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If it doesn’t settle, we are the established full-service litigation and trial law resource you need.

For over 90 years, Walter Haverfield’s Litigation Group has been recognized for its experience in complex litigation and arbitration. We believe the most successful litigation results — whether achieved across the bargaining table or in court — occur when we are fully prepared to try each case through to the verdict.

Our trial-readiness focus drives successful and more effective results for our clients. We identify critical issues early and use them to our client’s advantage in the litigation and negotiation processes.

Practice Group Leader

Mark S. Fusco, Chair

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Our Proven Litigation Process

With a collaborative team of litigators and first-rate trial attorneys, we are engaged from the first sign of involvement up to, and including, trial and appeal. Our clients trust us to try their most significant disputes to verdict while knowing we are sensitive to the costs of litigation, both financial and otherwise. As we prepare for trial, we continually evaluate and communicate whether there is an alternative means to resolution.

We represent individuals in businesses of all sizes from family-owned to mid-market businesses and Fortune 500 companies. This wide range of experience allows us to tailor our services to fit a client’s specific needs and strategic objectives and effectively represent their interests in forums that span the country, including:

  • Administrative agencies
  • Arbitration and mediation panels
  • Federal and state trial and appellate courts


Our litigation attorneys in our Cleveland and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and more. At Walter Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted advisor for all their litigation needs.


  • METROPOLITAN TIER 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 1: Commercial Litigation
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 1: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 1: Litigation – Trust and Estates
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 1: Real Estate Law
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 2: Construction Law
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 2: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 2: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 3: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • METROPOLITAN TIER 3: Litigation – Construction


  • Lead trial counsel in a week-long jury trial in a trade secrets theft case
  • Lead trial counsel in a 10-day federal jury trial representing an employer in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit; the 10-day federal jury trial was found in favor of the employer
  • Lead trial counsel in a four-day federal jury trial representing an employer in a race discrimination lawsuit; the four-day federal jury trial was found in favor of the employer
  • Representing an Ohio manufacturer and three of its employees in the defense of a complaint alleging the theft of trade secrets and other business torts
  • Defending a local accountant in multiple federal lawsuits and threatened actions arising out of the misconduct of a former Cleveland stockbroker
  • Lead defense counsel for an international distributor of telecommunications products in a breach of contract case; conceived a strategy to limit potential liability that led to favorable pre-trial settlement
  • Defending a law firm in litigation brought by the Office of the United States Trustee alleging self-dealing and malfeasance in management of a prior firm
  • Representing borrowers and lending institutions in loan participation agreement disputes
  • Litigation of real estate, title, zoning, and construction contract disputes relating to major office building projects, abandoned industrial facilities, and residential properties
  • Representing lawyers and law firms in disputes arising from the separation of practices and termination of employment, including dissolution of a law firm under bankruptcy court supervision
  • National Coordinating Counsel, through trial, of high-exposure commercial claims involving several lawsuits including a Colorado state class action arising from mass sales of construction components, leading to the creation of a $300 million settlement fund
  • Forced settlement of a $54 million extra-contractual insurance liability matter against a major Ohio commercial claims insurer at a fraction of the original claim amount
  • Obtained a judgment on behalf of a manufacturing client against two former employees to recoup the cost of specialized training
  • Obtained summary judgment for an automobile dealer in a dispute with a commercial customer who claimed lost profit due to excessive delays in the repair of its vehicle
  • Representing clients in claims where a tenant was obligated to transfer a liquor permit to a new tenant but refused to comply with the contract