Kathleen J. St. John brings more than 25 years of experience to Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy. A vital part of our legal team, Kathleen leads the appellate, research, and writing departments at our firm.

In 1982, Kathleen earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, graduating cum laude. After law school, she started her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Alvin I. Krenzler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

Kathleen serves as an officer of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA) and as editor of CATA News. For the years 2004-2006, 2009-2010, and 2012-2015 she was selected to Ohio Super Lawyers® for appellate law—an honor given to attorneys who have attained a high degree of achievement and peer recognition.

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.

Areas of Practice:

Online Profiles:

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


  • 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 and Awards:

  • CATA President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 2010-2011
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers® by Law & Politics Media
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Cleveland, 2015


  • “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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