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Rita A. Maimbourg

Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.3219 | F 216.592.5009

Rita Maimbourg chairs the Tucker Ellis Trial Department.

Over more than 35 years of practice, Rita has defended numerous drugs and devices in courtrooms throughout the United States, and has gained the trust of clients to handle complex issues arising from mass litigation. She excels in cross-examining medical experts, a skill she honed in representing doctors and hospitals in professional liability cases. Over the years, she has gained deep experience in litigation involving recalled and withdrawn prescription products, opioids, and transdermal drugs, as well as medical devices used for contraception and for treatment of urologic conditions in women.

Rita is passionate about training associates and created the “learn by doing” format of the Tucker Ellis Litigation Institute, which teaches trial skills to the firm’s associates. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Trial Tactics at her alma mater, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and presents to physician groups on various medical-legal topics.

A transplant to Cleveland in 1978, Rita grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy live theatre, golf, and spending time in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada, where they are frequent visitors. Rita is known to all as an avid dog lover and she tries hard to be a sports fan.

Ohio Supreme Court Briefs and Arguments
education & admissions


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1981); Order of the Coif
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A., magna cum laude, 1978)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1981

federal admissions

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

  • Apparel
  • Broker / Dealer & Securities
  • Chemical
  • Construction
  • Hospitals
  • Legal Services (Law Firms)
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Professionals (Doctors & Nurses)
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicine

Representative Trials

  • Represented hospital in medical malpractice case involving burn injuries from administration of antibiotic. Jury trial 2014, first chair.
  • Represented family practice physician in medical malpractice case involving below-the-knee amputation due to allegedly improper treatment of a foot wound in an urgent care setting. Jury trial 2012, first chair.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in wrongful death product liability suit involving recalled fentanyl pain patch. Jury trial 2008, first chair.
  • Represented major healthcare system in contribution action against joint tortfeasor for liability due to facial burns from a surgical fire. Jury trial 2006, first chair.
  • Represented oncologist in wrongful death medical malpractice suit involving alleged misdiagnosis of lymphoma. Jury trial 2006, first chair.
  • Represented general surgeon in medical malpractice action involving permanent bowel injury from hernia surgery. Jury trial 2005, first chair.
  • Represented small business owner as plaintiff in complex commercial case including RICO counterclaims. Bench trial 2004, first chair.
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Lessons Learned from the Dr. Persaud Healthcare Fraud Case," Health Care Law Update & Medical/Legal Summit 2017, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association/Academy of Medicine Education Foundation/The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio (March 2017)
  • "The New Federal Civil Rules Package – 'Big Deal' Changes to Discovery, Case Management, Culture, and E-Discovery – Coming to a Courthouse Near You!", Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, Cleveland, Ohio (September 2016)
  • "Cross Examination," 2016 Litigation Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2016)
  • "Federal Civil Rule One and More – A Change in Culture, Cost, and Complexity (New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure)," Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2015)
  • "GC Panel: Hot Topics as 2015 Winds Down and We Head into 2016," Moderator, 2015 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2015)
  • "Lessons Learned from E-Discovery Sanctions in Mass Tort Litigation: Where Do We Go from Here?," DRI Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (October 2015)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Ethics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse Program, Columbus, Ohio (December 2013)
  • "Early Career: Networking, Building Your Brand, Attracting Sponsors," Women’s Law & Leadership Conference, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2013)

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 
  • Who's Who Legal
    • Product Liability Defence (2018)
    • Life Sciences: Product Liability (2015-2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Litigation Star (2015-2017)
    • Top 250 Women in Litigation (2014-2017)
  • ALM, Women Leaders in the Law (2015)
  • Crain's Cleveland Business "Woman of Note" (2009)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® (2005-2018)
    • Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers® (2007-2014, 2016-2018)
    • Top 25 Women Cleveland Ohio Super Lawyers® (2007-2009, 2012-2014, 2016-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2012-2018) 
    • 2013 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants)
    • 2012 Cleveland Lawyer of the Year (Medical Malpractice Law)


in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • The Honorable William K. Thomas American Inn of Court, Master Bencher
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio, Life Member
  • Leadership Cleveland Class of 2011
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Society of Benchers
    • Alumni Association, Board Member (2007-2010)
  • Cleveland Animal Protective League, Board of Directors
    • Vice Chair (2017)
    • Secretary (2015, 2016)
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Board of Directors