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Fearless, Experienced & Dedicated Ohio Attorneys

If you’ve suffered life-changing harm, you want action. You want to hold someone accountable. You want to be restored financially. And, if possible, you want to make sure that what happened to you never happens to someone else. You’ve come to the right place.

Our Attorneys

Chip Cooper

Chip is a co-founder of the firm with more than three decades of experience trying malpractice and wrongful death cases and other complex disputes throughout the United States.

Rex Elliott

Rex is a co-founder of the firm who began his legal career in New York with the nation's premier litigation firm and who has earned a reputation for taking extraordinarily difficult cases other lawyers give up on.

Sean Alto

Sean handles cases of catastrophic harm caused by vehicles, defective products and professional negligence. He has also been a part of several monumental and successful hazing lawsuits.

Jon Bond

Jon joined Cooper Elliott in 2020 and is active in all the firm’s practice areas. Before joining Cooper Elliott, Jon worked at a boutique litigation firm in Columbus, where he represented corporate clients in complex commercial litigation.

Ben Cooper

Ben began his career handling antitrust matters for one of the world's largest law firms before joining Cooper Elliott to litigate complex wrongful death, malpractice and civil rights cases.

Jeff Kenney

Jeff began his career with Droder & Miller in 1991 with a focus on personal injury, criminal law and insurance practices. He is well-known and respected throughout Ohio, and is an advocate who approaches complex legal issues with a genuine desire to help resolve them through prompt and personal attention to his clients.

Karl C. Kerschner

Karl C. Kerschner is an experienced civil litigator who previously built and sold a successful law practice serving corporate, financial, and governmental clients. As Partner & Chief Operating Officer of Cooper Elliott, he's combining his courtroom and business ownership experiences to advance the firm's business strategy and advise on its many high-profile cases.

Bart Keyes

Bart applies more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney to cases ranging from wrongful conviction to business fraud.

Kaela King

Before becoming a lawyer, Kaela had a decade-long career in education: she was a teacher and administrator in high-poverty schools, a nonprofit director, and a state policy advisor. Through these experiences, she developed a strong foundation in fighting for individuals and communities that face inequitable systems.

Adam Richards

Adam has a decade of experience as a trial lawyer and his practice includes both serious personal injury matters and all types of complex business disputes.

Chelsea Weaver

Chelsea is a passionate and dedicated lawyer. Before joining Cooper Elliott, she practiced at one of the world's largest law firms.

Abby Chin

Before becoming a lawyer, Abby was a nationally ranked student athlete. Abby continues to bring the dedication, drive, and sense of teamwork she learned through sport when advocating for her clients.

Meet the Rest of Our Team

Lori Lindsey Smurr

Lori has been the Office Administrator for Cooper Elliott since its inception in 1995. Lori is responsible for all administrative operations of the firm. In addition to her administrative role, Lori also provides litigation support to the firm and is the primary point of contact for the firm’s vendors and consultants.

Tammy McKinney

Tammy is the firm's Legal Services Coordinator, serving as the primary point of contact for people seeking representation, as well as the primary contact for clients seeking updated information. Tammy also provides administrative civil litigation support to all members of the firm. Before joining Cooper Elliott in 2003, Tammy worked in various business settings.

Kim Cecil

Kim joined the firm in 2019. She has more than 25 years of experience as a paralegal and has spent the majority of her career helping injured victims. Prior to joining Cooper Elliott, Kim worked for a variety of well-respected law firms in Columbus, Ohio preparing legal documents, investigating injury cases and providing litigation and client support to injured victims.

Michael Tonovitz

Michael joined the firm as a paralegal in 2021. He specializes in client relations, investigations, and other litigation support. Michael began his paralegal career in 2016 after graduating with honors from Capital Law School’s ABA-accredited paralegal program. Before that, he worked in the service industry for nearly ten years.

Sommer Donnelly

Sommer joined the firm as a paralegal in 2023. She holds a bachelor of science from the University of Cincinnati, and before Cooper Elliott she worked for several years at a medical malpractice defense firm. Sommer values helping the firm's clients in all respects, which gives her a great sense of purpose in her work and work product.

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    Recent Reviews

    Adam HoltAdam Holt
    13:55 20 Feb 24
    Dads SpecialtyDads Specialty
    14:06 15 Feb 24
    Highly Recommend Jon with Cooper & Elliott firm. He was very responsive and went above and beyond to help with our situation. ... Can't thank him enough for everything he has done for us. He will be our "Guy" moving forward for any legal help!!read more
    Ayesha AnsariAyesha Ansari
    23:14 25 Jan 24
    Excellent firm i am so glad I found cooper Elliot. My attorneys Jon and Adam helped me through the entire process
    Benjamin RoshBenjamin Rosh
    11:55 10 Jan 24
    Katie FarinaKatie Farina
    15:39 21 Dec 23
    I am so glad I found cooper Elliot. My attorneys Jon and Adam helped me through the entire process. After a traumatic experience... in my life I was confused and in pain. They worked tirelessly to become familiar with all the details of my story and represented me in a way that made me more able to process and understand the trauma myself. This was huge for me, while there’s still healing to do, I can do that work now instead of staying in a purgatory of cognitive dissonance. They didn’t just win justice for me, they are a significant part of my healing journey. They were validating, non judgmental, honest, and more
    Candy m wilsonCandy m wilson
    02:15 19 Dec 23
    Cindi RourkCindi Rourk
    17:29 15 Dec 23
    Excellent firm. The firm was referred to us for a commercial dispute. Bart Keyes is a master negotiator and kept us informed at... all times. Highly more
    Val HernandezVal Hernandez
    01:19 10 Dec 23
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    16:10 08 Dec 23
    Jonathan Bond handled a personal injury claim for me quickly with maximum results. He’s pleasant and enjoyable to work with, as... well as compassionate. The firm handled all the legwork of getting medical records and copies of paperwork, which not all firms do. I would recommend Jonathan to anyone and would definitely go back to him if the need were to arise more
    Joe MillerJoe Miller
    12:19 02 Sep 23
    Very satisfied! We dealt with Bart Keyes who showed genuine interest in our situation. Bart was always very quick to respond when... we had questions and kept us informed throughout the case. If you need legal representation for a commercial real estate dispute we highly recommend Bart and the Cooper Elliot firm!read more
    Melanie ZookMelanie Zook
    08:42 23 Jul 23
    I honestly struggle to find the words to describe how incredible this firm is, especially Jeffrey Kenny and Sean Alto. 7 years... ago, my family started a journey through a nightmare. When the criminal justice system fell woefully short, Jeff agreed to take on our incredibly challenging and lengthy case, with no other reason than that it was the right thing to do, and he believed we deserved justice. There were so many times when I would have understood if they walked away, but they refused and vowed to get us the justice we deserved, and almost 7 years later, they have given my family just that. I will never, ever, forget what they have done for us. We were never just another case. They made us feel like we were their ONLY case! Thank you will never come close to the gratitude and respect I have for Jeff and Sean, as well as for Cooper Elliott. They will be superheroes in our home, forever!read more
    CM BuzzardCM Buzzard
    15:30 21 Jul 23
    Everyone from top to bottom in this company is always polite and ready to help. And no matter what is thrown their way, it's... handled quickly and skillfully. Whoever represents you will show themselves to be a master in their craft. You can feel safe working with Cooper more
    Matt BoazMatt Boaz
    11:20 16 Jun 23
    I would highly recommend Cooper Elliott to any of my friends and family! Chip Cooper was extremely helpful guiding me through a... difficult process. Chip was patient with me and provided feedback during the process that kept me informed until the desired outcome was achieved. There were interactions with other staff of the firm (whose names I do not know) that were helpful as well, I was impressed with the entire team!read more
    Jason HickJason Hick
    06:30 17 May 23
    Adam Richards is the best attorney I have ever met. He is responsive and very patient (I had a lot of questions) and he truly... cares. He fought hard for me and he stands up to the bully. he is not afraid to take on anyone. Anytime I hear someone who has a legal issue I go out of my way to recommend Adam. He is unlike any attorney I have ever met. He is compassionate and he always answers his phone. There is no way I would have got the results I received with any other attorney. He was a bulldog in my case and really went to bat for me. Words cant express how grateful I am to him. His actions personally affected my life in a very positive way. He protected me in so many ways I couldn't begin to name them. It is a great feeling when you know your attorney outmatches the other party's attorney and it is more
    Available 24/7. Cooper Elliott has been serving Columbus, Cincinnati, and communities throughout Ohio since 1995. We are honored to help people who have experienced life-changing harm achieve justice.