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Name: John G. Farnan
E-Mail: JFarnan@westonhurd.com
Location:
  • Cleveland
Practice Areas:
Education:
  • LaSalle College High School, Philadelphia, PA, 1980
  • Georgetown University, B.A., cum laude, 1984
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1987

Professional Associations:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • National Lawyers Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Board of Directors (2003-2009)

Honors/Awards:
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Appellate (2004), Insurance Coverage (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); Thomson Reuters
  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law (2013, 2014)
  • Member of the Year Award, OACTA 2002
  • Past President, Past Vice President, National Lawyers Association
  • Past President,Cleveland Lawyers for Life, Inc. (1992-2000)
  • Chairperson, OACTA Insurance Coverage Section (2004-2009)

Published Atricles:
  • Analyzing Insurance Policies: An Analytical Framework; OACTA Quarterly Review, Volume 33, Issue No. 1, Winter 1998
  • Ohio Supreme Court Drops Another UM/UIM Bombshell; OACTA Quarterly Review, Volume 36, Issue No. 2, Spring 2001
  • Is Your Per Person/Per Accident Policy Language Ambiguous?; National Lawyers Association Quarterly Review, Winter 1996
  • Recovery Under A Professional Malpractice Policy For Acts of Sexual Molestation; National Lawyers Association Quarterly Review, Winter 1997

Presentations:
  • Ohio UM/UIM presentation, Independent Association of Re-Insurers (New York City)
  • Ohio UM/UIM Scott-Pontzer Case Law Seminars (Ohio, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh)
  • Insurance Coverage for Y2K Claims; National Lawyers Association Convention (2001)
  • Lectures to the National Business Institute on topics such as Legal Ethics and Ohio UM/UIM
  • Scott-Pontzer, Past, Present and Future, OACTA Insurance Coverage Symposium and Seminar (2003)
  • Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage/UM Law, Where Are We Now?, OACTA 2004 Winter Conference
  • Ohio UM/UIM Coverage, Cuyahoga County Bar Association (2003)
  • Tort Reform Overview - SB80, HB498, SB120, SB227, Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (2005)
  • Insurance Coverage for Ohio Construction Claims, OACTA Coverage Symposium (2008)
  • Splitting Files: Implications on Handling Liability and Coverage Claims: When Claims and Coverage Collide, FDCC Conference, Williamsburg, VA (2011) and OACTA Insurance Coverage Seminar, Westfield Center, OH (2012)
  • Insurance Coverage for Claims Arising from the Use of the Internet or Other Electronic Media, OACTA Insurance Coverage Seminar, Columbus, OH (2013)

Civic/Community Activities:
  • Cleveland Lawyers For Life, Inc.
  • Lector, St. Raphael's Catholic Church
  • Board Member, Greater Cleveland Right to Life, Inc.

Representative Published Cases:
  • International EPDM Rubber Roofing Systems, Inc. v. GRE Ins. Group, Ohio App. 6 Dist., 2001 WL 477251
  • GRE Ins. Group v. International EPDM Rubber Roofing Systems, Inc., Ohio App. 6 Dist., 1999 WL 253044
  • Trojan v. Ro-Mai Industries, Inc., Ohio App. 9 Dist., 1999 WL 488715
  • Bakos v. Insura Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., Ohio App. 8 Dist., 1997 WL 537650
  • Fields v. Midwestern Indem. Co., Ohio App. 8 Dist., 1996 WL 502144
  • Malone v. Howell Viggers Corp., Ohio App. 9 Dist., 1996 WL 73388
  • Soltesz v. DiCamillo, Ohio App. 8 Dist., 1996 WL 65871
  • Goodlin v. Greene, Ohio App. 10 Dist., 1996 WL 39644
  • Chubb Group of Ins. Companies v. Guyuron, Ohio App. 8 Dist., 1995 WL 739618
  • Cedarview, Ltd. v. Colpetzer (N.D. Ohio 2008), Case No.: 5:05-CV-00782
  • Nice v. Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp. (S.D. Ohio 2006), Case No.: C-2-00-584, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85146
  • Estate of Elena Ovchinnokova v. Skolsky (N.D. Ohio 2006), Case No.: 1:04 CV 1357, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9855
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company v. G.L.H., Inc., 2008 Ohio 5028 (Sixth Appellate District)
  • Harbor North, Inc. v. Great American AM Ins. Cos., 2006 Ohio 5623 (Sixth Appellate District)
  • Cincinnati Insurance Company v. Donzelli, 2006 Ohio 765 (Ninth Appellate District)
  • Schaffer-Wong v. Knauf U.S.A. Polystrene, 2004 Ohio 1715 (Twelfth Appellate District)
  • Carpenter v. Western Reserve Group, 2004 Ohio 1673 (Eleventh Appellate District)
  • Gill v. Ley, 2003 Ohio 4472 (Third Appellate District)
  • McCullar v. Barth Industries, 2003 Ohio 4194 (Eighth Appellate District)
  • Woodbridge Insurance Company v. Vice, Seneca App. No. 13-97-32, 1997 Ohio App. LEXIS 5505 (Third Appellate District)
  • Hunt v. Marksman Products (1995), 101 Ohio App.3d 760 (Ninth Appellate District)
  • Bahleda v. Greenville Corporation (September 30, 1992), Geauga App. No. 91-G-1639, 1992 Ohio App. LEXIS 5052 (Eleventh Appellate District)
  • Becki v. Fresh Mark, Inc. (2005), 160 Ohio App.3d 109 (Seventh Appellate District)
  • Mason v. Am. & Foreign Ins. Co., 2003 Ohio 6843 (Fifth Appellate District)
  • Neece v. Am. & Foreign Ins. Co., 2003 Ohio 6504 (First Appellate District)
  • McGhee v. Dalton, 2001 Ohio 2570 (Fourth Appellate District)
  • Goodlin v. Green (February 1, 1996), Franklin App. No. 95APE07949 (Tenth Appellate District)

Bar Admissions:
  • State of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

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