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Kevin M. Young

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.4691 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Kevin Young is a trial lawyer whose practice emphasizes insurance coverage, class actions, products liability, construction, business torts, and commercial matters.

During his 32 years of practice, Kevin has represented both large and small companies in contract disputes, product liability defense, and complex insurance coverage cases.

Kevin chairs the Tucker Ellis Insurance Group. In his insurance practice, he represents clients in extra-contractual matters, as well as complex coverage issues. He has successfully resolved a myriad of coverage cases that arise from issues such as the interpretation of commercial general liability policies, director and officer policies, professional liability policies, employment practices liability, and Errors and Omissions policies, as well as various specialty policies, including malicious product tampering/accidental product contamination, kidnap and ransom, and Non-Trucking Liability.

Kevin has also successfully resolved class action suits involving insurance issues, as well as numerous claims arising from allegations of defective product manufacture. He has litigated construction and business contract claims involving Cleveland’s sports stadiums and schools and other public and private construction projects. Kevin has also tried or resolved a host of commercial contract issues, and was responsible for coordinating and managing the defense of over 90 lawsuits arising from a concrete terrace collapse in Ohio.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kevin has lived and worked in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. His representation of clients has taken him to an international arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as many states in the United States, including Ohio, California, Texas, Kentucky, Indiana, Utah, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and New York.

A regular faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Kevin instructs and lectures on topics including the taking and defending of depositions and general trial skills. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve School of Law where his courses have included trial tactics and client counseling and representation.

Ranked in Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio), he is described as “very responsive and provides thoughtful responses. Nothing is off the cuff with him, he digs into the details.”

education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1985); Order of the Barristers; National Moot Court Team
  • Syracuse University (A.B., 1980); Pi Sigma Alpha

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1985

federal admissions

  • International Trade Commission
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
experience

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended an insurance carrier in a complex class action matter in Ohio involving auto policies; obtained dismissal of case following dispositive briefing
  • Represents a large insurance carrier on issues concerning rescission of the policy and the void/voidable distinctions
  • Represents an insurance carrier in cases involving liability of public entities and public officials
  • Represents a large commercial roofing company against claims of product defect and coverage issues arising from those claims
  • Represents a large construction company in a case arising from the electrocution of a worker at a construction site
  • Represented an insurance carrier in several cases concerning the interpretation and scope of coverage in product tampering, recall, and contamination policies and obtained favorable summary judgment rulings concerning issues in those policies
  • Represents a Division I University in litigation concerning claims arising from its hiring of a basketball coach
  • Successfully mediated a high-profile case involving coverage issues arising from a professional cyclist’s claims on behalf of the United States against other cyclists and related entities
  • Successfully managed, tried, and/or resolved over 90 cases in complex litigation following a concrete terrace collapse
  • Successfully resolved claims of contractors arising from the construction of two sports stadiums and other well-known construction projects in Ohio
  • Represents insurers in claims concerning the pollution exclusion, additional named insured, number of occurrences, and other complex issues arising from the interpretation of insurance contracts
  • Defended an Italian corporation in trademark, trade secret, and breach of contract litigation in the United States District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Represented aviation insurers in helicopter and aircraft crash cases involving both commercial and private air carriers
  • Represented a major concert promoter in litigation with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and insurance company; successfully obtained coverage for the promoter to resolve the case with the musician
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Insurance Needs," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Pillars Program: Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment and Career Transition, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2017)
  • "Current Status of Ohio Employer Intentional Torts," Oswald Construction Risk Insight Breakfast Series, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2015)
  • "Bad Faith Strategies and Tactics: Do Bad Faith Allegations Move the Needle?", CMBA Insurance Law Spring Seminar “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Ohio Insurance Bad Faith Law 2015,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2015)
  • "Failure Analysis from the Legal Perspective," Case Western University Guest Lecture to EMSE 422 Graduate Failure Analysis Course (February 2012 and January 2015)
  • "Strategies and Tips for Effective Direct Examination," Tucker Ellis Litigation Institute (October 2014)
  • "Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place; Protecting Privilege in Bad Faith Litigation," presentation to major insurance carrier, Chicago, Illinois (September 2014)
  • "Understanding Director and Officer Liability Insurance," presented at Ohio Insurance Law Unmasked: Scary Coverage Concepts, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (October 2013)
  • "The New Consumer Product Safety Commission Public Database" (2011)
  • "Strategies for Testing Theories in Depositions," National Institute for Trial Advocacy (2007)
  • "Ohio Insurance Law," Lorman Seminar (1999)
  • "Enforceability of Arbitration Awards," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (1998
  • "Insurability of Prevailing Party Attorney Fee Awards," Mealey’s Insurance Fees Seminar (1995)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio) (2016-2018)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2008-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2006-2018)

      

affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty Member
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Lawyers
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