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Case Studies

Each and every McGown & Markling client comes to us with a compelling reason why they need legal services. Our goal is to ensure that each one of them receives the best legal counsel possible. However, as our communication with our clients is protected by the attorney-client privilege, our successes are often rewarded with silence.

That being said, McGown & Markling attorneys have been entrusted with defending clients in over 200 lawsuits throughout the State of Ohio. Here is a small sampling of those cases.

Moss v. Lorain Bd. of Mental Retardation

In the case of Moss v. Lorain Bd. of Mental Retardation, 2016-Ohio-169, a student alleged that a board of developmental disabilities negligently and carelessly designed, constructed, and maintained a classroom kitchen that – according to the student – contained physical hazards that threatened the safety of students because a student spilled coffee from a coffee […]

Massey v. Akron City Bd. of Edn.

In the case of Massey v. Akron City Bd. of Edn., three students filed separate lawsuits alleging that the school board violated their civil rights when the school board allegedly adopted customs and practices that allowed one of its school employees to engage in misconduct with all three students that resulted in the employee being convicted […]

O’Hara v. Garber

In the case of O’Hara v. Garber, 72 Fed.Appx. 311, an assistant treasurer sued a school board, superintendent, and treasurer, alleging state and federal due process claims along with alleged defamation actions. Mathew John Markling represented the school board, superintendent, and treasurer in this case. The federal trial judge dismissed the due process claims against […]

Domingo v. Kowalski

In the case of Domingo v. Kowalski, 810 F.3d 403, four disabled students alleged that a teacher violated their Fourteenth Amendment right to bodily integrity. McGown & Markling represented the teacher in this case, and successfully obtained summary judgment for the teacher. On appeal, the Sixth Circuit upheld the trial court’s dismissal in favor of […]

Palmer v. Caccioppo

In the case of Palmer v. Caccioppo, 429 Fed.Appx. 491, a secretary alleged that the school board and school employees (1) denied the secretary’s right to medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”); (2) submitted the secretary to an unreasonable search and seizure by requiring that the secretary submit to drug testing; […]

Duitch v. Canton City Schools

In the case of Duitch v. Canton City Schools, 2004-Ohio-2173, a student filed a civil hazing claim against the school board and several school administrators alleging that he was severely beaten as part of an alleged “freshman-beating day” tradition. McGown & Markling represented the school board and school administrators in this case, and successfully obtained […]