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Christian Riter Patno

Wrongful death Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christian

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Representing individuals, families, and trial law primarily defines me. My varied complex caseload and travel energizes and challenges me on a daily basis. I have been extremely fortunate to come from the small state of Vermont to travelling the world representing individuals in their struggles against large corporations and insurance companies. With the help of juries and the legal system, over the decades, I have been able to help right many egregious wrongs. Much of the credit for where I am professionally rests with my two wonderful parents, Lee and Judy. They imparted me with the pursuit of education, ethics, drive, fight and passion that has led to a track record of success.    


McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A.
101 West Prospect Avenue
Suite 1800
Cleveland, OH, 44115

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Posted by Sharon | March 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Savior for my Family at a VERY difficult time!
Christian Patno was my attorney in a wrongful death suit settled in Nov 2018. My dear brother, age 50, was fatally injured in a June 2012 workplace accident in Willoughby Ohio. My family and I were absolutely devastated! The case was appealed several times, all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court. At each step of the process and over a long period of time, Chris Patno did a phenomenal job and my families position was upheld. Throughout the entire process, Chris was an aggressive advocate for me, always available to answer questions and explain everything that was happening. The process was completely foreign to me, but Chris made me feel at ease and was always so kind and gracious answering any/all questions I threw his way. Chris Patno is extremely knowledgeable, reliable, professional and a fierce advocate. I’m so glad he was on our side. Thank YOU Chris! You’re the best!
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Posted by Deborah | September 24, 2022
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Chris has been the most outstanding attorney I’ve ever dealt with!
I was hit by a drunk driver and had serious injuries. Chris even came to my home to meet with me. He was amazing. Communication was wonderful and he did his job in settling my case. He was compassionate, organized, fought for me, and one of the nicest attorneys I’ve ever met. Recommend him 100%!!!!
Posted by Bruce | March 26, 2022
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Chris Patno is an exceptional lawyer as well as an outstanding individual. He is a professional in every sense of the word. His dedication, knowledge, and courtroom demeanor are unsurpassed. He is brilliant in his approach and treats everyone with kindness. He is, above everything else, a trustworthy and totally honest lawyer. It was a privilege to have known him and to have worked with him for 6+ years!
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Posted by laurel | December 4, 2021
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Patno is the fighter pilot or trauma surgeon of the law
Chris Patno ("Patno") is a great trial lawyer! Great trial lawyers like Patno are a rarity. They are the fighter pilots or trauma surgeons of the law. Try as they might, most lawyers are just not that impressive in a Courtroom. Patno is a notable exception. He has all the necessary brilliance and skill required of a great trial lawyer--he commands attention, is believable, and is truly a master in the courtroom. Patno is organized and prepared. He makes a game plan and sticks to it. His focus is on proving the essential elements of the case while at the same time steering clear of the sideshows and distractions that have the potential to distract the jury and tank a decent case. He has a great poker face and if the other side makes a point you'd certainly never get that from watching him. He comes across before a jury exactly as he is--passionate and eloquent, prepared, organized, effective and trustworthy. Watching him at trial is like a primer on how to do it right--know the evidence--inside out; respect the jurors’ time-- prove your points and move on; stay in the box--don't take cheap shots; manage the difficult witness on cross, but don't be a bully. I'm a physician and attorney and therefore an extremely tough client to represent in a malpractice case. Yet, he did it brilliantly with finesse. For me, the great trial lawyering part of it is a lawyer's ability to deliver the counterpunches of cross-examination, redirect examination, and rebuttal argument, where frequently the most significant pieces cannot be plotted out in advance. Patno can bob and weave with the best of them! As I waited for the jury's favorable verdict in my case, I did so knowing with certainty that Patno had put on the best possible case under the circumstances and represented my interests in a way that, win or lose, I felt vindicated.
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Posted by Claire | June 22, 2020
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Good guy
Working with Chris was great. He explained everything very clearly - straight forward and to the point. Took me through my options, good and bad, and helped me come to a good resolution. Through his negotiation with the insurance company, he was very personable and kind, but also firm and fair.
Posted by Joanne | November 29, 2016
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personal injury
Mr Patno found information that accelerated the case to go to the brink of trial on my case which had been languishing nowhere for 3 yrs. He was very professional, asked all the right questions and helped me feel comfortable about going to trial. In the end we did not have to do that as we settled for a satisfactory amount in a matter of just a few months.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2016
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Incredibly talented lawyer
Chris came into our lives during one of the darkest moments. My entire family was scared and worried. But he came in and immediately reassured us everything would be okay. He is one of the most professional people I have every known, his skills and warmth were a guiding light in this difficult time. He treated us like family. Once in the courtroom, we realized we were right to put our trust in him. He was quick on his feet, concise, respectful, smart and immensely well versed in the law and our case. He knew every detail; his memory and communication skills are impressive to say the least. Through out the legal process and all the challenges we had to faced, it was amazing to watch Chris Patno at work. He is an incredibly talented lawyer. I hope we never need a lawyer again, but if we ever do I have no doubt we would hire Chris again.
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Posted by Susan | October 20, 2014
Chris was truly brilliant in his prosecution of our civil case. His thinking was always two steps ahead of the opposition. His lawyering was truly amazing to watch. Before hiring him, I knew he was well respected in the legal community. As a client, I can now say he is truly a great lawyer. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2014
Great choice
We are very happy to have Chris as our lawyer. He has helped us understand a complex situation and is constantly working to protect our rights. He is the right mix of aggressive when needed but honest and ethical at the same time. He keeps us informed and is available for questions. Overall great choice.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co Lpa
  • 2014 - Present


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • 1990
  • Union College (Barbourville Kentucky)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Roginski v. Shelly
  • Plaintiff Verdict $39 Million
  • Balcerzak v. Classen
  • Plaintiff Jury Verdict 1,900,000


  • William K. Thomas Inn of Courts
  • Member, Master Bencher
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • 1990 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • 1990 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Neligence Law Committee
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Ten Super Lawyer In State
  • Ohio "Super Lawyers"
  • 2015
  • Cleveland Top 5 Lawyer
  • Ohio "Super Lawyers"
  • 2015


  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Punitive Damage Experience
  • 2015
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Apportinment of Fault in Ohio
  • 2014
  • Cleveland Aacademy of Trial Lawyers Quarterly Newsletter
  • Tort Reform Caps In Ohio
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Luncheon Series
  • Medicaid Subrogation Class Action
  • 2015
  • 2014 OAJ Winter Convention
  • Punitive Damages in Ohio
  • 2014
  • OAJ Annual Convention
  • BWC Subrogation
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse Christian
Unknown Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Chris Patno. He is an exceptional trial attorney, hard working, and deeply committed to his clients."
Wrongful death Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris Patno is a terrific lawyer, advocate and person. Not only is he very smart, but he genuinely cares about his clients and their causes. It has been my pleasure to work side-by-side with Chris in very complex litigation and with tragic facts. He is a very down to earth and good guy, and a great lawyer to boot."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Wrongful death Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a warrior for his clients, and will go toe to toe with insurance companies or big corporations until his client receives the justice he or she deserves. If you are looking for a fearless advocate to take your case, look no farther."
Wrongful death Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Chris Patno is an extremely talented trial attorney, who is always more prepared that the other side. He is not afraid to stand up for his clients and as a results always gets the best possible results. I have no hesitation recommending him to anyone in need of legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Medical malpractice
Cleveland Wrongful death Lawyer Christian Riter Patno
Christian Riter Patno
Wrongful death Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 33 years