David M. Paris

David M. Paris: Attorney with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy Co., L.P.A. AV stamp icon
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David M. Paris, managing partner with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, started with the firm in the mid 1970s when he served as a law clerk while attending the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He became a principal in 1988 and began taking on managerial responsibilities. He then became managing partner in 2002.

For more than 30 years, David has been a trial lawyer, successfully representing clients in a wide variety of complex injury and wrongful death cases, including: defective products, medical malpractice, construction accidents, employer intentional torts, and motor vehicle collisions. At Nurenberg Paris, he chairs the class action department and has resolved consumer class action suits against insurance companies on behalf of a class of 600,000 members and against auto dealerships on behalf of 75,000 class members. David is a certified civil trial specialist who has recovered in excess of $170 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Many of the cases he has championed have had a direct impact on the rights of consumers in Ohio. Some of the more notable decisions have been Baughman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 481 (2000) (establishing important criteria for certification of a consumer class action) and Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co., 92 Ohio St. 3d 115 (2001) (our client was a companion case which declared Ohio's workers' compensation subrogation statute unconstitutional).

David lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife of nearly 30 years. He is proud of the close relationships he has with his two daughters - one is a publicist in Manhattan's fashion industry, and the other is a lawyer.

David has been recognized by his peers in virtually every publication rating lawyers across the country. Since 2008, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in personal injury litigation. This listing has been called the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and is a guide to legal excellence in the United States.

He is the past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and has lectured extensively in the area of trial practice. David was also selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership is available only by invitation to trial attorneys who have demonstrated excellent trial skills while maintaining the highest level of professionalism, integrity, honor, and courtesy. In addition, he was selected for inclusion in the 2005 - 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers® by Law & Politics Media. Since 2007, he has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers and Top 50 Ohio Super Lawyers. In 2013, he was selected Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyers and Top 5 Cleveland area Super Lawyers.

David also was selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio. Selection for this association is extended to civil plaintiff attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the trial lawyer community.

In 2006, he was invited to become a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL), which is widely considered the most exclusive trial lawyers group in the world. Membership is limited to 500 from the United States and is based on superior skill and recognized ability in trial services, promotion of the best interests of the legal profession and the highest standards and techniques of advocacy, and excellent character and absolute integrity.

Appointments: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Trustee, 1982-1983; Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, City of New Orleans Amtrak Crash, 1999-2004; Ohio Eighth Appellate Judicial Conference, General Litigation Committee, 2001; Certified Grievance Committee, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2002-2008; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Visiting Committee, 2009-present; Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Excellence Task Force, 2010-present.

Teaching Experience: Trial Advocacy Institute, Cleveland-Marshall College, Instructor, 1990-present; Preparing and Trying The Auto Case (Professional Systems, Inc.), 1989, 1994; The Supplemental Action, Ohio Association for Justice, 1990; Insurance Litigation In Ohio, National Business Institute, 1993; The Constitutionality of Ohio Workers' Compensation Subrogator Statute, CATA, 2001; The Digital Trial Lawyer, Akron Bar Association, 2002; Trial Advocacy Program for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2005-present; Preparation of the Plaintiff Maximizing Damages: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Lorain County Bar Association, 2007; The Negligent Hiring/Retention Case, CATA, 2009; Mechanics of a Semi-Truck: Regulatory Overview of Safe Equipment, Trucking Negligence Seminar, Lorain County Bar Association, 2011; Speaking Objections at Depositions, CATA, 2013.

Honors and Awards: Selected for inclusion in the 2008 to 2013 Best Lawyers®; CATA Distinguished Service Award, 2009; Cleveland State University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Alumni of the Year, 2011; Selected for inclusion in the 2005 to 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers® by Law & Politics Media; Selected for inclusion in the 2007 to 2013 Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Media; Selected for inclusion in 2007 and 2013 Top 50 Ohio Super Lawyers in Cleveland by Law & Politics Media; Selected for inclusion in 2013 as Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyers and Top 5 Cleveland Super Lawyer; Listed in Best Lawyers® 2015 by U.S. News & World Report; Named the 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for the Cleveland Metro region in the area of Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Auto Accident
  • Class Action Lawsuit
  • Construction Accident
  • Employer Intentional Tort
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Defective Product
  • Mass Transit and Railroad Accident
  • Toxic Tort
  • Truck Accident
  • Wrongful Death

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-800-7110  Phone
(216) 694-5206  Phone
Law School Attended:
The Ohio State University, 1974; The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1978
Year of First Admission:
1978, Ohio; 1978, California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
American Association for Justice; American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Ohio Chapter (Trustee, 2014-Present); Baycol Litigation Group (2001-2003); California Bar Association; Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys - CATA (President, 2001-2002); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association (Life Member); Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Member, Judicial Selection Committee, 2010-present, and Trustee, 2013-present); Crane and Electrical Injury Litigation Group, 1991-1998; International Academy of Trial Lawyers (State Chair, 2006-present); Million Dollar Advocates Forum; National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Civil Trial Specialist; The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Ohio Association for Justice; Ohio Eighth Appellate Judicial Conference (Life Member); Ohio State Bar Association.
Reported Cases:
Baughman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 481 (2000) Established important criteria for certification of a consumer class action; Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co., 92 Ohio St. 3d 115 (2001) Our client's case was the companion to the decision which declared Ohio's workers' compensation subrogation statute unconstitutional.
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Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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