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About me

Representing individuals, families, and trial law primarily defines me. My varied complex caseload and travel energizes and challenges me on a daily basis. I have been extremely fortunate to come from the small state of Vermont to travelling the world representing individuals in their struggles against large corporations and insurance companies. With the help of juries and the legal system, over the decades, I have been able to help right many egregious wrongs. Much of the credit for where I am professionally rests with my two wonderful parents, Lee and Judy. They imparted me with the pursuit of education, ethics, drive, fight and passion that has led to a track record of success.    


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 34%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%



Hourly ($400/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Stephen Thomas Keefe Jr.

    Chris Patno is a terrific lawyer, advocate and person. Not only is he very smart, but he genuinely cares about his clients and their causes. It has been my pleasure to work side-by-side with Chris in very complex litigation and with tragic facts. He is a very down to earth and good guy, and a great lawyer to boot.


    Stephen Keefe Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.

101 West Prospect Avenue
Suite 1800
Cleveland, OH, 44115


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rated PreeminentMartindale Hubbell2015
Top Ten Super Lawyer In StateOhio "Super Lawyers"2015
Cleveland Top 5 LawyerOhio "Super Lawyers"2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalMcCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co Lpa2014 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
William K. Thomas Inn of CourtsMember, Master Bencher2011 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysBoard of Directors, Treasurer1990 - Present
Ohio Association of Trial AttorneysBoard of Directors, Executive Committee1990 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember, Neligence Law Committee1990 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Roginski v. ShellyPlaintiff Verdict $39 Million
Balcerzak v. ClassenPlaintiff Jury Verdict 1,900,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysPunitive Damage Experience2015
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysApportinment of Fault in Ohio2014
Cleveland Aacademy of Trial Lawyers Quarterly NewsletterTort Reform Caps In Ohio2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawN/A1990
Union College (Barbourville Kentucky)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Luncheon SeriesMedicaid Subrogation Class Action2015
2014 OAJ Winter ConventionPunitive Damages in Ohio2014
OAJ Annual ConventionBWC Subrogation2013