also known as Ryan Melewski, Ryan J. Melewski
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Ryan Jon Melewski is a partner and trial attorney at Amendolara & Rafidi, LLC, an Ohio based, multi-office boutique law firm that focuses on business litigation and personal injury including trucking accidents, car accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.
Ryan attended the University of Akron School of Law where he graduated number one in his law school class. He earned CALI Excellence for the Future Award in eleven different classes including Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Property I, Property II, Legal Research and Writing I, Legal Research and Writing II, Contracts II, Evidence, Pretrial Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award® is given to the highest scoring student in each law school class. In addition, Ryan was the recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Academic Achievement Award for Highest Scholastic Achievement, C. Blake McDowell Scholarship, Ernest Karam Scholarship and Board of Trustee’s Scholarship.
Outside of the classroom, Ryan earned national recognition competing across the country in highly selective trial tournaments. He was the National Champion at the National Civil Trial Competition, an invitational tournament that invites the top sixteen law schools who have demonstrated excellence in mock trial competitions and/or demonstrated excellence in the training of law students in litigation skills. He was a two-time champion at the American Association of Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Regional Competition. The AAJ competition is a national open invitational tournament where 224 law school trial teams across the country compete in fourteen different regions. Finally, in back to back years, Melewski was a quarterfinalist in the AAJ National Finals Trial Competition placing him in the top five in the country for trial advocacy.
Ryan’s love of the courtroom led him to pursue a career in trial work. Ryan began his legal career working on some of the most serious and high exposure injury cases throughout the State of Ohio. A majority of his cases involved catastrophic multi-million dollar claims. He played an integral role in selecting experts, understanding complex medical or scientific issues, analyzing claims, and preparing these difficult cases for trial.
Ryan’s legal acumen has been recognized by his peers. In 2014 and 2015, Ryan was selected as an Ohio Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. “Rising Stars” recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 or fewer years. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.
In 2014, Ryan was also honored to be selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or regions of certain highly-populated states who are younger than the age of 40. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
Ryan is or has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Mahoning County Bar Association and Akron Bar Association. Ryan is admitted to practice in Ohio, Illinois (retired status), U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Ohio Super Lawyers||2014|
|Pretrial Advocacy||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2009|
|Civil Procedure II||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2008|
|Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2008|
|Professional Responsibility||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2008|
|Property II||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2007|
|Property I||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2007|
|Legal Research & Writing II||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2007|
|Legal Research & Writing I||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2007|
|Contracts||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2007|
|Civil Procedure I||CALI EXCELLENCE FOR THE FUTURE AWARDS||2007|
|Partner||Amendolara & Rafidi LLC||2015 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor - Trial Team||University Of Akron||2009 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Melewski Dodez LLC||2013 - 2015|
|Associate||Sutter, O'Connell & Farchione Co., LPA||2009 - 2013|
|Summer Associate||Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff||2008 - 2008|
|Summer Associate||Tucker Ellis West||2007 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Amendolara & Rafidi LLC||2006 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Nathaniel R. Jones Inn of Court||Associate||2014 - Present|
|Mahoning County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Ohio Association for Justice||Member||2013 - Present|
|Cleveland Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Akron Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
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|University of Akron||Law Students Win Top Honors at Regional Competition||2008|
|University of Akron||UA Trial Team Wins National Competition||2007|
|University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor (summa cum laude)||2009|
|DePaul University||Communication (with Highest Honors)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|Canfield High School||N/A||N/A||2002|
|Ground Round||"Legal and Ethical Issues In Utero"||N/A|