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
  • Represented a telecommunications company in two state court bench trials involving breach-of-contract claims
  • Successfully tried a preliminary injunction action against the state of Ohio in a case challenging the termination of Medicaid mental health benefits for nursing home residents

Representative Appellate Court 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 city attempted to terminate lease agreement
  • Durbin v. Columbia Energy Group Pension Plan, 522 Fed. Appx. 341 (6th Cir. 2013)
    Affirmed award of judgment to 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
  • Ameritech Publishing, Inc. v. Mayfield, 2011-Ohio-2971, 7th App. Dist.
    Upheld judgment in favor of publisher in breach of contract action
  • Kimmel v. Lowe’s, Inc., 2011-Ohio-28, 2nd App. Dist.
    Upheld award of summary judgment to employer on hostile work environment claim
  • Ameritech Publishing, Inc. v. Snyder Tire Wintersville, 2010-Ohio-4868, 7th App. Dist.
    Upheld judgment in favor of publisher in breach of contract action
  • Berry Network, Inc. v. United Propane Gas, 2009-Ohio-2537, 2nd App. Dist.
    Upheld award of summary judgment and fees in action to enforce settlement agreement
  • Kanally v. Ameritech Ohio Co., 2008-Ohio-4446, 8th App. Dist.
    Reversed denial of telephone company’s summary judgment motion in putative class action
  • Russell v. AT&T Corp., 2008-Ohio-3489, 2nd App. Dist.
    Affirmed dismissal of customer’s action against telephone company due to lack of jurisdiction

Representative Trial Court Decisions

  • Demange v. Life Ins. Co. of N. Am., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159915 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 19, 2019)
    Denied plaintiff’s motion to apply a de novo standard of review in dispute regarding accidental death benefits
  • Eco-Site, Inc. v. City of Huber Heights, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104773 (S.D. Ohio June 22, 2018)
    Awarded judgment and injunctive relief to plaintiff requiring immediate approval of tower application under the Telecommunications Act of 1996
  • Bailey v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23914 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 26, 2016)
    Granted insurer’s motion to dismiss claim for bad faith
  • 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
  • Watiker v. Hartford Ins., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154694 (S.D. Ohio Oct. 29, 2012)
    Awarded judgment to insurer in disability benefits dispute
  • Dent v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 80213 (N.D. Ohio June 11, 2012)
    Awarded judgment to insurer in disability benefits dispute
  • Halsema v. Target Corp., Case No. 2010 CV 5021, Slip Op. (Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas May 21, 2012)
    Overruled plaintiff’s motion for class certification
  • Lingo v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91009 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 16, 2011)
    Awarded judgment to insurer in disability benefits dispute
  • 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