Christopher C. Esker

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Christopher C. Esker joined the firm in 2008 following a decade as a member of Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs’ litigation practice group and his dedicated public service as a Summit County Assistant Prosecutor, Judicial Attorney to Judge Mary Spicer, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, and Judicial Attorney to Judge John W. Reece, Ohio Court of Appeals, Ninth Judicial District. He practices in the area of general litigation, including insurance defense, complex litigation, commercial and business litigation, construction, zoning, torts and personal injury, and appellate representation. He also serves as General Counsel to the Akron, Bath and Copley Joint Township Hospital District in the area of public finance.

He has a depth of experience in courtrooms both local and statewide, in municipal, state, and federal courts, including service as a hearing officer, mediator, and arbitrator. He has represented clients in Ohio’s Northern and Southern Federal District Courts, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and in the United States Supreme Court, as well as many of Ohio’s common pleas and appellate courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. He has also served clients in venues beyond Ohio through pro hac vice admission in several courts and tribunals.

Christopher is a graduate of The University of Akron School of Law (J.D., 1988), and has supplemented his experience by attending continuing legal education courses sponsored by the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, and Harvard Law School. He was a member of the Akron Law Review at The University of Akron School of Law and served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law’s Legal Writing Program. He is a lifetime member of the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity. He has been honored by his peers through his Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent rating, and has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer® annually since 2012.

Christopher has been an active member of the American, Ohio State and Akron Bar Associations, and has served on many committees, including the Attorney Grievance, Common Pleas and Appellate Court, Continuing Legal Education, and Scholarship Committees, as well as the Judicial Evaluation Commission. He is also an active member of the community at large, and has served as a member of the Bath Township Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, Bath Township Historical Preservation Committee, Copley Township Board of Zoning Appeals, Copley Township Audit Committee, Community Advisors for the Reserve, Copley, Ohio, and the St. Hilary School Board, served as president of the Summit County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees and the Weathervane Community Playhouse Board of Trustees, and recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, Inc.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Municipal Finance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
330-315-3374  Phone
330-434-9220  Fax
University Attended:
University of Akron, B.A., 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1988
Year of First Admission:
1988, Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court
Birth Information:
Ohio, 1960
Reported Cases:
Shealy v. Caldwell (C.A. 6, 2001), 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 17181; Gottfried v. Medial Planning Services (C.A. 6, 1998), 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 7483; Gunther v. Hilton (C.A. 6, 1997), 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 40797; Ellwood Engineered Castings v. Zaino (2003), 98 Ohio St.3d 424, 2003-Ohio-1812; Shugarman Surgical Supply v. Zaino (2002), 97 Ohio St.3d 183, 2002-Ohio-5809; Selander v. Erie Ins. Co. (1999), 85 Ohio St.3d 541, 1999-Ohio-287; State ex rel. Beacon Journal Publ'g Co. v. Whitmore (1998), 83 Ohio St. 3d 61, 1998-Ohio-180; State ex rel. Hunter v. Summit County Human Resource Cmm'n (1998), 81 Ohio St. 3d 450, 1998-Ohio-614; State ex rel. Strategic Capital Investors v. McCarthy (1997), 126 Ohio App. 3d 237.
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4.5/5.0 (19 reviews)
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