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Peter H. Weinberger is Spangenberg Shibley & Liber's managing partner.


Super Lawyers has named him one of the top 10 lawyers in Ohio, and Best Lawyers has named him Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in Cleveland, Ohio. Peers have voted him as a Best Lawyer and Super Lawyer every year since 2007. These listings are regarded as the legal profession's most respected peer-reviewed publications and serve as guides to legal excellence in the United States.


Pete has also been selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Selection is extended to civil plaintiff attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the trial lawyer community.


Pete has successfully handled a wide variety of complex injury and wrongful death cases caused by medical malpractice, defective products, and motor vehicle accidents.


Medical malpractice cases have involved failures to timely diagnose diseases, surgical errors, and birth injuries.


Defective product cases have involved industrial plant explosions, defective insulation products, and defective machinery.


And complex motor vehicle accident cases have involved overloaded trucks, tractor-trailers, and railroad crossings.


As legislative chair of the Ohio Association for Justice, formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, in 2003 and 2004, Pete led the fight against tort reform in the Ohio.


Of note is his involvement in a number of cases that impacted personal injury law in the state of Ohio. Among his most important is the case of Galayda v. Lake Hospital Systems, which struck down as unconstitutional a provision of the 1987 Tort Reform Law that attempted to set a limit on personal injury damages.


He also tried a malpractice case in which, during post-trial proceedings, the judge ruled as unconstitutional:

- legislation passed in 2003 that established caps on pain and suffering damages; and

- legislation passed in 2004 that established caps on punitive damages.


For his efforts, he received the president's award from the Ohio Association for Justice and the Spangenberg Award (named in honor of the founding partner of this law firm) from the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys.


Over the years, a number of professional groups have honored Pete. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice.

He has also received distinguished service awards from the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Cuyahoga County Bar Association.


Pete is a past president of both the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. He has lectured extensively on all aspects of personal injury cases and trial practice.



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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 60%
  2. Defective Products: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP

1001 Lakeside Avenue 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
Personal Injury Litigation-PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2017
Medical Malpractice-PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2017
Lawyer of the Year-Medical Malpractice-PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2017
Best Lawyers in America - Medical Malpractice LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Lawyer of the Year - Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer - Ohio Top 100Ohio Super Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer - Cleveland Top 50Ohio Super Lawyers2013
Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 10 List in the State fo OhioOhio Super Lawyers2012
Cleveland Top 5 ListOhio Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2011
The American Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 100 Trial Lawyer in Ohio2011
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers2011
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyer in OhioThe American Trial Lawyers Association2010
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers2010
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2009
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers2009
Top Ten Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers2008
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2007
Best Lawyer in AmericaBest Lawyers2007
Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers2006
Ohio Super LawyersOhio Super Lawyer2005
President’s AwardOhio Academy of Trial Lawyers2004
President's AwardCuyahoga County Bar Association2001
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationPresident's Award1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSpangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Rules of Practice and ProceduresMember2004 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember1995 - Present
Law Medicine Center of CWRU Law SchoolAdvisory Committee1994 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysMember1985 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAdvocateN/A
8th District Judicial ConferenceMemberN/A
Case Medical School Skin Cancer InstituteAdvisory BoardN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Rules of Practice and ProceduresChairman, Civil Rules Committee2009 - 2009
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Blue Ribbon Panel to Select Officers and Board MembersMember2008 - 2008
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersLegislative Chair2003 - 2005
Ohio State Bar Association, Jury Instruction CommitteeMember2003 - 2004
Cuyahoga Bar FoundationPresident1999 - 2001
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersTrustee1999 - 2003
Legal Aid Society of ClevelandTrustee1998 - 2000
Cleveland Bar Association Judicial Election Monitoring CommitteeChairman1997 - 2001
Cleveland Bar Association Judicial Election Monitoring CommitteeMember1996 - 2001
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationCo-Chairman - No Dinner Dance for the Hungry1995 - 1998
The Supreme Court Committee on Courthouse SecurityMember1993 - 1999
Cuyahoga Bar FoundationTrustee1993 - 2003
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationPresident1991 - 1992
Cleveland Bar Association, Litigation SectionCharter Member1987 - 1990
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysPresident1985 - 1986
Cuyahoga County Bar Assoc. - Grievance Cmte.Chairman1984 - 1986
Cleveland Bar Association - Young LawyersChairman1980 - 1981
Cleveland Bar Association - Law DayChairman1978 - 1978
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lauren Wargo vs. Susan White Anesthesia, Inc., et al.$1,300,000.00
Margarita Karpov vs. Net Trucking$15,201,645.80 in compensatory and punitive damages
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio TrialS.B. 179: Immunizing Hospitals from Liability for Negligent Credentialing2004
Northeastern Sun MagazineProduct Liability Law1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Syracuse UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Personal Injury Law UpdateOhio Personal Injury Law - A Changed Landscape2010
Personal Injury Law UpdatesOhio Personal Injury Law - A Changed Landscape2009
Lake County Bar AssociationMedical Malpractice – The Winds of Change2008
Masters in Trial DemonstrationPlaintiff's Closing Argument2007
City Club Forum DebateWas Malpractice Tort Reform Effective2007
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersThe Illusion of the Non Economic Caps2006
Health Care InstituteMedical Malpractice Tort Reform2005
Grand Rounds PresentationA Medical Legal Case involving the failure to Diagnose Primary Hyperoxaluria2004
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersTrial Tactics - Chair Seminar2003
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersTrial Tactics - Chair Seminar2002
Eighth Judical ConferenceThe Future of Personal Injury Practice in the 21st Century2001
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersNovel Concepts in Final Argument1999
Trial SuperstarsCross Examination of Medical Experts1997
Ohio CLEOhio Tort Reform - Medical Malpractice1997
Ohio CLEPreparation, Selection and Examination of Expert Witnesses1997
Cleveland Bar Association Trial Practice SeminarsCivil Trial Walk Thru1997
Ohio CLELitigation from the Plaintiff's Perspective1996
Ohio CLEMedical Malpractice - Advanced Issues1996
Ohio CLEOhio Tort Reform1996
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersTort Reform Seminar - co-chairman1996
Ohio CLELitigation from the Plaintiff's Perspective1995
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersCross-Examination of the Defense Medical Doctor1995
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersMaking the case for Pre-Judgment Interest1994
Medical Negligence SeminarDoubling Time Theory in Cancer Cases1993
Cleveland Bar Association Trial Practice SeminarsPost Verdict Motion Practice1992
Professional Educational SystemsPreparing and Trying Automobile Accident Cases1990
Fourteenth Annual Law Review SymposiumCross-Examination of Experts1990
Fourteenth Annual Law Review SymposiumTort Reform1990
Fourteenth Annual Law Review SymposiumEthics Seminar 19901990
Professional Educational SystemsEvaluating and Settling Personal Injury Cases1989
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersDamages in Opening Statement1989
Professional Educational SystemsUninsured Motorist Claims and Coverage1988
Plaintiff's CounselA Mock Product Liability Trial1988
Cuyahoga Bar AssociationTort Reform Legislation1988
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersImmunities and Insurance Law1987
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersToxic Torts - Solving the Causation Problem1987
Professional Education SystemUninsured Motorist Claims and Coverage1986
Council on Hazardous SubstancesProduct Liability Law1986
Continuing Legal EducationToxic Tort Litigation1986
Cleveland Bar Association Trial Practice SeminarsClosing Argument1986
Cleveland Bar Association Trial Practice SeminarsDirect and Cross-Examination of Medical Expert1985
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersDamages1984
Cleveland Bar Association Trial Practice SeminarsVoir Dire and Direct Examination1984
Ohio Academy of Trial LawyersUninsured Motorist Claims1983