Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP
Peter H. Weinberger was voted by Best Lawyers in America® as Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for 2013 and as Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in 2012. He has been voted among the Best Lawyers in America® since 2007. This listing has been called the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and is a guide to legal excellence in the United States.
He has been recognized as a Local Litigation Star – Plaintiff in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a publication focusing on leading trial attorneys and firms in the United States. This was the third consecutive year that Mr. Weinberger was been selected as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation. The publication’s rankings are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. The guide's "local litigation stars" reflect lawyers who are recommended by peers and clients to have established consistent reputations as trial attorneys.
Peter H. Weinberger also has been selected by The National Trial Lawyers Association (a professional, educational, and business organization of trial attorneys) as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio. Selection for this association is extended to civil plaintiff attorneys by special invitation. Candidates are considered for membership based on superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile in the Trial Lawyer community. Mr. Weinberger has also been consistently selected as a “Super Lawyer” on Ohio Super Lawyers magazine’s list, including being placed in the Top 100 Ohio and Top 50 Cleveland lists for 2013. Peter's votes are each year among the highest received in the Super Lawyers nomination process. In 2012, he was voted as one of the top 10 Super Lawyers in the State of Ohio.
Peter H. Weinberger is managing partner of the law firm. He has successfully handled a wide variety of complex injury and wrongful death cases caused by medical malpractice, defective products, and motor vehicle accidents. In the medical malpractice field, he has tried and settled cases that have involved failures to timely diagnose diseases, failed surgeries, and birth injuries. In the field of defective products, he has concluded cases involving industrial plant explosions, defective insulation products, dangerous drugs and defective machinery. Some of the complex motor vehicle accidents have included collisions involving overloaded trucks, tractor-trailer collisions, and railroad crossing cases. Peter is experienced in counseling clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries requiring lifetime medical care and in evaluating and presenting the economic and non-economic losses associated with a wrongful death.
Peter has been honored by a number of professional groups. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, and has received distinguished service awards from the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Cuyahoga County Bar Association. He is a past president of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. He has lectured extensively on all aspects of personal injury cases and trial practice.
Of note is Peter's involvement in a number of cases that have impacted the personal injury law in the state of Ohio. Among his most important cases is the case of Galayda v. Lake Hospital Systems, which struck down as unconstitutional a provision of the 1987 Tort Reform Law which attempted to set a limit on personal injury damages. He recently tried a malpractice case where in post-trial proceedings, the trial judge ruled that the legislation passed in 2003 which established caps on pain and suffering damages was unconstitutional, and the legislation passed in 2004 which established caps on punitive damages was also unconstitutional.
In 2003 and 2004, as Legislative Chair of the Ohio Association for Justice, formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, he led the fight against tort reform in the Ohio Legislature. For his efforts, he received the president's award from the Ohio Association for Justice and the Spangenberg Award (named in honor of the founding partner of this law firm) from the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Peter currently holds a position as a Chairman of the leadership council of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. He also is an advisory member of the Law Medicine Institute of CWRU Law School. He is a past president of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, and a past president of Chagrin Valley Country Club.