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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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Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 20%
    17 years
  2. Employment: 15%
    17 years
  3. Appeals: 15%
    17 years
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    17 years
  5. Other: 40%
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Hourly ($150-175/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Martin Stephen Delahunty III

    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.


    Martin Delahunty Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Kevin Paul Hardman

    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.


    Kevin Hardman Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA

34305 Solon Road
100 Franklin's Row
Cleveland, OH, 44139


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance LawAmerican Lawyer2014
Top Lawyers, Insurance LawCorporate Counsel2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance LawAmerican Lawyer Media2013
A.M. Best, Recommended Insurance Attorney, 2013A.M. Best Company - Recommended Insurance Attorneys2013
Certified Litigation Management ProfessionalLitigation Management Institute, Columbia Law School2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA2003 - Present
AttorneyMcSherry & Company, LPA2001 - 2003
AttorneyGibbons & Cullen, LLP2000 - 2001
AttorneyMazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA1998 - 2000
Legal InternFederal Public Defender1997 - 1998
Legal InternOhio Civil Rights Commission1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceN/A2013 - Present
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysN/A2012 - Present
Geauga County Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/A1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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.)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Quarterly Review, Vol. 5, Issue No.4Broke and Searching for Solutions: Local Governments Turn to Job Description Changes as an Option to Achieving Needed Cost Savings2012
Decisive Defense - MRR Legal BlogWhen Joining The Crowd May Allow You to Stand Out: The Jobs Act and the Advent of Equity-Based Crowdfunding2012
Decisive Defense - MRR Legal BlogHome Inspectors: Home Inspection Contract Clauses2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Ashland UniversityHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha KappaN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trident Insurance Education SeriesDefending Roadway Claims2013
Ohio Township Association 2013 Winter ConferenceOhio Political Subdivisions and Roadway Liability2013
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)Home Inspection Contracts & Ohio Case Law2013