Jon is the team leader for the insurance and general litigation group. His practice focuses on litigation, which encompasses matters involving serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, product liability, fire losses, mold claims, toxic torts, and class actions. Jon prides himself in advancing cases quickly toward an early evaluation and resolution, whether by negotiation, motion, or trial. When not in the office, Jon is most likely found on a pool deck running a YMCA swim meet.

Experience

• Defense of property damage and personal injury lawsuits in jury trials in Ohio and Kentucky.
• Defense of nationwide, class action advertising litigation.
• Negotiation and resolution of multi-state attorney general litigation.
• Defense of class action involving a hazardous materials spill in a railroad derailment.
• Recovery of funds misappropriated by fraud
• Representation of a national home builder in construction defect mold claims in class action.
•National coordinating counsel for product liability/fire claims involving a household product.
• Subrogation recoveries in cases in Ohio and Kentucky.
• Presentation of continuing education and risk management seminars to client groups.
• Lecturer on legal ethics.

Honors/Distinctions

•Received AV peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell – a reflection of having achieved the highest level of professional skill and integrity a lawyer can earn
• Selected and listed as one of Best Lawyers in Southwest Ohio (2019)
• Selected as Lawyer of the Year – Product Liability Litigation – Cincinnati (2019)
• Selected and listed as one of the Best Lawyers In America (2010-2021)
• Selected and listed as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2013-2018)
• Recognized as Best Lawyer for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2014-2016)
• Top Rated Lawyers – Mass Tort Litigation, The American Lawyer (2012)
• Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
• Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor

Admissions

• State of Ohio
• Commonwealth of Kentucky
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

• Cincinnati Bar Association
• Ohio State Bar Association
• Kentucky Bar Association
• West Virginia Bar Association
• Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel; Ohio State Representative (2017)
• Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Regional Chair (2014-2021), State of Ohio Chair (2011-2013)
• Defense Research Institute

Community Involvement

• YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Volunteer of the Year (2013)
• St. Thomas Housing Corporation, Board Member (Present)
• Thomaston Woods Senior Housing Corporation (Board Member)
• St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Junior Warden
• U.C. College of Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees (Past Member)
• USA Swimming (Referee)
• Southwest Cluster YMCA Swim League (Executive Committee, Championship Meet Director)
• Regional Officials Coordinator, YMCA National Swimming

Presentations

• ”Business Ethics,” Visiting Lecturer at Miami University (on-going)
• ”Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith – Best Claims and Litigation Strategies,” Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Education Series (March 2015)
• “Construction Based Litigation that Impacted Operations or Produced Personal Injury Claims from Patients”, Greater Cincinnati Health Council (2013)
• “Legal Ethics” Cincinnati Insurance Council (2013)
• “Ethics and Ale,” CLM Cincinnati Chapter (2013)
• “Bad Faith,” Client Seminar (2012)
•”Use of Experts in Federal Courts,” CLM Education Series, Buffalo, NY (2012)
• “Mold and Its Legal Implications”, Building Environmental Council of Ohio (2011)
• Unravel the Insurance Implications of Mold Claims, National Business Institute (2006)
• Understanding Mold, Client Seminar (2005)
• National Business Institute, The Mold Challenge in Ohio (2004)
• Sterling Educational Services, Solving Mold Contamination and Water Intrusion Claims (2004)
• Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Insurance Coverage Issues in Mold Litigation (2003)
• Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention, Mold – Black Gold? Trends in Mold Litigation in Ohio (2003)
• Design Green Cincinnati, Mold Remediation (2003)
• Sterling Educational Services, Water Intrusion & Toxic Mold Claims in Ohio (2003)
• Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Understanding Mold (2002)

Publications

• Ohio Law Summary (2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2022)
• Kentucky Law Summary (2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2022)
• “It’s Not Blue Cheese: Insurance Coverage Issues in Mold Litigation”, 38 OACTA Quarterly 3 (2003)
• “Understanding Mold”, 38 OACTA Quarterly 39 (2002)

Education

• University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D., 1989)
• Miami University (B.S., 1986)