgreen Company, 2011-Ohio-6167 (8th Dist.), discretionary appeal denied, 131 Ohio St.3d 1553, 967 N.E.2d 764, 2012-Ohio-2263 (Ohio May 23, 2012) (Table, NO. 2012-0341)
  • City of Cleveland v. Ameriquest Mortgage Securities, et al., 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 15305; 2010 FED App. 0222p (6th 2010)
  • Havensure, L.L.C. v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, 595 F.3d 312 (6th 2010)
  • City of Cleveland v. Ameriquest Mortgage Securities, et al., 621 F. Supp. 2d 513, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41303 (N.D. Ohio, 2009)
  • Monroe Retail, Inc. v. Charter One Bank, N.A., 624 F. Supp. 2d 677, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68971 (6th Ohio 2009)
  • Sollitt v. KeyCorp,2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74217 (N.D, Ohio August 21, 2009)
  • Ferro Corp. v. Cookson Group, 561 F. Supp. 2d 888, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75579 (N.D. Ohio 2008)
  • Burns v. Prudential Sec., 116 F. Supp. 2d 917, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13204 (2008)
  • Fornshell v. Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A., 2009 Ohio 2728, 2009 Ohio App. LEXIS 2265 (Ohio Ct. App.,
  • Cuyahoga County June 11, 2009)
  • Monroe Retail, Inc. v. RBS Citizens, N.A., f/k/a Charter One Bank, N.A., 09a0422p.06; 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 27092; 2009 FED. App. 0422P (6th)
  • Novelis Corp. v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 559 F. Supp. 2d 877; 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49201 (2008)
  • Clemmer v. KeyBank, 539 F. 3d 349, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 18010, 2008 FED App. 309P (6th 2008)
  • City of Cleveland v. Deutsche Bank Trust Co., 571 F. Supp. 2d 807, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64445 (2008)
  • Lopardo v. Lehman Bros., Inc., 548 F. Supp. 2d 450, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17377 (N.D. Ohio 2008)
  • In re Arter & Hadden, LLP, 373 B.R. 31, 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 2669 (2007)
  • Burns v. Prudential Secs., Inc., 450 F. Supp. 2d 808, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46329 (N.D. Ohio 2006)
  • Burns v. Prudential Secs., Inc., 167 Ohio App. 3d 809, 2006 Ohio 3550, 857 N.E.2d 621, 2006 Ohio App.
    LEXIS 3500 (Marion County 2006)
  • Hollern v. Wachovia Secs., Inc., 458 F.3d 1169, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 20995 (10th Cir. Colo. 2006)
  • Gertz v. JVC Americas Corp., 339 B.R. 454, 2006 Bankr. LEXIS 320 (2006)
  • Gertz v. Echo Rock Ventures, LLC, 339 B.R. 445, 2006 Bankr. LEXIS 333 (2006)
  • Reinglass v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 2006 Ohio 1542, 2006 Ohio App. LEXIS 1417 (Ohio Ct. App., Cuyahoga County 2006)
  • In re Arter & Hadden, L.L.P., 335 B.R. 666, 2005 Bankr. LEXIS 2572 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2005)
  • Patnik v. Citicorp Bank Trust FSB, 412 F. Supp. 2d 753, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26052 (2005)
  • Dubin v. Sec. Union Title Ins. Co., 832 N.E. 2d 815, 2005 Ohio App. LEXIS 3233 (2005)
  • State ex rel. Residents’ Initiative Voting Alliance v. Cuyahoga County Bd. of Elections, 841 N.E. 2d 753,
    2005 Ohio LEXIS 2367 (2005)
  • Wachovia Secs., Inc. v. Gangale, 125 Fed. Appx. 671, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 4460 (6th Cir. Ohio 2005)
  • Stambaugh v. Corrpro Cos., 116 Fed. Appx. 592, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 24103 (6th Cir. Ohio 2004)
  • Fazio v. Lehman Bros., Inc., 340 F.3d 386, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 16588, 2003 FED App. 284P (6th Cir.) (6th Cir. Ohio 2003)
  • Javitch v. First Union Sec., Inc., 315 F.3d 619, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 304, 2003 FED App. 11P (6th Cir. Ohio 2003)
  • Fazio v. Lehman Bros., 268 F. Supp. 2d 865, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15174 (6th Ohio 2003)
  • Stickler v. KeyCorp, 2003 Ohio 283, 2003 Ohio App. LEXIS 264 (Ohio Ct. App., Cuyahoga County 2003)
  • Boedeker v. Rogers, 136 Ohio App. 3d 425, 736 N.E.2d 955, 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 6056 (Ohio Ct. App., Cuyahoga County 1999)
  • Gobble v. Hellman, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26833 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 26, 2002)
  • Prudential Sec., Inc. v. Yingling, 226 F.3d 668, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 22769, 47 Fed. R. Serv. 3d (Callaghan) 814, 2000 FED App. 311P (6th Cir. Ohio 2000)
  • Lynch v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 134 Ohio App. 3d 668, 731 N.E.2d 1205, 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 4189 (Montgomery County 1999)
  • Plating Resources, Inc. v. UTI Corp., 47 F. Supp. 2d 899, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6352 (N.D. Ohio 1999)
  • Adams v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 2778 (Ohio Ct. App., Cuyahoga County June 17, 1999)
  • Bibbo v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., 151 F.3d 559, 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 17757, 36 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d (Callaghan) 931, 1998 FED App. 240P (6th Cir. Ohio 1998)
  • GMI Holdings. v. Stanley Door Sys., 943 F. Supp. 1420, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16562 (1996)
  • Young v. Equitec Real Estate Investors Fund, 3d 136, 652 N.E. 2d 234, 1994 Ohio App. LEXIS 5770 (1995)
  • In re Outdoor Sports Headquarters, 168 B.R. 177, 1994 Bankr. LEXIS 812, 25 Bankr. Ct. Dec. (CRR) 1137, Bankr. L. Rep. (CCH) P 75992 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 1994)
  • Arnold v. City of Cleveland, 67 Ohio St. 3d 35, 616 N.E.2d 163, 1993 Ohio LEXIS 1608 (1993)
  • Baines v. Harwood, 87 Ohio App. 3d 345, 622 N.E.2d 372, 1993 Ohio App. LEXIS 2247 (Ohio Ct. App., Clinton County 1993)
  • Rosen v. Brown, 970 F.2d 169, 1992 U.S. App. LEXIS 16609 (1992)
  • Baltimore & O. R. Co. v. Mobile Tank Car Services, 673 F. Supp. 1436, 1987 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10993 (1987)

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • “Confidentiality Provisions and Sealing of Court Records,” chapter co-author, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes:  Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement, Aspen Law & Business (2013 ed.)
  • “e-Discovery Strategies and Issues in a Rapidly Changing Technology Environment,” chapter co-author, Inside the Minds: Ethics in e-Discovery, Aspatore Books (August 2012)
  • “Equitable Estoppel: A Nonsignatory’s Key To Arbitration,” Law360 (August 2012)
  • “Confidentiality Provisions and Sealing of Court Records,” chapter co-author, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes, Aspen Law & Business (2012 ed.)
  • “A Quick Look Back on a Breakout Year for the CMBA and a Farewell Thanks,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (June 2011)
  • “Why Good Judges Matter,” Cleveland MetropolitanBar Journal (May 2011)
  • “Progress!,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (April 2011)
  • “From Good to Great: What Distinguishes A Good Bar Association From A Truly Great One?,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (March 2011)
  • “Judicial Excellence … Personified,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (February 2011)
  • “A Mid Year Progress Report to the CMBA Membership,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (January 2011)
  • “Why I Love This Job,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (December 2010)
  • “Civics Education and Our 3Rs Program – Now More Than Ever,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (November 2010)
  • “We Want You!!!,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (October 2010)
  • “It’s Time – A Renewal of Our Bar’s Commitment to ‘The Creed of Professionalism’,” Cleveland MetropolitanBar Journal (September 2010)
  • “Preparation, Opportunity and Making a Difference,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (July/August 2010)
  • “Confidentiality Provisions and Sealing of Court Records,” Chapter Co-author, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes, Aspen Law & Business (2000)
  • “Fight To Protect Your Trade Secrets,” Enterprise Magazine (Winter 1993)

Presentations

  • “Veteran Mediators Discuss the Critical Steps to Take in Advance of Mediation and the Strategies and Techniques to Employ/Avoid During Mediation,” Annual Spangenberg Litigation Institute, Panelist (April 2017)
  • “A Mock Securities Arbitration,” Speaker and Faculty Member, Securities Industry Institute, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA (2005-2017)
  • “Advice from the Top – Secrets to Success,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association New Lawyer Bootcamp (December 2015)
  • “PTI: Hot Topics from the U&B Broker-Dealer Blog,” Ulmer & Berne, Financial Services & Securities Litigation Hot Topics 2015 CLE (November 2015)
  • “Two Top Minds Battle About Selling Away Cases,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Annual Meeting and Securities Law Seminar (October 2015)
  • “Negotiation Strategy and Technique,” AIG 2015 Consumer Legal Offsite “Join Together” (May 2015)
  • “Winning Mediation Strategies,” The Secrets of Winning (August 2014)
  • “A Few Ideas About How to be a Successful Lawyer,” Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section, webinar (March 2014)
  • “What Happens When the Whistle Blows?,” mediator, “Navigating the Ever-Changing Landscape of Financial Services Litigation,” Financial Services Hot Topics (December 2013)
  • “The Anatomy of an Arbitration,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association’s Annual Meeting (October 2013)
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation/FINRA Claims/AAA Claims,” The Ohio Association for Justice (November 2012)
  • “FINRA Arbitration: News from the Trenches,” Hot Topics: Financial Services Update (November 2012)
  • “Conversation with MDL Lead Counsel: Best Practices for Organizing and Litigating an MDL,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter (July 2012)
  • “Stockbroker Malpractice,” The Ohio Association for Justice (October 2011)
  • “In-House Counsel and Attorney-Client Privilege – Adhering to the Lawyer’s Creed and Aspirational Ideals While Wearing ‘Two Hats,'” KeyCorp In-House Legal Department Presentation (October 2011)
  • “What They Didn’t Tell You About Being Bar President,” Conference of Metropolitan Bar Associations (September 2011)
  • “Championing Civic Education: A Bar Leader’s Role in Advancing Public Understanding of the Law,” American Bar Association Leadership Institute (March 2011)
  • “Pro Bono: Why Bother?,” The Eighteenth Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District (October 2010)
  • “Why Good Judges Matter,” The City Club of Cleveland (October 2010)
  • “Building Better Citizens: How Bar Associations Can Support and Participate in Civics Education,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting/National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP), San Francisco, CA (August 2010)
  • “Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisor Issues,” Hot Topics: Financial Services Update (December 2009)
  • “Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2009,” New York City Bar (June 2009)
  • “Deep Pockets: Potential Liability of Professionals Under Aiding and abetting and Similar Theories,” William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section (April 2009)
  • “Is Aiding and Abetting Liability Really Dead?,” Hot Topics: Financial Services Update (December 2008)
  • “Location, Location, Location – Winning by Mastering the Art of Removal Jurisdiction,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum (August 2008)
  • “FINRA – A New Era of Securities Arbitration and Regulation,” Hot Topics: Financial Services Update (November 2007)
  • “Mock Arbitration,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) 16thAnnual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (October 2007)
  • “Winning Class Action Litigation,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum (August 2007)
  • “Motions to Dismiss:  Procedural & Substantive Approaches for Expediting Arbitrations,” American Conference Institute, New York, N.Y. (May 2007)
  • “Managing the Media: Lawyers and the Press,” Cuyahoga County Bar Association (December 2006)
  • “Winning at Securities Litigation,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum (August 2006)
  • “Trust Mismanagement Issues,” Hot Topics: Financial Services Update (May 2006)
  • “The Fundamentals of NASD Arbitration,” JPMorgan Chase Retail Litigation Group, Chicago, IL (February 2006)
  • “Winning at Mediation,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum (August 2005)
  • “NASD Arbitration Process,” PNC Bank/J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc. Legal & Compliance Seminar (August 2004)
  • “Jury Selection & Closing Arguments,” Cleveland Bar Association and National Institute of Trial Advocacy 2nd Annual Trial Advocacy Institute (June 2004)
  • “NASD Arbitration Process,” KeyCorp Legal Department (April 2004)
  • “Securities Arbitration & Mediation – Mastering the Basics,” Practicing Law Institute (December 2003)
  • “Lawyers’ Expectations from an Expert Witness on Financial Matters,” Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (October 2003)
  • “Effective Settlement Negotiation Strategies,” Bank One Settlement Roundtable, Presentation to Bank One Law Department (September 2003)
  • “Securities Litigation & Arbitration Strategies,” Bank One Law Department Seminar (September 2003)
  • “Recent Arbitration Decisions Affecting Securities Cases,” Cleveland Bar Association Securities Law Institute (February 2003)
  • “Use of Demonstrative Evidence During Opening Statement,” Cleveland Bar Association Advanced Litigation Institute: Litigation in the New Millennium (November 2001)
  • “Criminalization of Civil Conduct,” 2001 Cleveland Securities Law Institute, Cleveland Bar Association
  • “Advanced Considerations Involving Non-Compete Agreements,” Ulmer & Berne Breakfast Forum Series (March 2000)
  • “Nuts and Bolts of Trying a Civil Case,” Cleveland Bar Association’s Litigation Institute (1999)
  • “Minority Shareholders,” Cleveland Bar Association Business Litigation Seminar (December 1998)
  • “Protecting Your Company’s Secrets,” The Society for Competitive Intelligence (December 1998)
  • “Drafting Enforceable Covenants Not to Compete and Arbitration Agreements: The Latest Developments,” The Best of Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Ohio CLE Institute (July 1998)
  • “Injunctive Relief,” Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic, Civil Litigation (April 1998)
  • “Attorney Disqualification: Tactical and Ethical Ramifications of DR5-101, DR5-102, and DR5-105,” Cleveland Bar Association Business Litigation Seminar: Advanced Privilege and Ethical Issues (December 1997)
  • “Litigation Essentials: Demonstrative Evidence – From the Basic to the Exotic,” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (October 1997)
  • “Examining Experts at Deposition and at Trial,” Cleveland Bar Association Practice and Procedure Clinic – Civil Litigation (April 1997)
  • “Restrictive Covenants and Arbitration Agreements,” Ohio CLE Institute (March 1997)
  • “Non-Competition and Trade Secrets Issues,” Midwestern Labor Law Conference (1996)
  • “Keeping The Rein on Trade Secrets,” PriceWaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum (1996)
  • “The Impact of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,” 25th Securities Law Institute, Cleveland Bar Association (1996)
  • “Can You Keep A Secret?  Protecting Your Trade Secrets Under Ohio Law,” Cleveland Bar Association Business Litigation Seminar (1995)
  • “Trade Secrets Under Ohio Law,” Litigation Institute, Cleveland Bar Association (1995)
  • “The Fundamentals of Arbitrating a Broker Negligence Case,” Cuyahoga County Bar Association (1990)

Private Mediator and Arbitrator

  • Frequently serves as mediator and arbitrator in complex business disputes.

Involvement

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Strategic Planning Steering CommitteeProfessionalism Conciliation Panel, 2015-Present; Past President, 2010-2011; Board of Trustees, 2007-present; Executive Committee; Member, Court Rules Committee and Legislation Committee; Chair, Judicial Selection Committee, 2005, 2006; Vice Chair, Judicial Selection Committee, 2002-2004; Chair, Litigation Section, 2000-2001; Chair, Litigation Institute, 1999; Vice Chair, Litigation Section, 1999; Chair, Presidential Special Committee on Judicial Excellence 2011-2012)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (Member and Fellow)
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Board of Trustees)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section; Commercial and Banking Litigation and Business Torts Committee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Litigation Section; parliamentarian of the Association’s Council of Delegates)
  • Appointment by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio to Task Force on the Funding of Ohio Courts (2012)
  • Securities Industry Association (Member, Compliance & Legal Division)
  • American Inns of Court (Founding Member of a Cleveland Chapter)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • City of Cleveland Heights (City Council2016-present)
  • City of Cleveland Heights (Chair, Planning Commission, 1999-2016; Master Plan Steering Committee)
  • The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland (Board of Trustees; Board of Directors)
  • Teach 11thGrade Civics Classes as part of 3 R’s Program (“Rights, Responsibilities, Realities” 2006-present)
  • Appointed by U.S. District Judge Kathleen O’Malley to the Merit Selection Panel for the Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge James S. Gallas (1999)
  • Transition ‘90 (Member, Cleveland Mayor Mike White’s transition team)

FIRM INVOLVEMENT

  • Management Committee
  • Litigation Department, Chair

Honors

  • 2016 ORT America Jurisprudence Award Recipient
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked in Band 1 of Ohio’s leading General Commercial Litigation lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2017)
  • Named a Top 10 attorney in the state of Ohio by Ohio Super Lawyers (2007; 2008; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016)
  • Named Best Lawyers Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland (2016)
  • Named Best Lawyers Litigation-Securities “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland (2014)
  • Named Best Lawyers Litigation-Banking & Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland (2013; 2017)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Securities; Litigation-Banking and Finance; Litigation-Labor and Employment; Bet-the-Company Litigation (2006-2018)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2005-2017)
  • Named a “State Litigation Star” in Ohio by Benchmark Litigation (2014-2017)
  • Named one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the U.S. (2015-2017)
  • Ranked a Top 100 Ohio attorney and a Top 50 Cleveland attorney in Super Lawyerslist (2012-2015)
  • Selected as a “Leading Lawyer” in Northeast Ohio in a survey of lawyers by Inside Business Magazine (December 2004-2011*) *2011 final year of survey
  • Recipient of Crain’s Cleveland Business “40 Under Forty” Award (1995)
  • Named to the “Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio,” Cincinnati Magazine (2011)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)