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

Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Perry Co. LPA

Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense

1300 East 9th Street, Suite 1950, Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1501

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • General Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Malpractice

About Us

Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. represents insurance companies and their insureds throughout Ohio and Florida. Our lawyers are known for their dedicated, strategic representation when defending insurance companies against all types of matters.

At the outset of every case, we will provide an objective evaluation of the plaintiff's claim to determine possible affirmative defenses as well as potential liability. We work closely with insurance carriers and defendants to develop an effective, efficient strategy. Our lawyers fully comprehend the importance of providing regular communication to our clients and offer responsive representation at every point in the legal process.

Simply stated, there is no substitute for case preparation in any kind of complex litigation. Our lawyers will carefully analyze every aspect of the plaintiff's claim to locate any weaknesses. We will meticulously prepare every defense witness to withstand the rigors of pretrial depositions and will bring on recognized experts when necessary to bolster our defense.

Our work in pretrial discovery frequently leads to success for our clients, either through summary judgment motions or negotiated settlements that minimize potential exposure. Of course, in the event that a case must be tried before a jury, our lawyers will be prepared. Our firm's attorneys have tried more than 900 cases in state and federal courts and have achieved successful results in the vast majority of these cases.

Client Information

Insurance Clients

Personnel Information

Managing Shareholder

Jeffrey W. Van Wagner

Cleveland, OH

Practice Areas
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • General Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Defense Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2003
Jeffrey Van Wagner is the Managing Shareholder of BSPH. His career as a litigator and trial attorney has now spanned three decades. He is a 1979 graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law and has extensive litigation and trial experience in the areas of nursing home liability, medical malpractice defense of physicians and institutions, and product liability. He has extensive experience in defending physicians and institutions where opioid prescription practices are at issue and is well familiar with the nuances of the learned intermediary doctrine as applied to the sales and marketing of prescription medications.

Mr. Van Wagner's full-service endeavors for his clients also include providing claims and risk management services and presentations for clients, interactions with state and federal agencies, participation in civil and criminal investigations and pre-suit evaluation and assessment of potential claims. He recently worked with physicians and pharmacists at a major medical provider in Cleveland to develop a pain management protocol for use of opioids in general and methadone induction specifically.

The author of various articles and a frequent presenter to medical, nursing home and insurance clients, he has extensive experience with trials in courtrooms throughout the northern tier of Ohio.

Mr. Van Wagner is a member of the Ohio State Bar as well as the United States District Court of Ohio (Northern and Southern Districts), the Sixth and Fifth District Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Van Wagner was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 14 straight years (2007 through 2020). In 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020 he was also named as a Cleveland Top 50 and Ohio Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyer. He was also named to "The Best Lawyers in America" for 2013through 2020, the 19th through the 25th Editions in the fields of Medical Malpractice Defense and Health Care Law. In 2019 he was Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law" for Northeast Ohio. Mr. Van Wagner further enjoys an AV Preeminent Five Star rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
  • John Carroll University, B.A., 1976
  • Creighton University, B.A., 1976
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1979

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