Patrick J. Perotti
In Cuyahoga County, call 216.861.4211
Patrick J. Perotti is an award winning national leader in the fields of consumer class actions, employment discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. With verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 billion dollars, Patrick is regularly selected to lead class suits in Ohio and around the country. His reputation developed from a demand for outcomes which not only offered compensation to class members but also stopped unlawful government and corporate practices. Using the class action device to achieve deterrence, he has directed more than $32 million in unclaimed class funds from his settlements to charities and non-profits around the country. 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.
CLASS ACTIONS. Patrick Perotti’s area of primary concentration is handling complex consumer class litigation throughout Ohio and nationally. His cases deal with overcharges, fraud and other unlawful conduct by government agencies, telecommunications companies, banks, insurance companies, shippers, manufacturers, retailers and a host of others. He has a reputation of extreme fairness, impartiality and professionalism in working with opposing counsel, co-counsel, and the court. Patrick’s simple motto for everything is, “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.”
EMPLOYMENT LAW AND DISCRIMINATION. His practice for the last 35 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.
WAGE AND HOUR AND COLLECTIVE ACTIONS. Patrick Perotti’s employment work has been highly successful across the United States in the specialized area of state and national wage and hour collective actions. His suits challenge the failure of large employers to pay overtime and other wages required by state and federal laws.
Areas of Practice:
Education & Court 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
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, Outstand 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.
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 $32 million dollars to over 300 charities and non-profits. Further information can be found at www.ohiolawyersgiveback.org.
When he is not working, Patrick loves spending time with his wife and adult children, including traveling to exotic places. Other passions are skiing, biking, roller skating, karaoke, playing boogie-woogie piano, and plain, old gardening!