John P. Susany

John P. Susany

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Akron, OH

Stark & Knoll Co., L.P.A.
 | 3475 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333
Phone: 330-572-1324
Fax: 330-572-1274
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile
John Susany is one of the owners of Stark & Knoll and serves as the chair of its Litigation & Employment group.  He has focused his practice on general litigation, with a strong emphasis in employment litigation.   He has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, arbitration panels, various county boards of revision, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.   John also works with clients on protecting themselves from litigation and employment claims.

About John Susany

Admitted: 1987, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Distinguished Service Award, Ohio University, 1993
  • Fellow, Akron Bar Foundation, 2010
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Ohio University Dept. of Political Science, 2001
  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 1999
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Commissioner, Cleveland Bar Association Softball League (1989-1995)
  • American Bar Association (1987-present),    Cleveland Bar Association (1987-2014),    Akron Bar Association (1996-present),   Ohio State Bar Association (1987-present),   Justinian Forum

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ohio University National Alumni Board (1993-2002), President (1999-2000)
  • Vino Italia Committee (2010-2013)
  • Ohio University Foundation Board of Directors (2002-2011)   
  • Seton Catholic School Board of Directors, (2009-2016), Board Chair (2013-2015) 
  • Laurel Lake Retirement Community Board of Directors, Nominations Chair (2008-2013)
  • Stan Hywet Board of Directors (2016---present), 2016


  • GI Plastek v. DEFM, et al. (2005)  Defense verdict against $6 million claims of misappropriatioin of trade secrets, breach of contract and spoliation.   O'Donnell v. CF Bank (2007)  Arbitration award in excess of $600,000 arising from breach of contract.   Fed Ex v. Denholm (2007)  Judgment in favor of Defendant against injunction on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets.  Integres v. Amerman, et al.  (2007)  Judgment in favor of Plaintiff for an injunction against eight employees for misappropriation of trade secrets.  Hout, et al v. City of Mansfield (2008) Federal court granted summary judgment in favor of Defendants on $7 million claims of discrimination.  Plaintiffs paid costs and a portion of attorneys' fees.  Brechbuhler v. Brechbuhler, et al. (2008) Summary judgment in favor of Defendants on tortious interference claim.  Affirmed by the Ninth Judicial District (2008). Krug v. WasteQuip (1993) Judgment in favor of Defendant on its counterclaim for damages arising from breaches of warranty.  Rodic v. Celebrezze, et al (1988) Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a federal judge against claims of violations of First Amendment and civil rights and assault.  Affirmed by Eighth Judicial District.   Sedlak v. CDG Group LLC (2010)  Ninth Judicial District affirmed trial court's decision denying a Workers' Compensation appeal.   Jacobs v. Jacobs (2011)  AAA arbitration award accepting client's value of shares in a shareholder dispute. Demming v. Lou Ritenour Interiors (2014) Obtained summary judgment against claims of breach of contract, fraud and defamation in employment case.   Haight, et al v. Minchak, et al  2016 Ohio LEXIS 743 (Mar. 17, 2016) Won reversal of an appellate court's decision that outside salespeople are not exempt from the minimum wage provisions of the FLSA.  Cavanaugh Gorby, et al. v. Aberth CA-28021 (2018) Won at trial and on appeal defending against beneficiaries' efforts to remove a trustee . 


  • Represented two companies that were owned by an investment fund to sell them when the fund owner closed the fund.  , 2014
  • Represented a shareholder group in selling their family business for $6 Million., 2009
  • Represented 18 shareholders in the sale of a closely-held company (The C.E. White Company) to a private equity firm., 2008

Representative Clients:

  •  Die-Matic, Certus Healthcare, Akron Art Museum, Brechbuhler Truck, Duke Manufacturing, Taylor Team Relocation, Telcon


Educational Background:

  • Ohio University, 1983

Industry Groups

  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Technology
Office Location for John P. Susany

3475 Ridgewood Road
Akron, OH 44333

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Last Updated: 7/12/2018

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