Attorney Patrick J. Perotti

Patrick Perotti


Patrick J. Perotti

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Patrick J. Perotti

Patrick J. Perotti is nationally recognized for outstanding achievements in consumer class actions and employment discrimination. His verdicts and settlements exceed $1 billion dollars.  Expanding on this success, he is the architect of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative to distribute unclaimed class action funds to charities, which has directed more than $50 million dollars to charities and not-for-profits.


Mr. Perotti is regularly selected to lead class suits in Ohio and around the country. His reputation developed from his outcomes to not only offer compensation to class members, but also stop unlawful government and corporate practices. Class actions are not simply to return $65 to a defrauded consumer.  They equally disgorge ill-gotten gains from companies and government, to deter misconduct in the future.  When you don’t make money overcharging your customers, and instead it costs you money, you don’t repeat the wrongdoing.  Patrick’s cases are in larger industries: banking; insurance; telecommunications; real estate; aviation and travel; consumer products; etc.  Those companies watch their competitors.  When Mr. Perotti succeeds against one member of an industry, the rest of the industry suddenly stops engaging in the challenged practice (“he’s going to sue us next.)  This has resulted in industry-wide change in banking, real estate, consumer retail, etc.  Ending practices that harm millions of consumers.  That is why the defense bar, and groups like the Chamber of Commerce, have labeled Patrick as one of the 50 most feared Plaintiff class actions lawyers in the United States.  

Likewise, the bench, bar and community have recognized Mr. Perotti’s legal and community accomplishments with the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award, the defense bar’s Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States, the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Ritter Award, and his alma mater Marshall College of Law’s highest honor, the Alumnae of the Year Award. As a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences on class actions, employment law, and the cy pres doctrine, Patrick is regularly consulted by the bench, bar and media on those subjects. His interviews and commentary are found in countless websites, newspapers, and local and national radio and television shows.

Mr. Perotti is most proud of his reputation of extreme fairness, impartiality and professionalism in working with opposing counsel, co-counsel, and the court. Always working based on the simple motto, “Do the right thing,” his work as class counsel is consistently described by courts as “exceptional representation”: “Exceptional representation for the class members. Taking into consideration the complexity of the legal issues at hand and the result achieved by Class Counsel, it is clear to the Court that the legal representation in this case was superb.”


In addition to Class Action for consumers, his practice for the last 40 years includes the full range of workers’ rights and Civil Rights, including Wrongful Discharge; Employment Discrimination involving Age, Sex, Race, Nationality, Color, Handicap and Religion; Sexual and Other Harassment; Equal Pay Act claims; Americans with Disabilities Act claims; and Family and Medical Leave Act claims. Mr. Perotti is a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment, a designation achieved by less than 1% of attorneys in his field in Ohio.  


Finally, Mr. Perotti’s employment work has been highly successful across the United States in the specialized area of state and national wage and hour (class) collective actions. His suits challenge the failure of large employers to pay overtime and other wages required by state and federal laws.

Published Articles:

Left-Over Monies In Class Action Settlements

Credit Cards, Congress and Class Actions: Consumers Lose

As Close As Possible: The Cy Pres Doctrine in the Class Action Context

Class Actions to Protect Small Businesses?

Good, Bad, But Not Indifferent – The Beginning of Class Actions

Class Actions Are Like Surgery


On a Personal Note:

Patrick is the founder of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative. In recent years, he has advocated for the use of a doctrine called cy pres which allows for unclaimed class action funds to be distributed to charities. Because of his unique efforts, he has directed over $50 million dollars to over 300 charities and non-profits. Further information can be found at

When he is not working, Patrick loves spending time with his wife, adult children, and grandchildren.  He loves traveling to nature-friendly countries and destinations.  Other passions are skiing, biking, roller skating, karaoke, playing boogie-woogie piano, and plain, old gardening!

Areas of Practice:

Education & Admissions:

Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 1982 J.D.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
U.S. Tax Court, 1983 U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit,     1984
U.S. Court of International Trade, 1984
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1995

Associations & Memberships:

Cleveland Right to Life Society
Governor’s Ohio Adoption Task Force
Ohio Right to Life Society, Staff Counsel
National Employment Lawyers Association
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Lake County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Federal Courts & Practice Committee
American Society of International Law
Governor’s Ohio Adoption Commission, Chairman, 1992

Leadership & Honors:

Martindale Hubbell AV-Rated
AVVO rated – Superb
Best Lawyers Worldwide 2015, 2016
Cleveland Marshall School of Law Alumni of the Year, 2015
National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2015
Ohio State Bar Foundation Ritter Award, 2014
Cornerstone of Hope, Champion of Hope, 2012
University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Leadership Council
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends, Save a Smile, Save a Child, Honorary Chair
Specialist in Employment Law, Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Super Lawyer, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013,2014,2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States
Alan R. Schonberg Community Rescuer Award, 2008
The Association of Fund Raising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day Corporate Leadership Award, 2009
Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services Award, 2009
Project Love, Rescuer of Humanity Award, 2009
The Association for the Education of Young Children, Outstanding Citizen Award, 2010
Attorney at Law Magazine, 2011 front page article receiving the publications first “Attorney of the Month” award for the magazine’s inaugural edition.
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