Successor Managing Partner
I have been trying complex cases in Ohio for over 25 years and joined Becker Law Firm, LPA in 2014. During my career, I have obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of the families of children catastrophically injured during childbirth. In 2016, I obtained the largest settlement in Ohio history for injuries to an individual plaintiff, $60.7 million, on behalf of my client, Gasia Thomas, who was severely injured by a fallen power line in 2012 at the age of 12.
I am a former President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. I presently serve as a Master Bencher in the Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court.
For the past 25 years, I’ve held academic appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, teaching courses in Trial Tactics, Medical Malpractice, and Appellate Advocacy as part of its nationally recognized Law-Medicine Center.
I frequently speak at Continuing Legal Education seminars for attorneys, lecturing on legal topics relating to trial strategy, including cross-examination of experts and the use of demonstrative evidence in the courtroom.
Like our firm's founder, Mike Becker, I am a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), which is accredited by the American Bar Association.
The standards of Certification are high, so clients can rest assured that a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer knows his or her way around the courtroom and is among the best in the country at trial advocacy.
I live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with my wife, Kate and son, James, and can occasionally be seen late at night playing my Fender Telecaster at various road houses and music venues in Northeast Ohio. I am pretty good and very loud.
I am a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law where I was a member of the school’s award-winning mock trial team. Three years after graduation, I was invited to become a member of the adjunct teaching faculty.
I went to college at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. I started college when I was 16 years old and worked my way through by school by loading trucks, driving delivery vans and making pizza, graduating when I was 20 years old.
I started my career with a prominent general practice Cleveland litigation firm where I tried cases on behalf of banks, insurance companies, individuals and corporations. When I had been in practice for five years, I was assigned a case involving a baby injured at birth. During the course of handling that case, I learned the principles of obstetrics by reading text books and medical journals and ultimately won a seven-figure verdict. Since those early years, I have focused my practice on cases involving catastrophic injuries including those resulting from medical negligence.
Honors & Awards
I have been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers and have received several service awards from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. I am a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and have been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent 5.0 of 5 peer-review rated lawyer.
Professional Associations and Memberships
I am a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and presently a Master Bencher in The Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court. During the course of my career I have held numerous leadership positions in several local bar associations.
Certification as a Civil Trial Lawyer is reserved for attorneys who have significant experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including serving as lead counsel in at least five jury trials, taking at least five jury trials to verdict, and representing clients in more than 100 contested proceedings involving testimony. Certification also requires extensive continuing education or thought leadership, and favorable reviews from several independent members of the legal community.
Michael F. Becker - Managing Partner
Mike is the only active Ohio attorney who has been named as one of the “100 Best Trial Attorneys in the Country.”Read More
Patty Cuthbertson - Attorney, Registered Nurse
Patty was a nurse for ten years before becoming an attorney and is still licensed as a nurse in Ohio. She has more than twenty years of experience practicing law.Read More
David W. Skall - Attorney
David’s interest in helping medical malpractice and personal injury victims started early in life when his mother died from breast cancer and his family felt her doctor should have detected it earlier.Read More
Holly M. Moore - Attorney, Registered Nurse
In addition to being an attorney, Holly is certified in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing and holds a certificate of added qualification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.Read More
Joseph Flannery - Attorney
Joseph is a native of Cleveland and is proud to have the opportunity to represent people in his own community. He received a physics degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2015. Soon after, he attended The University of Texas School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 2018.Read More