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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.

Areas of Practice:


“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.’”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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


  • 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:

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
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2004 – 2020)
    • 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 – 2020)
    • Ohio Super Lawyers: Top 100 in Ohio (2007 – 2020)
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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)


  • Cleveland Racquet Club, Tennis Chair (2007 – 2009)
  • Cleveland Racquet Club, Board of Trustees (2007 – 2009)
  • Suburban Temple Kol-Ami, Board of Trustees (1987 – 1989)