Patrick J. Thomas

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

Ritzler, Couglin & Paglia Ltd.
Patrick J. Thomas
Ritzler, Couglin & Paglia Ltd.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2002

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012

Ritzler, Couglin & Paglia Ltd.

1360 East 9th Street
500 IMG Center
Cleveland, OH 44114 Visit website


Attorney Patrick J. Thomas is a partner with Ritzler, Coughlin, & Paglia Ltd. law firm, a full service law firm handling business, commercial and insurance litigation.  A top-ranked trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of total legal experience, Mr. Thomas provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving business litigation, contractual disputes, intellectual property litigation including copyright infringement, investments, construction, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith.  

Through his legal practice, Mr. Thomas delivers highly personalized counsel to a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including business, construction and natural resources. He has prosecuted and defended a host of litigations for his clients involving professional liability, patent, trademark and copyright infringements, and more, and he has extensive experience with appeals as well as representing his clients before professional boards.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Thomas served as an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office's Major Trial Division, where he served as first chair in more than 90 jury trials involving very serious felonies such as homicides and sex crimes. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a research scientist helping to develop recombinant human nervous system enzymes.

A 1990 graduate of Denison University with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Mr. Thomas obtained his Juris Doctor in 2001 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Mr. Thomas is an active member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute, among his other professional affiliations. He is also a member of the Denison University Alumni Association, and he has served as coach and mock trial instructor at Mayfield High School.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Construction Litigation: Consumer, Construction Litigation: Business, Insurance Coverage, Intellectual Property Litigation

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Bad Faith Insurance, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Construction Defects, Dram Shop Laws, Insurance, Insurance Defense, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Toxic Mold, Trade Secret, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Construction Litigation: Consumer
  • 10% Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20% Other

First Admitted: 2002, Ohio

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Mock Trial Instructor and Coach for Mayfield High School through the Ohio Supreme Court’s Center for Law-Related Education, 2008-2010
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Denison University Alumni Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2010
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2010
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, 2002
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2011
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2003
Educational Background:
  • Denison University, B.S. Biology, 1990
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1988
Industry Groups:
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Environmental
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Real Estate

Office location for Patrick J. Thomas

1360 East 9th Street
500 IMG Center
Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: 216-586-2870


8 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2012

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