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David M. Paris, managing partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, started with the firm in the mid 1970s when he served as a law clerk while attending the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He became a principal in 1988 and began taking on managerial responsibilities. He then became managing partner in 2002.

It was conversations with Jack McCarthy that helped David understand that law could play a role in the greater good. ‘Jack often spoke of the great disparities in wealth and education between our clients and the insurance companies and corporations who sat on the other side of the table. He articulated best the notion that we could affect social change, modify unsafe behavior and redistribute some of the wealth to those whose lives had become broken. That theme continues to resonate with me.

For more than 30 years, David has been a trial lawyer, successfully representing clients in a wide variety of complex injury and wrongful death cases, including: defective products, medical malpractice, construction accidents, employer intentional torts, and motor vehicle collisions. At Nurenberg Paris, he chairs the class action department and has resolved consumer class action suits against insurance companies on behalf of a class of 600,000 members and against auto dealerships on behalf of 75,000 class members. David is a board certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, who has recovered in excess of $180 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Many of the cases he has championed have had a direct impact on the rights of consumers in Ohio. Some of the more notable decisions have been Baughman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 481 (2000) (establishing important criteria for certification of a consumer class action) and Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co., 92 Ohio St. 3d 115 (2001) (our client was a companion case which declared Ohio’s workers’ compensation subrogation statute unconstitutional).

Personal Bio:

David lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife of nearly 30 years. He’s proud of the close relationships he has with his two daughters—one is a publicist in Manhattan’s fashion industry, and the other is an Associate Attorney at Nurenberg Paris. He and his wife are avid tennis players and skiers. They also enjoy cruising on his motorcycle. When David’s not spending time with his wife or reading up on new cases, he loves reading mystery novels and working in his yard. David lives by a few simple but effective mottos: prepare hard; play hard but fair; make good calls and don’t whine; be humble in victory; shake hands when you lose; and learn from your mistakes.

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Testimonials:

“Dear David, I want to express my appreciation for your accepting and resolving my case. You handled one of the most traumatic times in my life with kindness, integrity and professionalism. I am grateful for the settlement you obtained .”
– Client

“I was introduced to David Paris through a work associate. When we first met, I was very comfortable with the conversation and his frankness. During the long process relating to my case, David always kept me informed about how the proceeding were moving along. If I ever had any questions, David would either take my call right then or call me back as soon as he was available. David did not talk over my head and listened to me when I had concerns. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the specifics of my case and very honest in his dealings with me. I have come to think of David as more than my attorney. I also consider him a friend.”
-Client

“I wanted to say how fortunate we were to stumble across you. You have been the perfect person for me to talk to throughout this mess.”
-Client

“Mr. Paris was very professional. I appreciated his realistic approach to my case. He never misrepresented the challenges or potential of my case. Corinne Graycar was very helpful and very accommodating. They were an outstanding team!”
– Client

“David Paris and Corinne made the whole process very easy for me and truly fought on my behalf. I was incredibly impressed.”
– Client

“I LOVED Attorney Paris and his case manager, Corinne! She was very sweet and they both were helpful!”
-Client

“David and the team at Nurenberg Paris have guided me through this difficult to understand experience with class and humility. All my questions were answered in a timely manner. David made me feel as if I was his only client, which is not the case.”
– Client

“Mr. Paris was very compassionate and always made me feel safe after the accident when everything else felt out of control. Mr. Paris and his assistant were a steady spot to lean on and turn to. The outcome with the help of Mr. Paris was outstanding.”
– Client

“In every aspect of the engagement, David Paris provided the highest level of service that one could expect.”
-Client

“I was very pleased with how David handled my case. I appreciated his openness with me as we discussed the difficult parts of my case.”
-Client

“David fights for his clients and informs them of all options so that his clients not only understand the situation, but can be part of the ‘process.’”
-Client

“David is an excellent advocate and a true gentleman. I hold him in the highest regard for the way that he handled my case and me as a person.”
-Client

“I have known Mr. Paris for more than 30 years and each and every time I have had to deal with him, he has been outstanding in each and every way. He has been honest, fair, dependable, and most of all credible. I highly recommend him.”
– Personal Injury Client

“I endorse this lawyer. I have handled civil cases in virtually every state in the country. David is one of the best personal injury lawyers I have ever encountered. He is extraordinarily prepared at all times and thorough in all aspects. Unlike some lawyers, David’s word is “gold.” When he commits to doing something you can count on it being done. David clearly stands out amongst his peers.”
-Christopher Holecek, Opposing Counsel

“Over many years, David and his firm have zealously and professionally represented my family members and friends. He is compassionate to their situations, keeps them informed of the proceedings, and is always available to answer their questions along the way. In addition, he typically brings home great results. I highly recommend him.”
– Ronald Wayne, Attorney, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP

“David Paris is one of the most dynamic, high-powered litigators I have ever had the pleasure to work with in the courtroom. His attention to detail and command of the facts is without compare.”
-Pat Murphy, Vice President, Med Art & Legal Graphics Co.

“David and I were opposing counsel in a decade-long consumer class action with much at stake. David did a superb job on behalf of the class, and I found him to be a formidable adversary. He was honest and forthright, and despite being adversaries, he was always pleasant and highly professional. David is clearly at the top of the plaintiffs’ bar.”
-Mark Johnson, Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

“I have opposed David in numerous lawsuits, including two trials which I can recall, over nearly 30 years. David is a formidable adversary and a very good lawyer. He is a man of integrity, one I can trust. He is always professional in his dealings with me as defense counsel as well as with my clients. I recommend David Paris as a high quality lawyer for plaintiffs in personal injury matters.”
-Joe Pappalardo, Partner, Gallagher Sharp

“David is an excellent attorney. He knows what to do and how to do. Perhaps most importantly, he is a professional.”
-Ken Abbarno, Attorney, Reminger Co. LPA

“Dave is the best. A first rate person, a first rate trial lawyer, and the managing partner of a first rate firm. I am proud to have worked with Dave and his firm.”
-Jeffrey H. Friedman, President, Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., LPA

“David is rightfully considered to be in an elite group of trial attorneys in his respective areas of expertise, not only on a local basis but also regionally and nationally. This designation is well deserved given his astuteness, successes, professionalism and competence.”
-Jerome Weiss, Owner, Mediation Inc.

“Mr Paris is compassionate, caring, and very competent. I’m grateful that I was so well taken care of and because of his ability as a excellent attorney and due to his wonderful reputation, I was very well treated even by the opposing attorney. He took the stress out of this very trying experience.”
-Client

“David is a highly educated and trustworthy individual. He has represented my personal injury case and did a remarkable job. I felt comfortable the minute I met him and he comes with an excellent team that works beside him. My future and family has been protected beyond my expectations for the rest of my life. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome of the case and the fact of knowing this man.”
-Client

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Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1978
  • California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2000

Education:

  • Ohio State University, 1974
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1978

Notable Reported Decisions:

  • Baughman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 481 (2000) Established important criteria for certification of a consumer class action
  • Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co., 92 Ohio St. 3d 115 (2001) Our client’s case was the companion to the decision which declared Ohio’s workers’ compensation subrogation statute unconstitutional
  • Chapman v. Milford Towing, Inc, U.S. App LEXIS 18897 (2012) Affirmed a jury verdict and pre-judgment interest for our client who lost a leg in a tow truck misadventure

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Medical Legal Summit, “Medical Malpractice Trends”, Speaker, 2015
  • Trial Advocacy Institute, Cleveland-Marshall College, Instructor, 1990-present
  • Preparing and Trying The Auto Case (Professional Systems, Inc.), 1989, 1994
  • The Supplemental Action, Ohio Association for Justice, 1990
  • Insurance Litigation In Ohio, National Business Institute, 1993
  • The Constitutionality of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Subrogator Statute, CATA, 2001
  • The Digital Trial Lawyer, Akron Bar Association, 2002
  • Trial Advocacy Program for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2005-present
  • Preparation of the Plaintiff Maximizing Damages: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Lorain County Bar Association, 2007
  • The Negligent Hiring/Retention Case, CATA, 2009
  • Hiring and Retention of Drivers: Regulatory Overview of Safe Drivers, Trucking Negligence Seminar, Lorain County Bar Association, 2011
  • Speaking Objections at Depositions, CATA, 2013
  • ADA – Another Layer of Defense in the Sudden Emergency & Highway Retention Cases, Ohio Association for Justice, 2014

Recognition:

David was recently named the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Cleveland Metro region in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers®. He also received this “Lawyer Of The Year” honor in 2015.  In addition to Lawyer of the Year honors, David was also included in the 2017 Best Lawyers list. He has been included in Best Lawyers since 2008.

David is the past president of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and has lectured extensively in the area of trial practice. David was also selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership is available only by invitation to trial attorneys who have demonstrated excellent trial skills while maintaining the highest level of professionalism, integrity, honor, and courtesy. In addition, he was selected for inclusion in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers®by Law & Politics Media. Since 2007, he has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers.

David also was selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio. Selection for this association is extended to civil plaintiff attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the trial lawyer community.

In 2006, he was invited to become a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), which is widely considered the most exclusive trial lawyers group in the world. Membership is limited to 500 from the United States and is based on superior skill and recognized ability in trial services, promotion of the best interests of the legal profession and the highest standards and techniques of advocacy, and excellent character and absolute integrity.

Appointments:

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Trustee, 1982-1983
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Vice Chair-New Fellows Committee, 2013-present
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, City of New Orleans Amtrak Crash, 1999-2004
  • Ohio Eighth Appellate Judicial Conference, General Litigation Committee, 2001
  • Certified Grievance Committee, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2002-2008
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Visiting Committee, 2009-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Excellence Task Force, 2010-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, 2010-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Trustee, 2013-present

Honors and Awards

  • Named 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Cleveland Metropolitan region in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers®
  • Selected for inclusion for 2016 Super Lawyers (Celebrating 10th year)
  • Named 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Cleveland Metropolitan region in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers®
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2008-2017 Best Lawyers®
  • CATA Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • Cleveland State University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni of the Year, 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2005-2014 Ohio Super Lawyers® by Law & Politics Media
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007-2014 Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Media
  • Selected for inclusion in 2007-2009 and 2012-2014 Top 50 Ohio Super Lawyers in Cleveland by Law & Politics Media
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013 Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013 Top 5 Cleveland area Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award recipient, 2013

David M. Paris is the managing partner of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy. Over the past 30 years he has appeared in more than 50 jury trials and has represented thousands of injured victims, as well as 700,000 consumers in class actions. He has achieved an excess of 40 seven-figure and eight-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than $200 million in total recoveries.

Mr. Paris has developed an expertise in cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. He has successfully litigated cases including defective products, medical negligence, construction sites, workplace activities and trucking accidents.

Medical Malpractice 

  • Multiple cases involving misinterpreted pathology slides resulting in cervical and penile cancer and wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases involving misdiagnosis and/or failure to timely treat infections resulting in death and/or loss of limb.
  • Multiple cases involving negligent surgical techniques in removing bronchial carcinoid, pancreatic cysts, tonsils and abdominal myeloma resulting in wrongful death and/or brain damage.
  • Multiple cases involving the failure to diagnose lung cancer and breast cancer resulting in wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases involving the failure to diagnose and timely treat vascular injuries resulting in wrongful death and loss of limbs.
  • Failure to timely treat kidney malformations observed in utero resulting in renal failure.
  • Negligent calibration of Lasik device resulting in blindness.
  • Failure to maintain mean arterial pressures at safe levels during extended spinal surgery resulting in ischemic optic neuropathy.
  • Failure to monitor liver enzymes with new medication regimen resulting in liver failure and wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases involving the failure to diagnose and/or timely treat coronary artery disease and ascending aortic aneurysm resulting in wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases involving failure to diagnose and/or timely treat perioperative preclampsia resulting in maternal stroke and wrongful death.
  • Failure to diagnose and/or timely treat prostate cancer resulting in wrongful death.
  • Failure to timely treat alcohol withdrawl symptoms in a hospital setting resulting in severe agitation and wrongful death.
  • Failure to diagnose and timely treat a post surgical spinal hematoma resulting in paraplegia.
  • Failure to diagnose and timely treat elevated bilirubin levels in a neonate resulting in brain damage caused by kernicterus.

Worksite Injury

  • Electrocutions due to crane contact with overhead transmission lines resulting in extensive burns and amputations.
  • Electrocution due to negligently grounded utility pole guide wire resulting in extensive burns and amputations.
  • Electrocution due to improperly maintained factory wiring resulting in brain damage.
  • Electrocution due to utility company’s improper communication techniques during switching operation resulting in wrongful death.
  • Winch failure in mining operation resulting in bilateral hand amputations.
  • Improper communication techniques in foundry resulting in crane dropping hot molds onto worker causing extensive burns and fractures.
  • Failure to bleed the nitrogen from an accumulator cylinder from the tag axle of a cement mixer and/or warn of same prior to repair resulting in explosion and wrongful death.
  • Failure of backing truck driver on construction site to keep flagger in sight resulting in wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases involving failure to require tie off and/or guarding on elevated construction sites resulting in falls, wrongful death and quadriplegia.
  • Improper communication techniques in surveying operations at railroad site resulting in wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases of improper brake maintenance on construction equipment resulting in brain damage and loss of limb.
  • Improper blocking device furnished on press resulting in loss of hand.
  • Improper flagging and communication techniques resulting in crush injury to
    flagger and wrongful death.

Premises Liability

  • Negligent security operations in hospital parking garage resulting in assault causing
    severe physical and psychological injuries.
  • Negligent maintenance of parking lot resulting in pregnant client’s fall, premature delivery, loss of twin A and severe and disabling injuries to twin B.
  • Negligent safety practices during tarping of garbage hauling trucks resulting in fall
    and disabling injuries.
  • Negligent creation and maintenance of aisle displays in store resulting in customer
    fall and wrongful death.
  • Landlord negligently maintains apartment balcony resulting in collapse causing
    severe injuries to multiple tenants.

Product Liability

  • Multiple cases involving injuries caused by punch presses and related “safety equipment” resulting in loss of limbs.
  • Multiple cases involving design and manufacturing defects in plastic pneumatic wheels fitted on snowblowers which explode during inflation.
  • Design of personal detection system in robotic pouring system in foundry which caused molten metal to be poured on visitor resulting in extensive burns and wrongful death.
  • Design and manufacture of dump truck which failed to incorporate safety strut to prevent inadvertent descent of truck bed onto owner resulting in wrongful death.

Brain Injury

  • Construction supervisor struck in head by dropped pipe resulting in subarachnoid hemorrhage and disabling cognitive deficits.
  • Landscaper struck head on pavement after being thrown from a malfunctioning concrete buggy resulting in subarachnoid hemorrhage and disabling cognitive deficits.
  • Nurse run off the road into a tree resulting in extensive brain injuries affecting cognition, gait and speech.
  • Head-on collision resulting in closed head injury and cognitive deficits.
  • Multiple cases involving electrical shock with 220V resulting in cognitive deficits.
  • Pedestrian struck by tractor trailer resulting in subarachnoid hemorrhage and disabling cognitive deficits.
  • T-bone collision resulting in closed head injury and disabling cognitive
    impairments.

Trucking Accident

  • Truck driver fails to maintain safe distances resulting in collision causing severe spinal injuries.
  • Semi tractor trailer negligently proceeds across railroad crossing resulting in collision with train, derailment and multiple injuries and wrongful death.
  • Trucking company negligently hires and retains driver with mental illness manifested by fatigue and hallucinations and resulting in crash causing catastrophic injuries.
  • Trucking company negligently hires incompetent driver who loses flagger in mirrors during backing operation resulting in wrongful death.
  • Trucking company negligently hires and retains incompetent driver who is unable to stop for red light due to overloaded dump truck and improperly maintained brakes resulting in collision and wrongful death.
  • Multiple cases involving truck drivers suffering fatigue and traveling left of center resulting in collisions and disabling injuries.
  • Multiple cases involving trucking company negligent maintenance of wheels which become detached and strike cars causing severe and permanent injuries.
  • Heavy equipment tow truck driver negligently lifts tractor while driver in cab causing him to fall into moving traffic and suffer above knee amputation.
  • Tow truck operator negligently winches car stuck in snow while customer attempts to exit car causing severe injuries.

*Not all cases have full descriptions due to confidentiality.