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Spangenberg partner Peter Brodhead has acted as counsel in several broad-based litigation matters, many of which were national in scope. Among these were the Copley Pharmaceutical, Inc. "Albuterol" Products Liability Litigation in which he served as trial counsel, and the Sulzer Hip Prosthesis and Knee Prosthesis Product Liability Litigation in which he served as one of the class counsel.


Peter has also litigated suits involving asbestos, welding fumes and other industrial exposures, and medical device cases such as pacemakers, defibrillators, and breast implants. Recently, he took a leading role in the MRI gadolinium contrast litigation on behalf of clients afflicted with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) in both state and federal courts. This activity included extensive participation in the Gadolinium Contrast Agent Product Liability Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 1909) that was formed to address these cases.


In addition to unsafe pharmaceutical, medical device, and other product liability cases, Peter has handled catastrophic trucking and vehicular collisions, medical negligence, toxic torts arising from hazardous chemicals, civil rights, construction accidents and premises liability, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and patent infringement.


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Contact info

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP
1001 Lakeside Avenue East, Ste. 1700
Cleveland, OH, 44114

Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 50%
    5 years
  2. Class Action: 30%
    5 years
  3. General Practice: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Howard E. Spiva

    Peter J. Brodhead is a fine attorney. Peter exhausts all efforts to help those who have wrongfully experienced injuries. He exercises compassion for the men and women in his community as a member of the Advisory Board for the Little Sisters of the Poor which provides a nurturing living environment and skilled care for the elderly poor in Cleveland. His commitment to charitable work shows he is not only a great attorney, but a great man as well. I endorse this lawyer.


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PAAdministrative Suspension199704/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyer - Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Trial LawyerAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2012
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2012
Top Rated-AV Preeminent Lawyer in Mass Tort LitigationMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2011
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2011
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 100 Trial LawyerAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Trial LawyerAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2010
Top 100 Trial LawyerAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2009
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2009
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2008
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2008
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2007
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2007
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2006
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2006
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSpangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2011 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard Member2008 - Present
Ohio TrialBoard of Trustees Member1995 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeMember1981 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysMember1981 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1981 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeCo-chairN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of OhioLifetime MemberN/A
North Coast Community HomesTrusteeN/A
Cleveland Insititute of MusicTrusteeN/A
John Manos Inns of CourtMaster BencherN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Inernational Society of BarristersFellowN/A
Ohio Association for JusticePresident2003 - 2004
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersChair1997 - 1998
American Bar AssociationVice-Chair1997 - 1998
Ohio TrialFormer Board Member - Editorial1996 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio Trial MagazineHistory of Capital Punishment1997
Ohio Trial MagazineJunk Science Is a Junk Defense1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Denison UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mass Tort Made PerfectMedtronic Infuse2013
Advanced Federal Practice SeminarRemoval Actions and MDLs2010
Mass Torts Made PerfectSafety Matters: Why some Gadolinium contrast agents cause NSF and others don’t2009
Advanced Federal Practice SeminarA Look at the Gadolinium MDL2008