David L. Lester

Of Counsel

David has been counseling commercial and personal-lines insurers on all manner of coverage issues for over 30 years. Clients often turn to him for pre-litigation counseling and strategizing on important issues, in effort to avoid litigation or resolve cases that call for early resolution. When litigation becomes necessary, David represents insurance clients on coverage issues in State and Federal trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio. His extensive experience and knowledge of Ohio law enable to him provide prompt and efficient advice on often complex coverage issues.

Outside the office David enjoys hiking, mountain and road biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, golf, reading, and cooking.

Find out more about: Practice Areas Representative Cases Education Memberships Admission Publications & Presentations

Representative Cases

  • Whitt Machine, Inc. v. Essex Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 9945 (6 Cir. 2010)
  • Jacques v. Manton, 2010-Ohio-1838
  • Mosser Constr. V. Travelers Indem. Co., 665 F. Supp. 2d 875 (N.D. Ohio 2009)
  • Chic Promotions, Inc. v. Jewelers Mut. Ins. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87930 (S.D. Ohio 2009)
  • Doe v. Pentz, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50693 (S.D. Ohio 2009)
  • Great Lakes Prop. Mgt. v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2009-Ohio-2041 (8 Dist.)
  • City of Eastlake v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4345 (N.D. Ohio 2008)
  • State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. v. Harpster, 2008-Ohio-3357 (8 Dist.)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Collister, 2007-Ohio-5201 (11 Dist.)
  • Dayton Power & Light Co. v. Enerfab, Inc., 2007-Ohio-432 (2d Dist.)
  • Mt. Hawley Ins. Co. v. Packers Sanitation Serv., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47382 (N.D. Ohio 2007)
  • Zigler v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26117 (N.D. Ohio 2007)
  • Dayton Power & Light Co. v. Enerfab, 2007 Ohio 2904, 2007 Ohio App. LEXIS 1516

Education & Memberships

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1983—Associate Editor, Law Review
  • B.A., Colorado College, 1980

Memberships:
OSBA Insurance Coverage Law (Specialty Board Member 2010-2012)
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
Defense Research Institute

Admission

  • Ohio
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern and Southern District

Publications & Presentations

  • “Insurance Coverage for Intentional Conduct,” Insurance Law Seminar, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (April 2005)
  • “Recent Developments in Insurance,” Hot Liability Topics for Financial Service Providers (March 2005)

Contact Info

David L. Lester, Of Counsel

800 Westpoint Parkway, Suite 1100,
Cleveland, Ohio 44145

440-438-3612

dlester@cruglaw.com