Jeffrey W. Van Wagner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A.
 | 1300 East 9th Street, Suite 1950
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-875-2767
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (40%),
  • Health Care (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a managing shareholder at Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A., Jeffrey W. Van Wagner is committed to representing people in Cleveland and throughout the state of Ohio. He focuses his practice on defending clients involved in health care professional liability and general liability cases.

After beginning his undergraduate studies at Creighton University, Mr. Van Wagner went on to graduate magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from John Carroll University in 1975. He then earned a Juris Doctor in 1979 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Van Wagner served as the associate editor of the school's law review. Upon graduation from law school, he was invited to join the Order of the Coif.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Van Wagner has successfully defended clients accused of wrongdoing such as medical malpractice and nursing home liability. He has brought a number of cases to trial and has experience working with government agencies on the state and federal level. In addition to providing sound legal representation, Mr. Van Wagner also helps clients identify and mitigate risks.

For his achievements, Mr. Van Wagner has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he was named in The Best Lawyers in America** in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

A published author, Mr. Van Wagner holds memberships with the Defense Research Institute (DRI) – The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%): Medical Malpractice

Health Care (40%): Hospital Law, Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law

Personal Injury - General (20%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice

Health Care: Hospital Law, Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Jeffrey Van Wagner

Admitted: 1979, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Top 100, 2012 - 2015, 2016
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Cleveland Top 50, 2012 - 2014, 2016
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2017
  • "The Best Lawyers in America",  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • Ohio, 1979

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Case Western Reserve University Law Review, Associate Editor, 1997 - 1998, Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Studier v. Taliak, 74 Ohio App.3d 512, 599 N.E.2d 718 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. 1991)
  • Musa v. Gillett Communications, Inc., 119 Ohio App.3d 673m 696 N.E.2d, 277 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. 1997)
  • Surdel v. MetroHealth Med. Ctr., 2000-Ohio-492, 135 Ohio App.3d 141, 733 N.E.2d 281 (Ohio App. 8 Dist. 1997)
  • Berry v. MetroHealth Med. Ctr., 2004-Ohio-2841, 85184, 05-LW-2459 (8th OHCA8)
  • Alden v. Phifer Wire Products, Inc., 2005-Ohio-3014, 85064, 05-LW-2599 (8th OHCA8)
  • Rinaldi v. City View Nursing & Rehab. Ctr., Inc., 2005-Ohio-6360, 85867 (OHCA8)
  • Taylor v. Academy Iron & Metal Co., 36 Ohio St. 3d 149, 522 N.E.2d 464 (Ohio 1998)
  • Hageman v. Southwest Gen. Health Center, 2006-Ohio-6765, No. 87826 (OHCA8 2006)
  • Chromik v. Permanente, 2007-Ohio-5856, No. 89088 (OHCA8 2007)
  • Estate of Stevic v. Bio-Medical Application of Ohio, Inc., 2008-Ohio-33, No. 2006 CA 0095 (OHCA5 2008)

Representative Clients:

  • CommuniCare Family of Companies
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio

Educational Background:

  • Creighton University, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976
Office Location for Jeffrey W. Van Wagner

1300 East 9th Street
Suite 1950
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216-875-2767


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Last Updated: 1/30/2017

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