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Kathleen J. St. John

Kathleen J. St. John

Partner

Kathleen J. St. John

Partner Contact Info:

Phone: (216) 694-5246
Email: kstjohn@nphm.com

Case Manager Contact Information:

Lillian Rudiy
Phone: (216) 694-5446
Email: lrudiy@nphm.com

Areas of Practice

Kathleen J. St. John

Partner

Kathleen J. St. John brings more than 30 years’ experience to Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy. A vital part of our legal team, Kathleen is the head of the firm’s Appellate Department; and has been a partner of this firm since 2001. Focusing her practice on Appellate Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice Law, Class Actions, and Complex Tort Litigation.

“In working on any case, I focus on three things: the quality of the briefing, the integrity of the legal arguments, and a successful recovery for our clients.”

In 1982, Kathleen earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, graduating cum laude. After law school, she was a former Judicial Law Clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Judge Alvin I. Krenzler.

For the past 15 years, Kathleen has been selected to Ohio Super Lawyers for Appellate Law. She has also been selected to U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, in the area of Personal Injury since 2017.

Kathleen is a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA). She was instrumental in the revival of the CATA News magazine, a biannual scholarly and informational legal publication, and has been its Editor-in-Chief of the CATA News for the past ten years. Kathleen has written numerous articles for legal publications, including the CATA News, Ohio Trial, and the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) Quarterly. Also has been a frequent lecturer and panel member, including for The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, the OAJ, and The Judicial Conference of the Eight Judicial District.

Taking particular interest in the academic success of young adults, she has acted as a volunteer judge for the Ohio High School Mock Trial program sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. She also has volunteered in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program teaching constitutional law to tenth grade students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Kathleen was formerly a volunteer instructor in both adult literacy and English as a second language (ESL) programs sponsored by Project Learn.

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Experience

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2009

Education:

  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, B.A., 1979, summa cum laude
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1982, cum laude

Notable Reported Decisions:

  • Jones v. Del. City Sch. Dist. Bd. of Educ., 2014-Ohio-566, 995 N.E.2d 1252
  • Baughman v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 160 Ohio App.3d 642, 2005-Ohio-1998
  • Baughman v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 88 Ohio St.3d 480, 2000
  • Beck v. Alaska Air Group, 2002 U.S. Dist. Lexis 10017 (N.D. Cal, May 24, 2002)
  • Burris v. Lerner, 139 Ohio App.3d 664 (2000)
  • Ferrando v. Auto-Owners Mutual, 98 Ohio St.3d 186 (2002)
  • Gallagher v. Cleveland Browns Football Co., 79 Ohio St.3d 427 (1996)
  • Harp v. City of Cleveland Heights, 87 Ohio St.3d 506 (2000)
  • Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co.(amicus curiae), 92 Ohio St.3d 115 (2001)
  • In re: Air Crash off Point Mugu, 145 Fed. Sup.2d 1156 (N.D. Cal 2001)
  • Kerg v. Atl. Tool & Die Co., 176 Ohio App.3d, 2008-Ohio-2364
  • Minton v. Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., (amicus curiae), 80 Ohio St.3d 62 (1997)
  • Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Med. Ctr. (amicus curiae), 69 Ohio St.3d 638 (1994)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Teaching Experience

  • Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial College, Speaker, “Civil Rule 12(B) Defenses and Objections — How Presented, 2014
  • Case Law Update: Recent Ohio Supreme Court Cases Relevant to Personal Injury Practice, Lorain County Bar Association, 2009
  • Constitutional Challenges in Your Personal Injury Practice, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2001
  • Destroying Subrogation Rights Without the UM/UIM Carrier’s Consent, Auto Insurance Seminar, Ohio Association for Justice, 2002
  • Jurisdiction, Venue, and Associated Internet Issues in Municipal and County Courts, The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, 2011
  • Stare Decisis, Insurance Law Seminar, Ohio Association of Justice, 2003
  • Tort Reform, Panel Discussion Co-Chairperson, The Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, 2007
  • What is the Status of Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Ohio?, 45th Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention, 2002

Speaking Experience

  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys: Coordinated lunch seminars, 2013 & 2014
  • “Perspective of Personal Injury Practice”, Case Western Reserve University, Speaker, 2014
  • “Judgement Day and the Civil Rules”, Presentation on Civ. R. 12 (B) for Judges and Magistrates, Ohio Judicial College, 2014
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015 Litigation Institute, Moderator, 2015
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015 Awards Dinner, Moderator, 2015
Honors
  • CATA President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 2010-2011
  • CATA President’s Award for Outstanding Service (2017)
  • Super Lawyers Inclusion (Appellate Practice, 2004-2006, 2009-Present)
  • Best Lawyers® Inclusion (2015-Present)
Publications

Publications:

  • “Expect the Worst: Planning For And Securing An Award Of Prejudgement Interest Under R.C. 1343.03(C)”, Spring 2018
  • “Unborn Child’s Lack of Informed Consent Claim Recognized By Eighth District”, Winter 2017-2018
  • “What’s Hiding In Your Complaint? An Appellate-Jurisdiction Decision To Be Aware Of”, Spring 2017
  • “President’s Message: This Is Not A Lottery You’d Want To Win”, Spring 2016
  • “President’s Message: Five Words That Define Us”, CATA News, Winter 2015-2016
  • “Defeating Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements: Are You Overlooking Your Best Argument?”, CATA News, Winter 2015-2016
  • “Proving a Negative: What Evidence is Sufficient to Hold a Supplier Liable ‘As if it Were the Manufacturer’ Under R.C. 2307.78(B)(1)?”, CATA News, Winter 2014-2015
  • “Mired in Obstructionism: One Judge’s Creative Sanction for Witness Coaching During Depositions,” CATA News, Winter 2014-2015
  • “Medical Authorizations and Your Client’s Right to Privacy,” CATA News, Winter 2010-2011.
  • “Personal Jurisdiction over the Foreign Defendant: Brown, Nicastro, and the Internet,” CATA News, Winter 2011-2012.
  • “S.B. 227: Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Rights,” 14, Ohio Trial, Issue 1, Spring 2004.
  • “What Lies Beneath: Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in the Wake of Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co.,” 12, Ohio Trial Magazine, 2001.
  • “Keeping Out Criminal History Evidence In Personal Injury Cases,” CATA News, Winter 2012 – 2013.
  • “The Havel Anomaly,” CATA News, Spring 2012.
  • “Medical Authorizations and Your Client’s Right to Privacy,” CATA News, Winter 2010-2011.

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Leadership

2014

  • CATA: Vice President (June 2014 – June 2015)
  • Editor in Chief, CATA Newsletter (2010 – Present)

2015

  • CATA: President (2015-2016)
  • Editor-in-Chief, CATA Newsletter (2010 – Present)
Lecture Series

2014

  • CATA: Coordinated lunch seminars (2013 & 2014)
  • CWRU: Perspective of Personal Injury Practice (April 2014)
  • Ohio Judicial College: “Judgement Day and the Civil Rules” – Presentation on Civ. R. 12 (B) for Judges and Magistrates (June 2014)

2015

  • CATA: 2015 Litigation Institute – Moderator
  • CATA: 2015 Awards Dinner – Moderator
Articles & Blogs

2014

  • CATA News: “Facebook Discovery: A Cautionary Tale” (Winter 2013-2014)
  • CATA News: “Recent Ohio Appellate Decisions” (Winter 2013-2014)
  • CATA News: “Recent Ohio Supreme Court Decisions” (Winter 2013-2014)
  • CATA News: “Recent Ohio Appellate Decisions” (Spring 2014)

2015

  • CATA News: “Mired in Obstructionism: One Judge’s Creative Sanction for Witness Coaching During Depositions, (Winter 2014-2015)
  • CATA News: “Proving a Negative: What Evidence is Sufficient to Hold a Supplier Liable as if it Were the Manufacturer Under R.C. 2307.78(B)(1)?, (Winter 2014-2015)

2016

  • CATA News: “Defeating Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements: Are You Overlooking Your Best Argument?” (Winter 2015-2016)
  • CATA News: “President’s Message: Five Words That Define Us.”, (Winter 2015-2016)
  • CATA News: “President’s Message: This Is Not a Lottery You’d Want to Win”, (Spring, 2016)

2017

  • CATA News: “What’s Hiding in Your Complaint? An Appellate-Jurisdiction Decision to Be Aware Of”, (Spring 2017)
  • CATA News: “Unborn Child’s Lack of Informed Consent Claim Recognized By Eighth District”, (Winter 2017-2018)
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