David M. Paris, managing partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, started with the firm in the mid 1970s when he served as a law clerk while attending the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He became a principal in 1988 and began taking on managerial responsibilities. He then became managing partner in 2002.
“It was conversations with Jack McCarthy that helped David understand that law could play a role in the greater good. ‘Jack often spoke of the great disparities in wealth and education between our clients and the insurance companies and corporations who sat on the other side of the table. He articulated best the notion that we could affect social change, modify unsafe behavior and redistribute some of the wealth to those whose lives had become broken. That theme continues to resonate with me.“
For more than 30 years, David has been a trial lawyer, successfully representing clients in a wide variety of complex injury and wrongful death cases, including: defective products, medical malpractice, construction accidents, employer intentional torts, and motor vehicle collisions. At Nurenberg Paris, he chairs the class action department and has resolved consumer class action suits against insurance companies on behalf of a class of 600,000 members and against auto dealerships on behalf of 75,000 class members. David is a board certified civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, who has recovered in excess of $180 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.
Many of the cases he has championed have had a direct impact on the rights of consumers in Ohio. Some of the more notable decisions have been Baughman v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., 88 Ohio St. 3d 481 (2000) (establishing important criteria for certification of a consumer class action) and Holeton v. Crouse Cartage Co., 92 Ohio St. 3d 115 (2001) (our client was a companion case which declared Ohio’s workers’ compensation subrogation statute unconstitutional).