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Christopher J. Caryl

Chris Caryl is a trial lawyer focusing on product liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience defending manufacturers of industrial and consumer products in product, negligence, and premises liability cases. He serves as national and local counsel for many companies in asbestos, toxic exposure, and serial litigation. Chris is well known for his deep knowledge of mineralogy and geology as well as other scientific disciplines that are called upon in the defense of these cases. Chris works closely with industrial hygienists, physicians, product engineers, and other company witnesses to formulate winning strategies. He is recognized for developing innovative legal theories that have been shown to reduce client risks.

A believer in giving back to the community, Chris served as the partner in charge of the Tucker Ellis Pro Bono program from 2012 to 2023, where he oversaw the firm’s pro bono docket and assignments. He has built homes with Habitat for Humanity and represented indigent clients for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, and two dogs. Most weekends, Chris is fishing, biking, skiing, or improving his skills on the charcoal grill – even during long, cold Cleveland winters.

Cleveland State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1998);  Editor, Journal of Law & Health
Muhlenberg College (B.A., cum laude, 1993)
State Admissions
Ohio, 1998
Pennsylvania, 2007
Federal Admissions
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Service Areas
Mass Tort & Product Liability
Business Litigation
Industries Represented
Consumer Products
Legal Services (Law Firms)
Machinery Manufacturing
Medical Devices
Medical Professionals (Doctors & Nurses)
Pharmaceutical & Medicine
Spectator Sports
Transportation Equipment
  • Won a defense verdict for manufacturer of automotive brake products following 3-week jury trial in take home/secondary exposure case
  • Won a defense verdict for HVAC manufacturer against claim that alleged aerosolized particle exposure caused personal injury
  • Obtained favorable settlements during trial in cases alleging mesothelioma from asbestos exposure
  • Negotiated favorable settlement for client facing multimillion-dollar default judgment based on personal jurisdiction defense
  • Contributed to summary judgment win for equipment manufacturer in fire subrogation matter with damages in excess of $30 million
  • Developed and implemented successful strategy that client had no legal duty to plaintiff for alleged asbestos exposure from packaging material resulting in summary judgment
  • Briefed and argued prevailing motion for summary judgment on punitive damages for manufacturer of asbestos-containing products in Ohio
  • Successfully briefed and argued summary judgment for automotive brake products manufacturer in case with undisputed product identification based on lack of exposure
  • Successfully argued before Court of Appeals in affirming summary judgment for large equipment manufacturer in paralysis case involving a 20-year-old plaintiff
  • Prepared and argued winning summary judgment motions based on successor liability and sophisticated purchaser


  • Distinguishing the Sophisticated User from the Sophisticated Intermediary Defense,” Inter Alia (February 2011)
  • “Mining for Metadata: Is It Ethical to Search for Information Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege?”, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (June 2008)
  • “A Lawyer’s Notary Responsibilities: Pay Attention to the Details and Avoid the Cavalier Attitude,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (2006)
  • Access to Justice Award, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (2015)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ethics Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Mayfield Soccer Club
  • Tucker Ellis Pro Bono Program, Partner in Charge (2012-2023)