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Akron litigationLitigation

At Skidmore & Associates, we try cases. In many instances the law and prior precedent do not provide a foregone outcome based on law and fact. Each case generally provides for a unique set of circumstances. In our justice system, decisions are made by individuals intending to render a fair, equitable, and impartial decision, however, the human element in the decision-making process provides fallibility. Our approach to litigation consists of fundamental advocacy - establish a clear and concise record. This approach aids our clients at trial and provides a foundation for appeal, if necessary.

Types of litigation in which the firm is regularly involved:

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Complex Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contract and Business Disputes
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Employment Disputes
  • Municipal Corporation Litigation
  • Non-Competition Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Property Disputes
  • Probate & Trust Litigation
  • Shareholder Disputes


Appellate Litigation

Whether judging horse shows or Olympic events, decision-makers sometimes error in rendering decisions. After taking into consideration the cost involved, our clients, with our assistance, will make a decision on whether or not to appeal a trial court decision. Skidmore & Associates has an active appellate practice in federal and state courts, involving a wide range of individual and business litigation. Our attorneys have successfully initiated and defended appeals.

Examples of appeals we have handled for individuals, corporations and other entities include the following:

  • Obtained a reversal in Federal District Court of a bankruptcy court order that failed to return possession to a commercial landlord after a groundlease was "deemed rejected" under Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code; City of Akron v. Airspect Air, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Case No. 5:96CV2276.
  • Obtained a reversal of a Domestic Relations Court for dismissal of a Divorce Proceeding and its failure to enforce an in-court settlement agreement relative to the evaluation and disribution of a family owned printing company (s-corporation); Marcia L. Torrence v. Randall Torrence v. Torrence, Fifth Appellate District, Case No. 96-CA-0223; Torrence v. Torrence, Fifth Appellate District Case No. 96-CA-0276.
  • Skidmore & Associates was involved in litigation that began in the trial court in December, 1984 and concluded by a decision in the Ohio Supreme Court in July, 1993.This case went up through the Court of Appeals twice, which involved a real estate developer and an individual providing capital. Skidmore & Associates obtained a reversal of the Court of Appeals, wherein the Ohio Supreme Court reinstated the judgment of the trial court. The Ohio Supreme Court concluded that an Appellate Court must not substitute its judgment for that of the trial court where there exists some credible evidence supporting the findings of fact and conclusions of law. The case is often cited for this standard of review. Myers v. Garson, 66 Ohio St. 3d 610 (1993).


Our trial attorneys and litigation attorneys have represented clients throughout Northeast Ohio including Akron, Barberton, Bath,Canal Fulton, Canton, Copley, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, Hudson, Jackson Twp., Lakemore, Macedonia, Massillon, North Canton, Norton, Peninsula, Springfield Twp., Stow, Twinsburg, Wadsworth, Wooster, Cuyahoga County, Stark County, Summit County, Wayne County, and  Medina County .