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Leo M. Spellacy, Jr.
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Practice Areas:
Business Litigation; General Litigation

St. Ignatius High School (1988)
John Carroll University, B.A. (1992).
Cleveland State University, M.P.A. (1996)
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (1996)

Ohio Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional/Personal Associations:
Eighth Judicial Conference, Life Member
The Supreme Court of Ohio, Board on the Unauthorized Practice Law, Chair

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation
AV Preeminent® 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Rising Stars Edition Magazine, Ohio Super Lawyers® Magazine (2006-2007 &  2018)

Community/Civic/Volunteer Work:
The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, President
Diocese of Cleveland Facilities Corp, Board Member
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Vice Chair
Sister of Charity Health System, Member of the Public Juridic Person
Sister of Charity Health System, Board of Directors

Publications/Speaking Engagement:
Presenter, “Issues of Unauthorized Practice of Law Facing In-House Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel, November 2015
Moderator, “Interrelation of Ethics, Faith and Ohio Rules Governing Professional and Judicial Conduct,” Lawyers Guild, June 2015
Presenter, “Deposition Strategies and Techniques,” Eastern Claims Conference, February 26-28, 2006
Co-author of chapter, “Testing and notification issues: Donor and recipient issues,” Emerging Legal Issues in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, AABB Press, 1998


More about Leo…
He was previously a partner with the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. His experience includes serving as coordinating counsel for a Fortune 100 company handling litigation throughout the United States and has worked with various public entities- including serving as special counsel to the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

Leo is recognized litigator in Ohio and has handled litigation throughout the United States on behalf of corporate clients. He obtained a jury verdict in excess of $8 million dollars after a month-long trial in the Northern District of Ohio on a breach of contract case. In addition, he obtained a judgment on behalf of a note holder against borrowers and guarantors in excess of $6.3 million. During the trial, Leo was able to establish the guarantors’ liability by triggering the “bad boy” carve out provisions in the guarantee— even though the loan documents were “non-recourse.” As the result of the trial, Leo obtained an additional judgment on behalf of the note holder in excess of $4.6 million against the guarantor of a lease assigned as collateral.

He successfully argued before the Court of Appeals of Ohio, 8th Appellate District, Chang v. Cleveland Clinic Found. (2003), 2003 Ohio 6167, which in 2002 was recognized as the defense verdict of the year by the Defense Research Institute.