Steve Crandall

Steve Crandall

Steve Crandall

Cleveland, Ohio

Steve Crandall has been a top trial lawyer in Ohio and Kentucky for over 25 years.

Steve has been rated as a Top 100 Lawyer in Ohio by Super Lawyers Magazine for the past 11 years, a Top 10 Lawyer multiple times, as well as being awarded the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, in 2019, by Best Lawyers in America.

The most critical advantage you gain by hiring Steve Crandall as your lawyer for any medical negligence, personal injury, wrongful death or birth injury lawsuit, is the other side will immediately know your case has merit and that you have hired a smart, tough trial lawyer with proven results.

Steve's verdicts and settlements include a $20.5M personal injury settlement, $10M verdict in Lucas County for a surgical error, an $8.5M settlement in Hamilton County for failure to diagnose an infection, a 2014 $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for an eye injury, a $5.5M settlement in Huron County for a commercial trucking accident, a $4.65M settlement for a birth trauma case and numerous other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Ohio and into Kentucky. Steve has been primary trial counsel on numerous verdicts which remain the largest known verdicts in that County's history including Lucas, Miami, Lake and Allen County, Ohio.

Diverse Training Benefits Your Case

Steve began his career as a defense lawyer defending medical malpractice, cerebral palsy, insurance defense and product liability claims.

As a defense lawyer, Steve tried over 100 cases to verdict throughout Ohio and on behalf of many insurance companies and hospitals. In 2001 Steve utilized this experience when he changed the focus of his practice to representing injured individuals and their families against the same insurance industry he once represented. This experience in the courtroom, combined with the knowledge of how the insurance industry evaluates claims, makes Steve a unique lawyer to hire for your case.

When you hire Steve Crandall, you are hiring a lawyer adept at evaluating both sides of your case. This allows the best representation by combining the experience of a courtroom litigator with the vision of how to present your case's strengths and weaknesses most effectively to the Defendant for settlement or the Jury for a verdict.

Proven Results

Since becoming a Plaintiff's lawyer in 2001 Steve has been primary counsel on countless of the largest verdicts and settlements in Ohio. Steve has also participated in various products liability claims, including Vioxx, Ortho Evra and Chantix litigation as well as medical malpractice, birth injury, commercial trucking negligence, construction negligence and major personal injury claims of all kinds. Many of Steve's verdicts remain the largest in a number of Counties in Ohio along with countless multi-million dollar settlements in the areas of malpractice, trucking crashes, birth injury, brain damage and wrongful death.


"We were extremely happy with Steve's service. He is very easy to communicate with and very understanding of our situation. His knowledge of the law and industry was really impressive. I'd highly recommend Steve and Crandall & Pera Law to others."
~ David Hughes

"It was as a result of a very unfortunate outcome from what should have been a fairly straightforward medical procedure for my wife that our family was introduced to Steve Crandall. I can honestly attest to Steve's character and integrity, even more evident as we progressed through the course of my wife's case. I was especially appreciative of his guidance, thoroughness and patience with regard to all of the legal matters, professionally and as a gentleman, since this was an avenue that my family and I had never travelled previously and was sometimes uncomfortable for us. Yet, his sound counsel provided a lot of the assurance we needed, morally as well as a peace of mind due to our medical financial situation. I could only hope that if our paths would cross again at some point that it would be under more pleasant circumstances. However, I would not even hesitate to contact Steve Crandall if I were to ever require his expertise in a similar situation again, nor waver from recommending his commendable services to another."
~ Timothy E. White

"The first time we met Steve Crandall was at a very traumatic and difficult time. My family, the community and I were all grieving the death of my sister. Steve was very comforting and reassuring. He came to Toledo and met with our entire family. During that meeting he gave us great confidence and was very interested in my sister and her life. Steve was thorough throughout the entire process and became like a friend of our family. A lot of great things have happened since he resolved the case that has given us peace and a sense of victory. Steve was our champion and helped us to be heard. We would highly recommend Steve to others and have referred many people to him since."
~ Belinda Pope

Lectures And Other Accomplishments

Steve has lectured throughout the country to various legal and medical organizations including the 6th Annual National Conference on Fetal Monitoring, The 7th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, The 11th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics/Gynecology and the 8th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring. Steve has lectured to various risk management groups including to the insurance industry, How to Win a Civil Trial for PESI and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers as well as Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys. Steve has been a guest lecturer regarding "Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics" for Cleveland Marshall School of Law in 2011 and in 2013 was asked by The Ohio State Bar Association to speak on the topic of "Expert Witness Presentation at Trial" at their Annual Convention.

Steve is a Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers Board Member for 2009-2015, was an Ohio Association of Justice District Representative in 2009 and was certified* by the National Board of Civil Trial Advocates in 2008 as a Board Certified Trial Lawyer, an accomplishment that is achieved by less than 5% of lawyers in the U.S. He is also a Life Member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as Elite Lawyers of America.
Steve is a member of various Local, State and National Bar Associations as well as associations which devote their time to the prevention of motorcycle, trucking and personal injury accidents. * Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Trial Attorney, National Board of Civil Trial Advocates

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1994
  • Kentucky, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2017
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1994


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Nazareth College
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • $20.5M settlement for a personal injury claim (2014)
  • $10M, Verdict for paralyzed man after surgery (2004)
  • $8.5M, Settlement for girl brain damaged by negligence in Hospital (2010)
  • $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for a man who lost sight in his left eye after surgery (2014)
  • $5.5M, Collision causing traumatic brain injury, intubation, ventilation, fractured shoulder, ribs and pelvis
  • $5.3M, Confidential result for a neurologically impaired twin
  • $4.65M, Brain damaged infant at delivery (2004)
  • $4.6M, Death of woman after delivery of infant (2004)
  • $4.5M, surgical error leading to partial paralysis and inability to work and independently care (2016)
  • $4.5M, Medical malpractice brain injury
  • $4.5M, Brain damage of child after procedure (2006)
  • $4.25M Surgical error leading to partial paralysis, inabiity to work and future medical damages (2016)
  • $4M, Failure to diagnose sepsis leading to significant injuries and inability to work (2017)
  • $4M Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnose respiratory arrest after surgery (2015)
  • $3.9M, Confidential resolution on behalf of a child with Cerebral Palsy from the birth process
  • $3.5M, Death of woman after infection (2009)
  • $3M, Failure to appropriately diagnose and perform surgery (2016)
  • $3M, Verdict for man injured after Gastric Bypass surgery (2004)
  • $3M settlement for a man injured after a commercial truck pulled in front of him while he was riding his motorcycle (2013)
  • $2.9M, Birth injury resolution after litigation (2018)
  • $2.5M, Neurologic injuries after surgery, Resolution after substantial litigation and just before trial (2018)
  • $2.45M, Injuries to a young girl by hospital (2011)
  • $2.25M settlement for a woman who bled to death after a cardiac procedure (2013)
  • $2.2M, Death of a woman after child birth (2012)
  • $2.150M medical malpractice, failure to diagnose condition leading to partial paralysis (2015)
  • $2.0M, Brain injury post cardiac surgery to a foreign national visiting US for medical care (2018)
  • $2M, Brain injury after respiratory arrest (2011)
  • $2M, Medical Negligence, failure to prevent respiratory arrest leading to anoxic brain damage (2016)
  • $1.9M, Medical malpractice resulting in HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy)
  • $1.85M for wrongful death, Medical Malpractice after orthopedic surgery (2015)
  • $1.25M, Wrongful death caused by saddle pulmonary embolism due to medical malpractice
  • $1.2M, medical malpractice, failure to diagnose an infection (2016)
  • $1.2M, Wrongful Death After Stress Test
  • $1.1M, Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tongue Cancer Case
  • $1M, Death after Bariatric Surgery (2010)
  • $950K, Wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice misdiagnosis
  • $875K, medical malpractice, stroke after medication change (2015)
  • $750K, Stillborn death after litigation (2018)
  • $750K, Death after cardiac surgery after litigation (2018)
  • $750K, Death from clots traveling to lungs after litigation (2019)
  • $650K, Death after automobile carsh, after litigation (2018)
  • $650K, Bariatric surgery medical malpractice resulting in punctured bowel, sepsis and wrongful death
  • $625K, Medical malpractice leading to kidney failure, heart attack, wrongful death
  • $525K, Medical malpractice leading to stage 4 cancer metastasis in brain, back, liver, bowels
  • $465K, Medical malpractice resulting in a still birth
  • $450K, Death from post surgical care after litigation (2018)
  • $450K, Death after surgery, after litigation (2018)
  • $425K, Cleft palate repair-related medical malpractice
  • $400K, Missed Diagnosis of Blood Clot in Leg Case
  • $1.750K, Death from post surgical errors after litigation (2018)
  • 960,000 auto accident resulting in death of a 76 year old woman (2017)
  • $750,000, Verdict for the Death of a young man (2011)
  • $750,000, Injuries to a young boy by hospital (2012)
  • $650,000, Heart damage after arrest (2011)


  • Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics/Gynecology, 2008
  • Speaker, How to Win a Civil Trial, Las Vegas Nevada, PESI Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics, Cleveland Marshall School of Law, 2011
  • Expert Witness Presentation at Trial, Ohio State Bar Association, 2013
  • End Distracted Driving,, 2015
  • Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues, OB/GYN, 2008
  • How to Win a Civil Trial, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • How to Win a Civil Trial, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Focus Groups in Ohio, Ohio Association of Justice Spring Convention, 2016
  • The effects of Social Media on Jury Selection and Jury Verdicts, Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention, Medical Malpractice Section, 2018
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposium Medicus, 2009
  • Presenter, OAJ Annual Spring Convention, Medical Negligence section, 2018
  • Speaker and Presenter, Social Media and Jury Selection, OAJ Annual Spring Convention, Ohio Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology: Clinical Practice and Liability Issues, Symposia Medicus, 2006
  • Speaker, Tort Reform and the Present Climate, Columbus, Ohio, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, 2006
  • Speaker, Medical Malpractice- Damages in Tort Reform , Cleveland Ohio, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2006
  • Speaker, 11th Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2007
  • Speaker, Medical Risk Management for the Medical Protective Company, 1997, 1999 and 2000
  • Lecturer, "Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics" Cleveland Marshall Law School, 2011
  • Conducted a statewide research project, through the use of focus groups, on various issues facing trial lawyers in Ohio. Presentation, along wtih trial consultant Becky Jones from Smith-Jones Consulting, to the Spring Annual Convention for the Ohio Association of Justice. Focus Group Research for Trial Lawyers, Ohio Association For Justice, 2016
  • Co-Creator and Senior Editor, "What to Expect When You're Expecting," which is an informational website designed to help guide expectant mothers through pregnancy and birth. (see This stand alone site provides information, examples, videos and ample citations for futher reading to expectant moms nationwide regarding subjects ranging from the early stages of pregnancy, what testing to ask for, as well as birth and birth injury avoidance, 2016
  • Speaker, 6th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2005
  • Speaker, 7th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2006
  • Speaker, 8th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2007
  • Speaker, 9th Annual Conference on Fetal Monitoring, Las Vegas, Nevada, Symposia Medicus, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • Litigator of the Year, American Institute of Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 100 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2020
  • Top 5 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2010, 2012, 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012, 2017, 2020
  • Top 50 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2008 - 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Ohio Rising Star-Top Lawyers Under Age 40, 2005
  • 5.0/5.0, Pre-eminent Lawyer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10/10 AVVO.COM Rating and listed as an AVVO “Pro”
  • Best Lawyers, US News & World Report, 2015 - 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2008 - 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, US News & World Report, 2017, 2019
  • Top 100 Attorneys, 2018 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, US News & World Report
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 - 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year in Medical Negligence for NE Ohio, Best Lawyers in America
  • Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyers of America, 2019
  • Life Member, Million Dollar and Multimillion Dollar Advocates
  • 10 Best in Ohio, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014 - 2019
  • Platinum Member, Elite Lawyers of America, 2009 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, US News and World Report, 2015 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board Member, 2009 - 2015
  • Ohio Association of Justice, District Representative, 2009
  • Ohio Association of Justice, Member
  • Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Elite Lawyers of America, Platinum Member
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice, 2009 - 2010
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Cleveland Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities