Peter Pattakos

founding partner

Peter Pattakos has deep and varied litigation experience, and has consistently obtained justice for his clients against powerful corporate and governmental interests in contentious disputes. His work has helped expose corrupt government officials and predatory and discriminatory business practices, and has led to significant developments in Ohio law providing for the protection of civil rights and employees’ rights in the workplace.

Peter began his legal career at the international law firm Jones Day, where he was part of successful representations of corporate clients in commercial contract and insurance-coverage disputes, securities, shareholder, and derivative litigation, antitrust litigation, product liability defense, and in investigations conducted by the Securities & Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice.

Since having left Jones Day, Peter has committed himself to helping ensure that people of ordinary means receive the same top-quality legal representation as the wealthy individuals and corporations that he began his career representing. This commitment has led to successful representations on behalf of a diverse group of clients, including a local media personality who was assaulted by an NFL player, an attorney in an employment dispute against a prominent Cleveland law firm, a private citizen who was falsely depicted as a “wanted fugitive” on a television program, a nanny who refused to participate in a child-sex-abuse cover up, citizens who were denied the right to vote, entrepreneurs who were wrongly frozen out of businesses they helped build, victims of police misconduct, and various other business owners and victims of reckless or negligent acts.

Peter is experienced in engaging with the media when necessary to expose matters of public interest and protect his clients’ reputations. He routinely resolves his clients’ legal matters without the need to file a lawsuit, and more often than not, these matters settle before trial. However, when it has become necessary to resolve these matters in court, Peter has uniformly achieved excellent results representing his clients in jury trials and arbitration proceedings, as well as in courts of appeals.

Peter has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list for 2018, an honor conferred on no more than 5% of attorneys statewide. He was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2016 and 2017.

Peter is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the William K. Thomas Inn of Court.  He graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where he was elected President of the Student Bar Association and graduated with honors for his research on constitutional law. He lives in Bath, Ohio, with his wife and their three children. He is a devoted student of Iyengar yoga, and his writing on politics and sports is regularly featured in Cleveland Scene and other local publications.