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Henry E. Billingsley II

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2372 | F 216.592.5009 | M 216.571.3446
overview

Henry Billingsley II devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of maritime, products liability, environmental and toxic tort cases in state and federal courts.

He has litigated cases to completion in Ohio, New York, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida and Texas. Henry also has handled the prosecution and defense of commercial cases and assisted in the defense of clients in white-collar criminal investigations.

Following law school, and prior to embarking on the practice of law, Henry served as a deck and engine crewman (Q.M.E.D.) in the United States Merchant Marine, sailing on bulk carriers, container and general cargo ships and tankers on the Great Lakes, coastwise and deep sea. He is a certified scuba diver.

Henry was recently asked to assist the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, in the review of a proposed set of model local admiralty rules of the Federal Court, as recommended by the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1978); Editor, Journal of International Law
  • Columbia University (B.A., 1975)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1978
  • New York, 1980
  • Illinois, 2017
  • Missouri, 2017

federal admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Claims Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Electrical Equipment
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Rail
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Utilities
  • Water
experience
publications & events

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "Cleveland’s Container Port," Ports, Police and Politics in Ohio, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2015)

Recent Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Inside Business, Leading Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2004-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2003-2018) 
    •  2015 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year (Admiralty and Maritime Law)
  • The Cleveland Bar Foundation, Fellow

affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Martime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty Member
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Admiralty
  • Tucker Ellis LLP Community Action Committee 
  • Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Guardian Ad Litem