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David A. Schaefer

1111 Superior Avenue East, Suite 2700 Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA

Years In Practice

Phone Number (216) 696-1422

David A. Schaefer is a Principal at McCarthy Lebit. David devotes the majority of his practice to product liability, business litigation, professional liability, employment discrimination, construction litigation, and he has extensive experience in complex business and tort litigation, addressing a diverse spectrum of personal and business grievances.

David represents both public and private companies located in Ohio and nationwide. His seasoned judgment and fair mindedness often find him acting as an arbitrator and mediator. He recently served as a mediator in a six-party construction dispute with three personal injury actions and two related insurance coverage issues, all of which were resolved in approximately one day of mediation. David is a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only alternative dispute resolution professional association.

He has prevailed before juries in both state and federal courts and he has been selected by state and federal judges to be a Life Member of the Eighth District and Sixth Circuit Judicial Conferences.

David is a frequent lecturer on topics including deposition practice and insurance related issues. From 1988-2015, he taught annually at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Chicago, Illinois.

What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Lawyer of the Year recognition for David A. Schaefer
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Litigation - Insurance, Cleveland (2020)
Bet-the-Company Litigation, Cleveland (2017)
Mediation, Cleveland (2014)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Inside Business Magazine, Cleveland’s Top Litigators, 2002-2014
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Selected Instructor
  • Case Western Reserve University Society of Benchers
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • America’s 100 Top Defense Civil Litigators
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 100, 2004, 2007-2009, 2014, 2016-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Top 50 in Cleveland, 2004, 2006-2009, 2014-2022
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2004-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” Bet-the-Company Litigation – Cleveland 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year” Insurance Litigation – Cleveland 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2003-2023
Case Western Reserve University, Juris Doctor
Miami University, Bachelor of Science
Northwestern University, Master of Arts
Contact Details and Office Locations
1111 Superior Avenue East, Suite 2700
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
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