Christopher J. Carney

Christopher J. Carney

Cleveland, Ohio


For the last 24 years, Chris Carney has been litigating injury cases on behalf of citizens of northeast Ohio. His practice focuses on personal injury, motor vehicle accidents of all types, premise liability (slips/trips/falls), nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, insurance law and crime victim advocacy.

A Cleveland native, Chris earned his B.A. in 1990 from the University of Dayton. In 1993, he graduated, cum laude, from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he was Chairman of the Moot Court Board of Governors, and where he won the Dean's Award for Advocacy. He is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Carney has successfully argued in the Ohio Supreme Court in Mid-American Fire Insurance Company v. William Heasley.

Chris has been actively involved in many legal associations, including a term on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, and a term on the Executive Council of the Cleveland Bar Association's Young Lawyers' Section. His association memberships include the Cuyahoga County , Cleveland , Ashtabula, Ohio State and American Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice, the Ohio Association for Justice, and the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Recently, Chris obtained one of the largest verdicts in Geauga County history in a slip and fall case styled Brandy West v. Rhockel Investment Group, where his client was awarded $250,000 in damages by the jury.


Chris is proud of the fact that he worked as a construction laborer for 7 years to pay his way through college and law school. He lives with his wife, 4 kids, and yellow lab in Cleveland's far eastern suburbs, where he is an active outdoorsman. He is also very active in the community, where he has coached youth football for over 15 years, has acted as the chairman of the parish council at his church, and as president of his local booster club association.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Nursing Home Negligence

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. cum laude - 1993
    • Honors: Moot Court Board of Governors, Chairman
    • Honors: Dean's Award for Advocacy
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA
    • B.A. - 1990

Published Works

  • Binding Arbitration Clauses in the Nursing Home Context, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorney News, February, 2007

Representative Cases

  • Heasley v. Mid American (Ohio Supreme Court)
  • Brandy West v. Rhockel Investment Group (2017)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, Former Board Member
  • Cleveland-Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, Former Executive Young Lawyers Section
  • Ashtabula County Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Member