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Brett represents insurers, lenders, transporters, manufacturers, and other business entities in all aspects of litigation in the federal and state courts, and before various arbitration venues. He has tried to verdict, before juries and courts, class actions, insurance, product liability, lender liability cases, commercial, trucking, real estate, and other business disputes. He has defended insurers in all aspects of commercial, life, health and disability coverage. He has tried or negotiated lender disputes involving letters of credit, repurchase agreements, revolving credit agreements, mortgage priority issues, usury and point disputes, and participation agreements. He has defended lenders in nearly all aspects of consumer claims, including class actions. Brett is a frequent speaker at lender, trucking, insurance, and other litigation seminars. He appears before the Supreme Court of Ohio and various federal circuit courts. He is also an experienced American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitrator, having been involved in numerous commercial and insurance arbitrations, with formal training both by the AAA and the Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Location

  • 200 Public Square, Suite 3000
    Cleveland, OH 44114

Education

  • Northwestern University , J.D., graduated 1972
  • University of Dubuque, B.A., graduated 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, State of Ohio

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member (1972-Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Member (1973-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute - Member (1973-Present)
  • The Federation of Defense Corporate Counsel - Member
  • ALFA International Global Legal Network - Board of Directors, Executive Committee & Treasurer (2014-Present); Insurance Roundtable Program—Chair, New York City (2017)
  • The British-American Chamber of Commerce - Member (2013)
  • Cleveland Play House - Past Trustee and Past President of Men's Committee
  • Red Oak Camp - Past Trustee
  • Church of the Western Reserve - Past Elder
  • Pepper Pike Civic League - Past Trustee
  • Frantz Ward LLP - Founding Partner

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the U.S.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio

Frantz Ward LLP
Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio

36 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

11 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Insurance

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Insurance, Cleveland (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Insurance

Awards:

  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2006-2019)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation (2005-2019) and Litigation-Insurance (2018-2019)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated—Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of the Professional Achievement Award from the University of Dubuque (2015)

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