Sam practices in a wide range of areas including premises liability, product liability, employer-related intentional tort, general casualty, professional liability, auto insurance defense and asbestos litigation. He has handled numerous cases defending clients and insurance carriers throughout the state of Ohio in the Courts of Common Pleas and Federal District Courts.
Additionally, Sam has represented and defended school districts and their boards of education in a variety of tort claims through the discovery, dispositive motion, trial, and appeal stages. This includes defending lay and expert witnesses, and handling issues pertaining to political subdivision law in Ohio at the trial and appellate levels.
As well, Sam is directly involved in leadership issues as to governance, policy, and management of educational institutions through his work on the board of trustees of Grove City College and the board of advisors of Regent University School of Law.
Sam is a member of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, Inc. (IALDA). He is actively involved in Marshall Dennehey's Amusement, Sports and Recreation Practice Group and handles matters involving water parks, amusement parks and rides, roller skating, and other amusement and recreational issues in Ohio.
• A View From the Board: Are Your Trustees Doing Their Duty? University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, May 7, 2015
•Paralegal Studies, Adjunct Instructor, College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995 - 1999
•“ Open, Obvious and Not So Obvious, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
• Open, Obvious, & Ohio, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June, 2010
• Two Bites At The Apple, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June, 2010
• Ohio Supreme Court Limits Damages, Defense Digest, Vol. 14, No. 3, September, 2008
• Doing Business in Ohio - Some Good News For Pennsylvania Employer, Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September, 2006
• Ohio's Continued Tort Reform Adventure: Caps, Seatbelts, Collateral Source, and More, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September, 2005
• Insurer's Beware! Watch Out For Those Assignments When Settling Claims!, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 3, September, 2005
• When An Expert Cannot Be An Expert, Defense Digest, Vol. 10, No. 4, December, 2004
• Intentional Torts and Coverage For Workplace Torts In Ohio, Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December, 2003
• The Trend In Construing The Ohio Employer Intentional Tort Exception - A Consistent, Workable Standard Or Confusing, Expansive Quandary?, Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 4, December, 2003
• What Goes Around Comes Around: An Ohio Court Allows Evidence Against Plaintiff's Doctor, Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 4, August, 2001
• All In The Family - Ohio Recognizes The Right Of Adult Emancipated Children To Recover For Loss Of Parental Consortium, Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 3, June, 2001
• When A Picture May Not Be Worth A Thousand Words - Photographic Evidence In Low-Impact Collisions In Ohio,” Defense Digest, Vol. 7, No. 2, April, 2001
• Ohio Enters Uncharted Waters, Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 6, December, 2000
• Civil Rule 35 Examinations, Law Office Practice Series, Ohio - Chapter Contribution (Co-Author)
Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Open, Obvious and Not So Obvious
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2015
Key Points:Trial court determined that a tenant was not entitled to judgment because the lack of a handrail on the basement steps constituted an open and obvious danger.Court of Appeals reverses because negligence per se is an..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
On the Pulse...Expanding Our Presence In Ohio
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2014
By Samuel G. Casolari, Jr., Esq.* From historic Public Square in Cleveland to Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is expanding and strengthening its statewide presence in Ohio. On March 10, 2014,...
Ohio Reinforces Primary Assumption of Risk
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2013
By Samuel G. Casolari Jr., Esq.* Key Points:The Ohio Supreme Court reinforces primary assumption of risk doctrine.The Ohio Supreme Court finds that a collision between skiers is an inherent risk of the act of skiing...., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
On the Pulse...Marshall Dennehey Opens Cleveland, Ohio Office
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2011
On August 1, 2011, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin opened a new office in Cleveland, Ohio. Marshall Dennehey's new Ohio office is located on Cleveland's historic Public Square, readily accessible to Cleveland's cultural and..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Refusing To Be a Test Case; Ohio Court Denies Plaintiffs Counsel Access To Doctors Office During Plaintiffs Independent Medical Examination
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2011
Ohio - Discovery Practice, KEY POINTS: The presence of plaintiff's counsel at an independent medical examination interferes with and defeats the purpose of the examination.With its denial, the court promotes the free..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2012
Third Time Is the Charm: Ohio Supreme Court Asks Whats Left for Ohios Employees in Employer Intentional Tort Cases?
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2011
Ohio - Workers' Compensation, Key Points:The Ohio Legislature enacts a statute limiting an employee's recovery in workplace intentional tort cases.After striking down the Legislature's first two attempts, the Ohio..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011
Open, Obvious & Ohio
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2010
Ohio - Premises Liability, Key Points:Early and thorough documentation of the open and obvious condition.Background investigation that there were no distractions to the plaintiff.Posture case for summary..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Two Bites at the Apple
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2010
Ohio -- Premises Liability (Dog Bites), Key Points:Plaintiff may pursue claims under both R.C. 955.28 and common law negligence for a dog bite cause of action.No language in R.C. 955.28 establishes the statute as the sole remedy..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Marshall Dennehey Strengthens Ohio Presence With New Cincinnati Office
March 10, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the opening of a new office in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the addition of Ray C. Freudiger, a seasoned litigator and former partner of Freund Freeze & Arnold in Dayton. Samuel G. Casolari Jr., of Marshall Dennehey's Cleveland office,...