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Lawrence J. Scanlon

Phone: (330) 376-1440
Fax: (330) 376-0257

Lawrence J. Scanlon is a board certified civil trial lawyer not only by the National Board of Trial Advocacy but also by the Florida Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in Ohio and Florida, as well as the Sixth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals, and in the United States Supreme Court since 1986. Mr. Scanlon is not only an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, but he has also obtained Preeminence by Martindale-Hubbell. As a member of the Million Dollar Forum, he has represented those who have sustained catastrophic injuries and other serious personal injuries by the way of professional liability or product liability, such as pharmaceutical cases and device cases.

Mr. Scanlon has been recognized as a leader not only in his profession but also in his involvement and professional association. He was the 2015-2016President of the Akron Bar Association and past President of the Summit County Trial Lawyers Association and the University of Akron School of Law, Law Alumni Association.

In spite of these commitments, Mr. Scanlon has found time to lecture at the Law School in Akron as well as to medical professionals in the community, and he has been a featured speaker at Ohio State Bar conventions, Ohio Academy of Justice seminars and conventions, and the American Association of Justice formerly the ATLA.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Trial and Appellate Advocacy
  • Medical Malpractice: Clinical, Surgical, Laboratory and Medical Device Matters
  • Product Liability: Aviation, Aquatic, Recreational and Highway Design Cases
  • Pharmaceutical Products Liability
  • Securities Litigation and Investment Advisor Malpractice

Special Training

  • Case Western Reserve University, Thomas Backus School of Law: Trial Advocacy (1978)
  • Kent State University: Traffic Accident Analysis (1979)
  • Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine: Anatomy & Physiology for Attorneys (1980)
  • National Judicial College, National College of Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy in Medical Malpractice and Damages (1982)

Honors

  • Ohio Super Lawyers List Recognition of 2004-2014
  • Ohio's Top Lawyers for 2004
  • Martindale Hubbell (AV) Member, Preeminent Law Firm
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project (Volunteer Award Recipient 2005)

Certification / Specialties

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar, Recertified through 2017
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, Recertified through 2017 (recognized by the Ohio Supreme Court)
  • Diplomat National College of Trial Advocates, 2006
  • Senior Counsel, The College of Master Advocates and Barristers, 2003
  • Advocate, National College of Trial Advocacy, 1992
  • Associate-in-Law, American College of Legal Medicine, 1992

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio, 1978
    Juris Doctor
  • The University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, 1974
    Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2002

Bar Associations

Akron Bar Association

President (2015-2016); Chairman, Judicial Evaluation Committee (2000-2002); Board of Trustees (1994-1997) and Treasurer (1995-1997); Chairman, Disaster Response Committee (1989-1990); Chairperson, Lawyer’s Assistance Committee (2006-2007); Chairperson, Common Pleas Court and Appellate Court Committee (2009-2010)

Ohio State Bar

Member, Negligence Law Committee (1979); Council of Delegates (1993-1995) and (2006-2008); Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation (2004)

Florida Bar Association

Published Works

“Filing a Wrongful Death Action Without a Personal Representative – Beware,” Ohio Trial (Summer 2005).

"A Review of the Status of Attorney-Client Contingency Fee Agreements," Ohio Trial (February 1997).

"For the Practitioner: Joint & Several Liability Post-Am. Sub. H.B. 350," Ohio Trial (November 1996).

"Florida Statutes of Limitations: A Handy Reference," Akron Legal News (November 1996).

Representative Cases

Colvin v. Abbey's Restaurant, Inc., 85 Ohio St.3d 535, 709 N.E.2d 1156 (1999)

Williams v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 964 F.Supp. 257 (N.D., Ohio 1997)

Hack v. Gillespie, 74 Ohio St.3d 362, 658 N.E.2d 1046 (1996)

Fiorentino v. Lightning Rod Mutual Insurance Company, 114 Ohio App.3d 188 (1996)

Dellenbach v. Robinson, 70 Ohio St.3d 1219, 640 N.E.2d 840 (1994)

Cabe v. Lunich, 70 Ohio St.3d 598, 640 N.E.2d 159 (1994)

Sabo v. MICO Ins. Co., 70 Ohio St.3d 492, 639 N.E.2d 448 (1994)

Brown v. Allstate Ins. Co., 81 Ohio App.3d 87, 610 N.E.2d 478 (1991)

Stevens v. Pusey & Jones, 43 Ohio St.3d 63, 538 N.E.2d 409 (1989)

Pickett v. Ohio Farmers Ins. Co., Ohio St. 3d 1201, 781 N.E.2d 217 (1998)

Gieger v. UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America, 213 F.Supp.2d 813 (2002)

Miraglia v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 770 So.2d 1255 (2000)

Kovats v. Rutgers, The State University, 822 F.2d 1303 (1987)

Schaefer v. Musil (2014) 2014-Ohio-1504, C.A. 27109

Haught v. U.S. Fid. and Guar (2011) 2-11-Ohio-4994, C.A. 25489

Vikoz Enters., LLC v. Wizards of Plastic Recycling, Inc. (2011) 2011-Ohio-4486, C.A. 25759

Loudin v. Radiology and Imaging Servs. (2011) 948 N.E.2d 944, 128 Ohio St.3d 555, 2011-Ohio-1817

Petsch v. Hampton Inn (2011) 2011-Ohio-838, OHCA8 95039

Ward v. Summa Health System (2010) 920 N.E.2d 421, 184 Ohio App.3d 254, 2009-Ohio-4859 (Ohio App. 9 Dist. 2009)

Duncan v. Hopkins (2008) 2008-Ohio-3772, C. A. No. 24065

William A. Randolph, Inc. v. Gator Construction, Inc. (2007) 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57340, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 2:06-cv-950

Mogus v. Scottsdale Insurance, Co. (2004) 2004-Ohio-5177, C.A. 03CA0074 , 04CA0002, 04-LW-4395 (9th)

Hottensmith v. Corvo (2003) 2003-Ohio-6974, 2002P0064, 03-LW-5428 (11th)

Reese v. Hartford Fire Insurance, Co. (2003) 2003-Ohio-4269, C.A. 21455, 03-LW-3222 (9th)

Thorley v. Am. States Preferred (2003) 787 N.E.2d 638, 98 Ohio St.3d 493, 2003-Ohio-2148

Pickett v. Ohio Farmers Insurance, Co. (2002) 781 N.E.2d 217, 98 Ohio St.3d 1201, 2002-Ohio-7026

Classes / Seminars Taught

"Direct Examination in the Case-in-Chief," The University of Akron, School of Law, 2003

"Civil Case Selection, Investigation and Preparation," Akron Bar Association, 2002

"The Role of Experts in Trial Practice," The University of Akron, School of Law, 2002

"Personal Injury: Preparation of the Personal Injury Case in the 21st Century," Akron Bar Association, Civil Trial Practice Institute, 2000

"Documentation," Summit County Chapter of Medical Assistance, 2000

"Legal Implications of Your Practice: Documentation of the Record," Summit County Chapter of Medical Assistance, 2000

Guest Lecturer, "Product Liability: Investigation & Preparation Leading to Trial and Appeal of a Product Liability Case: ATV and Ultralights," The University of Akron, School of Law, 1999 - 2000

"Litigation Issues for the 21st Century," Akron Bar Association and The University of Akron, School of Law, 1999

"HB53: Tort Reform Seminar - Joint and Several Liability," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996

"HB 350: Tort Reform Seminar - Joint & Several Liability," 1996

Tort Reform Seminar - "Tax Ramifications of Punitive Damages," 1996

"HB50: Tort Reform Seminar - Tax Ramification of Punitive Damages," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996

Guest Lecturer, "Advanced Nursing Practice: Issues in Legislation & Litigation for the Advanced Nurse Practitioner," The University of Akron, Center for Nursing, 1995 - 1996

Guest Lecturer, "Product Liability: Investigation & Preparation Leading to Trial and Appeal of a Product Liability Case: ATV and Ultralights," The University of Akron, School of Law, 1994 - 1996

36th Annual Convention "Preserving the Evidence on Damages in Pre-Suit Investigations," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993

"Punitive Damages with Ohio Emphasis," Akron Bar Association and The University of Akron, School of Law, 1992

Guest Lecturer, "Product Liability: Investigation & Preparation Leading to Trial and Appeal of a Product Liability Case: ATV and Ultralights," The University of Akron, School of Law, 1992

"Damages in Ohio from the Plaintiff's Perspective," Professional Education Systems, Inc./Ohio Division, 1991

"Disaster Response Committees: The Team Approach to Community Action by Local Bar Associations Involving Mass Torts," Great Lakes Organization of Bar Executives, 1991

"Traffic Accident Analysis & Highway Design Cases," Akron Bar Association and The University of Akron, School of Law, 1990

"Ohio Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage Issues," Professional Education Systems, Inc./Ohio Division, 1990

"New Developments in Medical Negligence & Product Liability Cases," Ohio State Bar Association, 1990

Regional Seminar "Civil RICO: Trial Practice," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1990

"Proving Causation in Medical Negligence and Product Liability Cases," Akron Bar Association and The University of Akron, School of Law, 1989

"Handling the Basic Personal Injury Case," Akron Bar Association and The University of Akron, School of Law, 1986

"Bad Faith Cases Against Insurance Carriers," Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

Akron Bar Association
President, Akron Bar Association, 2015-2016
Chairman, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2000 - 2002
Board of Trustees, 1994 - 1997
Treasurer, 1995 - 1997
Chairman, Disaster Response Committee, 1989 - 1990

American Bar Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Legislative Key Person Committee
ATLA/PAC Task Force & Quality of Life Committee
Quality of Life Committee
Membership Committee
Product Liability, Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts Section
Accutane-Birth Defects Litigation Subgroup
Birth Trauma Litigation Subgroup

Civil Justice Foundation
Charter Member

Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys

Cuyahoga County Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Leading Lawyers in America

Lee County Bar Association

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
Board of Trustees, 2001 - 2002, 1993 - 1997
Negligence Section, Chair, 1994 - 1996

Ohio State Bar
Member, Negligence Law Committee, 1979
Council of Delegates, 1993 - 1995

Ohio State Bar Foundation
Fellow

Palm Beach County Bar Association

Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association

Public Investor Attorneys Bar Association

The Roscoe Pound Institute
Sustaining Member

Southern Poverty Legal Center
Sustaining Member

Summit County Trial Lawyers
President, 2000 - 2001

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Sustaining Member

University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association
President-Elect, 2013-2014
A-Scy/Treasurer, 2012-2013
President, 1997 - 1998

Western Trial Lawyers Association

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