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Lewis, Richard M.
295 Pearl Street PO Box 664 Jackson, OH
Phone: (740) 286-0071
Fax: (740) 286-2988
Website: http://www.richard-m-lewis.com

SUMMARY

Lawyer Overview

Richard M. Lewis is a Jackson, Ohio attorney with over 25 years of experience. This experience includes litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and teaching. Mr. Lewis graduated from Capital Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 1982. In 1979, Mr. Lewis graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Mr. Lewis' legal experience is varied and rich. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association for Justice, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association. As a member of these organizations, Mr. Lewis has held a variety of leadership roles, including serving as Vice-Chair of  The Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Association for Justice, the OSBA Committee on Unjust Criticism of Judges, and past president of the Jackson County Bar Association. He was the 2007-2008 Vice-Chair, Consumer Law Section, OATL (Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers), now OAJ (Ohio Association for Justice).

During Mr. Lewis' legal career he has represented a wide variety of clients and has been part of important decisions, including counsel for the plaintiffs in Akers, et al v. Alonzo M.D., et al.

In addition to a career as legal counsel, Mr. Lewis has pursued various opportunities as a lecturer to other legal professionals on topics involving the law. Some of the issues that were addressed by Mr. Lewis are courtroom tactics for lawyers, discovery issues that arise in medical malpractice cases, and professional responsibility requirements of Ohio attorneys. Click here for a list of his professional presentations.

Mr. Lewis has also published a number of scholarly and practical articles written for Ohio trial lawyers. Some of the subjects include professional ethics, nursing home abuse, and courtroom procedure. Click here for a list of his publications.

Mr. Lewis has served as an expert witness in a number of cases, regarding legal malpractice and whether charges for attorney fees were appropriate. Click here for descriptions of other accolades.

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • The Pillsbury Company
  • The Cincinnati Companies
  • Telmark, Inc.
  • NCI Building Components, LP
  • CDG Management, LLC/Wellston Millennium Telemarketing
  • Trepanier Daniels & Trepanier, dba A&A Truck Stop
  • Frigid Tek, Inc.
  • Consolidated Technology Corporation
  • Fleming Homes
  • Martin Block Company
  • Jackson County Power, LLC
  • Dome Financial Services
  • Patrick Ball, D.O.
  • Michael L. McGraw, LPT
  • D&J Tire, Inc.
  • Veteran Process Piping, Inc.
  • Transamerica Finance Corp.
  • Davis Media, Inc., dba Cable Channel 15
  • The City of Jackson, Ohio
  • Barnett Ford, Inc.
  • JVC Metals, LLC
  • Sterling Financial
  • Center Capital Corporation
  • Merillat Corporation
  • Modagraphics, Inc.
  • The Cadle Co.
  • Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc.
  • Foley & Lardner, LLP

Representative Cases

  • Akers, et al v. Alonzo, M.D., et al , (1992)

West Practice Categories

Family Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Insurance Law, Personal Injury -- Defense, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1999

Certification/Specialties

  • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Supreme Court Commission, 2002 - December 31, 2003 (Member)
  • Supreme Court Commission, January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006 (Reappointed Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Association (Section of Litigation)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2001 - Present (Committee for Independent Judiciary and Unjust Criticism of Judges)
  • Jackson County Bar Association (Past President)
  • International Who's Who
  • Who's Who in American law
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Registry
  • Jackson Rotary Club (Prsident)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993 - 2004 (Board of Trustees)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 - 1999 (Executive Committee)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 - 1997 (Chair, Membership Committee)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993 - 1994 (Budget Committee)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003 - 2004 (Supreme Court Screening Committee 1994)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995 - 1996 (Chair, Family Law Section)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 - 1997 (Chair, Membership Committee)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 (Moderator Family Law Seminars)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1994 - 1995 (Vice-Chair Family Law committee)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995 (Co-Chair, Family Law Seminar)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1997 (Vice-Chair, Regional Seminars)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998 - 1999 (Chair Advocates Circle)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002 (Co-Editor "OATL Book of Complaints" Recipient of Distinguished Svc Awd)
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005 (Co-Editor, Big Book of Motions)

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer on Wrongful Foreclosure Cases, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Consumer Law CLE Seminar, 2007
  • Lecturer on Case Law Update, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Domestic Relations Law, 2006
  • Lecture on "Set-Offs In Cases Involving Multiple Defendants, An Analysis of Fidelholtz", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Negligence Law, February 8, 2002
  • Instructor of "Direct Examination" Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • Lecture on "So You Have a Trial Date, Now What?", Hohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 2, 2001
  • Lecture on "Ethical Considerations Concerning Lawyer Advertising", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, December 6, 2001
  • Instructor of "Cross Examination", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Lecture on "An Overview of Ohio Law Pertaining to Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities", Professional Education Systems, May 25, 2000
  • Lecture on "Biomechanical Engineers (An option in Soft Tissue Injury Cases)", The Kentucky Academy of Trial Lawyers, March 10, 2000
  • Lecture on "Biomechanical Engineers (An Option in Soft Tissue Injury Cases)", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • Lecture on "Opening Statements (Good Beginnings Beget Good Endings)", The Summit County Trial Lawyers Assocation, November 13, 1998
  • Lecture on "The Ethics of Lawyer Advertising", CLE Institute, October 15, 1998
  • Lecture on "Dram Shop & Liquor Law", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996
  • Lecture on "Case Law Update", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1995
  • Lecture on "Building Your Discovery Arsenal - Obtaining the Ammunition You Need", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1994
  • Lecture on "The Oft-Forgotten Essentials of Trial Preparation", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993

Past Employment Positions

  • The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, Sole Practitioner, 2001 - Present
  • Cole & Lewis, Partner, 1996 - 2000
  • Ochsenbein, Cole & Lewis, Partner, 1986 - 1996
  • Sole Practitioner, Sole Practitioner / General Practice, 1985 - 1986
  • Mary Bone Kunze, Associate, 1983 - 1985
  • Sole Practitioner, Sole Practitioner / General Practice

Education

  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio, 1982
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Business Associations 1981
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 1979
    Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Political Science
    Minor: Philosophy
  • Continuing Legal Education - Ohio Bar College
Articles

Published Works

  • "Building Your Discovery Arsenal", CLE Seminar manual of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminars, 1994
  • "The Oft-Forgotten Essentials of Trial Preparation", CLE Seminar Course Manual of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Regional Seminars, 1993
  • "Ethics of Lawyer Advertising", CLE Institute course manual, 1998
  • "Good Beginnings Beget Good Endings", Trial Practice Seminar course manual, 1998
  • "Biomechanical Engineers (An Option in Soft Tissue Injury Cases)", CLE Seminar Manual, 1999
  • "An Overview of Ohio Law Pertaining to Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities", CLE Seminar manual, 2000
  • "Recognizing Viable Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse cases", Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Regional Seminars course manual, 2000
  • "Set-off in Cases Involving Multiple Defendants: An Analysis of Fidelholtz v. Peller", Ohio Trial Magazine, June Volume II, 2001
  • Domestic Relations, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1994
  • Case Law Update, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Family Law Seminar Course Manual, Domestic Relations Law, 2006
  • Wrongful Foreclosures, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Consumer Law Seminar Court Manual, 2007
References

References

  • Honorable J. Craig Wright - former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Strickland, P.O. Box 580, Lucasville, OH 45648
  • Honorable Leonard F. Holzapfel - Judge, Jackson County Common Pleas Court
  • Honorable Warren J. Lotz - former Judge, Vinton County Common Pleas Court
  • Honorable Jeffrey Simmons - Judge, Vinton County Common Pleas Court
  • Honorable Stephen D. Michael - Judge, Jackson County Common Pleas Court, Probate/Juvenile Divisions
  • Honorable T. W. Mitchell - retired Judge, Jackson County Common Pleas Court
  • Honorable Michael A. Esposito - former Judge, Jackson County Municipal Court
  • Honorable Peter B. Abele - Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeals
  • Honorable William H. Harsha - Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeals
  • Peter Broadhead, President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fred Gittes, President-Elect, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Frank Todaro, Past President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Steve Collier, Past President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Clair Carlin, Past President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Dale K. Perdue, Past President, ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • J. Thomas Henretta, Past President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • James Dennis, Past President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • J. Michael Monteleone, Past President, ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Anne M. Valentine, Past President, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Philip R. Bradley, Esq.,
  • Richard D. Topper, Esq.,
  • John F. Winkler, Esq.,
  • Diane Chesley - Lahm, Executive Director Ohio Supreme Courts
  • Honorable Corene G. Johnston, Judge Jackson County Municipal Court