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When I'm not in trial, My wife Teresa and I enjoy our time with our four children and - for now - four grandchildren.  With a boat and a Harley, and a golf game that needs work, our summers on the shores of Lake Erie are wonderful.  We also have a home on Maui where summer is never-ending.


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Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 70%
  2. Class Action: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%

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Contact info

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co.,L.P.A.

1660 West Second Street.
Cleveland, OH, 44113


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability, ClevelandBest Lawyers in America2010
Ohio SuperLawyer - Top 100 Ohio, top 50 ClevelandLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2007
Ohio SuperLawyer - Top 100 Ohio, Top 50 ClevelandLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Ohio SuperLawyer Top 100 Ohio Top 50 ClevelandLaw & Politics Magazine2006
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AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident2010 - Present
International Society of BarristersFellow2003 - Present
American Inns of CourtMaster Bencher Emeritus, Former President1991 - Present
Attorneys Information Exchange GroupPresident1990 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow1989 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1974 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeFormer Chair, Product Liability Section1974 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Grimes v. Ford Motor Co.Verdict - $10.4 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Product Liability Litigation: Pretrial PracticeTwo Volume Book on Pretrial Practice1988
Products Liability in Ohio AFTER Tort ReformBook Covers Ohio Law of Product Liability1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of PennsylvaniaEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Auto Focus SeminarTrial Practice2008
Masters in TrialVoir Dire2007