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John J. Reagan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Canton, OH

Kisling Nestico & Redick LLC
116 Cleveland Ave NW, Ste 650
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: 330-488-1234
Fax: 330-869-9008
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

John J. Reagan is a personal injury attorney and the managing partner of Kisling, Nestico & Redick LLC in Canton, Ohio. Mr. Reagan has over 25 years of legal experience handling cases involving motor vehicle accidents, product liability, truck accidents, wrongful death and claims against product manufacturers. He serves clients throughout Ohio.

During his years in practice, Mr. Reagan has secured substantial sums in verdicts and settlements for Ohio injury victims and their families. Prior to his legal career, he worked for a national insurance company as a claims adjuster. This experience provided him with insight into how the insurance industry approaches injury claims, which gives him an advantage when representing the injured and their families.

Mr. Reagan is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, The National Trial Lawyers has included him on its Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland and Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio lists each year since 2013, and he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Active in various professional organizations, Mr. Reagan belongs to the Akron Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He is a trustee of the Ohio Association for Justice and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Reagan earned a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University and received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. He is qualified to appear before all Ohio state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent


12 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2005

About John J. Reagan

First Admitted: 1996, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • John has presented at numerous CLE and in-house seminars on topics such as claims handling, bad faith, accident investigation, discovery techniques, trucking litigation and negotiation tactics, among others


  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members, Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Preeminent by Martindale Hubbel for 2017 & 2019
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland, since 2013
  • , Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005
  • , Ohio Super Lawyers, 2011-2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in an invitation-only national organization composed of America’s Top Trial Lawyers. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership in The National Trial Lawyers Association is limited to the Top 100 civil plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers in each state or from highly-populated regions of states, Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Association
  • The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. They have demonstrated outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in the Fellows is limited to less than one percent of the lawyers admitted to practice in each jurisdiction in the United States, Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014

Educational Background

  • Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, B.A. – 1990

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mentor - Supreme Court of Ohio - Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board Member, Trucking Safety Section - Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ), 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1999
  • Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2014
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees Member, Ohio Association for Justice, 2021
  • Member of American Bar Association, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Akron Bar Association


  • $1,030,000 wrongful death settlement for family of 6 year old struck and killed by military vehicle returning from training exercise, 2021
  • $1,000,000 settlement for driver killed by tractor trailer, 2019
  • $1,700,000 settlement of underinsured motorist, breach of contract and bad faith claims on behalf of surviving parents and brothers of a US Marine killed in auto accident and denied uninsured motorist coverage
  • $3,800,000 wrongful death settlement for motorcycle occupant struck by tractor trailer, 2020
  • $4,500,000 settlement of wrongful death and survivorship claims of the estate of a 62 year old, female pedestrian struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in a shopping plaza parking lot in Lake County, Ohio. The decedent was survived by her 72 year old husband and adult brother. Case included claim of PTSD suffered by surviving husband who witnessed accident while waiting for his wife in his car in the parking lot. Evidence in discovery revealed truck driver responsible for accident intentionally falsified his logs in the days leading up to the incident, and failed to comply with Federal DOT hours of service regulations prior to incident, 2015
  • $250,000 settlement for 20 year old passenger injured in head-on motor vehicle crash. Client suffered multiple fractured bones in his leg, requiring surgery and internal fixation
  • $275,000 settlement for client who suffered injuries when a teenage driver pulled from a stop sign into the path of the client’s motorcycle, causing a collision. Client suffered multiple abrasions and contusions, as well as a torn meniscus in her knee which required two surgeries, 2016
  • $175,000 settlement for motorcycle operator who suffered fractured wrist and hand when struck by motor vehicle
  • $1,600,000 settlement for driver of car suffering cervical spine fracture and paraplegia when struck at an intersection in disputed liability crash, 2017
  • $150,000 settlement of bad faith damages, only, against auto insurance company for wrongful denial of uninsured motorist benefits to family of woman killed in motor vehicle accident
  • $1,000,000 settlement for husband and wife injured in head on motor vehicle crash in Ottawa County, Ohio, resulting in multiple orthopedic injuries, surgeries, and lengthy hospitalizations, 2014
  • $450,000 settlement where client suffered fractured cervical spine while diving into pool at  spring break “belly flop” contest sponsored by commercial production company
  • $800,000 settlement of wrongful death claims of retired husband and wife struck in their car at an intersection by a tractor-trailer in disputed liability crash in Wayne County, Ohio. Global settlement agreement included trucking company's agreement to implement additional safety training for drivers in Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations and defensive driving techniques, 2015
  • $425,000 settlement for passenger on motorcycle who suffered fractured leg and multiple surgeries following collision when pizza delivery vehicle pulled from stop sign in front of motorcycle
  • $912,500 settlement of underinsured motorist claim on behalf of 47 year-old client in Wood County, Ohio. Client was driving a work truck when he was struck by an underinsured motorists at an intersection knocking his vehicle off the side of the roadway and into a nearby cornfield. Client suffered a tendon injury to his elbow, multiple lacerations, a neck strain, and aggravation of preexisting low back pain. Three separate insurance companies contributed toward the settlement, 2015
  • $233,000 jury verdict in case where client suffered aggravation of pre-existing cervical spine degeneration due to auto accident, resulting in cervical spine fusion surgery. Insurance company’s highest offer during trial was $90,000, 2011
  • $2,750,000 settlement of wrongful death action resulting from disputed liability tractor-trailer side underride collision. Defendant truck driver was backing his trailer across the oncoming lane of travel into a private driveway, in the pre-dawn hours, on a dark, rural roadway. Client's husband was driving in the opposite direction and could not see the trailer in time to avoid the collision. He was 57 year old, survived by his spouse, two adult children, parents, and three siblings, 2016
  • $225,000 settlement in Ohio Court of Claims for client who suffered fractured leg in motor vehicle accident when struck by car driven by State employee
  • $725,000 settlement for client injured in head-on car crash. Client suffered fractured bones in both ankles, requiring multiple surgeries
  • $777,784 jury verdict in auto accident case involving aggravation of pre-existing lumbar spine degeneration. Insurance company’s last offer prior to trial was $40,000, 2010
  • $2,500,000 settlement of national class action involving fraudulent billing practices by California collections company which purchased bills from medical providers, marked up the charges, then billed consumers inflated rates for services, 2014
  • $875,000 settlement of case involving head-on collision with tractor-trailer resulting in ankle crush injury and surgical fusion
  • $100,000 jury verdict against client's uninsured motorist carrier where client was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her husband which crashed when a van driven by an uninsured motorist pulled into their path. Client suffered 4 fractured bones in her foot and post-traumatic arthritis, 2015
  • $243,745 jury verdict and subsequent recovery of bad faith damages and interest in case where client brought underinsured motorist claim against his own insurance company for damages arising from closed head injury and knee surgery following motorcycle accident. Insurance company’s highest offer prior to trial was $50,000
  • $82,500 jury verdict for client who suffered torn achilles tendon in motor vehicle accident, requiring surgery, 2016
  • $1,725,000.00 Settlement of wrongful death and survivorship claims on behalf of the family of a 44 year old female passenger in a car struck broadside by a farm truck at an intersection in Wayne County, Ohio. Client suffered multiple orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury, and passed away six days later as a result of her injuries. She was survived by her husband and 4 children, 2018
  • $91,800 jury verdict in auto accident case where client suffered fractured ribs and closed head injury. Insurance company’s last offer prior to trial was $18,000, 2010
  • $425,000 settlement for motorist struck from behind on highway by tractor trailer, resulting in aggravation of pre-existing degeneration in cervical spine which required fusion surgery, 2013

Industry Groups

  • Akron Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Ohio Association For Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association
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Office Location for John J. Reagan

116 Cleveland Ave NW
Ste 650
Canton, OH 44702

Phone: 330-488-1234

Fax: 330-869-9008

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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