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George S. Coakley

Of Counsel


George is a trial lawyer and appellate advocate. George’s practice is eclectic and far reaching. Most of his current work involves the representation of professionals including architects, engineers, lawyers and real estate brokers in civil litigation matters.

George has extensive jury trial experience in the state and federal courts in Ohio. In addition, George has considerable appellate experience including appearances before the Ohio Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Recently, George has developed a mediation component to his busy practice.

George is perennially recognized as a “super lawyer” or “leading lawyer” by various professional groups. He is known as a true “lawyer’s lawyer” who has given back to the profession and his community through various pursuits. George has handled pro bono cases for the Cleveland Legal Aid Society since becoming a lawyer. Recently, George has become involved in several programs designed to mentor younger lawyers in the Cleveland area.

George is a frequent speaker at legal seminars mostly on the representation of professionals, ethics, and risk management. George has maintained an “AV” rating with Martindale Hubbell for over forty years.


  • Education

    • Northwestern University, B.A., 1971
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1975


    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • Supreme Court of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court
    • Supreme Court of the U.S.
    • State of Ohio
  • Community Involvement

    • Court of Nisi Prius
    • Malachi House – Former Trustee
    • Cleveland Zoological Society – Life Trustee
    • Senior Outreach Services – Former Trustee & Chair
    • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation (2024), Commercial Litigation (2024), Litigation - Construction (2024), Litigation - Real Estate (2024), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2024), Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2024)

    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2013-2023)