Christopher J. Carney

Christopher J. Carney

I.  Biography


For nearly 3 decades, Chris Carney has been litigating injury cases on behalf of citizens of northeast Ohio. His practice focuses primarily on personal injury, motor vehicle accidents of all types, premise liability (slips/trips/falls), nursing home negligence and medical malpractice.

Chris has received a Preeminent AV* rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This rating applies to those lawyers at the highest level of professional excellence. He has also been recognized as an Ohio "Super Lawyer," an honor given to only 5% of attorneys in the state who demonstrate excellence in the practice of law and distinguish themselves among their peers. The selection process is rigorous and results in third-party validation of their professional accomplishments. 

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. 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.

Recently, Chris obtained one of the largest verdicts in Geauga County history in a slip and fall on ice case.


Chris and his wife have 4 kids and live with their yellow lab in Cleveland's far eastern suburbs. Chris is an active outdoorsman, and very active in the community, where he coached youth football for over 25 years, acted as the chairman of the parish council at his church, and as president of his local booster club association. Chris is also a delegate to the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee of the United Irish Societies of Cleveland.

II.        Education

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

III.     Published Works

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

IV.    Professional Associations

  • 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
  • Irish American Law Society of Cleveland
  • Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Member

V.       Current Employment Position

  • Partner and Director of Litigation

Practice Areas

  • 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

Representative Cases

  • Heasley v. Mid American, Ohio Supreme Court
  • Brandy West v. Rhockel Investment Group
Christopher J. Carney with giant Northern Pike