Litigation Services

Managing Partner


The members of Walter | Haverfield's litigation group represent clients in forums across the country: federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitration and mediation panels, and administrative agencies. We are engaged from the first sign of involvement up to and including trial and appeal.  We are sensitive to the costs of litigation, both financial and otherwise.  As we prepare for trial we continually evaluate whether there is an alternative means to resolution.

We represent individual business people, family-owned mid-market businesses, and Fortune 500 companies alike. This wide range of experience allows us to tailor our services to fit a client’s specific needs and strategic objectives.


The Litigation group’s experience and services include the following:

  • Lead trial counsel in a week-long jury trial in trade secrets theft case.
  • Lead trial counsel in a 10-day federal jury trial in favor of employer in ADA lawsuit.
  • Lead trial counsel in a 4-day federal jury trial in favor of employer in a race discrimination lawsuit.
  • Representation of an Ohio manufacturer and three of its employees in the defense of a complaint alleging the theft of trade secrets and other business torts.
  • Defended a local accountant in multiple federal lawsuits and threatened actions arising out of the misconduct of former Cleveland stock broker Frank Gruttadauria.
  • Lead defense counsel for an international distributor of telecommunications products in a breach of contract case. Conceived strategy to limit potential liability that led to favorable pre-trial settlement.
  • Defended a law firm in litigation brought by the United States Trustee alleging self-dealing and malfeasance in management of a prior firm.
  • Representation of borrowers and lending institutions in loan participation agreement disputes.
  • Litigates real estate, title, zoning, and construction contract disputes relating to major office building projects, abandoned industrial facilities, and residential properties.
  • Representation of lawyers and law firms in disputes arising from 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.
  • Representation of clients in claims where a tenant was obligated to transfer a liquor permit to a new tenant, but refused to comply with the contract.
  • Representation of clients in regard to a municipality’s objection to the renewal of a business’s liquor permit.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2015 “Best Law Firms” rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Litigation, Municipal Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: ERISA Litigation, Environmental Litigation/li>
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Construction Litigation/li>
  • National Tier 3: ERISA Litigation/li>
According to U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, firms included in this year's listing "...are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise." This year's ratings were based upon the largest number of participating firms and the highest number of client ballots since these rankings were initiated - more than 17,000 attorneys provided nearly 600,000 law firm evaluations, and almost 7,500 clients also participated in the evaluation process. U.S. News - Best Lawyers® explained that, "Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity."
2014 rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 - Environmental Litigation, Land Use & Zoning Litigation, Municipal Litigation/li>
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 - Commercial Litigation Construction Litigation, ERISA Litigation/li>
  • National Tier 3 - ERISA Litigation/li>
2013 rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 - Land Use & Zoning Litigation/li>
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 - Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation, ERISA Litigation/li>
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 - Construction Litigation/li>
  • National Tier 3 - ERISA Litigation/li>
2012 rankings
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 - Litigation: Commercial, Construction, Eminent Domain, Environmental, ERISA, Labor & Employment, Land Use & Zoning

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