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Seth H. Wamelink

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.3791 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Seth Wamelink is an experienced trial attorney who represents businesses in complex civil litigation throughout the United States.

He practices extensively in the areas of product liability, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Seth serves as national counsel for companies in a variety of litigations. He has taken numerous cases to verdict, and also routinely advises clients on pre-suit matters and managing risk. Seth focuses on gaining a deep understanding of each client’s business and collaboratively developing strategies to further each client’s individual goals.

Seth devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono and civic activities. He has represented pro bono clients in housing matters and prosecuted attorneys accused of ethical violations, and he serves on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Certified Grievance Committee.

Seth and his wife Jennifer live in Bay Village, Ohio with their three children Kellen, Connor, and Brooklyn. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing the occasional round of golf.

education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
  • Miami University (B.S., 2003)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2007

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Architectural & Engineering Firms
  • Banks
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Elementary & Secondary Schools
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Hospitals
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Professionals (Doctors & Nurses)
  • Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicine
  • Transportation Equipment
experience

Representative Matters

  • Coordinated the successful nationwide defense of multimillion-dollar product liability and alter ego claims brought against a large domestic manufacturer and distributor
  • Obtained dismissal of a transaction-related shareholder class action lawsuit brought against a public company and its board members
  • Won a large AAA arbitration award on behalf of a private high school against a contractor arising from a defectively constructed ice hockey rink
  • Obtained an Ohio appellate decision requiring plaintiffs to support claims against elevator manufacturers and maintenance companies with expert testimony
  • Won summary judgment in more than a half dozen cases for a leading elevator manufacturer and maintenance company
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court for a foreign manufacturer due to lack of personal jurisdiction
  • After a bench trial, obtained a verdict dissolving a closely held corporation on behalf of a 50% shareholder in deadlock with co-owner, thereby preserving significant asset valuation for client
  • Successfully prosecuted two disciplinary cases against Ohio attorneys accused of ethical violations resulting in sanctions instituted by the Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Part of a legal writing team that won summary judgment in a large pharmaceutical MDL in the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Successfully prosecuted a lawsuit against abusive landlords on behalf of pro bono client-tenants resulting in a six-figure judgment
  • Obtained two defense verdicts in arbitration for long-term care facilities
  • Obtained favorable resolutions on behalf of plaintiff-purchasers of companies for misrepresentations made by defendant-sellers
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a custom crane manufacturer arising from a gantry crane derailment
publications & events

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2014-2018)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Certified Grievance Committee
  • The Cleveland Leadership Center
    • Civic Leadership Institute