Steve Crandall

Steve Crandall

Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Highly-rated Ohio and Kentucky attorney with experience and significant verdicts and settlements in medical negligence/malpractice, birth injuries, birth trauma, cerebral palsy, commercial trucking and construction accidents.

If you are looking for a diversely trained, Board Certified, highly experienced and successful trial lawyer, with proven results in numerous jurisdictions, contact Steve Crandall of CPW Law.*

Steve Crandall has successfully represented clients throughout Ohio and Kentucky in the areas of medical malpractice, birth injury, birth trauma, wrongful death, construction accidents and commercial trucking matters.

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.

To fully assess Steve's commitment to personal service please visit the independent attorney evaluation website and read client testimonials detailing the care taken with each client.
(* Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields.)

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.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice

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


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


  • Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics/Gynecology, 2008
  • How to Win a Civil Trial, PESI
  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best, American Inst. of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014 - 2017
  • Top 100 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2019
  • Top 5 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2010, 2012, 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012, 2017
  • Top 50 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2008 - 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2008 - 2017
  • 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 - 2017
  • Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, US News & World Report, 2017, 2019
  • Top 100 Attorneys, 2018
  • Best Lawyers, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, US News & World Report

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

Pro Bono Activities