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Mark F. McCarthy

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.3290 | F 216.592.5009 | M 216.496.8822

Mark McCarthy is a trial lawyer with over three decades of experience preparing and taking cases to verdict.

While he works mainly in the areas of products liability, commercial, medical malpractice, and intentional tort defense litigation, he also has tried automobile, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation, banking, and consumer law cases to verdict.

For decades Mark has served as national coordinating counsel for several industrial equipment manufacturers in defense of their product liability cases throughout the United States and in structuring and overseeing their risk management programs. He is often retained to appear in pending, contentious cases to resolve or try the matter to conclusion.

In the late 1970s, Mark served as counsel and Assistant to the President of the Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners.

Since 1985, he has taught as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Tactics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the course of his career, Mark has served as chair of Catholic Charities Health and Human Services Corporation, chair of the Board of Trustees of Parmadale, and trustee of The Catholic Charities Foundation. He has been active with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association Leadership Cleveland Program, and served in the 1970s as a board member of the Western Reserve Historical Society. He is a founder, trustee, and general counsel of St. Martin de Porres High School and the St. Martin de Porres Corporate Work Study Program, which are part of the Cristo Rey Network of Schools, and he is past chair of the Catholic Community Connection Board.

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education & admissions


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1976)
  • Georgetown University (A.B. in Theology, cum laude, 1973)
  • St. Ignatius High School (with honors, 1969)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1976

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Consumer Products
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Utilities
publications & events


  • Product Liability in Ohio
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2006, 2007, 2009-2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2020)
    • 2018 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
    • 2016 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)
    • 2012 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)

in the community
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel 
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
    • Board of Trustees 
    • Product Liability Section, Chair
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Instructor
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Catholic Charities Corporation
  • Catholic Charities Foundation 
  • St. Martin de Porres High School and Corporate Work Study Program, Secretary
  • Catholic Community Connection, Past Chair
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