Kimberlee Jo Kmetz
Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Hudson, OH
Kimberlee Jo Kmetz is the founder of Kmetz Law LLC. From the firm's office in Hudson, Ohio, she divides her practice among insurance defense and general business litigation, and the defense of workers' compensation claims. Providing representation to clients throughout the state, Ms. Kmetz has been admitted to practice before all Ohio state courts since 1994. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
In her insurance defense practice, Ms. Kmetz provides advice and counsel to both insurance companies and policyholders who have had claims filed against them due to alleged negligence in motor vehicle accidents and other incidents. She helps the insureds through what is often an emotional and frustrating process in their lives, and she provides a vigorous defense on their behalf as well as on the behalf of their insurance providers in the event that the matter ends up in court.
Ms. Kmetz also furnishes aggressive advocacy for her employer clients whose employees have allegedly been injured on the job and who are seeking benefits under the company's workers' compensation insurance coverage. She has appeared on their behalf before the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation after investigating the claims, and she advises companies of their rights and responsibilities in this area of the law. Her excellent track record in all her legal endeavors have earned her an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo.
A native of Ohio, Ms. Kmetz attended Youngstown State University, where she majored in English literature and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1991. She then pursued her legal education at The University of Akron School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1994.
About Kimberlee Jo Kmetz
First Admitted: 1994, Ohio
Professional Webpage: http://kmetzlegal.com/about/
- National Association of Professional Women
- Ohio State Bar Association, Mahoning County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute
- Youngstown State University - B.A. English/Secondary Education, Cum Laude, 1991
Pro bono/Community Service
- Coached law students at the University of Akron in the trial team program to several championships throughout the country. Three-time host of the ALTA Regional Competition where law students from different cities in Ohio, and nearby states. competed and were judged by volunteer sitting judges and local attorneys in Youngstown, Ohio, 2003
- Honored for growing, furthering and supporting women in business, Professional Woman of the Year, National Association of Professional Women, 2014
- Awarded to recognize dedication in furthering the goals and purposes of the Bar Association both within the membership and in the community as well, Distinguished Service Award, Mahoning County Bar Association, 2005
- Breach of Contract, Ecclesiatstic Abstention Doctrine: Adkison, et al. v. Williams, et al. 18 CA 119 (5th Dist. Court of Appeals, October 17, 2019) Plaintiffs, a group of members of a church, filed suit against church, board and individual members alleging breach of contract when they were dismissed from membership of the church. Plaintiffs alleged breach of contract for failure to aboide by the church by-laws when terminating membership and breach of fiduciary duty relating to church funds. Claim also for infliction of emotional distress stemming from dismissal from church. Kmetz Law, LLC, on behalf of Defendants, argued lack of subject matter jurisdiction based upon the Ecclesiastic Abstention Doctrine. The Trial Court granted Defendants' Motion to Dismiss and Plaintiffs appealed. Following oral arguments, the 5th Distict Court of Appeals agreed with Defendants that the Ecclesiastic Abstention Doctrine barred the exercise of jurisdaiction over the claims brought by Plaintiffs and affirmed the Trial Court's decision dismissing the case in its entirety., 2019
- Construction Defect: Gale v. Pattie Group, Inc. CV-14-824827. Kmetz Law, LLC, on behalf of Defendant, Pattie Group, Inc. received a favorable Jury verdict after 5 day trial awarding plaintiff homeowners zero damages in suit alleging breach of contract for alleged defective and incomplete construction of residential waterfall and landscaping and violation of CSPC. Defendant prevailed on its counterclaim for breach of contract for failure to pay for work performed., 2015
- Workers Compensation: Parrish v. Cavaliers Holdings (8th Dist. Court of Appeals) 2019-Ohio-89. Kmetz Law,, LLC, on behalf of Defendant/Appellee, Cavaliers Holdings, succesfully defended claim involving "going an coming rule". The 8th District Court of Appeals, in affirming the Trial Court's decision granting defendant's motion for summary judgment finding Claimant/Appellant not in scope of employment pursuant Ohio “going coming rule” while walking to fixed situs place of employment from public parking lot and sustaining fall in public walkway not owned or controlled by employer, 2019
- Premises Liability: Ellis v. Beulah Beach 2014 CV 0282 (6th District. Court of Appeals E-15-0074) Kmetz Law, LLC, on behalf of Defendant, prevailed on its Motion for Summary Judgement where plaintiff sustained serious injury as a result of fall backwards down stairway on defendant ‘s premises claiming fall due to “defect” of handrail only on one side of the stairwell. Trial court held that lack of a handrail one one side of the stairway was open and obvious to plaintiff, a business invitee, and dismissed the case. Appeal to 6th District dismissed by plaintiff., 2015
Last Updated: 5/15/2022