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Ohio Hazing Attorneys

Helping Hazing Victims and Their Families Get Justice

Since 1952, at least one person has died every year in the United States as a result of hazing. Nationwide, since March 2021, 4 students have died, 5 fraternities or sororities have been expelled, and 23 have been either suspended or placed on probation as a result of hazing.

Since 1952, at least one person has died every year in the United States as a result of hazing. Nationwide, since March 2021, 4 students have died, 5 fraternities or sororities have been expelled, and 23 have been either suspended or placed on probation as a result of hazing.

“This group, especially Sean Alto and Rex Elliott, have been a source of strength, mentorship and hope for my son Tyler and our family. After Tyler experienced horrific hazing at the hands of his fraternity brothers, Sean and Rex represented him in a way that showed compassion and diligence, as well as fortitude and integrity. I will say nice things about them all day long, as they are family guys with a whole lot of professional experience and knowledge about hazing laws. This Mama knew her son was in safe hands finally!”
Laura Perino

Hazing Lawyers Serving Clients Throughout the United States

Hazing kills. We work to keep students safe from deadly hazing practices and to change Greek culture across the country.

Hazing is a vicious cycle. The young men in power are generally 19-21 years old and went through similar types of hazing themselves.

However, there is a general belief that they have to make it a little bit worse each year. Some don’t believe what they are doing is wrong or even considered “hazing.”

They are wrong. Hazing has deadly consequences.

Unfortunately, far too often it takes the loss of a young life for laws to change. Collin’s Law was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine in 2021. The law is named after our client Collin L. Wiant, who died as a result of hazing at Ohio University in November 2018.

The Law increases penalties, widens the scope of those who can be punished for hazing, and expands the list of officials required to report hazing:
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Threats
  • Social Isolation
  • Humiliating Acts
  • Forced or Coerced Alcohol or Other Drug Consumption
  • Assault
  • Branding or Burning
  • Exposure to Extreme Temperatures Without Appropriate Protection
  • Abductions

What Happens in a Hazing Lawsuit?

We're here for you and your family.

When a loved one is injured or dies as a result of hazing, families are faced with difficult questions and emotions as well as immediate challenges. What happened? How did it happen?

We step in and immediately start working to get answers so that you and your family can focus on healing.

We work quickly to investigate and identify all responsible parties–from the active members, to the national organizations, to the colleges or universities who allowed the organization on their campus–so they can all be held accountable.

Our goal is to completely eradicate hazing across the country so that we do not see any more senseless loss of young lives.

Local Knowledge, National Recognition

We work with parents and lawyers throughout Ohio and nationwide to receive justice for their losses and keep other students safe from dangerous hazing practices.

SEPTEMBER 2022
Moss v. Penn State

We represent Zara Moss, a former fencer at Pennsylvania State University, who was verbally, emotionally, and physically abused by former head fencing coach Wes Glon. Penn State placed Glon on administrative leave following Ms. Moss’s lawsuit, and he has since retired. Ms. Moss reported Glon’s abuse to Penn State Title IX officials during her senior year. Yet as Ms. Moss alleges in her federal lawsuit, the University was deliberately indifferent to the abuse. Sadly, Zara gave up fencing and has been receiving treatment for emotional distress and PTSD.

Penn State fencing head coach placed on administrative leave amid controversy, lawsuit. Read story
AUGUST 2022
Estate of Stone Foltz v. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

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.

DECEMBER 2020
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.

FEBRUARY 2019
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.

FEBRUARY 2019
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.

Hazing Cases Around the Country

Contact a Hazing Attorney Today

Has your loved one been a victim of hazing?

If your loved one has been the victim of hazing, you deserve justice. Schedule a free consultation today to get started. Here’s how the process usually works:

  • Initial Conversation
  • Case Evaluation
  • Filing of Lawsuit
  • Exchange of Information
  • Mediation
  • Trial
  • Initial Conversation
  • Case Evaluation
  • Filing of Lawsuit
  • Exchange of Information
  • Mediation
  • Trial

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