David M. Paris

David M. Paris

Managing Partner

David M. Paris

Partner Contact Info:

Phone: (216) 694-5206
Email: dparis@nphm.com

Case Manager Contact Information:

Larae Cyrulik
Phone: (216) 694-5239
Email: lcyrulik@nphm.com
Fax: (216) 771-2242

Registered Nurse Paralegal Contact Information:

Victoria Leath, RN, BSN
Phone: (216) 694-5207
Email: vleath@nphm.com

Areas of Practice

Car Accidents
Class Action Lawsuits
Construction Accidents
Consumer Law
Employer Intentional Tort
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Mass Transit & Railroad Accident
Truck Accidents
Wrongful Death
Toxic Tort

David M. Paris

Managing Partner

David M. Paris, managing partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, started with the firm as a law clerk while attending the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Over the past 40 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 in excess of 50 seven-figure and eight-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than $250 million in total recoveries.

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).

David has developed an expertise in and has successfully litigated cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries, which have occurred in a variety of circumstances including defective products, medical negligence, construction sites, workplace activities, and trucking accidents.

David and his wife of 36 years currently live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He’s proud of the close relationships he has with his two daughters—one is an Events Director in Manhattan’s fashion industry, and the other is a partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy. Out of the office, David and his wife enjoy skiing, traveling, and cruising on his motorcycle.

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.

Learn from your mistakes.

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Testimonials

  • “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 proceedings 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

  • “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, President, Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., LPA

  • “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.”

    Former 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, Opposing Counsel

  • “David is an excellent attorney. He knows what to do and how to do. Perhaps most importantly, he is a professional.”

    Ken, Attorney, Reminger Co. LPA

  • “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

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Experience

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1978
  • California, 1978 (Inactive)
  • S District Court, Northern District of California, 1978
  • S District Court, Northern & Southern District of Ohio, 1978
  • S Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1981
  • United State Supreme Court, 1998
  • S. District Court, Central District of California, 2000

Education

  • Undergraduate:
    ⁃ Ohio State University, August 1974 – BA in Sociology
  • Graduate
    ⁃ Cleveland-Marshall College in Law, December 1977 – J.D.

Notable Reported Decisions:

  • Baughman State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 381 (2000) – Established important criteria for certification of a consumer class action.
  • Holeton 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 Milford Towing, Inc., U.S. App LEXIS 18897 (2012) – Affirmed a jury verdict and pre-judgement interest for our client who lost a leg in a tow truck misadventure.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • California Bar Association, 1978-present
  • American Association for Justice, 1982-present
  • Ohio State Bar Association (1980-present)
  • Ohio Association for Justice (1980-present)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Life Member, 1984-present
  • Crane and Electrical Injury Litigation Group, 1991-1998
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA), President, 2001-2002
  • Baycol Litigation Group, 2001-2003
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2002-present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, State Chair, 2006-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Judicial Task Force, 2009-2012
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law School: Board of Visitors, 2010-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association: Judicial Selection Committee, 2011-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation: Board of Trustees, 2013-2017
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Ohio Chapter Trustee, 2014-present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation:
  • ⁃ Executive Committee (2014-present)
  • ⁃ Chair of New Fellows (2013-2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Ohio Eighth Appellate Judicial Conference, Life Member

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
Honors
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2004 – 2021)
    • Ohio Super Lawyers: Top 5 in Cleveland, Ohio (2013)
    • Ohio Super Lawyers: Top 10 in Ohio (2013)
    • Ohio Super Lawyers: Top 50 in Cleveland, Ohio (2007 – 2009, 2012 – Present)
    • Ohio Super Lawyers: Top 100 in Ohio (2007 – Present)
  • ORT Jurisprudence Award (2018)
  • “Lawyer of The Year” for Cleveland Metro Region in the Area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers (2017)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Hall of Fame Inductee (2017)
  • “Lawyer of The Year” for Cleveland Metro Region in the Area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers (2015)
  • Cleveland State University Scholarship Luncheon, Speaker (2014)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni of the Year (2011)
  • Cleveland State University Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)
  • CATA’s Distinguished Service Award (2009)
  • Best Lawyers Since 2008 for Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100
Speaking Engagement & Publications
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (CMBA Journal, 2016)
  • Trends in Medical Malpractice (CMBA, 2015)
  • Trial Advocacy Program CMBA NTA (2005 – 2015)
  • ADA: Sudden Emergency & Negligent Retention (OAJ, 2014)
  • Adrenaline Fuels His Legal Work, Attorney Spotlight (Cleveland Jewish News, 2014)
  • Speaking Objections at Depositions (CATA, 2013)
  • Trial Advocacy Institute (Cleveland-Marshall College, Instructor, 1990 – 2013)
  • Trucking Litigation (Lorain County Bar Association, 2011)
  • The Negligent Hiring/Retention Case (Lorain County Bar Association, 2010)
  • The Digital Trial Lawyers (Akron Bar Association, 2002)
  • The Constitutionality of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Statute (CATA, 2001)
  • Preparing and Trying the Auto Case (Professional Systems, Inc., 1989, 1994)
  • Insurance Litigation in Ohio (NBI, 1993)
  • The Supplemental Action (OAJ, 1990)
  • Blogs by David. M. Paris
Leadership & Community

Leadership

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Trustee (1982-1983)
  • Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, “City of New Orleans” Amtrak Crash (1999-2004)
  • Ohio Eight Appellate Judicial Conference, General Litigation Committee (2001)
  • Certified Grievance Committee, Cuyahoga County Bar Association (2002-2008)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Board of Visitors (2009-Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Excellence Task Force (2010-2014)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee (2011-Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation: Trustee (2013-Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation: Chair New Fellows Committee (2014-Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation: Vice President of Endowment (2014-2015)
  • Plaintiff’s Executive Committee, “U.H. IVF” Litigation (2018)

Community

  • Cleveland Racquet Club, Tennis Chair (2007 – 2009)
  • Cleveland Racquet Club, Board of Trustees (2007 – 2009)
  • Suburban Temple Kol-Ami, Board of Trustees (1987 – 1989)
Verdicts & Settlements
  • Our client lost his son in a motor accident and attempted to stack his uninsured motorist coverage (U coverage) from State Farm on all five of his household coverage policies, but State Farm prevented this with a valid “anti-stacking” clause in their policy. Previously, a 1994 US Supreme court decision (Martin v. Midwestern) made it so continued purchase of U coverage provided no extra benefits to policyholders and essentially became coverage for “guests” who operated the policyholder’s car. Our client had not been informed by State Farm that the Martin case had changed his policy in this way. After 11 years and multiple appeals, State Farm agreed to a $31,000,000 settlement.
  • A 40-year-old refrigerator parts salesman was involved in a serious rear-end motor vehicle accident in Seneca County. Case settled for $9,750,000.
  • A woman was in a severe motor vehicle collision and sustained a head injury which caused brain damage that affected her speech, left arm, and left leg. Case settled for $6,300,000.
  • A woman pregnant with twins fell into a hole in a restaurant parking lot and sustained abdominal and leg injuries. Unfortunately, injuries caused one twin to die in an emergency C-section, and the second twin survived after birth with nine months spent at the hospital. Case settled for $5,000,000.
  • A 42-year-old mason was working on a construction site and fell from 25-foot roof sustaining spinal cord injuries causing him to be paralyzed from the chest down. This incident occurred because the foreman had not ensured sufficient guarding surrounding the elevated walkway across which the mason traversed. Case settled for $4,100,000.
  • A woman delivered her first child and developed postpartum uterine infection within 12 hours of delivery, and her signs and symptoms went unrecognized and untreated for 14 hours. She went into shock and passed. Case settled for $4,000,000.
  • A 61-year-old woman was struck by a car as she was crossing the street, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Case settled for $3,249,000.

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