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

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

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

  • “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)
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2008 – present for Insurance Law
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2021, 2024 for Insurance Coverage
  • Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2011, 2013 – present
  • Judicial AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell – 2019, 2024
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern and Southern District

David L. Lester, Of Counsel

875 Westpoint Parkway, Suite 500,
Cleveland, Ohio 44145