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I joined the Spangenberg firm as an associate attorney in 2004. I graduated "magna cum laude" from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2002 where I served as managing editor of the Cleveland State Law Review.
While an editor, I authored and published "No Pain, No Gain, No
Compensation: Exploiting Professional Athletes Through Substandard
Medical Care Administered By Team Physicians," 49 Clev. St. L. Rev. 507
(2001). The article focuses on medical malpractice issues in the
professional sports industries and earned multiple honors in the field. Prior to joining Spangenberg, I served as law
clerk to the late Judge John M. Manos of the United States District
Court of the Northern District of Ohio.


I am licensed to practice law in Ohio in both state and federal court
and am a member of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association.I am an active member of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Ohio Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. The publishers of Law & Politics® magazine named me a "Rising Star" in 2006, 2007, 2009 and, 2010.


Since joining the Spangenberg firm, I have successfully litigated and
resolved a diverse spectrum of matters on behalf of clients like you. In
addition to cases involving personal injury, insurance bad faith and
civil rights violations, I focus a significant portion of my practice on business litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and serving as
special litigation co-counsel on behalf of debtors and unsecured
creditors and on commercial insurance disputes. I also focus a
portion of his practice on serving as counsel in various class actions.


I'm from the Cleveland area and graduated from Hawken Upper School in 1994. I attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where I obtained a B.A. in Earth and
Environmental Sciences and graduated with honors. As a Division I
college soccer player, I earned widespread recognition as a
goalkeeper, including Academic All-American honors. Upon graduation, I played professional soccer with the Cleveland Crunch for three years
and was a member of the 1999 N.P.S.L. championship team.


Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 20%
    11 years, 160 cases
  2. Defective Products: 20%
    13 years, 160 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    13 years, 160 cases
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 20%
    13 years, 160 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 20%
    13 years, 160 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP

1001 Lakeside Ave East, Suite 1700
Cleveland, OH, 44114


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Civil Rights LawBest Lawyers in America2017
PI General: PlaintiffSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Who to Watch In LawCrain's Cleveland Business2014
PI General: PlaintiffSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2012
Top 40 Under 40 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarOhio Super Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSpangenberg, Shibley & Liber2004 - Present
Clerk to Judge John M. ManosNorthern District of Ohio2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Judge John M. Manos American Inn of CourtMember2012 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni AssociationTrusteeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Charles M. Penson v. Hancock Co., WVA Sheriff's Dept., et al.$2,650,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cleveland Bar JournalTemplate for Effective Data Discovery in Complex Litigation: ND-OH Appendix K2014
COSEThe Contingency Fee Alternative for Costly Legal Serivces2007
Cleveland State Law ReviewNo Pain, No Gain, No Compensation: Exploiting Professional Athletes Through Substandard Medical Care Administered By Team Physicians2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Lehigh UniversityEarth SciencesBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio Association for JusticeWhen is Your Agent Liable? An Errors and Omissions Claim2014
Police Liability SeminarPolice Liability2012
Medical School for Plaintiff LawyersHow to Critically Analyze the “Simple” Case and Develop Creative Ways2011