Partner Craig Marvinney is a trial attorney with decades of first-chair experience in jury and bench litigation, appellate practice, and administrative hearings, mediations, and arbitrations. He focuses on:
Business, commercial and complex litigation
Pharmaceutical and medical device litigation
Cybersecurity, Data Breach and Cyber-law compliance counseling
Intellectual property litigation
Insurance Catastrophic Loss and Extra - Contractual Liability
Insurance coverage, excess insurance, and re-insurance litigation
Product liability litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
In 2015, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”) named Craig to its Board of Directors and awarded him its annual FDCC CONNECT award in recognition of his work in advancing the FDCC’s referral network.
Since 1993, a succession of U.S. district court judges has appointed Craig to the Northern Ohio district Panel of ADR Neutrals. He is an in-demand speaker on topics related to trial advocacy; several of his lectures and presentations appear
Craig is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a winner of the university’s Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award.
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.
Defended $163 million excess insurance claims litigation arising from structural damage in over 20,000 prefabricated apartment modules in 1,500 buildings throughout Florida.
Performed due diligence for a Europe-based acquisition merger target, sought by a major United States-based law firm.
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.
Secured and collected a multi-million dollar U.S. judgment award against a Finnish insurer on behalf of both American and British interests.
Appraiser in a multi-million dollar mining business-interruption claim involving tax treatment coverage and mine depletion allowances.
Coordinating Ohio counsel for tobacco product producer in class action, insurance fund, and attorney general actions.
Trial team in Chilean tire industry commercial action arising out of the re-privatization of the industry by the Chilean government.
Defense team in seminal mass-tort litigation actions including those arising from the MGM Grand Hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Beverly Hills Supper Club fires.
Professional Liability & Discipline Litigation
Defended a significant patent law firm from multiple patent/intellectual property legal malpractice, fraud and misrepresentation claims in federal and state courts.
Counsels clients on cybersecurity issues, including data breach response, hacking defense, Internet-of-Things risks, 3D printing risks, IRP development, notification compliance and cyber-risk insurance issues.
Reported Ohio Supreme Court Cases
Tracy v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1991), 58 Ohio St.3d 147, 569 N.E.2d 875
Walters v. Enrichment Center of Wishing Well, Inc. (1997), 78 Ohio St.3d 118, 676 N.E.2d 890
In re McCarthy (1995), 72 Ohio St. 3d 542, 651 N.E. 2d 963 Product Liability Litigation
Counsel for product liability and multi-district litigation, most notably for pharmaceutical and medical device concerns including cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, blood vessel filters, vaginal mesh implants phenyl-propanolamine (PPA), psyllium, Nicorette, and Ephedra.
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
Defended, through trial and ultimately before the Ohio Supreme Court, a pivotal wrongful death claim against a $1 billion pharmaceutical product line.
Craig was featured in an article which appeared on August 31, 2015 in the "Reporter's Notebook" section of Crain's Cleveland Business. In this piece, written by reporter Jeremy Nobile and titled, "
One open door leads to another," Craig was recognized for his recent election to the board of the prestigious national Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and for his receipt of the organization's annual FDCC Connect Award
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
2015 Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual FDCC CONNECT Award, for advancing the FDCC Referral Network
2006-2011; 2015-2017 - Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers list. Areas of practice: Civil Litigation: Defense; PI - Products; Defense.
"Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel Edition" [Intellectual Property] (2008-11)
Best Lawyers in America Listing - Intellectual Property Litigation (2010-11)
Case Western Reserve University Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award (1997)
June 2016 - "Cybersecurity and Data Breach Risk," Co-Presenter, 2016 Litigation Management College Graduate Program, FDCC Sponsored at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
July 2015 - “Cybersecurity: Anatomy of a Debacle - Implications of the Sony Hack of 2014,” Intellectual Property Section Program of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 2015 FDCC Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta
June 2015 - “Mediation of the Complex Case: Perspectives and Techniques to Achieve Excellent Results” – The 2015 Litigation Management College Graduate Program, per the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
June 2014 - "Coverage and Reporting for Claims Professionals,” 2014 Litigation Management College, FDCC sponsored at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
August 2013 - "Avatar in the Courtroom: Is 3D Printing Ready for Prime Time?" Co-moderator and panelist on Cutting Edge Trial Presentation Technology, 2013 FDCC Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 2013 - "Comparative Strengths and Weaknesses of Voluntary and Mandatory Mediation Programs in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals," as panelist and discussion leader in "Putting the Pieces Back Together Again: Mediation in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals," Joint Program of the Appellate and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, 2013 FDCC Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 2012 - "Risks on the Horizon: Perspectives in Legal Malpractice Defense Arising from New Technologies under the Patent Reform Act of 2011," 2012 FDCC Annual Meeting, Whistler, British Columbia
June 2012 - "Trial Technology - What's Needed and Where Are We Going," Swiss Re Americas Claims Conference, Chicago, Illinois
June 2012 - "Coverage and Reporting for Claims Professionals,” 2012 Litigation Management College, FDCC sponsored at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
February 2012 - "Patent Law for the Everyday Lawyer," 2012 FDCC Winter Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona (February 2012)
July 2011 - "Cultivating a Discipline of Creativity in Your Practice - A Jeffersonian Perspective," 2011 FDCC Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia
September 2010 - "Trial Technology in the Courtroom of Tomorrow," International Association of Claims Professionals Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida
July 2010 - "Maximizing Case Efficiency for the Ultimate in Client Satisfaction," 2010 FDCC Annual Meeting, Munich, Germany
August 2009 - "Trial Technology 2020, What Does the Future Hold?" FDCC Insurance III Symposium 2020, New York, NY ("Cultivating a Discipline of Creativity for Trial," Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Miami, Florida
July 2009 - "The Art of Mediation,” 2009 FDCC Annual Meeting, Hot Springs, Virginia
April 2009 - "Nuts & Bolts of Appellate Practice - The Ohio Supreme Court," panel with Ohio Supreme Court Justices Terrence O'Donnell and Maureen O'Connor, the Manos Inn, Cleveland, Ohio
April 2009 - "Data Breaches - An Examination into Inadvertent Data Disclosure," Commercial & Intellectual Property Symposium, DRI, Chicago, Illinois
February 2009 - "How ADR Masters Prepare and Win - Mediation & Negotiation, 2009 FDCC Winter Meeting, Kauai, Hawaii
May 2008 - "Challenges of Responding to Electronic Discovery Demands," DRI Drug & Medical Device Program, New Orleans, Louisiana
June 2007 - "The Plaintiff's Closing Statement, a Live Demonstration," FDCC Litigation Management College, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
October 2006 - "How Protected Are You: Attorney - Client Privilege Update," Joint Program of the Property Loss Research Bureau [PLRB] and the FDCC, Chicago, Illinois
July 2005 - "Intellectual Property and Insurance Coverages," 2005 FDCC Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
2004 - "Complex Cross - Border Considerations in Canadian and American Litigation," Ontario Bar Association; Toronto, Ontario
2003 - "American Counsel Considerations in Cross - Border Ontario - Quebec - U.S. Complex and Bankruptcy Litigation Matters," FDCC 2003 Annual Meeting, La Malbie, Quebec
2000 - "Making the Demonstrative Evidence Specialist an Invaluable Part of the Defense Trial Team," Demonstrative Evidence Specialist Association Annual Conference, appearing with USDJ Kathleen O'Malley (N.D. Ohio), Cleveland, Ohio
1998 - "Focusing Your Case for Trial in a Rocket Docket Era," Ohio State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Litigation Section Presentation, Cleveland, Ohio
United States District Court Panel of ADR Neutrals Training Program: Speaker and panelist on mediation and how to approach it to train the ADR Neutrals, Cleveland, Ohio (1990s)
September 1991 - Speaker: "How Courts Interpret a Manufacturer's Communications to Consumers: The Learned Intermediary Doctrine," The Food and Drug Law Institute seminar FDA Initiatives in Advertising and Promotion, Washington, D.C.
The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel [FDCC](1999-present) (
see testimonial video); Director (FDCC Board of Directors) 2015-17; Program Chair 2019 Winter meeting; Editor FDCC Flyer Magazine (2016-2018); Construction Law Section Chairman (2015-16); Trial Masters Program (2015-16); Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Chairman (2011-15); Litigation Management College Graduate Program Faculty (2010-present) Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Litigation Management College Faculty (2003-12) Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Intellectual Property Section Vice Chair (2012-15); Corporate Counsel Initiatives Committee (2006-13)
Ohio State Bar Association (1982 – present), Litigation Section
Cleveland Bar Association (1986-present), Litigation Section, Joint Bar Admissions Committee of the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Bar Assoc./Bar Admissions Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association (1986-present) - Chairman (1997)
United States Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (Life Member 2009-present)
Ohio Eighth District Judicial Conference (Life Member 2008-present)
United States District Court (N.D. Ohio) Panel of ADR Neutrals, eight terms (1993-present. Arbitrator/ENE Neutral). Appointed to the Panel first by Chief Judge Thomas Lambros, and subsequently by Chief Judges George White, Paul Matia, James Carr, and Solomon Oliver, Jr.
United States District Court (N.D. Ohio) Federal Court Advisory Group (emeritus 2011-2016, active member 2002-11). Appointed by U.S. District Judge Dan A. Polster
Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland: (2003-present); President for two terms (2009-11); Executive Board (2005-present). Appointed to these positions upon recommendation of the Board to then-Bishop Anthony Pilla and present Bishop Richard Lennon
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1986-2009 Faculty Member re: Expert Witness Depositions, Great Lakes Depositions, Trial Practice and E - Discovery Programs)
John M. Manos Inn of Court Master (2010-present); Barrister (2005-2009)
Case Western Reserve University - School of Law: Adjunct Professor (Lawyer Process Skills, Negotiation and Oral Advocacy, 2005-present); Board of Governors (1994-97); Foreign LLM Program Board Member (2007-12); Faculty Lecturer re: American Civil Procedure
Case Western Reserve University - named to the Board of Directors of The Alumni Association - the overall umbrella organization for the entire university - for a 3-year term commencing in September 2013
Case Western Reserve University - Undergraduate Alumni Association Charter President (1991-93); Executive Board (1991-94); Western Reserve College Alumni Assoc. (1979-88) - Executive Board (1988); Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association of the Colleges Executive Board (1989-91); Chairman of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Merging the Alumni Associations of the Colleges and Institute (1990-91)
City of North Royalton Planning Commission (1995-2004) - Chairman (1997, 2002-04)
City of North Royalton Master Plan Task Force (2000-05); Chairman (2000-05): Led successful community election campaigns in North Royalton to amend the City Charter establishing and requiring Master Plan compliance (2002) and to rezone over 70% of the land area in the City of North Royalton (2004)
St. Albert the Great Parish, North Royalton: -Parent Teacher Organization (1990-2006); President (1994-95). Founded fundraising program that has raised over $750,000 for the parish to date; Parish Council (1994-96); Chairman, Diocesan School Futuring Committee and School Expansion Committee (1996-98)
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