Whether it’s through advocacy in the courtroom or developing settlement strategies, our litigation group provides valuable guidance toward finding the best solution for even the most intractable disputes.
Bringing together a wide variety of disciplines and access to the latest technologies, our attorneys approach litigation with a business mindset to ensure a good fit with a client’s objectives.
With a former Ohio Appellate Judge in-house, Isaac Wiles has some of the most experienced mediators in the State of Ohio. Our litigation group is skilled at employing alternative dispute resolution methods with an impressive track record of settling disputes via arbitration and mediation. In fact, our litigators routinely serve as appoointed mediators in the federal and state court systems.
Our seasoned litigators also support dispute resolution as part of our family law practice and have successfully settled domestic matters in lieu of expensive and drawn out court proceedings.
Frederick M. IsaacPartner
Appellate work often arises from our firm’s extensive commercial and business litigation trial practice on behalf of public entities, private entities, financial institutions, public utilities, real estate firms, technology & engineering companies, auto and automotive parts manufacturers, aerospace and defense companies, as well as numerous other types of enterprises.
We are privileged to have one of Central Ohio’s premier, certified appellate attorneys on staff who routinely handles litigation involving: business disputes, banking and financial institutions, regulated commercial industry, government contracts, technology, media, privacy issues, fraud, securities and shareholder disputes, arbitration, environmental issues, and domestic disputes. Our firm handles all these complex matters from filing of a complaint to the conclusion of an appeal.
Serving as lead counsel or liaison counsel, our class action attorneys assist corporate shareholders, small companies, employee groups or end consumer groups to recover funds in class action settlements. We pursue class action cases against organizations that have committed fraud and violated shareholder, employee and consumer rights. Over the last twelve years, our skilled class action team has handled cases in the automobile, technology, alcohol & tobacco and consumer products industries.
Gregory M. TravalioOf Counsel
Commercial litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in the business context, including breach of contract cases, partnership/joint venture disputes, temporary restraining orders, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, and shareholder/ownership issues.
Our commercial litigators are able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or a defense that fits the legal and business needs of our client. We understand that while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, our team strives to achieve the best possible result for our clients at a reasonable cost.
Our litigation group has developed an enhanced expertise in both defending and prosecuting construction cases, especially those involving disputes over defective work in the commercial and residential sector. A spectrum of issues requiring an attention to detail and precise focus make this a highly specialized practice—everything from water intrusion and building envelope design issues, to catastrophic losses involving storms, workplace accidents and wrongful death. Isaac Wiles construction litigators work closely with developers, general contractors, and insurers, as well as an array of other professionals such as architects, engineers, accountants, and risk managers, to efficiently and timely maximize results favorable to our clients.
Most organizations have no tangible plan on how to communicate when a crisis occurs. This typically leads to a disorganized, unfocused response. Public confidence erodes and years of image-building work are undone. Our litigation group has experience helping guide different types of organizations through challenging media and public relations crises. Our experience informs our approach and underscores the services we provide to our each of our clients who require support in this area.
Our employment attorneys vigorously defend the interests of our corporate clients in all types of employment litigation. We have extensive experience handling claims of discrimination, unlawful harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and other state and federal law torts. Our litigation group has tried numerous cases in all courts and has similar experience arbitrating employment matters. Because of our strong leadership and the structure of our practice group, we can manage multiple cases efficiently and effectively.
Jeffrey A. StankunasPartner
Our firm has handled approximately 2,040 cases successfully representing numerous political subdivisions and their public officials in various lawsuits, such as Section 1983 litigation, juvenile and adult corrections, police use of force, state and federal malicious prosecution, Fourth Amendment issues, Fifth Amendment issues, school funding, the Public Records Act, state and federal challenges to income tax code, personal injury, automobile accidents, property damage, defamation, wrongful death, and other state torts.
These lawsuits include both claims in the public officials and individual capacities. Whether these complex cases are successfully dismissed or go to verdict, our litigators have decades of bench trial and jury trial experience. We also have successfully defended appeals to and in the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, State Courts of Appeals throughout Ohio, and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Our Insurance Coverage attorneys have a combined experience of more than sixty years in addressing all facets and lines of personal and commercial insurance, for both carriers and policyholders. Coverage opinions, Declaratory Judgment Actions, Examinations Under Oath and Fraud Investigations are just some of the area involved for our practice group, in state and federal courts through Ohio, as well as the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals where the firm has had numerous successful and high profile cases decided in favor of their clients over the years. Professional, Property, Homeowners, Commercial Liability and Excess/Umbrella coverages from domestic and international insurers comprise the majority of cases handled at Isaac Wiles. A diverse practice area that can involve everything from stolen cars to multimillion-dollar maritime claims, Isaac Wiles has the depth and breadth to address all of your coverage needs.
Several of our skilled litigators provide a broad range of IP litigation services to innovative clients in varying industries. We protect our clients’ rights and their intellectual property through administrative prosecution to obtain copyright, trademark and patent registrations in addition to litigating IP infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets cases in state and federal courts.
Our knowledge of the science and technology underlying our clients’ intellectual property enables us to translate complex subject matter into understandable concepts for judges, juries or officials in alternative dispute resolution matters
Our firm was founded on our bedrock defense of insurers, companies and individuals faced with catastrophic consequences resulting from a variety of incidents, including product failures and defects, destructive fires, industrial and automobile accidents. From the time of the initial investigation of the loss, to the date claims are released, our litigation team has the breadth and depth to handle the most complicated tort disputes.
Jay B. EggspuehlerPartner
Our litigation group has successfully defended the reputations and livelihoods of attorneys, business owners/stakeholders and other licensed professionals involved in matters around breaches of fiduciary duty, conflicts of interest, disciplinary violations, or other professional misconduct. Whether before state boards and commissions or in front of juries, our team excels at vindicating the rights of professionals throughout the state.
Michael L. CloseManaging Partner Emeritus
Donald C. BreyPartner
Several of our litigation attorneys have a long history of handling complex real estate disputes involving issues of ownership, purchase & sale, title, casualty, eminent domain, and land use. Because our firm supports an abundance of transactional and ownership related services for middle market businesses and entrepreneurs, litigation matters often evolve as a result of achieving our clients’ overall business objectives. We have significant experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries, representing the rights of tenants, landlords and lenders.