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When a decision doesn’t go your way, an appeal is often the only option. Walter Haverfield’s team of seasoned litigators is known for creating persuasive arguments that help to shape the court’s opinion at the appellate levels. As trusted legal partners since 1932, our clients count on us to provide strong advocacy, bottom line-oriented advice, and creative solutions to help preserve their rights—whether they’re battling in a trial court or court of appeals.

Practice Group Leader

Ralph E. Cascarilla, Managing Partner

Ralph represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of governmental white-collar criminal investigations, including environmental, health care, securities fraud, antitrust, tax, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), federal elections and government procurement matters.

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Our Appellate Litigation Difference

For 90+ years, our appellate litigators are known for:


  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Trusts & Estates


  • More than two dozen appearances in the Ohio Supreme Court, and many more at the federal and state appellate courts; several cases involved important issues in municipal and state law
  • Obtaining the reversal of a six-figure jury verdict against a physician in a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim
  • Upholding a trial court’s decision awarding zero damages in a Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) matter, even though the plaintiff had demonstrated liability
  • Securing a reversal of a trial court’s judgment that an equity membership contract for an exclusive country club was deemed unconscionable by the trial court
  • Obtaining the reversal of a trial court decision that an equity golf membership was a consumer transaction
  • Upholding a trial court’s decision that an option clause in a residential building contract had been waived by the consumer
  • Representing a municipal client before the Ninth District Court of Appeals in a workers’ compensation matter involving the death of a police officer
  • Upholding a U.S. District Court decision in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding Notice Clause requirements in a landlord insurance policy dealing with administrative U.S. legal proceedings
  • Assisting in obtaining summary judgment, which was upheld on appeal to the Eighth District Court of Appeals, for a developer relative to a breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent inducement, negligent misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, and Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act claims brought against the developer by a homeowner
  • Obtaining reversal of a U.S. district court’s multi-million-dollar judgment against Swiss manufacturers dealing with trade secrets
  • Drafting complaints and briefs and litigating all aspects of matters pending before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Courts of Appeals of Ohio, and the Ohio Supreme Court, including original actions filed in the Ohio appellate courts
  • Presenting an oral argument in cases before the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh District Ohio Courts of Appeals
  • Representing matters arising under the Ohio Public Records Act, including filing and defending against original actions filed in Ohio trial and appellate courts seeking the disclosure of public records