Carter E. Strang is a Partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP. He has handled a broad range of matters in both state and federal court with a primary focus on environmental, mass tort, and product liability litigation. Carter is a member of the firm’s Oil and Gas Group and a member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
He is listed in the annual Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law, published in Corporate Counsel and the American Lawyer, for both 2012 and 2013.
He maintains an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory, its highest rating based on extensive and confidential peer review of legal ability and ethical standards by members of the bar.
Carter is Immediate Past President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) and is Past President of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter (FBA-NDOC).
He is a member of the Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court.
Carter is the recipient of the 2013 DRI Lifetime Community Service Award. He also received the 2013 Federal Bar Association's Elaine "Boots" Fisher Award in recognition of his exemplary community, public, and charitable service.
Carter received the 2011 Kent State University Distinguished Honors College Alumni Award, and is a member of the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Foundation Class of 2011.
He is the 2010 CMBA Volunteer of the Year and the 2009 Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award winner, given by the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA).
As CMBA President, Carter created the Stokes Scholars Program, a pipeline diversity program that provides paid summer legal internships for college students. It won the 2013 Expys Best New Internship Award and the 2013 NABE LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award.
He originated the CMBA’s Green Initiative and served as chair of its Green Initiative Committee. He also chaired the CMBA’s 3Rs Committee and co-authored its curriculum. 3Rs received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Program Award (2008) and received several American Bar Association awards.
Carter is Tucker Ellis’s Pipeline Diversity Program Co-coordinator. He initiated and administers the firm’s partnership (3Rs instruction, mock trial coaching and internships) with Cleveland’s Early College High School. He also serves as Chair of the CEC’s Advisory Committee. Tucker Ellis received the inaugural CMBA Trailblazer Award in 2012 for its Cleveland diversity and inclusion efforts, including its pipeline program at CEC. Carter has overseen expansion of Tucker Ellis’s Pipeline Diversity Program to its Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco offices. The Los Angeles program won the Pillar Partnership Spotlight Award in 2010.
He is a member of Tucker Ellis’s Diversity and Green Initiative Committees.
He has been the subject of feature articles: “Diversity and Pride,” Shaker Life Magazine (February-March 2013); "Bar President Carter Strang Says Percentage of Minorities in Law 'Unacceptable'," The Plain Dealer (2012); "The Interview: Carter E. Strang, President, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association," Crain's Cleveland Business (2012). Other features include "Who to Watch: Law," Crain's Cleveland Business (2012); "What One Law Firm and One Lawyer Have Done for Our City's Youngsters," Law Notes, a publication of Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (2009); and "Teacher Turned Lawyer," Kent State Magazine (2009). He has been frequently quoted in The National Law Journal and other publications on a variety of topics.
Carter was an Associate and Partner with Arter & Hadden LLP (1984-2003) where he was a contributing author of the “A&H Ohio Product Liability Update.” He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Academy.
“Light Candles Rather Than Curse the Darkness," DRI Diversity Insider (May 2013)
"Gideon v. Wainwright—50th Anniversary," CMBA Journal (May 2013)
"Federal Suit Could Impact Utica Drilling,” Crain’s SHALE (2012)
“‘Take-Home’ Premises Liability Asbestos Exposure Claims – 2011 Update,” published in DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter ( 2012) and OACTA Update Newsletter (2012)
“Notice, Selection, Preparation, and Privilege Issues for Corporate Representative Depositions,” published in DRI In-House Defense Quarterly (2010)
“‘Take-Home’ Premises Liability Asbestos Exposure Claims - 2010 Update,” published in DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter (2010)
“‘Arranger’ Liability and Apportionment after Burlington,” published in The Federal Lawyer (2010)
“Corporate Representative Depositions: Selection and Preparation,” published in Inter Alia (Fall 2009)
“‘Take-Home’ Premises Liability Asbestos Claims—2009 Update,” published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Asbestos (2009) and in DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter and OACTA Update Newsletter (2009)
“Supreme Court Narrows ‘Arranger’ Liability in CERCLA Litigation,” published in Inter Alia (2009)
“Corporate Representative Depositions: Notice Provision of Rule 30 (b)(6),” published in Inter Alia (2009)
“‘Take-Home’ Premises Liability Asbestos Exposure Claims,” published in DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter (2008) and OACTA Update Newsletter (2008)
“RCRA Citizen Suits in a Post-Cooper Era,” published in Inter Alia (2007), The Federal Lawyer (2006), and the Cleveland Bar Journal (2006)
“RCRA Citizen Suits for Injunctive Relief,” published in Inter Alia (2007)
“Chief Justice: A Call for Judicial Reform,” The Sound of Ideas, National Public Radio 90.3 WCPN ideastream panel member (May 2013)
“CMBA Opposition to Proposed 5% Tax on Legal Services,” Ohio Senate and House Ways & Means Committees (March 2013)
“Presidential Columns—No Writer’s Block Allowed,” ABA Leadership Institute (April 2013)
“Tucker Ellis Pipeline Diversity Program—A Tool Kit for Action,” CMBA Diversity & Inclusion Forum (April 2013)
“The Tucker Ellis/Cleveland Early College High School Partnership,” Kaleidoscope, News Channel 5 (2011)
“CMBA’s Green Initiative,” Association of Legal Administrators (2011)
“Kent State Shootings: The Legal Implications, a 40 Year Retrospective,” CMBA CLE (2010)
“30(b)(6) Depositions: A Trap for the Unwary,” OACTA CLE (2010)
“Going Green – Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Green Initiative,” Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Convention (2009)
“Corporate Representative Depositions – an Overview of Rule 30 (b) (6),” FBA-NDOC CLE (2009) and The Cleveland Bar Association (CBA) CLE (2007)
“Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession,” Los Angeles County Bar Association Diversity Summit (2007)
“Houston We Have a Problem – Use of RCRA Citizen Suits for Injunctive Relief,” CBA Environmental Law Section (2006)
Obtained summary judgment in products liability case against manufacturer of a miter saw
Obtained a defense verdict in CERCLA trial and drafted successful appellee’s brief to the United States 6th Circuit, which rejected appellant’s “passive migration” claims
Obtained a judgment in a CERCLA trial against prior owner of client’s property, where “innocent landowner” and pre-existing contribution protection were at issue
Obtained a settlement in a RCRA “Citizen Suit” injunctive action on behalf of a bank arising from contamination of its property from abandoned UST tanks and product lines
Obtained a judgment against a major international oil company for contamination of a service station’s property during a UST gasoline delivery, and sanctions against its counsel for discovery abuses
Obtained a defense verdict for coffee maker manufacturers after trial where plaintiff asserted claim alleging the maker caused a fire
Obtained an injunction against a major international supermarket chain on behalf of a local shopping center owner where the chain closed its store, ceasing payment of its percentage rents
Obtained a “de minimis” CERCLA settlement on behalf of local car dealers in multimillion-dollar claim against them arising from used oil contamination and successfully asserted claims against the clients’ carriers for payment of settlement proceeds
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major oil company in a benzene exposure claim
Obtained a defense verdict where plaintiff alleged thoracic outlet surgery was necessitated by client’s negligent driving
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (C-M)
Originator and sponsor, Joel J. Finer Criminal Procedure Award
C-M Alumni Association Life Member
Member, C-M Alumni Association Board of Trustees
Kent State University (KSU)
KSU Alumni Association Life Member
Honors College Alumni Association member
Originator of the Leo E. Strang (father/former KSU Head Football Coach)
Student Athlete Award and Bettie Strang (mother/former Honors College
employee) Award for Excellence in the Arts
Carter is married to Deedra (Siegel) Strang, a speech therapist with the Shaker Heights Public Schools, and has three adult sons (Steven, Carson, and Kevin).
As a member of the “TEW Wheelers,” Carter has participated in Cleveland’s Bike to Work Day and the MS 150 “Pedal to the Point” MS fundraiser. He was a member of the Team Benjamin Triathlon Team, which participated in the Cleveland Triathalon and raised money for Cerebral Palsy.
He is a former high school teacher and coach (Jennings Scholar and Taft Fellow teaching awards). He was President of the Shaker Heights Youth Hockey Association and a volunteer youth sports coach.
Carter served as a citizen member of the Shaker Heights Safety & Public Works Committee.
At KSU, Carter was a member of the football and ice hockey teams; was selected for membership in the Phi Alpha Theta (History) and Kappa Delta Pi (Education) Honorary Societies; was a housing rehabilitation program volunteer in Akron; and held leadership positions in various political campaigns.