Ulmer & Berne announced the election of Frederic X. “Fritz” Shadley to the firm’s seven-member Management Committee. This role is effective January 1, 2016 for a two-year term. Ulmer & Berne’s Management Committee is responsible for guiding the operations and strategic direction of the firm.
As Chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Construction Group, Mr. Shadley brings more than 30 years of litigation experience and the knowledge of a degreed engineer to his much-honored practice representing parties to construction, environmental, product-liability, and toxic-tort litigation. Recognized by Chambers USA as one of Ohio’s leading commercial litigators and given Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest ranking (AV Preeminent®), Mr. Shadley is consistently acknowledged for his excellence in construction and product-liability litigation. Since 2009, he has been named annually to The Best Lawyers in America’s list of top lawyers in those fields, and in 2012 was named Best Lawyers Product Liability “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati. American Lawyer Media also has named him a top-rated lawyer in construction law, for his representation of both plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of construction-related disputes, including those involving claims of defective construction, defective design, fraud, and negligence, as well as Fair Housing Act cases.
Mr. Shadley has substantial experience in environmental litigation, toxic-tort litigation, and the defense and prosecution of personal-injury claims, including his work securing the largest known, single-victim, personal-injury settlement in the history of Ohio for a plaintiff who suffered burns from extensive exposure to a pool chemical fire.
Mr. Shadley has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.