Frantz Ward is proud to announce that partner, Christopher C. Koehler
, has been named President of the Board of the West Side Catholic Center. Chris will serve in this role for the next two years helping guide the organization.
Established in 1977, the West Side Catholic Center provides basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, as well as programming that encourage clients to become self-sufficient. Their programs respond to the needs of men, women, and children in Cuyahoga County regardless of religious affiliation. They have over 500 volunteers and 4,500 donors. The WSCC operates a Resource Center, Moriah House - a 34-bed Family Shelter, Economic Opportunities Program and the Zacchaeus Housing Solutions program that assists homeless families in securing and maintaining housing.
Chris has been a member of the West Side Catholic Center board since 2013 and has been a volunteer with the Center since 2003. Chris is very active in the community, with leadership roles at the Church of the Gesu and several local nonprofit organizations. His volunteer work with the WSCC and other organizations such as the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Kinship Caregiver Program involves one-on-one, hands-on work with clients to help them navigate solutions to pressing issues.
At Frantz Ward, Chris focuses on helping clients navigate disputes, whether by handling litigation or by counseling them on how to best avoid or resolve their disputes. He handles trial and litigation of business disputes of all types, including claims involving business torts, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, and breach of contract and warranty claims. He also has extensive experience in the defense of product liability and toxic tort claims, and has represented manufacturers of a wide range of products, including automobiles, industrial equipment and various consumer products. Chris is named to The Best Lawyers in America
in the area of Commercial Litigation and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.