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Over 23 years representing municipalities, including defending cases on behalf of police and public entities alleging violations of civil rights as guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution including claims of jail suicide, police pursuit, false arrest, excessive force by police officers and failure to properly train police officers. Defense of Public Entities in Land Use and Zoning Related Matters – alleged deprivation of plaintiff’s Fifth Amendment rights asserting an unconstitutional taking of property without just compensation by virtue of application of zoning laws and ordinances. Defense of Administrative Appeals to Common Pleas Courts regarding zoning and permit related issues.

Lead defense counsel in a number of class action and collective action matters including FACTA, FLSA, and municipal sewer defect litigation.

Defense of Employers – (private and public entities) in claims asserted by former or current employees alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act , Family Medical Leave Act and Ohio Civil Rights Act.

Representation of civil defendants in federal and state courts throughout Ohio; lead counsel trial experience in both state and federal courts.

Personally handled and argued hundreds of state court appeals, including appeals in the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Districts and Ohio Supreme Court. Two 7-0 victories in Ohio Supreme Court, out of approximately 9 arguments, making new law in both.

Lead counsel and argued over 100 public entity Sixth Circuit appeals, including several successful qualified immunity appeals on behalf of public officials. Defended successfully against a number of petitions for writs of certiorari.

Location

  • 100 Franklin's Row
    34305 Solon Road
    Cleveland, OH 44139

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University , J.D., graduated 1983
  • John Carroll University, BS, graduated 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, Ohio State Bar Association

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Civil Rights Law

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

  • Civil Rights Law, Cleveland (2014)

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

  • Civil Rights Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • 2014 Best Lawyer of the Year for Civil Rights
  • 2014, 2013 & 2012 Best Lawyers Selection - Civil Rights
  • A.V. Preeminent Rated Attorney - Martindale Hubbell

Rhodes Vs. City of New Philadelphia

Significant because it made new law in Ohio in defining who is an aggrieved party under the public records act. Helped cause the legislature to change the statute.

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