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CRUG Obtains Defense Verdict in Mahoning County Trial

February 2, 2023–CRUG Partner, Patrick M. Roche obtained a defense verdict in a Mahoning County trial this week. Pat represented the owner of a 6-unit residential building. The Plaintiff was a tenant who sued the owner for negligence that allegedly enabled the unlawful entry of a third party associated with another tenant.  The intoxicated intruder broke into plaintiff’s unit but did not physically harm plaintiff. Plaintiff alleged PTSD.  The jury verdict was in favor of CRUG’s client, the landlord, as well as the property management company.

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10 CRUG Attorneys Honored as 2023 Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

CRUG Law is proud to announce that 10 attorneys are honored as 2023 Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.  See




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Richard M. Garner Listed as Super Lawyers® “best of the best” Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio for 2023

Annually, Super Lawyers® recognizes the top lawyers in Ohio via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Ohio lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers Top Lists. Browse the Ohio Top Lists below to ensure you are selecting the “best of the best” attorney

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Kurt Anderson Promoted to Partner January 1, 2023

CRUG rings in the new year with the announcement that Kurt Anderson has been promoted to Partner January 1, 2023.  Kurt is a certified insurance coverage specialist with over 30 years of experience.  He is also a former President of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA). Outside the firm, Kurt works to support and lead the annual Rotary Tour for MESA, a week-long cycling tour within Ohio’s Rotary District 6600 which aims at raising funds and supplying medical equipment and supplies to those in need around the world.

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Congratulations to OACTA’s Newly Inducted President David Orlandini

The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) inducted David Orlandini as its President. During the Legal Excellence Awards Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting at OACTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, outgoing President, Benjamin Sassé inducted new board members.  Dave previously served as Vice President and also served as Chair on OACTA’s Litigation & Trial Skills Committee.

The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys is an organization of attorneys, corporate executives, and managers who devote a substantial portion of their time to the defense of civil lawsuits and the management of claims against individuals, corporations, and governmental entities. The mission of OACTA is to promote fairness, excellence, and integrity in the civil justice system by providing resources and education to attorneys and others dedicated to the defense of civil actions.


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CRUG 2023 Ranking in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” List

Released November 3, 2022– Collins, Roche, Utley & Garner is pleased to announce that we have again been ranked in the 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in two regions and in three practice areas. U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the twelfth consecutive year, announce “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Firms included in the 2023 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking indicates a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Rankings reflect the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Metropolitan Tier 1
Cleveland – Insurance Law & Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Columbus- Insurance Law

Metropolitan Tier 2
Columbus- Construction Law


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CRUG Trial News

September 29, 2022. Beverly Adams, a Partner in CRUG’s Cleveland Office, tried a motor vehicle accident case to verdict in Summit County, OhioLjubomir Krivokuca v. Lee Sampson. Beverly convinced the jury to award just under $6k in non-economic damages—well under the plaintiff’s demand.  Another clear defense win.  Another excellent lawyer.  Another solid case with a positive outcome.  Congratulations to Beverly and her client.

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Congratulations to Newly Promoted Partners, Luke Baker & Dave Sherman

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CRUG is pleased to announce that attorneys Luke Baker and Dave Sherman have been promoted to Partner October 1, 2022.

In a short number of years, Luke Baker (L), in our Columbus office has honed and expanded his civil litigation experience as a team litigator in a number of large complex cases, while also independently handling a growing docket of insurance coverage, bad faith, motor vehicle, construction, product liability and personal injury cases.  Luke’s specialty with detailed analysis and expedient case resolution has helped lead to many positive outcomes for defendants and clients. Additionally, Luke is involved in training other Ohio lawyers and has been a speaker at the National Business Institute (NBI, Inc.) and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) providing guidance on reducing bad faith claims and coverage litigation issues. Luke has been named a “Super Lawyers: Rising Star” every year since 2020. Please join us in congratulating Luke and learn more about him here:

Likewise, Dave Sherman (R) in our Cleveland office has quickly impressed colleagues and clients with his detailed and sharp litigation talent and work ethic. In just a little over 5 years, senior partners have come to rely upon Dave to consistently step up and take on a heavy docket of litigation involving a fair amount of court and trial activity across several practice areas including personal injury, motor vehicle, property damage, and construction. Dave’s ability to thoroughly research and develop streamlined case strategies has enabled his success at shortening case life cycles and obtaining favorable results for defendants and clients.  Please join us in congratulating Dave and learn more about him here:


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CRUG Trial News

September 2022.

Megan Stricker, a Partner in CRUG’s Cleveland Office, recentlytried a motor vehicle accident case to jury verdict in Geauga County, Ohio:Edward Taton, et al. v. Thaddeus Brennan, et al.  Despite the plaintiff claiming tens of thousands of dollars in economic and non-economic damages in an admitted liability case, Megan convinced the jury to award just under $11k, well below both the plaintiff’s demand and the parties settlement discussions.  A clear defense win. Right lawyer.  Right case. Right outcome.  Congratulations to Megan and her client.



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CRUG Announces 5 Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2023 in America

Collins, Roche, Utley & Garner is proud to have 5 lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2023 in America. These attorneys are established leaders in their practice areas. Congratulations (L-R) Paul Eklund (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants), David Lester (Insurance Law), Patrick F. Roche (Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants), Richard Garner (Insurance Law) and David Orlandini (Construction Law).

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