Overview

David A. Schaefer is a principal at McCarthy Lebit. Mr. Schaefer devotes the majority of his practice to product liability, business litigation, professional liability, employment discrimination, and construction litigation. He has extensive experience in complex business and tort litigation, addressing a diverse spectrum of personal and business grievances.

Mr. Schaefer represents both public and private companies located in Ohio and nationwide. His seasoned judgment and fair mindedness often find him acting as an arbitrator and mediator.  He recently served as a mediator in a dispute involving three personal injury actions and two related insurance coverage actions in two different states, all of which were resolved in approximately one and one-half days of mediation. Mr. Schaefer is a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only alternative dispute resolution professional association.

He has prevailed before juries in both state and federal courts and he has been selected by state and federal judges to be a Life Member of the Eighth District and Sixth Circuit Judicial Conferences.

Mr. Schaefer is a frequent lecturer on topics including deposition practice and insurance related issues. Since 1988, he has also taught annually at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Chicago, Illinois.

Education

  • Miami University
    • BS
  • Northwestern University
    • MA
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • JD

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Case Western Reserve University Society of Benchers
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Selected Instructor
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2003 - 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America© "Lawyer of the Year" Bet-the-Company Litigation - Cleveland 2017
  • Inside Business Magazine, Cleveland's Top Litigators, 2002 - 2014
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 2004 – 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 25 & Ohio Top 50 Lists 2003, 2007-2017

Activities

  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Cleveland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, ADR Committee, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Chapter, Past President
  • American Inns of Court, John M. Manos, Founding Member, Master Bencher
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member

Articles

  • "Mediation can be a useful tool for companies locked in conflict," Smart Business Magazine, March 2017
  • "Testing Your Evidence Before and Even During Trial," American Bar Association Litigation Journal, Summer 2016

Experience

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Thank You

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Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Thank You

David:

Thanks for your patience and your kind assistance… You are the one who got it done – and should be given the appropriate credit for so doing.

Thomas F. Naughton
Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA

Mediation

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Mediation

David,

I wanted to thank you for your services as a mediator. You have a very nice approach to conducting your mediations. I would not hesitate to recommend to a client or another lawyer your services in the future.

Douglas W. Ross
Daniel Daniluk, LLC

Davis & Young Thank You

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Davis & Young Thank You

Dave,

Thanks for your fine work last week. Things got a little emotional/tense there toward the end but you hung in there and I appreciate it………..Pat

Patrick F. Roche
DAVIS & YOUNG

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