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About me

I have been married to my wife Gaynel for 27 years and we have 3 children.

I have worked since starting my first job at age 11 delivering newspapers. I worked throughout high school in the school cafeteria and earned my way through college pumping gas at the local Gulf station.

I am involved in numerous charitable and community programs but the two I enjoy most are coaching CYO basketball, which I have done for almost twenty years  and I recently founded a social justice scholarship program that engages eighth grade students with local service organizations and projects to increase awareness about justice in our society.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    31 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    31 years
  3. Brain Injury: 20%
    31 years
  4. Birth Injury: 20%
    31 years
  5. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    31 years



Contingent (40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kenneth James Knabe

    Christopher Mellino is one of the finest medical malpractice Attorneys in Ohio. He has helped numerous victims of medical malpractice. He examines each case very carefully and consults with the finest experts in the field. He obtains great results, even on the most difficult cases. He is smart, aggessive and thorough.I would HIGHLY recommend him if you are avictim of a medical mistake.


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  • Gerald Raymond Horning

    I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly.I have worked with Chris on a number of medmal cases. His preparation, trial skills and concern for his clients are unmatched.


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Contact info

Mellino Law Firm LLC

19704 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River/Cleveland, OH, 44116


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyersUS News and World Report2014
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2014
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Mellino Law Firm LLC2001 - Present
PartnerKampinski & Mellino1984 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Society of Primerus Law FirmsConsumer Law Institute2012 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysDirector2010 - Present
Ohio Association for Justice, Medical Malpractice SectionChairman2008 - 2009
Multi Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1987 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai HospitalN/A
Watkins v. Cleveland Clinic FoundationVerdict Affirmed By 8th District Ct. of Appeals
Hyams v. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation$850,000 jury verdict on behalf of the boy and his parents.
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Publication nameTitleDate
BookWas It A Mistake Your Ohio Medical Malpractice Questions Answered2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Cleveland State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting of Ohio Patients Rights Advocacy GroupShould The City of Cleveland Pass A Law Prohibiting Hospitals from Banning Patients2011