Shawn M. Acton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Kelley & Ferraro, LLP
 | 950 Main Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-575-0777
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (10%),
  • Workers' Compensation (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, Shawn M. Acton protects the rights of people in Cleveland and across the state of Ohio. He handles cases that involve the following matters: personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, products liability, asbestos litigation and toxic torts.

Mr. Acton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton in 1997. He received a Juris Doctor in 2000 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.

A personal injury can be devastating both physically and financially. Having seen firsthand how challenging these situations can be, Mr. Acton aggressively represents those who have suffered due to someone else’s negligence. Over the course of his career, he has secured numerous settlements and verdicts in his clients’ favor, enabling them to receive the compensation necessary to start the recovery process.

As a civil trial advocate certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Acton is a fierce adversary in the courtroom. In a recent case, he served as lead trial counsel for the family of a mesothelioma victim and secured a $20 million verdict. For these and other successes, Mr. Acton has been invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

A frequent lecturer, Mr. Acton is a member of the Ohio Association for Justice and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%): Asbestos, Toxic Torts

Workers' Compensation (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Asbestos, Toxic Torts


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Shawn Acton

Admitted: 2000, Ohio

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Honors and Awards:

  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009 - 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy - - Certified Civil Trial Advocate, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Member, Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Chieffo v. YSD Industries , Inc., 157 Ohio App.3d 182, 2004-Ohio-2481 (Mahoning County, Ohio 2004)
  • Snyder v. Ford Motor Co., Ohio App. 3rd Dist. No. 1-05-41, 2005-Ohio-6415 (Allen County, Ohio 2005)
  • Shrock v. Copperweld Steel Co., 160 Ohio App.3d 623, 2005-Ohio-1901 (Trumbull County, Ohio 2005)
  • Welsh v. Ford Motor Co., Ohio App. 8th Dist. No. 94068, 2011-Ohio-448 (Cuyahoga County, Ohio 2011)
  • Walker v. Ford Motor Co., Ohio App. 8th Dist. No. 100759, 2014-Ohio-4208 (Cuyahoga County, Ohio 2014)
  • State ex rel. Cleveland Professional Football v. Buehrer, 140 Ohio St.3d 480, 2014-Ohio-3615 (The Supreme Court of Ohio, 2014)

Educational Background:

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, B.A. - 1997
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Office Location for Shawn M. Acton

950 Main Avenue
Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-575-0777


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Last Updated: 3/28/2018

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