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John Christopher Bucalo

Workers compensation Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   14 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice


John Bucalo, Co., LLC
55 Public Square - Suite 2100
Cleveland, OH, 44113-1708


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jess | February 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent hands that handled my workers comp. case
John was my saving grace in filing and managing a workers comp. case for me. I was overwhelmed and clueless about how the system worked, and he took the time to sit with me, explain everything and made sure the process went as smoothly as it could. He was always quick to answer/return my calls and made sure we acted quickly enough to meet all deadlines to stay on top of things as we went along. I cannot thank or recommend him enough.
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Posted by Sarah | July 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation!
John is a strong listener and explained the details to my situation thoroughly. As this was a new situation (and an unwanted experience), I had many questions. I'm thoroughly pleased with him and recommend him to anyone needing a workman's compensation attorney!
Posted by Karen | July 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Mr Bucalo is a wonderful dedicated lawyer. He works with the Cassaro &Cassaro law firm in Cleveland Ohio. They have gone above and beyond for me in my BWC case. I highly recommend them. Very nice wonderful helpful people
Posted by Corey | June 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
awesome attorney
I can't speak highly enough of John. His compassion is second to none. From late night emails when I was so discouraged that I wanted to drop my case to his awesome hearing room skills, John will fight for you. He's always made me feel like I'm his only client which I know I'm not. He's a good man to have in your corner and he will fight for getting you what you deserve. Thanks a million times over John
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Posted by Francesca | March 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Magnificent Lawyer
I wish to commend John Bucalo on his professionalism, knowledge, competence, compassion and commitment on my case. Mr. Bucalo would call me during my two surgeries to make sure that I was doing ok. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing a worker's comp attorney, He has been very dedicated to what he had to do. John Bucalo was able to get me a fair compensation for my accident. I am very thankful for John Bucalo's law firm and would highly recommend and use him again if ever I was involved in another accident, He is very hardworking, compassionate and treats you like family not just another client -- a rarity in an attorney.
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Posted by Jim | November 12, 2014
John did his job well!
John took the case I had and took me step by step through the legal process. Being unfamiliar with Workmen's Comp and it's delay's, setback's and overall frustration, John would tell me to be patient, explain what was going on. The workplace I had my claim against are "sneaky and underhanded". John, being the confident lawyer that he is, fought the good fight for me. I hired John after the first laywer I had, turned out to be more interested in me signing paperwork than finding out how I was injured. After weeks and weeks of no response from this other lame attorney, I thankfully turn to Avvo and found John Bucalo! Thanks John!
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Posted by Jerimiah | September 23, 2014
Great A1 service
My name is Jerimiah M I'm a client of Attorney John Bucalo he's the best at what he does. back in the year of 2006 I injured myself very badly I was totally uncertain how my life was going to turn out until I met John then came hope. I wasn't fighting this battle alone John was there every step of the way because it was complicated I didn't understand a lot that was going on but John made sure no matter what!!!! after we met and leaving I had a very clear understanding of what was going on. John is more than a attorney to me he's a dear friend he put you in that comfort zone very patient and very knowledgeable of any type of situation. I highly recommend his services. don't just take what I say look how long John and I been together From February of 2006 to present I'm a lucky guy to have a attorney like John Bucalo. once again thanx John you are the greatest.
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Posted by Shelly | August 28, 2014
Ms. Giroux
Mr. Bucalo kept me informed, updated, and well advised as to my standing as a client. As well as to the settling of my case. Thank you very much John.
Posted by Kim | August 22, 2014
A ver difficult self insured claim
My self insured claim has been very difficult to say the least . John Bucalo, Atty has kept me informed on all processes. John has been working very hard on this case since 2/14 and , has an excellent job !!!
Posted by Brian | May 13, 2014
Excellent job!!
John was recommended to me by another lawyer who I did not feel was doing a good job. He was hard to get ahold of and did not answer my questions. I had never had a personal injury case in the past, so I had a lot of questions. I was a little skeptical when I hired John. John was the exact opposite of the first lawyer. He was very easy to get in touch with. He answered every question I had and was very knowledgeable about the process. He kept me informed as things happened with the claim. We had many conversations about the claim and things outside the claim. He is very personable. I will recommend John to any of my family, friends, and coworkers. Fingers crossed that I am never hurt at work again, but if I am, John will represent me.
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Posted by Terry | May 13, 2013
John Bucalo is an excellent lawyer
John Bucalo is the best lawyer in the state of Ohio. He keeps you well informed through personal phone calls and letters. He is very knowledgable and persistant during court hearings. I would recommend John Bucalo to everyone because I feel he did very well for me.
Posted by Matt | May 8, 2013
I strongly recommend John C. Bucalo to anyone and everyone I encounter due to his true professionalism and his hardwork. He not only treats you like family, he is completely knowledgeable throughout the field he is in. He knows exactly what to do and how to do it. He treated me with the utmost respect and kindness and was always there for me whenever I had a question. I was involved in an accident at work and through all the surgeries, doctors appointments, and therapy John was there every step of the way. I thank him for his services and highly recommend him!
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Posted by EDWARD | August 27, 2012
When I was injuried at work John was there for me. He made me feel like I was his only Client,which I was not. He worked with the company to make this as easy as possible and got me back to work.
Posted by John | May 2, 2011
Mr. Bucalo has successfully represented me on multiple occasions.
I called on Mr. Bucalo to handle my S.S. disability case when I became disabled in 2003, because he had done a great job of representing me in a workers compensation case back in the mid 90's. I was at a very low point in my life physically, financially and emotionally. Mr. Bucalo not only guided me successfully through the S.S. minefield but also provided me with hope and encouragement at a time when I needed it most. At my S.S. hearing, the Administrative Law Judge that heard my case even made a point of telling me what a great job my attorney had done on my behalf! I would have no problem recommending Mr. Bucalo to anyone, and in fact, I have recommended him to several of my friends and relatives over the years.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • John Bucalo Co., LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Wincek DeRosa & Bucalo
  • 1995 - 2007


  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Akron
  • B.S.B.A.
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State ex rel. Albano v. Indus. Comm., 2004-Ohio-102
  • writ denied
  • State ex rel Nestle USA-Prepared Foods Div., Inc. V. Indus. Comm., 2003-Ohio-413
  • Remand back to Industrial Commission for further proceedindings


  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Secretary
  • 2004 - 2006
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Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse John
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known John for several years and am well aware of his extensive knowledge of workers' compensation law and trial abilities. He is a top notch attorney with truly excellent client relationship skills. Any person with a workers' compensation claim who is looking for a lawyer who will handle the claim with keen analysis and insight, AND communicate well with him/her could do no better than to retain John's services."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. My first contact with John Bucalo was as opposing counsel while I represented the State as an AAG. He fought for his clients in workers' comp. cases. John made sure that every aspect of the claim was addressed from lost wages, outstanding medical bills to future needs. He wanted to make sure his clients received the full benefits they were eligible for in the system. After I left the State, my relation with John continued as friend and referring attorney. I feel very comfortable referring clients to John in various practice areas beyond workers' comp. such as personal injury, accidents, and social security. John Bucalo is a well established and respected attorney in this community. His written advocacy skills as well as his oral argument skills will serve any client's needs whether in an administrative hearing or court room setting. I strongly endorse John Bucalo."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John is an extremely competent, diligent and trustworthy attorney. I worked with John as a Law Clerk for two years, and have known him as a friend and colleague since. I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John was my successor at a Cleveland area law firm. He is very highly skilled, compassionate and an excellent advocate for the injured disabled. He is one of a handful of attorneys who cover hearings for our office. I enthusiastically endorse John."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Bucalo as an Ohio Workers' Compensation attorney. I've known him for years, on both a personal and professional level. John is a very knowledgeable, professional, dedicated, and hard working attorney who cares about his clients. John and I both represent injured workers and we are active in the Ohio Association for Justice's Workers' Compensation section and as members of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Workers' Compensation section. When we get together to discuss the nuances of Ohio Workers' Compensation, it's clear that he knows what he's talking about. John is a Board Certified Workers' Comp Attorney who has been successfully representing injured workers for years."
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Cleveland Workers compensation Lawyer John Christopher Bucalo
John Christopher Bucalo
Workers compensation Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 30 years
Virtual consultation available