Ohio Super Lawyers 2010

by Staff | January 31st, 2010

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Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy (NPHM) has served the needs of catastrophically injured clients in Ohio since 1928, and for the last 20 years throughout the United States. The Cleveland law firm is known for its success in cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, defective products, airplane crashes, railroad crossing collisions, unfair business practices, insurance and class action litigation.

The attorneys at NPHM pride themselves on their knowledge of the law, trial techniques and strategies, and the ability to attain positive outcomes in the appellate courts. Nurenberg, Paris is proud, too, of its team philosophy, in which each member of its staff—from lawyers to paralegals, legal assistants and administrative staff—plays an important role in client satisfaction.

“We are proud of having an 80-year legacy that has helped restore a measure of justice and dignity for hundreds of thousands of people,” says firm president David M. Paris. ”We care deeply about our clients and will continue to go beyond what is expected to achieve the results they deserve.”

This philosophy is borne out by the firm’s long record of multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts throughout Ohio and across the nation, in class actions, construction accidents, aviation disasters and medical malpractice cases.

Attorneys at NPHM have been recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars each year since the nominations began. For 2010, the firm’s Super Lawyers nominees are Paris, Jamie R. Lebovitz, Thomas Mester, William S. Jacobson, Kathleen J. St. John and Jeffrey Leikin, who are named in the general personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation, appellate and transportation categories. Paris has also been nominated to the Top 100 lists for 2007 through 2010.

David M. Paris practices in complex injury and wrongful death caused by medical malpractice, defective products and motor vehicle accidents. He has also been lead counsel on class actions involving unfair business practices and toxic waste spills. He is certified by NBTA as a civil trial specialist, chairs the firm’s class action department and is a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is also a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been included in The Best Lawyers In America® since 2008. In 2009, he won a multimillion-dollar verdict in Cincinnati along with several multimillion-dollar settlements around the state.

Jamie R. Lebovitz, vice president, has distinguished himself as one of the country’s leading attorneys in the representation of victims of airplane crashes and other transportation disasters. He has achieved jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $300 million in state and federal court cases that are complex and often high-profile. Lebovitz is among a select few attorneys in the United States who have been regularly appointed by courts to serve on steering committees in aviation and railroad disaster cases.

Tom Mester focuses on workplace injuries and products liability cases. He also has a special interest in obstetrical medical malpractice cases.

William S. Jacobson litigates matters involving medical malpractice and has a special interest in obstetrical negligence cases. He has obtained several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Ohio. He frequently lectures across the state on medical negligence and trial tactics.

Kathleen J. St. John chairs the firm’s appellate department, which handles appeals and briefing in class actions and other complex matters. She has handled numerous appeals in state and federal court, participated in amicus curiae briefing and lectured across the state on issues of tort, constitutional and insurance law.

Jeffrey Leikin litigates cases involving construction and motor vehicle accidents. He recently earned a multimillion-dollar settlement in an obstetrical negligence case.