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.
Madison Sparks v. South-Western City School District, et al.
South-Western schools accused of not protecting former student from teacher's sexual abuseRead Story
Young boy's severe injury at an improperly maintained restroom in Shelby
Youngster's severe injury at Seltzer Park prompts civil lawsuitRead Story
Fatal assault of Gregory Coleman, Jr. by Columbus security guards
In September 2022, two assailants savagely beat 37-year-old Gregory Coleman to death in front of the bar Julep in the Short North area of Columbus, Ohio. As it turns out, the assailants worked security for Julep and a stable of related bars. On behalf of the Coleman family, we have filed a lawsuit against Julep to hold it accountable for its role in Greg’s tragic death.
Family of man killed in sucker-punch assault in Short North sues accused security guards, barsRead Story
Gregory Coleman family files wrongful death lawsuitRead Story
‘Savage’ Short North beating sees family sue bars for wrongful deathRead Story
The Family of Eric Cole vs. Springfield Police Department, et al.
We represent the family of Eric Cole, who was hit and killed by a Springfield Police Department cruiser last June 2021.
Family of man fatally hit by police cruiser announces lawsuitRead Story
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.
Family of man fatally shot by a Columbus police officer files a civil complaint after his August deathRead Story
Family of slain Donovan Lewis to hold press conference today in wake of Tyre Nichols' deathRead Story
Mother of Donovan Lewis speaks out following video release of Tyre Nichols' deathRead Story
Body camera video shows a Columbus, Ohio, police officer fatally shooting an unarmed 20-year-old Black man in bedRead Story
Lawyer for Black man killed in bed by Ohio police says officers treated him like an 'animal'Read Story
Mother of Black man killed by Columbus police speaks out for 1st time after her son's deathRead Story
Family attorney says ‘entirely reckless behavior’ by police caused Donovan Lewis’ deathRead Story
Donovan Lewis: Family attorney laments 'barbaric' police killingsRead Story
Lawyer Rips ‘Barbaric Killing’ of Unarmed Black Man in ColumbusRead Story
Moss v. Penn State
Penn State fencing head coach placed on administrative leave amid controversy, lawsuitRead Story
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.
Family settles lawsuit over Stone Foltz's hazing death in "largest payout" by a public university in Ohio historyRead Story
Bowling Green Reaches $2.9 Million Settlement in Hazing DeathRead Story
Hazing suit at Bowling Green ends with nearly $3M settlementRead Story
Family of BGSU hazing victim reaches settlement with universityRead Story
Stone Foltz family, Bowling Green reach settlementRead Story
Family of Stone Foltz settles wrongful death lawsuit against BGSURead Story
Family settles lawsuit over Stone Foltz's hazing death; 'largest payout' by public university in state historyRead Story
Bowling Green State University settles with Stone Foltz's family in record hazing lawsuitRead Story
Final two Bowling Green fraternity brothers sentenced in Stone Foltz's hazing deathRead Story
2 Ohio fraternity members sentenced in hazing death of Bowling Green State University studentRead Story
2 Bowling Green State University fraternity members sentenced in hazing deathRead Story
2 ex-fraternity members get 6 weeks jail for hazing deathRead Story
Five of Stone Foltz's former Bowling Green State University fraternity brothers sentencedRead Story
Fraternity Brothers Acquitted on Most Serious Charges in Student’s DeathRead Story
Jury acquits two charged in Stone Foltz hazing death of most serious countsRead Story
2 Central Ohio men found not guilty of homicide, manslaughter in death of Stone FoltzRead Story
Former fraternity members await sentencing for hazing chargesRead Story
Jury finds BGSU students guilty of hazing Stone Foltz, not guilty of homicide, manslaughterRead Story
Two fraternity members charged in Stone Foltz hazing death acquitted of involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicideRead Story
Fraternity members found guilty of hazing, acquitted of more serious charges in death of Stone FoltzRead Story
Guilty verdicts in Stone Foltz hazing caseRead Story
Opinion: Fraternities, sororities that do not fight 'senseless' hazing rituals should permanently and immediately close doors in OhioRead Story
Stone Foltz's family files wrongful-death lawsuit against PIKE fraternity and its membersRead Story
Bowling Green fraternity pledge was "left alone on the couch to die" after alleged hazing, lawsuit claimsRead Story
Ohio Student's Alcohol-Related Hazing Death Ruled AccidentRead Story
Foltz family files wrongful death lawsuit against fraternity, individual suspectsRead Story
Family of Stone Foltz, BGSU student involved in alleged PIKE hazing, says his organs will be donatedRead Story
Ohio college student dies following alleged alcohol-related hazing incidentRead Story
Police Investigating Whether Fraternity Hazing Led to Death of Bowling Green StudentRead Story
Family of Bowling Green State University sophomore who died after alleged hazing incident sues fraternityRead Story
Ohio college student dies after alleged hazing incidentRead Story
Bowling Green State University sophomore dies after drinking at fraternity event, family attorney saysRead Story
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.
Families of Dayton shooting victims file suit against manufacturer of large-capacity magazinesRead Story
Mass shooting victims sue large capacity magazine makerRead Story
Lawsuit filed against 100-round magazine makerRead Story
Large-Capacity Gun Magazine Maker Faces Dayton Shooting LawsuitRead Story
Families of Dayton mass shooting victims discuss lawsuit against magazine manufacturerRead Story
Lawsuit filed in 2019 Ohio mass shootingRead Story
Families of Oregon District mass shooting victims to sue magazine makersRead Story
Families of Dayton shooting victims sue high-capacity ammo magazine manufacturerRead Story
How the Sandy Hook Families Showed That Gun Makers Aren't InvincibleRead Story
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 injuriesRead Story
Family wants answers after video shows deputy slamming man to the Ross County Jail floorRead Story
Nearly $300,000 claim paid to man seriously hurt in a Ross county jail take downRead Story
Family of man injured in Ross County jail takedown disappointed in disciplinary decisionRead Story
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 prisonRead Story
Free After 20 Years, Woman Sues OhioRead Story
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.
Family files lawsuit in death of fraternity pledge at Ohio UniversityRead Story
'Beaten with a belt, forced to take a cocktail of drugs including cocaine and Xanax then down a GALLON of alcohol in an hour': Parents of Ohio University student, 18, who died at a frat house tell of heinous hazing in new lawsuitRead Story
9 charged after alleged hazing death of Ohio University student from nitrous oxideRead Story
Nine people indicted in death of freshman at Ohio University off-campus fraternity houseRead Story
Parents blame death of Ohio University student on fraternity hazingRead Story
FOX News: OU hazingRead Story
Athens County Coroner releases final autopsy report in death of Ohio University studentRead Story
Lawsuit: Extensive hazing at fraternity caused death of Ohio University freshmanRead Story
Wrongful-death suit claims OU student died as a result of fraternity hazingRead Story
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 OhioRead Story
Murder victim's family suing Cabela's, Bass Pro Shop for selling antique replica gun to felonRead Story
Family of slain Ohio man sues retailer that sold killer gunRead Story
Cabela's Sued Over Sale Of Murder Weapon To FelonRead Story
Family of Slain Ohio Man Settles Lawsuit with Cabela’s for Selling Gun to Prohibited PurchaserRead Story
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 millionRead Story
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 BallRead Story
Reflecting on Fire BallRead Story
Ohio State Fair crash: Why state inspectors won't pay for death on Fire Ball rideRead Story
Lawyers for Ohio State Fair accident victim ready for lawsuitRead Story
Civil lawsuit in queue for State Fair ride malfunctionRead Story
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 caseRead Story
Former Miami student sues three former fraternity brothers over hazing incidentRead Story
After hazing put him in the hospital, Tyler Perino vows to use his voice for changeRead Story
Opinion: Fraternities, sororities that do not fight 'senseless' hazing rituals should permanently and immediately close doors in OhioRead Story
Delts hazing survivor testifies in front of Ohio SenateRead Story
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 forceRead Story
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 lawsuitRead Story
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 $99,000Read Story
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 remarksRead Story
On Your Side: Landlord recorded using racial slursRead Story
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 fraudRead Story
Jimmy Haslam deposedRead Story
Jimmy Haslam deposition kept under wrapsRead Story
Jimmy Haslam answers questions in lawsuit depositionRead Story
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 JailRead Story
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 heistRead Story