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

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

5824 Akron-Cleveland Road, Suite A, Hudson, Ohio 44236

Established: 2005

Qualified Member Since: 2009

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial and Personal Lines
  • Complex Litigation
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • Insurance Agent Errors & Omissions
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation
  • Trucking Litigation
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Defense
  • Wrongful Death

Cases Gone to Trial: 170

About Us

Carr Law Office, LLC has been listed in U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms for insurance law every year since 2015.

Carr Law Office has been profiled as a Qualified Member in Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys every year since 2009.

Our founder, Adam E. Carr, is board-certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). He has served as lead trial attorney from jury selection through verdict in hundreds of days of trial.

Mr. Carr has recently been recognized as follows:

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

2024 The Best Lawyers in America for insurance law (eleventh time selected)

2023 Ohio Super Lawyers for insurance coverage (eleventh time selected)

Adam E. Carr has appeared for clients throughout the State of Ohio, with court appearances in 73 of Ohio's 88 counties. He has tried cases in 17 different counties, and he has argued before 10 different appellate courts within Ohio, including 8 Ohio courts of appeal, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

We practice throughout Ohio, at all levels of court. Please see our website for more information.


  • U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms (2015-2024)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2010-2012, 2016-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2014-2024)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent (peer rated for highest level of professional excellence)
  • Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2004; recertified 2009, 2014, 2019) (Adam E. Carr only)

Client Information

Corporate Clients

  • ATVs and More, Inc.
  • LKQ Corporation
  • O'Reilly Auto Enterprises, LLC
  • Truck Enterprises, Inc.

Insurance Clients

Personnel Information

Firm Member

Adam E. Carr

Hudson, OH

Years of Experience: 29

  • Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2018
Additional Biographical Details:

NBTA Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer 2004-2024; Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent; The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law, 2014-2024; Ohio Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage, 2010-2012, 2016-2023; 1993 American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Practice, Lawyers' Cooperative Publishing

  • Ohio State, Akron and Lake County Bar Associations
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Contributing Author: Baldwin's Ohio Practice, Tort Law, Thomson West Reuters (1st Ed.2005)
  • Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer (NBTA 2004; Recertified 2009, 2014, 2019)
  • Rice University, B.A., 1990
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1993
Fraternity Information:
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, International
Law Review:
Civil Litigation and Procedure Specialty Board, CLM Journal of American Law (2013-2015)
Extern to Hon. John T. Patton, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District; Law Clerk to Hon. Sara R. Hunter, Cleveland Heights Municipal Court

Born: 1968


A Brief History of Ohio Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Laws by Adam E. Carr, OACTA

The Managing Partners Podcast by Erik J. Olson, Array Law

Understanding Your Market by Rob Malone, Small Firm Forum

High Profile Cases

Foltz v. Pi Kappa Alpha Intl. Fraternity, Inc., Franklin C.P. 21CV002923. We successfully defended one of several students who was accused of involvement in a student death after an alleged fraternity hazing. The case was featured in national news media and on the Dr. Phil Show.

National Football Museum v. Welty Building Company, Ltd., Stark C.P. 2018CV01239 (dispute over cancellation of nationally televised professional football game allegedly arising from field conditions during stadium construction) The dispute was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

Ochall v. McNamer, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 15AP-772, 2016-Ohio-8493. We successfully defended the organizers of a go-kart race on no liability against a claim of quadriplegia/tetraplegia. A go-kart operated by a child left the track and struck the mother of another operator. 

Barker v. Emergency Professional Serv., Inc. 11th Dist. Trumbull No. 2012-T-0096, 2013-Ohio-5817; 11th Dist. Trumbull Nos. 2012-T-0097 & 2013-T-0026, 2013-Ohio-5818; 11th Dist. Trumbull No. 2012-T-0098, 2013-Ohio-5819. We successfully defended the owner of a private lake on no liability following a diving accident. A guest suffered a severe spinal injury, which allegedly became worse after medical malpractice, rendering the plaintiff a completely disabled quadriplegic/tetraplegic. The court granted our motion for summary judgment, and this was affirmed on appeal. 

D.G. v. Boardman Local Schools, N.D.Ohio No. 4:11-cv-01174. We successfully defended a pre-teen girl and her parents against allegations of school bullying and cyberbullying. The case drew national media attention including CBS News' 48 Hours show, the Dr. Phil show, and a made-for-tv movie. 

In re Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Coverage Cases (Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. Wagner), 100 Ohio St.3d 302, 2003-Ohio-5888, 798 N.E.2d 1077 (ending Scott-Pontzer uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage fiasco) 

Ohayon v. Safeco, 91 Ohio St.3d 474, 2001-Ohio-100, 747 N.E.2d 206 (conflicts of law - which state's law applies) 

Cappara v. Schibley, 85 Ohio St.3d 403, 1999-Ohio-278, 709 N.E.2d 117 (no punitive damages for subsequent bad acts) 

McFadden v. Discerni, 11th Dist. Trumbull No. 2022 TR 19, 2023-Ohio-1086 (summary judgment after plaintiff fell through a broken step that he had asked to have inspected) 

State Auto. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Rowe, 9th Dist. Lorain No. 21CA011799, 2022-Ohio-4443 (trial court contradicted itself in permitting unrestricted inspection of claim file) 

Ullom v. Agoston, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 110715, 2022-Ohio-3813 (plaintiff’s prior voluntary dismissal ineffective; judgment for defendants enforced) 

Cika-Heschmeyer v. Young, 7th Dist. Mahoning No. 10 MA 0048, 2019-Ohio-502 (injury to business invitee) 

Williams v. Alvarez, 6th Dist. Williams No. WM-17-001, 2017-Ohio-8208 (injury to social guest) 

Ochall v. McNamer, 10th Dist. Franklin No. 15AP-772, 2016-Ohio-8493 (quadriplegic after go-kart accident) 

Carter v. Forestview Terrace, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 103165, 2016-Ohio-5229 (injury to residential tenant) 

Schaefer v. Musil, 9th Dist. Summit No. 27109, 2014-Ohio-1504 (definition of occurrence for insurance coverage) 

DeMarco v. Allstate, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 100192, 2014-Ohio-933 (insurer work product privilege in bad faith case) 

Barker v. Emergency Professional Serv., Inc. 11th Dist. Trumbull No. 2012-T-0096, 2013-Ohio-5817; 11th Dist. Trumbull Nos. 2012-T-0097 & 2013-T-0026, 2013-Ohio-5818; 11th Dist. Trumbull No. 2012-T-0098, 2013-Ohio-5819; in related appeal, 11th Dist. Trumbull No. 2013-T-0018, 2014-Ohio-1368 (quadriplegic after diving accident) 

Fuline v. Green, 9th Dist. Summit No. 26586, 2013-Ohio-2171, on prior appeal, 9th Dist. Nos. 25704 & 25936, 2012-Ohio-2749 (attorney fee award reversed) 

Dixon v. O'Brien, 7th Dist. Summit No. 12 MA 19, 2013-Ohio-1429, on prior appeal, 7th Dist. No. 09 MA 123, 2011-3399 (motion for new trial; special rules for appeal in magistrate trial) 

Kish v. Scrocco, 7th Dist. Mahoning No. 11 MA 197, 2013-Ohio-899 (no liability wrongful death premises case) 

Harris-Coker v. Abraham, 9th Dist. Summit No. 26053, 2012-Ohio-4135 (negligence per se for guest of tenant) 

Shankle v. Egner, 5th Dist. Stark Nos. 2011 CA 00121 and 2011 CA 00143, 2012-Ohio-2027 (service of process and default judgment) 

Jaronovic v. Iacofano, 11th Dist. Lake No. 2011-L-070, 2012-Ohio-1581 (injury to social guest) 

Suggs v. Looby, 5th Dist. Stark No. 2011 CA 00023, 2011-Ohio-4533 (motion for new trial) 

Hartzell v. Breneman, 7th Dist. Mahoning No. 10 MA 67, 2011-Ohio-2472 (physician-patient privilege) 

Terrago-Snyder v. Mauro, 7th Dist. Mahoning No. 08 MA 233, 2010-Ohio-5524 (expert testimony requirements) 

Allstate v. Eyster, 189 Ohio App.3d 640, 2010-Ohio-3673, 939 N.E.2d 1274 (3rd Dist.) (exclusion for bodily injury to resident relative) 

Young v. Zukowski, 9th Dist. Summit No. 25146, 2010-Ohio-3491 (day trips out of state do not extend statute of limitations) 

Hanni v. Allstate, Mahoning C.P. 16 CV 1906 (Feb. 2, 2017) (delay in payment not bad faith) 

Stefou v. Hill, Cuyahoga C.P. No. CV 16-857365 (Jan. 10, 2017) (auto insurance definition of insured person) 

Shelton v. Encompass, Summit C.P. CV 2015-11-5304 (Aug. 1, 2016) (value dispute not bad faith) 

Carson v. Cavoulas, Mahoning C.P. No. 13 CV 1927 (Sept. 30, 2014) (right-of-way case) 

Keough v. Trissel, Stark C.P. No. 2013CV02594 (May 22, 2014) (no punitive damages from alcohol consumption without evidence of impairment) 

Nalbach v. Sharp, Trumbull C.P. No. 2012 CV 1098 (Nov. 19, 2013) (restrictive definition of insured challenged by different auto insurer) 

Bossier v. Bridgewater Place, Summit C.P. CV 2010-11-7713 (June 15, 2011) (injunction ordering homeowner to remove fence which violated deed restrictions)

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