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Michael Schmeltzer

Personal injury Attorney at Akron, OH

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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Michael's practice is focused on his passion - standing up for everyday people against those who refuse to take responsibility for their wrongful conduct.  He represents clients in a wide variety of complex cases, including general civil litigation, personal injury, medical and other professional malpractice, product and consumer claims, insurance disputes, business litigation, and employment-related disputes.
Michael has experience with all stages of litigation and has handled matters before state and federal administrative agencies and has tried cases, argued appeals, and successfully handled mediations in both state and federal court.
Michael is recognized as an "Ohio Rising Star" and frequently writes and lectures on timely legal issues.  He also holds key positions with a number of bar association committees, is associated with community legal aid programs, and regularly volunteers his time with community-based organizations. Michael serves as a representative-at-large for 2013-2015 Board of Trustees, Ohio Association for Justice; board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Summit County; member of the Certified Grievance Subcommittee of the Akron Bar Association; member of the Ohio Association for Justice's legislative and subrogation committees; member of the Ohio State Bar Association's jury instructions committee; and mentor to new lawyers through the Ohio Supreme Court's Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program.  He is also a 2013 graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association's Leadership Academy and is active with the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, as well. 
Michael is licensed to practice law in all Ohio State courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.  He attended Kent State University, where he earned his B.A. degree in journalism with a minor in political science.  Michael later attended the University of Akron School of Law, where he served as assistant editor of the Akron Law Review, was a member of its Jessup International Moot Court competition team, and served as executive editor of its Journal of Technology Transfer (now the Akron Journal of Intellectual Property). 

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Posted by Brian | March 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around
I have to say Mike is by far the best lawyer I have ever used and I will never need to find another. He settled a case and was able to collect on what I thought was going to be an uncollectable case he worked hard and persevered. I can't thank him enough. He worked with me on pricing and turned a horrible situation I was facing into a positive. I not only have a lawyer for life but a friend as well!
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Posted by Rachel | July 24, 2015
Very responsive and helpful
I highly recommend Michael Schmeltzer. I had a medical malpractice case that the three other attorneys I contacted before Michael would not even touch. And Michael was able to get me a settlement payment which was incredibly helpful to me. Unlike other attorneys I've worked with, I never had to wait to hear back from him - he always called me right back within a day or less. Overall, a great experience.
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Posted by Elaine | May 10, 2013
Elaine's review
Yes, I would definitely recommend Michael to any potential client. He helped me with a personal injury claim and was very responsive, knowledgeable, and he kept me informed on all of my options. I had several questions and there was never one left unanswered. I was very pleased with the monetary outcome also.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Slater & Zurz, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Amer Cunningham Co., LPA
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Ciano & Goldwasser, LLP
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Walter & Haverfield
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Hill Hardman Oldfield, LLC
  • 2006 - 2008
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  • University of Akron
  • law
  • N/A


  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Board of Trustees, Representative-at-Large
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • Class of 2013
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Alliance for Mential Illness, Summit County
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Jury Instructions Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Grievance Committee, Investigative Subcommittee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Torchbearer's
  • Communications Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Community Legal Aid, Volunteer Legal Services Program
  • Volunteer
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Ohio Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Ohio Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Ohio Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Convention
  • Social Media Discovery in Personal Injury Cases
  • 2012
  • Annual Convention
  • The Commercial Docket & Business Litigation
  • 2012

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Akron Personal injury Lawyer Michael Schmeltzer
Michael Schmeltzer
Personal injury Attorney
Akron, OH
Licensed for 17 years