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John F. McCaffrey is a Partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP where his practice focuses on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and professional malpractice. He has tried more than 60 cases, including numerous successful business and white collar criminal matters, and he has argued numerous appellate matters before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He handles investigations and cases involving virtually every type of white collar crime, including antitrust, public corruption, securities and banking offenses, technology-related crime, economic espionage and trade secret offenses, healthcare and government contract fraud, tax matters, and environmental crime.

John gained extensive trial experience as a Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor while serving under Prosecutors John T. Corrigan and Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, supervising investigations and prosecuting cases in the economic and financial crimes unit. He was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio where he tried cases with members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in federal court. John is a former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he was responsible for conducting investigations of federal criminal offenses, including public corruption and fraud against the government.

John has served as an independent special counsel for two Ohio attorneys general and as a Franklin County assistant prosecutor. He currently serves as an acting judge in Lakewood Municipal Court for the Honorable Patrick Carroll.

John’s broad-based experience includes prosecutorial and defense experience with criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. His clients include corporations and individuals in federal and state court and in connection with federal and state grand jury investigations involving alleged violations of corruption, FCPA, economic crime charges, fraud statutes, including securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, RICO, and environmental laws. He has advised and defended physicians and healthcare providers in connection with criminal fraud investigations and regulatory administrative proceedings, including federal grand jury investigations. He has conducted internal investigations for companies and has assisted clients in developing corporate compliance programs. John has also represented the directors, officers, and senior management of Fortune 500® and other publicly traded companies and organizations.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 34%
  2. Litigation: 33%
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have known John for over twenty years and would recommend him to handle a variety of legal problems. He is diligent, hard working and obtains great results for his clients.


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Tucker Ellis LLP

925 Euclid Avenue
Suite 1150
Cleveland, OH, 44115-5009


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