McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman CO.
101 West Prospect Avenue
Suite 1800 Cleveland, OH 44115
Chris is a principal and oversees the personal injury practice at our firm. He specializes in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death matters. Chris has dedicted his career and utilized the extensive knowledge gained to not only help clients in court, but just as importantly, to educate manufacturers, employers and parents of the unique dangers which exist in their environment and how to protect against them. Through litigation Chris has actually caused companies and medical providers to change their safety practices so that injuries similar to those in the litigation do not ever happen in the future. He was recently selected again this year by his peers as one of the top 100 “Super Lawyers” in the State of Ohio and one of the top 50 "Super Lawyers" in the city of Cleveland. He has had the distinction of being a “Super Lawyer” since the inception of this recognition. He is a top-rated “AV” attorney with Martindale-Hubbell for both his professional prowess as well as his high ethical standards. Chris is a Diplomat Trial Advocate certified by The National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Chris has litigated and tried cases in both Federal and State Courts in the United States and has been actively involved in litigation which has taken him to Puerto Rico and Italy. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1990 and, while there received the Banks Baldwin Outstanding Clinical Law Student Award. Chris also received his B.A. Degree from Union College in 1987 and graduated with Departmental Honors.
Since 1995, Chris is personally responsible for obtaining at least 21 verdicts and/or settlements on behalf of his clients in excess of $1 million. 11 of those results were at or above $2 million. To date, the highest monetary award Chris has reached on behalf of a client is $8.5 million. Yet, the highest success viewed by Chris does not include money obtained, but instead focuses on the changes he has caused that will prevent future injury.
Chris has been voted into the William K. Thomas Inn of Courts, is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Ohio Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the Ohio State Bar Association. He was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1990, the bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, as well as the bars of the Third and Sixth Circuit Federal Courts of Appeal.