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Jeffrey Todd Kay

Civil rights Attorney at Cleveland, OH

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About Jeffrey

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Jeff Kay has extensive experience, in both state courts and federal district courts, across multiple areas of practice with the primary area of expertise being civil litigation defense.  He has provided representation to numerous insurance companies/risk pools, including, among others, Nationwide and its wholly owned subsidiaries (Scottsdale Insurance Company, Scottsdale Surplus Lines Insurance Company, Scottsdale Indemnity Company and Western Heritage Insurance Company), Freedom Specialty Insurance (subsidiary of Scottsdale Insurance Company), Lloyd’s of London, Selective Insurance Company of North America, Fireman’s Fund, Trident, Colony Insurance Company, Nautilus Insurance Company, CORSA and PERSO, and their insureds with respect to both first and third party claims which includes the following areas: employment discrimination, professional liability (including doctors, lawyers, accountants, home inspectors, counselors and nursing homes), municipal liability, automobile negligence claims, general commercial matters, bad faith claims, uninsured/underinsured claims, products liability, wrongful death claims, commercial premises liability claims, and property and casualty claims.


He also has significant experience in providing advice and representation in insurance coverage matters, including the securing of declaratory judgments on policy interpretations.




Jeff has provided counsel and representation to public entities, public officials and private employers in cases involving issues such as hiring, terms of employment, defamation, harassment based on gender, race, age and disability, wrongful discharge, claimed violations of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, excessive force, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and wrongful death.


Jeff has successfully handled cases before state and federal administrative agencies, with a focus on representing clients before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  From 1996 to 1997 Jeff was employed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and, among other duties, was primarily responsible for drafting the Cleveland Regional Office’s Recommendation – for submission to the Commission – which set forth the Cleveland Regional Office’s legal basis for its determination as to whether an employer had or had not unlawfully engaged in discrimination.  His time and experience with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission has provided Jeff with unique insight into the handling of employment matters before such agencies.




In addition, Jeff demonstrates a rare and unique combination of excellence and success as both a trial lawyer and a transactional attorney.  This difficult to find combination of skills provides his business clients with a significant advantage.  Jeff’s proven courtroom abilities, combined with his transactional experience, gives him a unique ability to analyze and solve a wide variety of legal issues and problems faced by his clients.  While Jeff is extremely effective in settling disputes, when necessary he will fiercely protect his clients’ legal interests in the courtroom.


Jeff understands the needs of business owners and entrepreneurs as he is an entrepreneur and investor himself.  Jeff founded Jacobs III Capital Holdings, LLC, a creative and cutting-edge investment company, in 2003 and since then it has invested in several successful business ventures including residential real estate development.  Jacobs III has experienced success in recent years as an investor in a joint venture specializing in investments in the risky and complex world of futures and options markets.




Jeff has likewise achieved success on behalf of his clients before state and federal appellate courts, having successfully argued cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Sixth District Court of Appeals, Seventh District Court of Appeals, Eighth District Court of Appeals, Ninth District Court of Appeals, Tenth District Court of Appeals and the Eleventh District Court of Appeals.

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Licensed for 24 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA
34305 Solon Road
100 Franklin's Row
Cleveland, OH, 44139


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Posted by Amy | April 22, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Jeff earlier in my career. He is a fantastic lawyer with the ability to handle difficult situations and work creative and practical solutions. He has helped my family with their business problems and we are always more than satisfied with the results. He has a client first attitude that goes above most lawyers I know.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-175 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McSherry & Company, LPA
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Gibbons & Cullen, LLP
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Legal Intern
  • Federal Public Defender
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Ohio Civil Rights Commission
  • 1997 - 1998
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  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Ashland University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Robinson v. Kramer, 1999 WL 1129596 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.)
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of defendant attorney.
  • Smith v. Capriolo, 2001 WL 358387 (Ohio App. 9th Dist.)
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of the defendant attorney.
  • Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Old Time Roofing, 2000 WL 652612 (Ohio App. 7th Dist.)
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  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • 2012 - Present
  • Geauga County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law
  • American Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers, Insurance Law
  • Corporate Counsel
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2013
  • A.M. Best, Recommended Insurance Attorney, 2013
  • A.M. Best Company - Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Certified Litigation Management Professional
  • Litigation Management Institute, Columbia Law School
  • 2013
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  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Quarterly Review, Vol. 5, Issue No.4
  • Broke and Searching for Solutions: Local Governments Turn to Job Description Changes as an Option to Achieving Needed Cost Savings
  • 2012
  • Decisive Defense - MRR Legal Blog
  • When Joining The Crowd May Allow You to Stand Out: The Jobs Act and the Advent of Equity-Based Crowdfunding
  • 2012
  • Decisive Defense - MRR Legal Blog
  • Home Inspectors: Home Inspection Contract Clauses
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Trident Insurance Education Series
  • Defending Roadway Claims
  • 2013
  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
  • Home Inspection Contracts & Ohio Case Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Insurance Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jeff is a true professional. He is an aggressive advocate on behalf of his clients but also a real pleasure to deal with. He personifies the fact that while we may be on opposite sides of a case, a professional relationship between counsel accomplishes more and moves matters faster than acrimony and conflict. He has always treated me with the utmost respect and I have nothing but praises for his talent."
Insurance Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Jeff Kay wholeheartedly. Jeff is a fantastic lawyer who tirelessly and zealously represents his clients while maintaining a wonderful and effective professional demeanor. He maintains a wonderful balance between aggressive advocacy and practical problem-solving that few lawyers share."
Business Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jeff in the same firm early on in my legal career. He was a fantastic colleague and mentor. I have worked with him as opposing counsel in my current employment and he is always professional and courteous. He is very knowledgeable and I value his ability to develop creative solutions to complex legal matters."
Insurance Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have handled several cases with and against attorney Jeff Kay. Jeff is a true professional and a worthy advocate. He is knowledgeable, personable and always prepared. I endorse Jeff Kay without reservation."
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