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

David 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 six-party construction dispute with three personal injury actions and two related insurance coverage issues, all of which were resolved in approximately one day of mediation. David 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.

David is a frequent lecturer on topics including deposition practice and insurance related issues. From 1988-2015, he taught annually at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Miami University
    • Bachelor of Science, cum laude
  • Northwestern University
    • Master of Arts, Economics
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor


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


  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2003 - 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© "Lawyer of the Year" Insurance Litigation - Cleveland 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America© "Lawyer of the Year" Bet-the-Company Litigation - Cleveland 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 2004 – 2020, 2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 50, 2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 100, 2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 25 & Ohio Top 50 Lists 2003, 2007-2020
  • America’s 100 Top Defense Civil Litigators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Case Western Reserve University Society of Benchers
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Selected Instructor
  • Inside Business Magazine, Cleveland's Top Litigators, 2002 - 2014


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, ADR Committee, Judge 4 Yourself, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Chapter, Past President
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • American Inns of Court, John M. Manos, Founding Member, Master Bencher
  • Cleveland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member


  • "Let's Talk About Mediation," Federal Bar Association NDOC INTER ALIA, Spring 2018
  • "Let's Talk About Mediation," Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Group, February 2018, Presentation
  • "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


Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Thank You

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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


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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

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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

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