In The News

When appropriate, our clients and their cases have been covered by prominent media around the country, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, Good Morning America, the Associated Press, NPR, and dozen of states and local outlets.

Fatal police shooting of Donovan Lewis

We represent the family of Donovan Lewis, who was killed by police officers in Columbus, Ohio in late August 2022. Donovan was an unarmed, 20-year-old Black man. Police entered his home in the middle of the night, opened his bedroom door, and shot him in his bed less than one second later.

Moss v. Penn State

Penn State fencing head coach placed on administrative leave amid controversy, lawsuit

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Estate of Stone Foltz v. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

We represent the Foltz family, who tragically lost their son Stone following a hazing ritual at Bowling Green State University in March 2021. The family has sued the fraternity and scores of individuals who were involved with the Big/Little hazing ritual that led to Stone’s death.

Dion Green v. KCI USA

We represent five families that lost loved ones in the 2019 Oregon District mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The shooter was able to kill and injure so many people in about 30 seconds by using a 100-round magazine. The families have sued the company that made and distributed the magazine.

James Stewart v. Ross County Jail

Our client James Stewart was severely injured at the Ross County Jail when an officer slammed him to the ground, breaking his neck. The case settled favorably for Mr. Stewart.

Attorney for man slammed to jail floor says he may have some permanent injuries

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Family wants answers after video shows deputy slamming man to the Ross County Jail floor

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Nearly $300,000 claim paid to man seriously hurt in a Ross county jail take down

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Family of man injured in Ross County jail takedown disappointed in disciplinary decision

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Virginia LeFever’s wrongful conviction

Ginny LeFever spent over two decades in prison for a crime she did not commit. She was freed after evidence of fabrication by the government’s key witness, a forensic toxicologist. We represent Ginny in her long fight for wrongful conviction compensation, won her case at the trial court, and are now protecting that victory against the state’s appeal.

Virginia LeFever seeks justice after a dropped murder conviction and 20 years in prison

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Free After 20 Years, Woman Sues Ohio

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Estate of Collin Wiant v. Sigma Pi Fraternity

We represent the Wiant family, who lost their son in a fraternity hazing ritual at Ohio University in November 2018. Collin was subjected to horrific hazing from day one that culminated in his death after the forced ingestion of nitrous oxide.

Estate of Bryan Galliher v. Cabela’s

We represented the family of Bryan Galliher, a 21-year-old murdered in 2016. The family sued Cabela’s for illegally selling the black powder gun that killed Bryan. The lawsuit resulted in a seven-figure settlement and led Cabela’s (and its parent company Bass Pro) to institute new policies preventing sales of black powder guns to violent felons, and to stop selling black powder guns online and by phone.

A major retailer used to sell muskets online. It stopped after a shooting death in Ohio

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Murder victim's family suing Cabela's, Bass Pro Shop for selling antique replica gun to felon

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Family of slain Ohio man sues retailer that sold killer gun

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Cabela's Sued Over Sale Of Murder Weapon To Felon

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Family of Slain Ohio Man Settles Lawsuit with Cabela’s for Selling Gun to Prohibited Purchaser

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Jenny Reach’s and Bobby Aldridge’s wrongful convictions

In the 1980s, Jenny Reach and Bobby Aldridge were wrongfully convicted of alleged abuse crimes. Their convictions were overturned a decade later after it was discovered that the government concealed evidence that helped show their innocence. After Ohio reformed its wrongful conviction compensation law in 2019, we helped Jenny and Bobby in their lawsuit, and the state ultimately stipulated that the two were wrongfully imprisoned.

Wrongfully convicted Huber Heights man and woman to split $1.9 million

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Keziah Lewis (Ohio State Fair fireball ride malfunction)

When a high-intensity ride failed at the Ohio State Fair in 2017, Keziah Lewis was among the folks severely injured. We represent Keziah in her ongoing effort to hold the people responsible accountable.

New discoveries as teams prepare to tear down Fire Ball

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Reflecting on Fire Ball

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Ohio State Fair crash: Why state inspectors won't pay for death on Fire Ball ride

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Lawyers for Ohio State Fair accident victim ready for lawsuit

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Civil lawsuit in queue for State Fair ride malfunction

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Tyler Perino v. Joshua Plaster

We represent Tyler Perino, who rushed Delta Tau Delta in the Spring of 2019 at Miami University. Shortly after beginning the rush process, Tyler and the other pledges were hazed, which culminated in a Big/Little hazing ritual that involved being beaten with a paddle and forced drug and alcohol ingestion.

Attorney for former Miami University student files civil lawsuit in hazing case

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Former Miami student sues three former fraternity brothers over hazing incident

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After hazing put him in the hospital, Tyler Perino vows to use his voice for change

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Opinion: Fraternities, sororities that do not fight 'senseless' hazing rituals should permanently and immediately close doors in Ohio

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Delts hazing survivor testifies in front of Ohio Senate

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Burk v. City of Columbus

When it comes to excessive force by police, even other law enforcement agents can be targets. Jim Burk, a federal agent, is pursuing civil rights claims against the Columbus Police Department.

ATF agent accuses Columbus police officers of excessive force

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Patrick Baker’s wrongful conviction

Patrick Baker was wrongfully convicted of a robbery based on the actions of a disgraced former Sandusky County Sheriff’s Deputy. Patrick’s conviction was overturned. After that deputy went to prison for his own crimes, we sought compensation for Patrick, and the state ultimately agreed he was wrongfully imprisoned.

O'Connell victim wins his lawsuit

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Warren Yamarick v. Liberty Township

We represented a township medical director who spoke out against a plan that would have disrupted the township’s EMS services and threatened residents’ safety. When two township trustees behind the plan retaliated against the medical director, we filed a federal lawsuit against them and obtained an order finding that the trustees had violated the medical director’s First Amendment rights.

Liberty Township in Delaware County settles free speech lawsuit for $99,000

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Jason Hick v. Abbeyhill Realty and Management

Jason Hick worked for a property management group. The company’s owner told Jason to rent their apartment units only to white people, and also to evict current tenants based on their race. After Jason refused and spoke out about this discriminatory conduct, he was fired.

Whistleblower records boss accused of racist remarks

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On Your Side: Landlord recorded using racial slurs

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Pilot Flying J Rebate Fraud

We represented several trucking companies against Pilot Flying J, one of the 10 biggest private companies in the United States. Pilot Flying J had perpetrated a massive nationwide fraud, and many high-level executives pled guilty to fraud. During the lawsuit, we forced Pilot’s CEO, Jimmy Haslam, to give sworn testimony about his knowledge of the scheme. The case resolved favorably for all of our clients.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam questioned under oath over Pilot Flying J alleged fuel rebate fraud

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Jimmy Haslam deposed

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Jimmy Haslam deposition kept under wraps

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Jimmy Haslam answers questions in lawsuit deposition

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William Harris v. City of Circleville

William Harris was taken to the Circleville jail after he was pulled over for a traffic violation. At the jail, while William’s hands were cuffed behind him, three white officers brutally took him to the ground without justification. They injured William’s spinal cord in the process and then dragged him by his feet to a cell where they left him on the floor. One of the officers returned to the cell a few hours later and kicked William in the ribs, saying “Looks like we got us a broke n*****.” We sued the City of Circleville and the officers, and obtained a settlement of nearly $3 million.

No Qualified Immunity for Excessive Force at Ohio Jail

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Michael and Lacey Faieta v. World Harvest Church

After the Faietas noticed linear marks on their 3-year-old son’s rear end when they picked him up from daycare, they were concerned that he may have been beaten or otherwise abused. They went to the school the following day to speak with teachers, but received no answers and later received a letter from the school (which was operated by a large church) informing them they’d be arrested for trespass if they returned. We filed a lawsuit on their behalf and proved that their son had in fact been beaten, by a parent volunteer who the church never should have allowed to oversee the children. We obtained a jury verdict against the abuser and the church of approximately $6 million.

Mopaz Diamonds v. Hyatt Regency

When the owner of Mopaz Diamonds came to Columbus to attend an international jewelry and gemstone convention, he checked into a local hotel and placed nearly $1 million worth of diamonds and jewelry in three of the hotel’s safe deposit boxes. The next morning, he went to retrieve the items and discovered that jewel thieves had looted his three boxes and more than a dozen others used by other convention attendees. We sued the hotel, even though Ohio law generally limits a hotel’s liability to $500 under such circumstances and even though other victims that had suffered millions of dollars in losses had sued the hotel and had been limited to $500. After developing a creative legal theory to get past the Ohio statute, we recovered the full amount of our client’s losses.

Dealer sues in connection with Hyatt diamond heist

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