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Calfee’s Tort, Accident and Product Liability practice provides counsel for a wide range of organizations in the manufacturing, business, medical, legal and public utility communities.

Our attorneys assist public and privately held enterprises with the following:

  • Prevention and handling of tort, accident and product liability matters
  • Handling of mass tort/toxic tort claims and litigation
  • Development and implementation of post-incident procedures
  • Conducting periodic and systematic reviews of product instructions and warnings
  • Counseling regarding consumer product representations, warranties, and regulations
  • Identification and protection of potential uninsured exposure
  • Litigation of claims through trial and appellate levels

The group handles all types of tort claims, including products liability, premises liability, negligence, strict liability, and intentional tort claims.

We have extensive experience with conduct-based tort claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants; litigating the standard of care in the medical, legal, accounting and architectural professions; and defending public utilities and other businesses in matters involving highly technical science and engineering-based issues.

When tort, accident, and product liability claims arise, the attorneys in this group assist clients at every step of the way from setting up a response and investigation procedure to handling a matter at trial. Our experience in developing and identifying response procedures has enabled clients to assess, at an early stage, what happened, why it happened, and whether further incidents can be prevented. Through this, we assist clients in preserving and identifying key facts and evidence, while reducing the risk of an adverse litigation result.

In addition, we provide clients counseling and assistance in making decisions regarding warnings, responses to inquiries from government agencies, subsequent remedial measures, product recalls, consumer issues, and any other issues that arise depending upon the incident, claim, product or service at issue.


Chambers USA Band 3 Ranking in Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Litigation group and individual litigation attorneys have been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA. In 2021, Chambers USA researchers noted that the team "Frequently advises on plaintiff and defense-side commercial litigation matters, offering considerable strengths in securities, product liability, antitrust and construction disputes. Also offers experience in criminal litigation, defending a range of individuals and businesses facing regulatory enforcement actions. Acts for clients in sectors including healthcare, financial services and manufacturing." 

A client interviewed by Chambers USA researchers commented, "The entire team provides outstanding legal services." Another adds, "The team as a whole is fantastic."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in several Litigation practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation as a "Highly Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio in the area of Dispute Resolution. Additionally, several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked by Benchmark Litigation as "Local Litigation Stars – Ohio" and as “40 & Under Hot List Honorees – Midwest.”




  • Personal injury claims
  • Wrongful death claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Products liability claims
  • Mass tort/toxic tort claims
  • Intentional tort claims
  • Strict liability claims
  • Professional Standard of Care Defense
  • Underinsured and uninsured motorist claims
  • Fraud investigations
  • Excess exposure issues in litigation or coverage

Calfee attorneys operate in an environment conducive to a free-flowing exchange of information between attorney and the client, yet our attorneys are mindful of the need to maintain the protection from disclosure that the attorney/client privilege and/or work product doctrine provide. The actions of the group in counseling our clients at an early stage are designed to reduce subsequent legal costs and expenses and to place the client in the best position to defend against future claims.

Having in place a set procedure to receive and respond to notice of an incident can:

  • Reduce the amount of time employees will have to spend searching for documents and information after an incident.
  • Reduce defense costs.
  • Reduce the risk of an adverse litigation result.

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"The entire [Litigation] team provides outstanding legal services."

"The team as a whole is fantastic."

Client comments from the Chambers USA 2021 Guide

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