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Douglas Paul Whipple

Litigation Attorney at University Heights, OH

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Douglas P. Whipple, Douglas Whipple

This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 43 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 37 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1980
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1986

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details

About Douglas

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After forty-one years of practice, primarily in civil litigation, Douglas Whipple has discontinued practicing law as of the end of 2021.  


Whipple Law LLC
13940 Cedar Road
Suite 420
University Heights, OH, 44118-3204

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Posted by Tiffanie | April 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
He gets results!
Mr. Whipple helped me with my foreclosure case. He was professional and made sure that I understood what was going on in the case and gave me plenty of options before taking action. I felt like my voice mattered and my questions and concerns were taken seriously. Whenever, I contacted him, I always received a prompt reply. Mr. Whipple is fair, ethical, knowledgeable, and effective. He helped me save my home and I am extremely grateful. I highly recommend Mr. Whipple's legal services.
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Posted by Richard J | March 14, 2020
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Stellar Performer
I have happily hired Doug Whipple for 21 years. He has been a Blessing to me, my family and other litigants. He has the uncanny ability to get to the heart of the matter at hand. At times that resulted in me not pursuing litigation. Other times he has facilitated Justice through Fair, Compassionate, Evenhanded and Reasonable settlements. Doug is friendly, listens well, and has great empathy. This allows him to ferret out necessary facts that others overlook. He may come off as a “Colombo” type personality at times, but is clearly sharp, astute, perceptive, intelligent and downright shrewd as necessary. His methodology is to leave no stone unturned and ask enough questions in order to learn the necessary circumstances, business, processes and/or context as though he were a primary party in the situation. This is an uncanny skillset that sets Doug a cut above the normal lawyer. Doug has been helpful in high-tech Information Technology cases, Human Resource settlements, Business Contracts and even assisting in rather ugly inheritance disputes. During long depositions, I have seen opposition lawyers become increasingly unsettled as his persistent and unremitting behavior leads him to tease out compelling evidence and facts. His relentless approach often leads to impeachment of opposing witnesses if not outright settlement. Doug has demonstrated fearlessness in the face of Courtroom Battle. He is dedicated to his clients. Doug is my “Go To” initial lawyer whenever a legal matter comes up. It is a comfort to have him in our lives. Doug is compassionate, has demonstrated empathy and sees issues, concerns and disputes from all sides. This produces the best resolutions for all concerned. I highly recommend Douglas Whipple to anyone needing First-Rate, First-Class Legal Assistance. I have done so to my dearest friends and family. I would hire him again as circumstances require.
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Posted by Joanne | August 16, 2019
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Excellent Attorney
Doug Whipple is an excellent attorney. He took my call the very first time I contacted his office. He spent an inordinate amount of time listening to my legal concern and got back to me in a very timely manner with helpful, thorough, and wise counsel. His concern and genuineness were evident from the first time I spoke to him until the last. I highly recommend Doug Whipple as an attorney.
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Posted by Chuck | July 24, 2017
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Excellent Advise
Douglas Whipple is an excellent attorney. He has been very helpful and thorough with his advise, and was very supportive throughout our interactions. Great insight and committed to being as helpful as possible. Good to have him on your side!
Posted by Tamara | August 19, 2016
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Corporate Attorney for Small to Medium Size Businesses
Douglas Whipple has been our Business/Corporate Attorney for almost 20 years. Over the course of this time period he has shown an incredible breadth of experience in Corporate, Civil, Criminal and Governmental related legal matters. Our company has confronted a variety of legal issues as we have grown and diversified our portfolio over the years. Doug has been our “go to” guy for our legal matters whether we are facing a simple Corporate issue or tackling a more daunting Civil or Governmental concern. His extensive knowledge and experience match or surpass that of any larger firm in town. Doug and his staff are quick to respond to our legal needs and do an excellent job of keeping us informed as our legal issues are sorted out. Our Company had a substantial growth opportunity a few years ago and Doug was instrumental in helping us sort out the legal issues we would be confronted with as we took on such a large project. This included structuring the entities, addressing financial matters, creating the right legal entity for the parties involved and making sure our due diligence covered every topic related to the business. By having his advice before we committed to the projected we were prepared to deal with the questions and issues that arose as we closed on the project and began restructuring the business. This gave us an enormous sense of confidence to pursue this project full force because we were prepared to deal with the matters we were about to be faced with even before they occurred. Doug and his staff are extremely knowledgeable, professional, time conscious, compassionate, fair and determined to resolve our legal matters in our best interests. I can truly say they keep us on our toes and help us focus on being a successful business with their handling of our legal affairs. As a Company that has grown from a small to a medium sized business over the years we are incredibly lucky to have had Doug advising us on our legal matters and helping us become the Company we are today. Any Company would be fortunate to have Doug Whipple on their side!
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Posted by Priscilla | July 20, 2016
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The BEST of the best
I want to start by saying Douglas Whipple is a WORLD CLASS Attorney. His level of expertise, professionalism, attention to detail, is far beyond what I could have hoped for. After interviewing Six different law firms in Cuyahoga County , It was clear the Mr Whipple was the man for the job. He expressed interest in my case and wanted to HELP me in the matter. My legal situation as DEFENDANT was extremely unique and complicated, we were dealing with an extremely aggressive and dirty plaintiff, and my home of more then 30 years where I raised my children was literally on the line, had we lost the case, I would have literally lost my home. In my case I was approached by a buyer to purchase my home, the buyer and I agreed on a purchase price, when the appraisal came back on the home it was a 3rd of my asking price. The seller had put some tricky wording in the contract that would suggest I would be willing to sell for WHATEVER the appraisal came back at, obviously this was not the case and I found myself in a very sticky situation. (At the time I signed the contract I did not have legal representation) So once I refused to GIVE my home away the plaintiff filed suit to get the contract enforced. Mr Whipple created a clear, concise and strong defense from day 1. He left no stone unturned, subpoenaing the banks, mortgage reps, Realtors etc. The case went to trail which lasted 3 days and that's where you can really tell the difference between a good lawyer and a great one. Mr Whipple argued the case like a pro, I mean without exaggeration it was like watching a Johnny Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Gloria Allred etc. That's the level of representation your going to get with Mr Whipple. During the trail Mr Whipple presentation was top notch, he had a point by point illustration for the jury to make sure nothing was missed or not argued. He also went as far as to rearrange the podium and seats to position them in a way so that when he was speaking to the jury they would have a clear view of the illustration and the parties involved. After deliberation the Jury came back with a almost unanimous verdict! We won the case. I can not thank Mr Whipple enough and I would HIGHLY Recommend anyone to hire him for ANY of your legal needs. At this stage in his career he is set, its not about the money for him , he is not just chasing a dollar like the majority of lawyers out there. He is MORE then worth his fee, but more importantly he has a PASSION for Law. Don't waste your time looking any further, TRUST ME HIRE HIM. Mr Whipple has my contact info and I would be glad to speak to anyone with any questions.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2016
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Nonprofit Board Expertise
Our group is a small and recently formed nonprofit in the midst of reorganization. We had several personnel and organizational situations requiring immediate attention with which we needed legal advice and representation. After contacting the American Bar Association, our group was referred to Mr. Whipple, due to his nonprofit board expertise, both from a litigation standpoint and his experience serving with nonprofit organizations. Mr. Whipple contacted us promptly, asked good questions to assess the issues at hand and provided sound recommendations and options to help us take action to address our concerns. Mr. Whipple is an effective communicator, using email, telephone and texting to stay involved and to provide support on a prompt basis. He also works to resolve seemly complex problems by clarifying and simplifying information into workable pieces. With his assistance, Mr. Whipple has aided our group in making necessary organizational changes, as well as helping us to retool and reorganize. These steps will potentially prevent our group from experiencing a reoccurrence of our current dilemma.
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Posted by Les | August 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional attorney
Having dealt wth Mr Whipple on numerous legal issues I found him easy to talk with and has an expanse of legal knowledge and good common sense
Posted by Paul | August 21, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Family Estate Planning
Doug has helped our family with several older family members in planning their estates. He is very diligent in making sure that all steps of the process are taken care of.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Suspension For Term issued in OH, 2022
updated on 10/26/2022

Suspended for term means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Whipple Law LLC
  • 2011 - 2021
  • Board Member
  • Hudson City School District
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Seeley, Savidge & Ebert Co., LPA
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Kaufman & Cumberland
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Partner
  • Baker Hostetler
  • 1982 - 1999
  • Staff Attorney
  • Eighth District, Ohio Court Of Appeals
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Intern
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1973 - 1973
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  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Whipple v. City of Cleveland Hts.
  • City settled case for $13,000
  • Tabbaa v. Koglman
  • My client was awarded $300K plus interest.
  • Cerio v. Hilroc Condominium Owners Assn.
  • Settled: my clients did not pay the assessments.
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  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - 2021
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - 2020

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyers--Cleveland's Legal Leaders
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • 2015
  • Nominated for Arts & Culture Community Champion Award
  • COSE
  • 2010
  • Vega Award
  • American Red Cross
  • 2003
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  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal
  • A Prodedural Dilemma - Support Arrearage Appeal
  • 2015
  • Law Practice Handbooks, Inc. publication
  • Deposition Preparation--Civil Discovery Practice in Ohio
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • LRS Practioner Perspectives
  • "Business Development in the Post-Normal Times"
  • 2015
  • Chamber Lecture and Luncheon
  • Crisis Management
  • 2004
  • BICEPP Annual Seminar
  • Checklist to Prevent Liability
  • 2002
  • Products Liability in Ohio
  • Products Liability in Ohio
  • 1993
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Given (6)
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Litigation Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Whipple has both skills and courage to tackle big cases and difficult cases. Be it motion practice or argument in the courts, Mr. Whipple delivers quality legal work and produces the desired result."
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University Heights Litigation Lawyer Douglas Paul Whipple
Douglas Paul Whipple
Litigation Attorney
University Heights, OH
Licensed for 43 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details

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