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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 with experience in state and federal courts. He is a generalist who translates arcane areas of law into clear and concise arguments. Ben has briefed appeals that upheld the constitutionality of several Ohio tort reform statutes, and argued appeals establishing the standard for Ohio employment intentional tort claims, upholding the 365/360 method of interest accrual in Ohio, and clarifying the standard of review in zoning appeals. His experience as Chair of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys’ Amicus Committee helps him frame legal issues for Ohio Supreme Court review. He also briefs and argues trial court motions and serves as an appellate monitor in high-stakes matters.

Ben is a proponent of simple and straightforward legal arguments that get to the heart of the matter. He mentors associates on legal writing and judges local moot court competitions. He also does pro bono work on behalf of a local bar association in disciplinary cases.

Representative Matters

  • Argued and won Ohio Supreme Court appeal clarifying standard of review in administrative appeals from zoning decisions
  • Argued and won Ohio Supreme Court appeal construing Ohio’s employment intentional tort statute
  • Argued and won Ohio Supreme Court appeal upholding use of 365/360 method of interest accrual in commercial mortgage note
  • Argued and won Pennsylvania appeal addressing scope of malfunction theory of product liability
  • Argued and won Ohio appeal addressing arbitral immunity
  • Argued Ohio appeal addressing governmental liability for breach of contract
  • Co-authored brief in Ohio Supreme Court appeal upholding Ohio workplace intentional tort statute against constitutional challenges
  • Co-authored brief in Ohio Supreme Court appeal upholding tort reform damage caps against constitutional challenges
  • Co-authored brief in Ohio Supreme Court appeal establishing standard for advances of a director’s defense costs
  • Co-authored successful Sixth Circuit brief in maritime law appeal
  • Authored successful Eleventh Circuit brief in product liability appeal
  • Co-authored Federal Circuit brief in patent appeal on claim construction
  • Co-authored successful opposition to petition for certiorari in United States Supreme Court appeal challenging lost profits damage award in a patent case
  • Authored Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief in case of first impression addressing scope of Ohio workplace intentional tort statute
  • Authored Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief in case of first impression addressing co-worker liability for common law intentional torts
  • Co-authored Ohio Supreme Court amicus brief in case clarifying standard for legal malpractice 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 Year in Review," Ohio State Bar Association (December 2014)
  • "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 2014)
  • "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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