Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


175 South 3rd Street, Suite 1000, Columbus, Ohio 43215

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


Additional Locations

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • 34305 Solon Road, Suite 100
  • Cleveland, Ohio 44139
    • Telephone: 440-248-7906
    • Fax: 440-248-8861

Personnel Information

Firm Members


Doug Holthus

Columbus, OH

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1992
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Columbus (Chair, Professionalism Committee) Bar Associations
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • Wittenberg University, B.A., 1982
  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1986

Michael S. Loughry

Columbus, OH

Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Automobile
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • General Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Liquor Liability
  • Municipal Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2004
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Ohio State Bar Associations
  • Columbus Bar Association (Certified Grievance Committee, 2009-Present; Federal Courts Committee Co-Chair, 2006-2008; Barrister Leader Program, 2002-2003; Planning Committee, 2003-2004)
Education:
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1991
  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 2001

Born: 1969


Elizabeth Gentile

Columbus, OH

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appellate
  • General Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Retail and Restaurant Defense
  • Trucking Industry Defense
  • Restaurant Liability
  • Retail Liability
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1992
  • Capital University Law School, J.D. (Dean's List), 1996

Paul-Michael La Fayette

Columbus, OH

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment
  • Labor Law
  • General Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Public Sector
  • Zoning
  • Land Use
  • Professional Liability & Licensing
Admitted
  • Ohio, 1996
  • Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 2011
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations
  • PIAA
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College, B.A., 1992
  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1996

Senior Attorney


Cara M. Wright

Columbus, OH

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • Governmental Liability
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law
Admitted
  • Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Akron Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Cincinnati, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2005
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2008

Born: 1983


Associates


Chenee M. Castruita

Columbus, OH

Years of Experience: 3

Admitted
  • Ohio, 2013
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
Education:
  • Ohio University, B.S. (cum laude), 2009
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2013

Shafiyal Ahmed

Columbus, OH

Admitted
  • Ohio, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Memberships:
  • Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 2017
  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 2020

Service Areas

Delaware, Ohio, USA 25 miles

Lancaster, Ohio, USA 20 miles

Newark, Ohio, USA 25 miles


(See profile under Cleveland, OH for additional information)

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