John J. Ricotta

Practice Areas Overview

Experienced trial attorney John J. Ricotta provides clients throughout the Cleveland, Ohio area with legal representation in the following areas:


Criminal Defense

John J. Ricotta represents clients charged with a wide variety of state and federal criminal offenses, including white collar crimes, public corruption charges, drug crimes, and a range of Internet crimes.  Mr. Ricotta guides his clients through all stages of the criminal process, from investigations to appeals, and draws on his experience as a former prosecutor to anticipate the investigatory and trial tactics frequently employed by the opposition.

Mr. Ricotta has handled many high profile criminal cases and appeals, including cases involving bank fraud, public corruption, and death row inmates.  He has also represented many public officials accused of corruption charges, including a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and numerous local government officials.  For more information, please see our white collar criminal defense page.

Medical Malpractice

Mr. Ricotta has successfully obtained favorable results for numerous clients in a range of medical malpractice cases.  Experience is especially critical in medical malpractice actions, including those arising out of surgical and medication errors, because these claims frequently involve a myriad of complicated issues related to the nature of the resulting injuries and the technical medical issues regarding what constitutes professional medical negligence.  There are also numerous Ohio state laws governing medical malpractice claims which strictly govern the time limitations for bringing claims and the monetary damages that can be recovered.

Professional Representation & Expert Witness Services

Licensed professionals are not only subject to civil suits for professional negligence, but are also subject to disciplinary actions by their respective licensing boards for a variety of reasons that go well beyond negligence, such as ethical violations and failure to report required information.  John J. Ricotta regularly represents doctors, nurses, and other professionals in disciplinary and other administrative hearings before state licensing boards. 

In addition, Mr. Ricotta has served as an expert witness in a variety of legal malpractice actions. In acting as an expert witness, he draws on his own experience preparing and examining trial witnesses to anticipate examination strategies and better present testimony to juries.

Section 1983 Civil Rights Claims

Section 1983 (42 U.S.C. § 1983) is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, and prohibits anyone acting under the color of state law to deprive a person of his or her rights, privileges, or immunities as guaranteed under federal law or the U.S. Constitution.  Firm principal John J. Ricotta passionately advocates for the protection of the rights of plaintiffs who have been deprived of their civil rights by government entities and officials.  Mr. Ricotta brings to his clients a wealth of prior experience defending municipalities and law enforcement agencies in Section 1983 civil rights lawsuits, giving him a unique perspective on the relevant legal issues and types of defense strategies government defendants commonly employ. 

Automobile Accidents

Automobile accidents are the most common source of personal injury litigation.  Injuries resulting from these accidents can be severe, and victims may be entitled to recover for economic damages, including the costs of past and future medical expenses, such as hospital visits, surgeries, and other medical treatments, lost wages for time missed at work, and loss of earning capacity, as well as non-economic damages for emotional distress.  However, in cases where their own negligence or carelessness contributed to their injuries, victims' recovery may be limited.

Unlike many lawyers, John J. Ricotta is not afraid to go to court to successfully resolve a personal injury case.  With significant trial and appellate experience, Mr. Ricotta is particularly skilled at honing in on factual and legal issues that are critical to proving fault and ensuring his clients recover the maximum amount of monetary damages to which they are entitled. 

Workplace Accidents/Workers' Compensation

Injuries and illnesses resulting from workplace accidents are commonplace and include both catastrophic injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.  Ohio law requires employers to pay for medical expenses when employees are injured on the job, and employees who are temporarily unable to work due to a workplace injury may receive temporary disability benefits.  Permanently injured employees may apply for permanent disability benefits that account for future medical expenses and loss of earning capacity.  In order to receive workers' compensation benefits, employees must file a number of forms with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and/or the Industrial Commission of Ohio.  If there is a dispute regarding a claim, the parties are entitled to a hearing before the Industrial Commission.  John J. Ricotta has helped numerous injured clients navigate the complex workers' compensation process and successfully obtain the maximum recovery.

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

Mr. Ricotta serves clients throughout the Cleveland, Ohio area, and practices in federal courts across the country.  For an experienced attorney with extensive trial experience in criminal defense, medical malpractice, professional liability, Section 1983 civil rights claims, and automobile and workplace accidents, call attorney John J. Ricotta today at (866) 760-2657.

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