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Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2000
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2000)
    Law Review
    , Articles Editor
    Order of the Coif
    Order of Barristers
    National Moot Court Team, Member
  • Earlham College (B.A., with honors, 1997) with honors

Benjamin C. Sassé

Ben Sassé is an appellate lawyer who also briefs and argues complex legal issues before trial courts in high-stakes matters. He successfully represents businesses before state and federal appellate courts on issues ranging from the constitutionality of tort reform to the manner in which banks calculate interest. Ben’s experience as Chair of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys’ Amicus Committee gives him unique insight into how to frame issues for Ohio Supreme Court review.

Ben devotes significant time to mentoring associates on their legal writing, and frequently serves as a judge in local moot court competitions. He also represents a local bar association on a pro bono basis in disciplinary matters pending before the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline.

Representative Decisions

  • Argued and won Ohio Supreme Court appeal addressing standard of review in administrative appeals from zoning decisions
  • Argued and won Ohio Supreme Court appeal raising novel issue under Ohio’s workplace intentional tort statute
  • Argued and won Ohio Supreme Court appeal addressing enforceability of interest accrual language in commercial mortgage note
  • Co-author of jurisdictional memorandum and merits brief in Ohio Supreme Court appeal upholding Ohio workplace intentional tort statute against constitutional challenges
  • Co-author of merits brief in Ohio Supreme Court case upholding tort reform damage caps against constitutional challenges
  • Authored Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief for civil defense organization in case of first impression addressing scope of Ohio workplace intentional tort statute
  • Authored Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief for civil defense organization in case of first impression addressing co-worker liability for common law intentional torts
  • Co-author of Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief for national defense organization in case clarifying the liability standard for legal malpractice claims under Ohio law

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
    • Amicus Committee, Chair (2011-present)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Committee (2011-present)
  • Cleveland Law Library Association, Board of Trustees (2013-present)
  • Defense Research Institute

Speaking Engagements

  • “Ohio Supreme Court Practice Tips for Defense Lawyers,” OACTA 2014 Appellate Advocacy Seminar (June 2014)
  • “A Supreme Opportunity: Tips for Practicing Before the Ohio Supreme Court,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Appellate Practice 2014 (June 2014)
  • “Ohio Supreme Court Update,” Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2011)
  • “Update on Recent Employer Intentional Tort Cases,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Litigation Institute (2011)
  • “Attacking Opposing Evidence,” National Business Institute (2009) 
  • “Electronic Evidence & Hearsay in the Courtroom,” National Business Institute (2009)
  • “Ohio Supreme Court Year in Review,” Ohio State Bar Association (2008)

Publications

  • “Amicus Committee Update,” OACTA’s The Update (Winter 2013)
  • “Amicus Committee Update,” OACTA’s The Update (Winter 2012)
  • “Amicus Committee Update,” OACTA’s The Update (Winter 2011)
  • “All That is Old is New Again: Workplace Intentional Tort Claims Under R.C. 2745.01,” OACTA Quarterly Review (Summer 2011)

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Committee Chair of the Year Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2014)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2015)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2005, 2011-2014)

 

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