Michael G. Polito

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fairview Park, OH

Polito | Rodstrom | Burke LLP
 | 21300 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126
Phone: 440-895-1234
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%)
Attorney Profile

A partner and co-founder of the multidisciplinary firm Polito | Rodstrom | Burke LLP in Fairview Park, Ohio, Michael G. Polito takes on a broad range of civil and criminal litigation matters for clients throughout the Greater Cleveland area. With more than 25 years of experience, he has concentrated his civil litigation practice on personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall cases, medical and dental malpractice, and nursing home negligence. On account of his stellar personal injury case record, he has been inducted into prestigious national organizations such as the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

In addition to his personal injury practice, Mr. Polito has broad experience in defending individuals and corporations throughout the state against misdemeanor and felony charges. In particular, he has successfully defended multiple companies in class-action litigation pertaining to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and he is certified to represent mentally ill individuals facing criminal charges.

A native of Cleveland, Mr. Polito obtained his undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy with Honors from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1987 before pursuing his legal studies at Cleveland–Marshall College of Law. After earning his law degree in 1990, he was admitted to practice before Ohio state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Residing in Lakewood with his wife and children, Mr. Polito dedicates substantial time outside his practice to helping youth in the community and young lawyers alike through his involvement with the Rotsky Foundation for Mentors and the Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program of the Supreme Court of Ohio, a program that is designed to help new lawyers as they begin their careers.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%)

Criminal Defense (30%)


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About Michael Polito

Admitted: 1991, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://pprblaw.com/attorneys/michael-g-polito/

Honors and Awards:

  • Civil Plaintiff Law Selection, Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Principal counsel in a settlement or verdict in the amount of Two Million Dollars or more., Multi-Million Dollar Advocate, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year 2013
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member
  • Top 100 Ohio Trial Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certification to represent mentally ill offenders

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Eighth Judicial Conference Delegate, Life Member, 2016
  • Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Eighth Judicial Conference Delegate, 2012
  • Eighth Judicial Conference Delegate, 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Approximately twenty (20%) of my practice consists of representing indigent criminal defendants.  This part of my practice truly reminds me of why I became a lawyer. It reminds me that I am part of a noble profession, not just a business.  

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mentor to Cleveland public high school students through the Rotsky Foundation for Mentors
  • Mentor to young lawyers through the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Personal Injury  Multi-Million Dollar Settlement against flight school for estate of 29 year old victim of airplane crash; $500,000 settlement – child victim of sexual abuse by eighth grade teacher at private school; $350,000. settlement for a 68 year old female victim of Nursing Home Negligence; $300,000 settlement - auto accident, highway collision;   $250,000 settlement for estate of 70 year old victim of head-on motor vehicle collision;   $150,000 settlement – slip and fall in stairway of apartment building, spinal cord injury;   $117,500 settlement – auto accident, cervicogenic headache injury  $90,000 settlement- nursing home patient who fell while being showered  $82,500 settlement- nursing home patient with dementia who suffered an unexplained fall  $75,000 settlement- Section 1983 action against police officer for excessive force, i.e. too tight hancuffing
  •   Criminal Law In February, 2017 Obtained a Not Guilty Jury Verdict in a Cold Case Rape, Kidnapping and Robbery Case; Obtained Not Guilty Jury Verdict for Attempted Murder Charge; Obtained Dismissal of three counts of Sexual Imposition prior to trial;  Obtained Rule 29 acquittal of Procuring Prostitution charge following three days of  a Jury Trial; Obtained Not Guilty Jury Verdict for Felonious Assault Charge ;  Obtained a Not Guilty Verdict for Assault on a Corrections Officer charge for a Defendant suffering from PTSD  

Representative Clients:

  • Victims of all types of injuries or wrongful death, as well as retained and indigent criminal defendants.

Educational Background:

  • University of Detriot, B.A. English/Philosophy, Honors Program 1990 Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 1987
  • St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH, 1983
Office Location for Michael G. Polito

21300 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126

Phone: 440-895-1234


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Last Updated: 4/30/2018

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