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Welcome to Davis & Young

With a rich history since 1922, Davis & Young is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with offices in Akron, Columbus and the Youngstown/Warren area.

Davis & Young provides high quality legal representation to the insurance industry and business community, as well as private institutions and individuals. Many of our insurance clients operate on a regional and national level.

Davis & Young was listed in Fortune magazine as part of Martindale-Hubbell's first ever Top Ranked Law Firms. Out of 254,000 firms rated by Martindale-Hubbell, only 966 firms were selected nationally for having at least one-third of their attorneys achieve an AV Preeminent rating.
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Bev McBride & Jan Melton
A Celebration of Service
Davis & Young has a proud tradition of retaining the best and brightest. Many attorneys and staff members at Davis & Young have worked here for more than twenty or thirty years. According to Managing Partner Thom Wright, this is because the firm "maintains a professional yet laid back atmosphere that honors a traditional work ethic." At the end of this year, two of those long-time legends, Bev McBride and Jan Melton, are retiring after decades of remarkable service. Davis & Young thanks Bev and Jan for their dedication and work.

Bev McBride has been the front-desk receptionist in the Davis & Young Cleveland office since 1999. Before that, she held the same position with Meyers, Hentemann, Schneider, and Rea until it merged with Davis & Young. Initially a temporary employee, Bev started as the front receptionist in 1972, but the firm liked her so much they quickly hired her permanently. For over 40 years, Bev has welcomed visitors and kept the office organized and informed. Bev says she will miss most her interactions with clients and colleagues, a testament towards her positive attitude and engagement.

In her retirement, Bev is looking forward to longer walks with her dog, Jack, and says, "I am going to fill my bucket list before I kick the bucket!" Bev quips that she should take up Yoga.

Jan Melton has been an assistant in the Cleveland office for an astounding 55 years. She has been a secretary for such legends of the firm as Robert Baker and George Lutjen. According to members of the office, Jan is always quick to help out and can be considered a "jack of all trades." From opening cases and welcoming clients to lending a hand in the accounting department, Jan has become a Davis & Young legend herself.

Jan spends her free time volunteering at the Lorain County Community College Theater, traveling the world, and playing with her young grandson, Matthew.

Davis & Young relies on a "foundation of mutual trust and loyalty manifested by a deep understanding that the bond between employer and employee includes obligations that run in both directions." From the new law clerks to the retiring legends, Davis & Young cultivates this foundation of trust and loyalty. Bev and Jan exemplify this spirit and also embody our proud tradition of retaining the best and brightest for decades, or half-centuries, at a time.

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2014 Awards
Davis & Young has again been selected by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" for 2014.

Firms included in the "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Click here to see Davis & Young's 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers.

Current News & Views
The Mystery of Applying Caps
One would think that determining when statutory caps apply would be easy. After all, R.C. 2315.18 became effective in April of 2005. In large damage cases, attorneys and insurers must evaluate whether the caps are applicable. However, the determination as to whether caps apply is not always apparent, and case law on the subject is somewhat sparse. In fact, the majority of the cases interpreting the applicability of damages caps in Ohio have been decided by federal district courts.
posted November 20, 2014 by Margo S. Meola
Turning Back Time
Recently, I handled a case that involved a procedural issue that caught my attention because of a change in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure and a real world example of an existing provision in the Civil Rules. Now, I love what I do, and I have been doing it for a little while now, so when a matter gives me some pause, I just feel compelled to share my experience in hopes that by doing so I make your next experience more easily navigable.
posted April 3, 2014 by Ronald J. Ziehm
Ohio Legislation Proposed on “Offers of Settlement” Between Business Entities
On June 26, 2013, House Bill 225 was introduced by the Ohio House of Representatives which would create an “offer of settlement” rule somewhat similar to Federal Civil Rule 68.
posted August 6, 2013 by James P. Salamone