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Ralph Streza - Member

Education & Experience


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1982)
  • Miami University, B.A. (1978)

Notable Experience:     

  • Ohio Delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention
  • Recently selected by worlds’ largest orthopedic prosthetic device and surgical instrument manufacturer to serve on its National Trial Team for one of its surgical instruments which was the subject of pattern product liability litigation claims
  • Served Fortune 100 Clients as International and National Coordinating Counsel for market share leading prosthetic devices
  • Selected by world’s largest pharmaceutical company to serve as its national counsel for certain commercial and health care litigation claims
  • Corporate self-insured clients include pharmaceutical, medical device, motor vehicle, motor vehicle components, chemical, aviation products, bicycle, home appliance, heavy industrial equipment and computer manufacturers and information processing companies
  • Partner at major regional law firm in Cleveland, Ohio 1991-2007
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard M. Markus, Ohio Court of Appeals, 1982-1983

Awards and Honors: 

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for  Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2013-2020)
  • "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1987
  • Ralph Streza Lecture in Palliative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation/ Palliative Medicine Foundation (2006-2016)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Pilot Project Instructor, EITAT (Electronic Interactive Trial Advocacy Training) (2016)
  • Medina County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • John Manos American Inns of Court
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), past member
  • Order of Barristers

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Publications & Lectures

  • Privacy in the Executive Suite: The Apex Doctrine, IADC Privacy Project Phase III 99 (2007)
  • Protection Against Discovery in Civil and Criminal Proceedings in Clergy Sexual Abuse Claims, IADC Privacy Project Phase II 23 (2004)
  • Discovery Unplugged: Should Internal E-Mails Be Privileged Confidential Communications, 70 Defense Counsel Journal 36 (Jan. 2003)


Blog Posts:

Community Involvement

  • Ohio Innocence Project Advocate (2017 - present)
  • Stewart's Caring Place Board of Directors (2017 - present)
  • Cleveland Engineering Society Board of Directors (2016-2019)
  • Ohio State Bar Association Pilot Project Instructor, EITAT (Electronic Interactive Trial Advocacy Training) (2016)
  • The Palliative Medicine Foundation Founding President and Principal Incorporator (1999-2006)
  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Chairman, Palliative Care Program Board of Advisors (1995-2006)
  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Palliative Care Program Board of Advisors (1991-1995)
  • The Optimist Club of Strongsville, Ohio (1987-Present) Past President (1991 International Service Award Winner)
  • The Policy Roundtable (1986-1989) Founding Board Member



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