Overview

Greg’s practice encompasses a variety of litigation matters, including commercial disputes and the litigation of lender liability, insurance coverage, and consumer fraud claims. He has represented defendants in numerous class actions in state and federal courts.

Practices

    • Representation of insurers in statewide breach of contract and bad faith actions.
    • Representation of automotive finance lender in putative nationwide consumer fraudulent leasing practices class action.
    • Representation of financial institution in putative nationwide consumer fraudulent mortgage release class action.
    • Representative of cellular telephone service provider in putative nationwide consumer fraudulent advertising class action.
    • Representation of automotive lender in statewide class action alleging violations of Uniform Commercial Code in connection with sale of repossessed vehicles.
    • Representation of network of automobile dealerships in multiple statewide class actions alleging deceptive advertising practices.
    • Representation of automotive lender in putative statewide class action challenging validity of banking fees.
    • Representation of insurer in putative statewide ERISA class action.
    • Representation of employers in ERISA benefits vesting class actions.
    • Representation of employers in wage and hour class actions.
    • Representation of manufacturer in putative nationwide deceptive advertising class action.
    • Representation of manufacturer in putative statewide products liability and breach of warranty class action.
    • Representation of defendants in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation.
    • Representation of retailer in ADA accessibility class action.
  • Education

    • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1997
    • Michigan State University, B.A., Political Economy, with High Honors, 1994

    Admissions

    • Supreme Court of the U.S.
    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys—Member
    • Ohio Bar Association—Member (1999-Present)
    • Defense Research Institute—Member (1999-Present), Class Actions Committee Vice Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Committee Member, Financial Institutions & Creditors' Rights Committee Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member (1999-Present)
    • ALFA Internatioinal—Steering Committee, Business Litigation

    Community Involvement

    • Youth Challenge—Board of Directors (2018-Present)
    • Heights Youth Club—Board Member/Vice President (2008-2015)
    • Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland—Board Member (2011-2015)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Cleveland Bridge Builders (Class of 2014)
    • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2018-2019); Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2019); and Commercial Litigation (2019)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2014-2018)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2006)
    • "Inadvertent Waiver of Arbitration as to Absent Class Members: A Potential Trap for the Unwary," Defense Research Institute (DRI) Newsletter (June, 2018) 
    • " Does "Any" Really Mean "Any" ? Ohio Courts Split on The Application of The Construction Statute of Response to Breach of Contract Claims,"  Frantz Ward News (February 2018)
    • "Chilton–Clark vs. Fishel–Professional Liability and Expert Testimony," Frantz Ward Client Alert (October 2016)
    • “Are the Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure Regarding Spoliation of ESI Changing Anything Yet?” Defense Research Institute -- The Voice of the Defense Bar (March 2016)
    • “Is a Consumer a Person, and Why Does it Matter? Liability for Consumer Claims Under the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (September 2015)
    • “Civil Liability for Criminal Acts: Unravelling the Mystery of R.C. 2307.60,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (February 2015)
    • “Protecting the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” Association of Corporate Counsel (June 2014)
    • “Mentoring Committee: What To Do When You Receive a New File,” The Business Suit (December 2013)
    • “Commercial Litigation in the United States Supreme Court: Court to Resolve Circuit Split Over Standing in Lanham Act Litigation,” The Business Suit (November 2013)
    • “The Continuing Saga of Class Action Fairness Act Jurisdiction,” Defense Research Institute (November 2013)
    • “Is What is Good for the Goose Good for the Defendant? Application of the Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard to Affirmative Defenses in the Sixth Circuit,” The Business Suit (February 2013)
    • “A Brief Note About Notes,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (January 2013)
    • “Duty Bound: Ohio Corporations in the Zone of Insolvency,” Ohio Lawyer (October 2012)
    • “Is Dukes a Hazard to State Court Class Certification? A Survey of State Court Decisions Applying Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes,” The Business Suit (March 2012)
    • “Defense Research Institute 50 State Class Action Compendium” Defense Research Institute (2011)
    • "Avoiding Exhibit A- Communications Training and Strategies for Creating the Right Documents," Northeast Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, OH (June 2018)
    • “Business Tune Up,” Metal Building Interiors, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)
    • “Mixing Legal and Business Advice,” Moderator, Frantz Ward Litigation Panel Series, Cleveland, OH (November 2017)
    • "You Mean All These People Are After Us?," Panelist, ALFA Product Liability & Complex Torts Seminar, Santa Barbara, CA (October 2017)
    • "Attorney-Client Privilege Issues," Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, OH (June 2017)
    • “Making the Record: The Pitfalls, Tips and In-Depth Look at Creating and Using Incident Reports,” ALFA International, Webinar (November 2016)
    • “Human Resources, the Attorney-Client Privilege, and Work-Product Doctrine, Parts 1 and 2” Ohio State Bar Association, Webcasts (May 2016 and August 2016)
    • “Complex Litigation Seminar,” Columbia University, Professor John C. Coffee, New York, NY (February 2013; February 2014; February 2016)
    • “Protecting the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” Clear Law Institute (September 2015)
    • “Copying An Attorney Doesn’t Make An Email (Or Any Other Communication) Privileged,” Defense Research Institute’s Let’s Talk Series (April 2015)
    • “Bankruptcy: From a Creditor’s Perspective—Bankruptcy Litigation,” National Business Institute, Toledo, OH (December 2014)
    • “The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege: Reducing the Uncertainty,” The Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Cleveland, OH (November 2014)
    • “The Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” Goodyear Global Law Conference, Akron, OH (October 2014)
    • “The Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege,” Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, OH (April 2014)
    • “Protecting the Corporate Privilege,” Northeast Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel, Cleveland, OH (February 2014)
    • “Lower Court CAFA Developments,” Defense Research Institute’s Commercial Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL (May 2013)
    • “Advising Corporate Directors,” Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH (May 2012)