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About Me

Brian Roof is the Chair of Sutter O’Connell’s Insurance Coverage practice with over 14 years of experience working in insurance coverage and commercial litigation. His insurance coverage practice is devoted to first-party and third-party coverage disputes involving property, casualty, personal lines and liability insurance, including CGL, professional liability, D&O and E&O policies. Known for his ability to work with corporate leadership, Brian has obtained favorable outcomes in insurance coverage disputes, business disputes and fiduciary litigation.


Practice Areas


  1. Insurance: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

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Contact Info

Sutter O'Connell

3600 Erieview Tower
1301 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH, 44114



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Rising StarSuperLawyers2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderSutter O'Connell Co.2014 - Present
PartnerFrantz Ward LLP2008 - 2014
AssociateFrantz Ward LLP2003 - 2007
AssociateThompson Hine1999 - 2003
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaMember2011 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2009 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Cleveland Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
The Defense Research Institute: For the Defense"Recouping Defense Costs Paid on Behalf of the Insured"2012
Ohio Lawyer Magazine"Full Coverage? Insurer's Claims Files And The Attorney-client Privilege"2012
The Defense Research Institute: Covered Events"Insurer Beware: Policy Renewals May Not Change Coverage as Intended"2011
The Defense Research Institute: The Business Suit"Counseling the Corporate Counsel: The Impact of Choice of Law Issues on the Attorney-Client Privilege"2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Notre DameGovernment and International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association“The Inner Workings of Insurance”2014