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Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • 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, Sixth Circuit

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • Kent State University (Master of Education, 1979)
  • Kent State University (B.S., cum laude, 1973)
    Honors College
    Phi Alpha Theta (History Honorary)
    Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary)

Carter E. Strang

Carter Strang 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.

Before attending law school, Carter earned both the Jennings Scholar and Taft Fellow teaching awards in his career as a high school teacher and coach. The first in his family to practice law, he became interested in a legal career as a result of exposure to local attorneys – including former Congressman Louis Stokes – who were guest speakers in his classes.

Carter has found his teaching and coaching provided excellent leadership training, which he has put to use both at the firm as a trial attorney and in the community.

“My toughest audience was not a jury. It was a class of high school seniors during their last month of school. Keeping them interested and engaged was a real challenge.”

It is indeed gratifying, he reports, when those former students – many of whom are now local attorneys – tell him the positive impact he had on their lives.

Carter is the only person to have served as president of both the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association Northern District of Ohio Chapter. It is through those bar associations and as a Tucker Ellis partner that he creates and fosters innovative, award-winning educational, environmental, and diversity programs and initiatives that serve as models nationwide.

During his tenure (2012-2013) as president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), Carter created the Stokes Scholars Program, a pipeline diversity program that provides paid summer legal internships for college students. Fulfilling its motto, “Changing Lives One Student At A Time,” it won the 2014 Ohio State Bar Foundation Outstanding Program Award, the 2013 Expys Best New Internship Award, and the 2013 NABE LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award.

Carter also co-authored the curriculum for the CMBA award-winning 3Rs program (law-based classroom instruction and counseling in Cleveland public schools), and he initiated the Citizens Legal Academy, providing adults information about “hot button” legal topics.

Carter founded the CMBA Green Initiative, which certifies local law firms for environmentally responsible practices, such as recycling and responsible energy and paper use. Over 50 firms are now “CMBA Green Certified,” including Tucker Ellis. The firm won the CMBA’s inaugural Green Innovation Award. Carter was instrumental in the creation of the firm’s Green Initiative Committee and has been a member since its inception.

Carter initiated and administers the Tucker Ellis Pipeline Diversity Program, which includes partnerships with urban public schools in all of the firm’s offices. As a result of this program and the firm’s overall diversity and inclusion efforts, Tucker Ellis earned the inaugural CMBA Trailblazer Award in 2012, and the Los Angeles office program received the 2010 Pillar Partnership Spotlight Award.

Well known in the Northeast Ohio community, Carter has been the subject of many feature articles, including “Diversity and Pride,” Shaker Life Magazine (February-March 2013); “Bar President Carter Strang Says Percentage of Minorities in Law ‘Unacceptable,’” The Plain Dealer (2012); and “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, a two-sport college athlete, has participated in Cleveland’s Bike to Work Day and the MS 150 “Pedal to the Point” Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser. As a member of Cleveland’s Team Benjamin Triathlon Team, he helped raise money to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland. Carter and his wife Deedra (Siegel) Strang, a speech pathologist with the Shaker Heights Public Schools, are the parents of five sons.

Representative Cases

  • 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

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Originator and sponsor, Joel J. Finer Criminal Procedure Award
    • Alumni Association
      • Life Member
      • Board of Trustees
      • Nomination Committee, Past Chair
      • Membership Committee, Past Co-chair
    • Mentor
  • Kent State University (KSU)
    • Distinguished Alumni Award (2014)
    • Alumni Association Life Member
    • Honors College Alumni Association
    • Honors College Advisory Board
    • Originator of the Leo E. Strang Student Athlete Award (father/former KSU Head Football Coach) and Bettie Strang Award for Excellence in the Arts (mother/former Honors College employee)
  • The Center for Community Solutions, Board of Directors
  • Cleveland John Hay Early College High School Advisory Committee, Chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel Academy, graduate
  • Shaker Heights Youth Hockey Association, former president and volunteer youth sports coach
  • Shaker Heights Safety & Public Works Committee, past citizen member
  • Suburban Temple Kol Ami Board of Trustees
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • President (2012-2013)
    • Immediate Past President (2014)
    • Green Initiative, Originator and Past Chair
    • 3Rs Curriculum Committee, Co-author and Co-chair
    • MDL Committee, Originator and Past Chair
    • Steering Committee, Past Co-chair
  • Ohio State Bar Association and Bar Foundation
    • Ramey Award for Community Service, Ohio State Bar Foundation (2014)
    • Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows Class of 2011
    • Ohio State Bar Association Federal Bench Bar Conference Committee, past member
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Northern District of Ohio Chapter, President (2009-2010)
      • CLE Committee, Past Chair
  • Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court
  • Tucker Ellis Diversity Committee
  • Tucker Ellis Green Initiative Committee

Recent Publications

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “United States Law & Legal Reasoning – The First Amendment,” Kent State University Honors College (August 2014)
  • “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)

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV® Preeminent™ rating
  • Ramey Award for Community Service, Ohio State Bar Foundation (2014)
  • Kent State University Distinguished Alumni Award (2014)
  • DRI Lifetime Community Service Award (2013)
  • Federal Bar Association Elaine “Boots” Fisher Award (2013)
  • Top Rated Lawyer, Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law (2012-2013)
  • Kent State University Distinguished Honors College Alumni Award (2011)
  • Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Class of 2011
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Volunteer of the Year (2010)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award (2009)

 

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