Best's Insurance Professional Resources

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Best's Insurance Professional Resources

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General Defense


50 South Main Street, Tenth Floor, Akron, Ohio 44308-1828

Established: 1885

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Property Damage
  • Bodily Injury
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Life Insurance
  • Coverage Issues
  • Subrogation

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About Us

Roderick Linton Belfance boasts a complement of skilled trial lawyers who consistently achieve superior results for our clients. Our litigators regularly practice in courts both inside and outside the state of Ohio in simple and complex litigation in municipal, state and federal courts. Several of our litigators have served as former judicial clerks to current and former federal and state court judges, and all our litigators have gained an invaluable mastery of how the judicial machinery works and how it best can be utilized to gain results for our clients.

Our firm is recognized for its decades of strong litigation performance, and we represent clients in nearly every kind of dispute, whether it concerns business relations, employment issues, personal injury or death, insurance coverage or defense, claimed violation of statutes, or allegations of professional negligence or malpractice. Our experience allows us to skillfully represent our clients in any venue for disputes, including at trial and on appeal, as well as through arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

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Additional Locations

  • Medina, OH

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • City Yellow Cab Company
  • Ohio Edison Company

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Personnel Information

Managing Member


William G. Chris

Akron, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1985
  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Akron Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Akron, B.A., 1982
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1984

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Principal and Shareholder



Lawrence R. Bach

Akron, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1987
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Akron Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.A., 1978
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1984

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Non-Equity Partner



Christopher C. Esker

Akron, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2003
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Akron Bar Associations
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of Akron, B.A., 1983
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1988

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Of Counsel



Kurt R. Weitendorf

Akron, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1981
Memberships:
  • American (Litigation Section) and Ohio State Bar Associations
  • Akron Bar Association (Board of Trustees, 1992-1996; Chairman, Common Pleas and Appellate Court Committee, 1988-1991)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • University of Kentucky
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1977
  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1980
Fraternity Information:
Phi Alpha Delta

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High Profile Cases

R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor v. Cathedral Buffet, Inc., No. 17-3427 (6th Cir. 2018) (Appeal from the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio)

State ex rel. Citizens for Responsible Green Govt. v. Green, Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-3489 (Original Action in Mandamus)

Grace Cathedral, Inc. v. Testa, 143 Ohio St.3d 212, 2015-Ohio-2067 (Appeal from Board of Tax Appeals)

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Service Areas

Canton, Ohio 24 miles

Medina, Ohio 22 miles

Ravenna, Ohio 20 miles

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