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Kathleen J. St. John

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate 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 - 2006, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Appellate, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Kathleen J. St. John brings more than 30 years’ experience to Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy. A vital part of our legal team, Kathleen is the head of the firm’s Appellate Department; and has been a partner of this firm since 2001. Focusing her practice on Appellate Law, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice Law, Class Actions, and Complex Tort Litigation.

“In working on any case, I focus on three things: the quality of the briefing, the integrity of the legal arguments, and a successful recovery for our clients.”

In 1982, Kathleen earned her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, graduating cum laude. After law school, she was a former Judicial Law Clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Judge Alvin I. Krenzler.

For the past 15 years, Kathleen has been selected to Ohio Super Lawyers for Appellate Law. She has also been selected to U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, in the area of Personal Injury since 2017.

Kathleen is a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA). She was instrumental in the revival of the CATA News magazine, a biannual scholarly and informational legal publication, and has been its Editor-in-Chief of the CATA News for the past ten years. Kathleen has written numerous articles for legal publications, including the CATA News, Ohio Trial, and the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) Quarterly. Also has been a frequent lecturer and panel member, including for The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, the OAJ, and The Judicial Conference of the Eight Judicial District.

Taking particular interest in the academic success of young adults, she has acted as a volunteer judge for the Ohio High School Mock Trial program sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. She also has volunteered in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program teaching constitutional law to tenth grade students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Kathleen was formerly a volunteer instructor in both adult literacy and English as a second language (ESL) programs sponsored by Project Learn.

About Kathleen J. St. John

First Admitted: 1982

Professional Webpage: http://www.nphm.com/about-us/attorneys/kathleen-st-john/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Keeping Out Criminal History Evidence In Personal Injury Cases,” CATA News, Winter 2012 – 2013.
  • “The Havel Anomaly,” CATA News, Spring 2012.
  • “Medical Authorizations and Your Client's Right to Privacy,” CATA News, Winter 2010-2011.
  • Case Law Update: Recent Ohio Supreme Court Cases Relevant to Personal Injury Practice, Lorain County Bar Association, 2009
  • Constitutional Challenges in Your Personal Injury Practice, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2001
  • Destroying Subrogation Rights Without the UM/UIM Carrier's Consent, Auto Insurance Seminar, Ohio Association for Justice, 2002
  • Jurisdiction, Venue, and Associated Internet Issues in Municipal and County Courts, The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, 2011
  • Stare Decisis, Insurance Law Seminar, Ohio Association of Justice, 2003
  • Tort Reform, Panel Discussion Co-Chairperson, The Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, 2007
  • What is the Status of Workers' Compensation Subrogation in Ohio?, 45th Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention, 2002
  • Medical Authorizations and Your Client's Right to Privacy, CATA News, Winter 2010-2011
  • “Personal Jurisdiction over the Foreign Defendant: Brown, Nicastro, and the Internet,” CATA News, Winter 2011-2012.
  • “S.B. 227: Workers' Compensation Subrogation Rights,” 14, Ohio Trial, Issue 1, Spring 2004.
  • “What Lies Beneath: Workers' Compensation Subrogation in the Wake of Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co.,” 12, Ohio Trial Magazine, 2001.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Taking particular interest in the academic success of young adults, she has acted as a volunteer judge for the Ohio High School Mock Trial program sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. She also has volunteered in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's 3Rs program where she teaches constitutional law to tenth grade students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Kathleen was formerly a volunteer instructor in both adult literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs sponsored by Project Learn.

Educational Background

  • Ohio University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio Bar, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1995, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2009
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice, Ohio State Bar Association, The Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, Life Member

Honors/Awards

  • President's Award, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2011

Industry Groups

  • Cleveland Academy Of Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Association For Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association
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Office Location for Kathleen J. St. John

600 Superior Avenue East
Suite 1200
Cleveland, OH 44114

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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