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Eric S.Daniel

PartnerFirmwide Chair, Pro Bono Committeemoc.eniHnospmohT@leinaD.cirE

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Eric S.Daniel

Firmwide Chair, Pro Bono Committeemoc.eniHnospmohT@leinaD.cirE

O 216.566.5526

Focus Areas

  • Member of team responsible for successfully obtaining dismissal of shipowner defendants in thousands of asbestos litigation claims pending in multi-district litigation based on lack of personal jurisdiction or lack of causation.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of company that allegedly exposed plaintiff to asbestos through its activities as an outside contractor at plaintiff’s former work site. Successfully obtained dismissal of same company in multiple other cases similarly alleging exposure from outside contractor activities.
  • Obtained summary judgment of Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims on behalf of shipowner on statute of limitations grounds.
  • Defense of flavoring manufacturer in various state and federal jurisdictions in product liability lawsuits involving butter flavoring containing diacetyl.
  • Obtained exclusion of plaintiffs’ liability experts in defending automotive manufacturer from claim of sudden acceleration. Buck v. Ford Motor Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97380 (N.D. Ohio, Aug. 30, 2011).
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a medical device manufacturer on ground of preemption. Wilhite v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64843 (N.D. Ohio, June 20, 2011).
  • Obtained Court of Appeals decision affirming jury verdict in favor of the employer where an employee sought to participate in workers’ compensation fund for alleged chemical sensitivity purportedly developed in the course and scope of his employment. Brophey v. Admr, Bureau of Workers Comp., 2008 Ohio App. LEXIS 545 (7th App. Dist., Feb. 12, 2008).
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by Court of Appeals, in a workers’ compensation case where employee alleged an industrial injury when he slipped and fell on his front porch prior to entering his work vehicle. Rantamaki v. Conrad, 2006 Ohio App. LEXIS 910 (11th App. Dist., March 3, 2006).
  • Member of team that obtained appellate decision affirming trial court grant of summary judgment on behalf of international manufacturer in premises liability/workplace intentional tort case stemming from employees injury while working with molten magnesium. Meadows v. Air Craft Wheels, L.L.C., 2012 Ohio App. LEXIS 230 (8th App. Dist., Jan. 26, 2012).
  • Successful defense of multiple employers in Industrial Commission hearings related to claim allowances, temporary total disability compensation requests, treatment requests and other issues.
  • Defense of automobile manufacturer in cases involving alleged personal injury or property damage, including cases alleging damages from purportedly defective airbag and roof, purportedly defective gas struts attached to vehicles hood, and alleged “sudden acceleration” incident.
  • Defense of automobile manufacturer in claims of property damage arising out of vehicle and structural fires.
  • “Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Cumulative-Exposure Theory for Asbestos Claims,” Thompson Hine Product Liability Update, February 2018
  • “Asbestos: Expansion of Liability and Potential Ban,” Thompson Hine Product Liability Update, December 2016
  • “Corralling Punitive Damages: En Banc 5th Circuit Holds Punitive Damages Not Available in Maritime Unseaworthiness Causes of Action,” Thompson Hine Product Liability eNewsletter, Winter 2015
  • Co-author, “Sweeping Overhaul of FDA Regulation of Food Industry Promises New Challenges,” HCLL News, January 2011
  • Co-author, “Defining the New ‘Green’,” Product Liability Law360, October 2010
  • Co-author, “The Coming Wave of Greenwashing Class Action Lawsuits,” The Voice, Defense Research Institute, May 2010
  • “Inaccurate Employment Application Not Enough to Deny Temporary Total Disability Compensation Benefits,” Self Insurer’s Group of Ohio website, November 2005
  • “Family and Medical Leave Act Reform: Is Paid Leave the Answer?”, 51 Clev.St.L.Rev 65, 2004
  • Selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, 2011 to 2018

Professional Associations

  • Maritime Law Association, Young Lawyer Liaison for the Committee on Uniformity of U.S. Maritime Law, member
  • Federal Bar Association, Admiralty Law Section, Vice-Chair
  • Editor-in-Chief of Admiralty Law Section’s e-Newsletter, Admiralitas
  • Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Board of Directors
  • Cleveland Bridge Builders, class of 2021
  • The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, LeadDIVERSITY class of 2014
  • Propeller Club, Port of Cleveland, Board of Governors


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2004,
    summa cum laude

    Cleveland State Law Review, executive editor

  • Baldwin-Wallace College, B.Mus., 2000,
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan