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David M. Paris

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Nurenberg Paris Heller & McCarthy Co., L.P.A.
600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 1200
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-621-2300
Fax: 216-771-2242
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1978
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

David M. Paris, managing partner with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, started with the firm in the mid 1970s when he served as a law clerk while attending the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He became a principal in 1988 and began taking on managerial responsibilities. He then became managing partner in 2002.


"It was conversations with Jack McCarthy that helped David understand that law could play a role in the greater good. 'Jack often spoke of the great disparities in wealth and education between our clients and the insurance companies and corporations who sat on the other side of the table. He articulated best the notion that we could affect social change, modify unsafe behavior and redistribute some of the wealth to those whose lives had become broken. That theme continues to resonate with me."

For more than 30 years, David has been a trial lawyer, successfully representing clients in a wide variety of complex injury and wrongful death cases, including: defective products, medical malpractice, construction accidents, employer intentional torts, and motor vehicle collisions. At Nurenberg Paris, he chairs the class action department and has resolved consumer class action suits against insurance companies on behalf of a class of 600,000 members and against auto dealerships on behalf of 75,000 class members. David is a board certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, who has recovered in excess of $200 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Many of the cases he has championed have had a direct impact on the rights of consumers in Ohio. Some of the more notable decisions have been Baughman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 481 (2000) (establishing important criteria for certification of a consumer class action) and Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co., 92 Ohio St. 3d 115 (2001) (our client was a companion case which declared Ohio’s workers’ compensation subrogation statute unconstitutional).

About David M. Paris

First Admitted: 1978, Ohio

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Special Licenses/Certifications

  • National Board Of Trial Advocates, Civil Trial Lawyer Speciailist.

Educational Background

  • Ohio State University, 1974

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Trustee (2013 - Present)
  • Member, California Bar Association - 1978-present.
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (State Chair, 2006-present)
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1981
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Qualification Committee (2011 - Present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Task Force For Judicial Excellance - 2010       
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Fellows Committee, Chair (2014 - Present)
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (President 2000-2001)
  • American Association For Justice, 1978-present
  • California Bar, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1978
  • Cuyahoga Bar Association, Grievance Committee
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2001
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Executive Committee (2013 - Present)
  • Member, Ohio Association of Justice 1978-present
  • Member, American Board Of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), E.C. Ohio Ch. 2013-present
  • Ohio Bar, 1978

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Trial Advocacy Institue, Instuctor, Cleveland-Marshall College, 1990
  • The Supplemental Action, Ohio Association for Justice, 1990
  • Insurance Litigation in Ohio, National Business Institute, 1993
  • The Digital Trial Lawyer, Akron Bar Association, 2002
  • The Constitutionality of Ohio Workers' Compensation Subrogator Statue, CATA, 2001
  • Trial Advocacy Program for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, National Institue for Trial Advocacy, 2005
  • Preparation of the Plaintiff Maximizing Damages: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Lorain County Bar Association, 2011
  • The Negligent Hiring/Retention Case, CATA, 2009
  • Hiring and Retention of Drivers: Regulatory Overview of Safe Drivers, Trucking Negligence Seminar, Lorain County Bar Association, 2011
  • Speaking Objections at Depositions, CATA, 2013
  • Trucking Litigation (OAJ, 2014)
  • Panelist: Medical-Legal Summit: Trend in Medical Malpractice (CMBA, 2015)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: What Attorneys Need To Know About Its Complexities & Challenges (CMBA Journal 2/16)


  • Alumni Of The Year Cleveland-Marshall College Of Law, 2011
  • CATA Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - present.
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Cleveland State University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010
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Office Location for David M. Paris

600 Superior Avenue East
Suite 1200
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 9/28/2021

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