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Patricia L. Seifert

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5361 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Patricia Seifert, chair of the Tucker Ellis Construction Group, focuses her practice on commercial litigation and personal injury litigation involving construction, construction defects, consumer sales practices, homebuilder construction practices, product liability, personal injury, work place injuries and safety, and motor vehicle accidents.

An experienced litigator, Pat has tried or arbitrated cases in states including Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Illinois, as well as in the federal courts.

Nationally and internationally, Pat assists owners, architects, and contractors in project delivery selection and management, contract formation, contract negotiation, and dispute avoidance.

As part of the Tucker Ellis team that serves as national counsel for a Fortune 300 product manufacturer in its motor vehicle accident and premises liability litigation, Pat manages and oversees the defense of cases involving serious injuries and multiple surgeries, focusing on overall case management, depositions of expert witnesses, identifying and developing defense experts, trial preparation, and trial. She has served in this role in dozens of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Before joining Tucker Ellis, Pat spent 15 years as general counsel for a national construction firm, material supplier, and manufacturer. In her tenure there, she managed all litigation involving the companies, risk management, and the day-to-day oversight of legal issues. She represented the companies in construction claims and requests for equitable adjustments, as well as commercial, personal injury, OSHA, and workers compensation litigation. She also handled administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations in local, state, and federal courts. As in-house counsel, Pat managed an internal and external team when handling a variety of affirmative action issues, onsite federal inspections, and union disputes. She led all crisis communications initiatives when necessary, working with the companies and employees on effective messaging, and developed, implemented, and managed a nationwide self-insured workers compensation program for the companies.

Pat is a member of the Construction, Commercial, and Consumer Arbitration Panels for the American Arbitration Association. She is an arbitrator and mediator for National Arbitration and Mediation and serves as a FINRA arbitrator. In these roles, Pat routinely hears and decides commercial, consumer, personal injury, and construction disputes. She is a frequent lecturer on risk transfer in construction contracts, lien and surety bond law, and wage requirements in construction projects.

education & admissions

education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1989)
  • Marshall University, Huntington, WV (B.A., cum laude, 1983)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1989

federal admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • 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

  • Construction
  • Developers
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicine
  • Retail Stores
  • Transportation
  • Warehousing & Storage
experience

Litigation

  • Represented heavy underground and tunnel contractor in claims against general contractor involving alleged out of tolerance shaft construction, alleged defective work, delays, and interferences on two projects in Northeast Ohio resulting in seven-figure settlement on both projects on behalf of the client
  • Defended specialty materials provider against claims of breach of contract and defective product resulting in a six-figure settlement for the client
  • Successfully represented Northwest Ohio condominium association in litigation involving faulty design of exterior cladding system resulting in the recovery of a six-figure settlement on behalf of association
  • Recovered six-figure award on behalf of private school for defective design and construction of ice rink by design builder
  • Represented specialty contractor in presentation of several requests of equitable adjustment on federal contract resulting in recovery of six-figure awards
  • Represented subcontractor in the presentation and defense of construction delay and interference claims involving construction of hotel resulting in the seven-figure award and dismissal of eight-figure counterclaim
  • Represented subcontractor in the presentation and defense of construction delay and interference claims involving the construction of a hospital resulting in seven-figure award
  • Successfully defended contractor from allegations of improper installation of cladding materials
  • Defended general contractor in negligence action involving paralyzing injuries suffered by subcontractor’s employee from a fall resulting in payment of settlement by subcontractor and not general contractor
  • Defended general contractor in allegations of intentional tort action involving multiple injuries to employee during scaffolding erection resulting in settlement of all claims
  • Successfully defended specialty contractor at trial of OSHA citations resulting in reduction of willful violations to other than violation
  • Successfully represented general contractor in defense of OSHA citations alleging multiple fall protection violations resulting in reduction of all citations to other than violation
  • Successfully represented material supplier in defense of specific safety violations resulting in dismissal of complaint

Transactional

  • Represented public owner in Ohio in first design-build project by a public authority in Northeast Ohio; guided owner through design-build selection process, contracting, and construction
  • Represented private owner in the negotiation and preparation of multiple design-build contracts for multiphase construction of winery and supporting facilities in Northeast Ohio
  • Represented design-builder in negotiation of multimillion-dollar contract for construction of new manufacturing facility in Northwest Ohio to be owned and operated by German interests
  • Represented publicly owned company in negotiation and preparation of construction manager at risk contract for construction of new home office facilities in Cleveland, Ohio
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "A Discussion on How the Construction Industry is Responding to the Pandemic, Government Restrictions, Labor Market and Supply Chain Issues," OSBA Construction Law Committee Spring Meeting (May 2020)
  • "Ohio Prevailing Wage Law: Ensuring Contractor/Subcontractor Compliance," Lorman Education Series, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2013)
  • "Premises Liability Law in Ohio," Lorman Education Series, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2013)
  • "The Road Taken: Women in Technology and Their Paths to Success," panelist for International Women's Day, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2013)
  • "Getting Paid: Good Contracts and Mechanic's Liens," presented at the Ohio Landscape Association (OLA) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2012)

Publications

honors
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2014-2019)
  • America's Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators – Construction (2019)

     

affiliations
in the community

professional involvement

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Bar Admissions Committee
    • Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Arbitration Association
    • Construction and Commercial Arbitration Panels
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Section on Dispute Resolution
  • American Builders & Contractors
  • Cleveland Employers Association
  • Construction Finance Managers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

alternative dispute resolution

  • American Arbitration Association
    • Construction, Commercial, and Consumer Arbitration Panels
  • National Arbitration and Mediation, Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Agency, Arbitrator
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