Key Matters

Representative Trial Matters

  • Defended a patent litigator in a multi-million dollar malpractice case in a state court jury trial
  • Represented homeless organizations pursuing voting rights claims in a three-week federal court bench trial
  • Defended a telecommunications company against unrelated claims in two state court bench trials
  • Successfully tried a preliminary injunction action against the state of Ohio in case challenging the termination of Medicaid mental health benefits for nursing home residents

Representative Appellate Decisions

  • Safdi v. Covered Employer’s LTD Plan, 631 Fed. Appx. 304 (6th Cir. 2015)
    Upheld insurer’s denial of benefits where employee did not satisfy the plan’s recurrent disability provision
  • Avis Rent-A-Car Sys. v. City of Dayton, 581 Fed. Appx. 479 (6th Cir. 2014)
    Affirmed award of summary judgment to rental car companies after defendant wrongly attempted to terminate lease agreement
  • Durbin v. Columbia Energy Group Pension Plan, 522 Fed. Appx. 341 (6th Cir. 2013)
    Affirmed award of judgment to defendant plan administrator in pension benefits dispute
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless v. Husted, 696 F.3d 580 (6th Cir. 2012)
    Upheld order requiring provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be counted
  • Hunter v. Hamilton Cty. Bd. of Elections, 635 F.3d 219 (6th Cir. 2011)
    Upheld order requiring certain provisional ballots to be counted
  • Ameritech Publishing, Inc. v. Mayfield, 2011-Ohio-2971, 7th App.
    District Upheld judgment in favor of plaintiff in breach of contract action
  • Kimmel v. Lowe’s, Inc., 2011-Ohio-28, 2nd App. District
    Upheld award of summary judgment to employer on hostile work environment claim
  • Kanally v. Ameritech Ohio Co., 2008-Ohio-4446, 8th App. Dist.
    Reversed denial of summary judgment motion in putative class action

Representative Trial Decisions

  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. v. Findlay Indus., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179844 (N.D. Ohio Dec. 29, 2016)
    Awarded summary judgment to defendants and rejected PBGC’s argument that successor liability could be imposed on mere asset purchasers
  • Hunt v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46263 (S.D. Ohio Apr. 3, 2014)
    Awarded judgment to insurer in disability benefits dispute
  • Logsdon v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99160 (N.D. Ohio July 16, 2013)
    Dismissed putative class action challenging insurer practices
  • Galion Community Hosp. v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44757 (N.D. Ohio May 7, 2010)
    Awarded summary judgment to insurer in action involving stop-loss coverage
  • Wike v. Vertrue, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52310 (M.D. Tenn. July 3, 2008)
    Dismissed claims against defendant in putative class action