Christian R. Patno is a strategic Principal with McCarthy Lebit. With over 30 years of distinguished, complex trial experience, he oversees the personal injury practice at the Firm. Mr. Patno focuses on catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and defamation matters. His unique skills and vast experience provide him with the ability to organize and process highly technical information in a simple way for juries to understand. Mr. Patno has litigated matters not only in many states of the United States, but also as far away as Italy and Puerto Rico. He has dedicated his career and utilized the extensive knowledge gained to not only help clients in court, but just as importantly, to educate manufacturers, employers and property owners of the unique dangers which exist in their environment and how to protect against them. Through litigation, Mr. Patno has actually caused companies and medical providers to implement and change their safety practices so that injuries similar to those in the litigation do not ever happen in the future. He is often sought as a speaker and educator to state and local trial lawyer organizations on litigation, trial preparation and trial advocacy issues. Mr. Patno is also a Supreme Court Certified Mentor who mentors recent law school graduates new to the bar.  A member of the Executive Committee for the following many years as Medical Negligence Chairman and sitting on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association for Justice, he is now the current Vice President of the statewide organization. Mr. Patno is also many year Board Member and Past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is a member of the Negligence Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Mr. Patno is also a Diplomat Trial Advocate certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and William K. Thomas Inn of Court.

Since 1995, Mr. Patno is personally responsible for obtaining at least 28 jury verdicts and/or settlements on behalf of his clients in excess of $1 Million. Twelve of those results have been at or above $2 Million. To date, the highest monetary award Mr. Patno has reached on behalf of a client is $39 Million, resulting from a record-setting unanimous jury verdict in 2014. Yet, the highest success viewed by Mr. Patno focuses on the changes he has caused over his career that will prevent future injury. As a father, insuring the safety of innocent children has been a paramount concern of his, both professionally as well as in the home environment. He has volunteered his time on many occasions to speak with organizations, professionals, and students concerning issues of safety.  Many of his cases have obtained print and televised media exposure and he is a frequent media legal commentator. Mr. Patno prides hiself on the fact that his clients come to him by referral from other clients, judges, and doctors. Unlike other injury attorneys, he does not advertise in order to intentionally limit his case volume.

Mr. Patno has been repeatedly selected by his peers of lawyers to the Ohio Super Lawyers® Ohio Top 10, the Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 5 and The Best Lawyers in America©. He has had the distinction of being named to Ohio Super Lawyers® since the inception of this recognition. Mr. Patno has also been recognized by The American Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and is recognized as a diplomat with The Litigation Counsel of America. He is also top-rated as AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® for both his professional ability and high ethical standards and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers®. Mr. Patno was also recently invited into the highly select International Society of Barristers® as a fellow. Finally, for decades, Mr. Patno has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as into inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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  • Union College
    • Bachelor of Arts
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 2004-2021
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 5, 2015-2018, 2020-2021
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Ohio Top 10, 2014-2021
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Ohio Top 100 2007-2021
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Cleveland Top 50 2007-2009, 2012-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2012-2022
  • Inside Business Magazine, Leading Lawyer in Northeast Ohio
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • International Society of Barristers, Member


  • International Society of Barristers, Barrister
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Board of Directors
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Past President
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Vice President, Former Eighth District Board Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Former Medical Malpractice Chairman
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Diplomat
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member and Negligence Law Committee
  • Ohio Supreme Court, Certified Lawyer Mentor
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow
  • William K. Thomas Inn of Courts, Master of the Bench, Executive Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member


  • "Does Your Business Have a Business Interruption Insurance Claim Due to COVID-19?" McCarthy Lebit COVID-19 Blog, April 2020
  • "What's My Car Worth After an Accident," McCarthy Lebit Blog, December 2019
  • "The Housing Justice Alliance," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, December 2018
  • "Destruction of Eggs, Embryos, Hope, Family Planning and Evolving Ohio Law That May Apply," Ohio Association For Justice, The Quarterly, Issue 7, April 2018
  • Ohio's Medical Apology Statute, "I'm Sorry, So So Sorry (Not)," CATA News, Winter 2017-2018
  • "Defending Your Business Reputation That Is Under Attack," Smart Business Magazine, August 2017
  • "Combating the Apportionment Sword," CATA News, Winter 2014-2015


  • Featured speaker, Amazon Supplier Product Liability Claims, Ohio Association for Justice, June 2021
  • Featured speaker at the Ohio Chapter Spring Membership Dinner, American Board of Trial Advocates, June 2021