Selected as one of Ohio's Super Lawyers since 2009. Martindale-Hubbell has rated him AV, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethics.
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Personal Injury; Trial Practice; Appellate Practice
Admissions: Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and U.S. Supreme Court.
Law School: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., Dean's List Member, National Moot Court Team. Best Brief Award.
Member: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ohio State Bar Association, Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Lecturer: Principles of Cross Examination, Cleveland Marshall College of Law (2013); Mock Trial Cross Examination, West Shore Bar Association (2013); Cross Examination Techniques, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2013); Plea Bargaining, Cleveland Marshall College of Law (2008); Cross-Examination, Cleveland Marshall College of Law (2005); Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Exculpatory Evidence (2002); DUI Trial Seminar, Cleveland Marshall College of Law (1996); Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Discovery (1995); "Criminal Motion Practice," Academy of Continuing Legal Education (1991); Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Forensic Clinic, "Insanity Defense" (1988).
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Some Reported Cases:
-State v. Harper, 2011-Ohio-347
-United States v. Abdelqader, 2011, Case No. 1:05 CR 252, Northern District of Ohio, writ of coram nobis granted based on Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S.Ct. 1473 (2010)
-State BMV v. Raus, 2011-Ohio-4937
-City of Strongsville/State of Ohio v. Troutman, 2007-Ohio-1310
-United States v. Montanez, 442 F.3d 485 (6th Cir. 2006)
-United States v. Ellis, 414 F. Supp.2d 780 (N.D. Ohio, 2005), reversed 497 F.3d 606 (2007)
-State v. Durham, 2006-Ohio-5015
-State v. Trikilis, 2005-Ohio-4266
-Hunter v. United States, 160 F.3d 1109 (6th Cir. 1998)
-State v. Dempsey, 83 Ohio St.3d 107 (1998), habeas corpus granted, Dempsey v. Tate, N.D. Ohio, 1:01 CV 02443
-United States v. Tandon, 111 F.3d 482 (6th Cir. 1997)
-Paluf v. Feneli, 100 App.3d 461 (Cuyahoga County, 1995)
-Paluf v. Feneli, 69 Ohio St.3d 138 (1994)
-State v. Hawk, 81 Ohio App.3d 296 (Summit County, 1992)
-United States v. Kotoch, 954 F.2d 340 (6th Cir. 1992)
-State v. Victor, 76 Ohio App.3d 372 (Cuyahoga County, 1991)
-State v. May, 64 Ohio App.3d 456 (Medina County, 1989)
-State v. Jurek, 55 Ohio App.3d 70 (Cuyahoga County, 1989)
-State v. Jurek, 52 Ohio App.3d 30 (Cuyahoga County, 1989)
-Jurek v. McFaul, 39 Ohio St.3d 42 (1988)
-United States v. Korfant, 771 F.2d 660 (2nd Cir. 1985)
-State v. Pauley, 8 Ohio App.3d 466 (Cuyahoga County, 1982)