Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

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Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


34305 Solon Road, Suite 100, Cleveland, Ohio 44139

Established: 1980

Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Auto & Commercial Trucking
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Civil Rights & Government Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Data Management & Cyber Security Law
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Liquor Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability & Licensing
  • Public Sector Law
  • Rapid Response & Crisis Management
  • School Law
  • Zoning & Land Use

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About Us

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1980, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA (MRR) is a mid-size regional law firm with more than 28 attorneys servicing clients throughout Ohio from offices located in Cleveland and Columbus. The firm provides insurance defense, public sector law, business and commercial law, employment and labor law, workers' compensation, and general litigation services to regional and national industry leaders, organizations, and individuals. The firm's promise, as it has been from the beginning, is to provide timely, cost-effective, and successful representation to their clients. MRR is Midwest Strong and wholly devoted to its clients' needs. For more information, visit our website.

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Additional Locations

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • 175 South 3rd Street, Suite 1000
  • Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Telephone: 614-228-5931
    • Fax: 614-228-5934

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • American Custom Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Classic Syndicate, Inc.
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Covenant Transport, Inc.
  • Cover X Corporation
  • Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Ohio Casualty School Defense
  • Quality Carriers, Inc.
  • Specialty Risk Portfolio Services, Inc.

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Personnel Information

Firm Members


Thomas S. Mazanec

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Business Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Liquor Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1986
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Xavier University, B.S.B.A., 1971
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1976

Born: 1949

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Todd M. Raskin

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Sixth Circuits
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Kent State University, B.S., 1972
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1979

Born: 1950

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Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr., Managing Partner

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Professional Liability
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1995
Memberships:
  • Ohio State, Lake County and Cleveland Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.A. (cum laude), 1983
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1986

Born: 1961

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John T. McLandrich

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • Municipal Law
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • John Carroll University, B.S., 1979
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1983

Born: 1957

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James A. Climer

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1990
Memberships:
  • Federal, Ohio State and Parma Bar Associations
  • Cuyahoga County Law Directors Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Miami University, B.A., 1977
  • The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1980

Born: 1954

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Patrick W. Winslow

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1982
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1984
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant
Education:
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1974
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1977

Born: 1953

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Jeffrey T. Kay

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Labor and Employment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • General Liability
  • Municipal Law
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Ohio State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Ashland University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1993
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1997

Born: 1972

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George V. Pilat

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Agents
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Employment Litigation
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2002
Memberships:
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Education:
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1984
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1987

Born: 1962

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Frank Scialdone

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
Memberships:
  • American, Ohio State and Cleveland Bar Associations
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Certifications:
  • Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • Nazareth College of Rochester, B.A., 1994
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2002

Born: 1970

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John D. Pinzone

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2006
Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.S., 1999
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2002

Born: 1976

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David M. Smith

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2010
Memberships:
  • American and Ohio State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Heidelberg College, B.S., 2002
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2005

Born: 1979

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Steven K. Kelley

Cleveland, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1999
Education:
  • Ohio Northern University, B.A., 1981
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1984

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Senior Attorney



Kathleen M. Minahan

Cleveland, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Education:
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1992
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1995

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Associates



Mary Beth Klemencic

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Automobile
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • General Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Liquor Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2006
Memberships:
  • Ohio State, Lake County and Cleveland Bar Associations
Education:
  • David N. Meyers College, B.S. (summa cum laude), 2001
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2006

Born: 1961

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Terence L. Williams

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2011
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations
Education:
  • Miami University, B.A., 2003
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2006
Honors:
Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship

Born: 1981

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Michael P. Byrne

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Trucking
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2012
Education:
  • Elon University, B.A., 2007
  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 2012

Born: 1986

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Christina M. Nicholas

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Governmental Liability
  • Municipal Law
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2013
Education:
  • University of Dayton, B.A., 2010
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2013

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Amily A. Imbrogno

Cleveland, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
Education:
  • Malone University, B.A. (cum laude), 2009
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2014

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Service Areas

Akron, Ohio 25 miles

Lorain, Ohio 28 miles

Medina, Ohio 29 miles

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