Steve Crandall

Attorney | (844) 279-2889

With licenses to practice law in Kentucky, Ohio, and various Federal Courts, Steve Crandall has been a top trial lawyer for nearly 30 years. Steve’s goals are to first investigate your case to get you answers and then focus on holding those responsible for the mistakes that changed your life. Steve’s clients can attest to the fact that Steve is responsive, keeps them constantly updated and aggressively pursues their case. Steve also remains their lawyer for life.

Steve Crandall is a force to be reckoned with in the legal world. His experience, trial skills and connections in the legal industry allow him to provide his clients with unparalleled representation. Throughout his career, Steve built strong relationships with expert witnesses, opposing counsel, in-house lawyers, insurance representatives and courthouse personnel. This network of contacts allows him to uncover the truth about a case, as well as maximize the recovery and compensation for his clients. As a result, Steve has a reputation as a knowledgeable, tough and fair trial lawyer, with proven experience and results.

Steve Crandall


Steve is the 2021-2023 Super Lawyers Magazine #2 rated lawyer in all of Ohio. He has also been named a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Ohio for over 15 years, and was named as a Top 10 Super Lawyer and a Top 5 Lawyer in Cleveland for 2024. Steve has also been awarded the Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America, been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer Nationally and is a US News and World Report Top Lawyer. Steve also enjoys the highest rating possible by various objective attorney websites, including and Martindale-Hubbell.


Steve has had tremendous success for his clients, across Ohio and Kentucky, in many complex cases involving medical negligence, personal injury, birth injury and products liability. These include a $20.5M settlement for an Ohio State University student catastrophically injured in a trucking/construction crash, a $15M settlement in a medical negligence matter for a young boy who lost his arms and legs due to a misdiagnosed infection, an $8.5M settlement for medical negligence involving a misdiagnosed appendix rupture, a $7.1M settlement for a man injured during a surgical misadventure, a $5.5M settlement for a commercial trucking crash and a $4.6M birth injury settlement for a young girl whose life was forever altered by labor and delivery negligence. Steve has also won a number of high profile and complicated trials, many among the largest verdicts in the county they were tried in. These include a $10.1M surgical negligence verdict, a $9.88M birth injury matter and a $7.7M verdict on behalf of client against The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Steve’s courtroom presence and his experience and knowledge over complex litigation, allows him to advise you on how your case will likely be defended by the other side, as well as how to best navigate a successful outcome for you.

How is Steve different than most Plaintiff’s trial lawyers?

Steve began his career as a defense lawyer defending medical malpractice, cerebral palsy, insurance defense, and product liability claims. When Steve was a defense lawyer, he was hired by many of the insurance companies and hospitals he now goes up against. Consequently, now having switched to the Plaintiff’s side, Steve is adept at evaluating both sides of a case and he knows how the other side will try to defeat your case. This experience on the defense side, combined with the knowledge of how the insurance industry evaluates claims, makes Steve the best trial lawyer to hire for your case.

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  • Top 3 Ohio Attorneys, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2022 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 – 2023
  • Best Lawyers Tier 1 Top Law Firm – Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators – 2023
  • Litigator of the Year, American Institute of Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Top 100 Attorney, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2009 – 2024
  • Top 5 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2021, 2023
  • Top 50 Attorney, Cleveland Magazine, 2008 – 2015, 2017, 2019 – 2023
  • 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”
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2008 – 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, US News & World Report, 2017, 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


Steve Crandall is a trial lawyer with a unique background that sets him apart from other attorneys. Born and raised in a tight-knit, lower middle-class family in rural New York, Steve moved frequently throughout his childhood, living in 8 different cities before graduating from Dayton Law School in 1994.

Steve’s upbringing instilled in him a knack for adapting quickly to new environments and engaging with people from all walks of life. He understands the importance of building strong relationships with his clients and has a talent for connecting with them on a personal level. Part of Steve’s outgoing personality is derived from having to constantly cut a path as the “new kid in class.”

While his mom and dad were always supportive, Steve put himself through law school by combining money earned as a waiter, with loans taken out for classes and living expenses. At the conclusion of law school, Steve owed well over $100,000 in loans, with a very minimal starting salary to repay these loans and to live on. It is not an exaggeration to say Steve’s early years were spent learning to be a trial lawyer (in a really cheap suit), while trying to figure out how to buy food and pay rent. These struggles were formative, but now motivate Steve to help his clients out of the financial crises that they often face after a wrongful catastrophic tragedy has befallen them by the negligence of a defendant.

Having been raised in a large Italian family (his mother is Sicilian) a big part of Steve is his family. Steve is married to his wife Rachel and is the proud father of five children: Jackson, Julia, Sam, Maximus, and Brooklyn. Throw in the two French Bulldogs and the house is a ball of energy and chaos. As someone who has experienced firsthand the challenges of raising a large family, Steve has a deep understanding of the disruptions that injuries and tragedies can cause the family unit. He believes that his experiences raising his children, especially his daughter Brooklyn who has T1D, have given him valuable insight into the damages that children can suffer and the effects it can have on the entire family. This is particularly true in birth injury cases, where Steve’s experiences as a father and advocate for his daughter have helped him better understand the damages and struggles that families can face. Despite his rigorous schedule as a trial lawyer, Steve makes school events, sporting events, and vacations with his family a priority. He believes that putting his family first, while juggling the demands of his job, gives him a unique perspective that he can apply to his legal practice and client relationships.

With his unique background and experiences, Steve Crandall is a compassionate and effective trial lawyer who understands his clients’ needs and is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for them.


  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1994
  • Nazareth College, 1990
    Major: Political Science


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


As a seasoned trial lawyer, Steve has had the privilege of speaking at numerous conferences and seminars throughout his career. He has been a speaker at conferences such as the Annual Winter Conference on Obstetrics/Gynecology, How to Win a Civil Trial, and the Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues.

Additionally, he has had the opportunity to present at educational institutions such as Cleveland Marshall School of Law, where he spoke on Medical Malpractice Trial Tactics. Furthermore, he was a featured speaker on Expert Witness Presentation at Trial for the Ohio State Bar Association, and spoke on Focus Groups in Ohio, as well as The Young Lawyers Section at the Ohio Association of Justice Spring Convention.

At the Ohio Association of Justice Annual Convention, Steve presented on the effects of social media on Jury Selection and Jury Verdicts, and also gave a talk on Social Media and Jury Selection at the Ohio Trial Lawyers Spring Convention. Steve has been asked to return as speaker many times, for example serving as a speaker at the Conference on Fetal Monitoring for several years in Las Vegas, Nevada. He conducted a statewide research project on various issues facing trial lawyers in Ohio, which he presented to the Spring Annual Convention for the Ohio Association of Justice. Finally, Steve co-created and served as the senior editor for the informational website, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” designed to help guide expectant mothers through pregnancy and birth.

These speaking engagements have given Steve the opportunity to share his unparalleled expertise with other legal professionals, healthcare providers, and the public, and he has thoroughly enjoyed contributing to these important discussions.


  • $20.5M settlement for a personal injury claim
  • $15M outcome for failure to diagnose strep throat leading to septic shock, brain damage and multiple amputations
  • $10M verdict for paralyzed man after surgery
  • $8.5M settlement for girl brain damaged by negligence in Hospital
  • $7.7M verdict in Cuyahoga County for a man who lost sight in his left eye after surgery
  • $7.1M, Surgical negligence leading to partial paralysis
  • $6M, Surgical negligence leading to paralysis
  • $5.5M, Collision causing traumatic brain injury, intubation, ventilation, fractured shoulder, ribs and pelvis
  • $5.3M, Confidential result for a neurologically impaired twin
  • $4.9M outcome for driver left of center causing paralysis and inability to work.
  • $4.65M, Brain damaged infant at delivery
  • $4.6M, Death of woman after delivery of infant
  • $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
  • $4.25M Surgical error leading to partial paralysis, inability to work and future medical damages
  • $4M, Post-surgical care negligence leading to partial amputations
  • $4M, Failure to diagnose sepsis leading to significant injuries and inability to work
  • $4M Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnose respiratory arrest after surgery
  • $4M outcome for negligent surgery choice by neurosurgeon resulting in brain stem damage
  • $3.9M, Confidential resolution on behalf of a child with Cerebral Palsy from the birth process
  • $3.5M, Death of woman after infection
  • $3M, Failure to appropriately diagnose and perform surgery
  • $3M, Verdict for man injured after Gastric Bypass surgery
  • $3M settlement for a man injured after a commercial truck pulled in front of him while he was riding his motorcycle
  • $2.9M, Birth injury resolution after litigation
  • $2.5M, Neurologic injuries after surgery, Resolution after substantial litigation and just before trial
  • $2.5M outcome for failure to operate on herniated disc leading to paraplegia.
  • $2.45M, Injuries to a young girl by hospital
  • $2.25M settlement for a woman who bled to death after a cardiac procedure
  • $2.2M, Death of a woman after child birth
  • $2.150M medical malpractice, failure to diagnose condition leading to partial paralysis
  • $2.0M, Brain injury post cardiac surgery to a foreign national visiting US for medical care
  • $2M outcome for failure to operate on infection leading to lower extremity paralysis.
  • $2M, Brain injury after respiratory arrest
  • $2M, Medical Negligence, failure to prevent respiratory arrest leading to anoxic brain damage
  • $1.9M, Medical malpractice resulting in HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy)
  • $1.85M for wrongful death, Medical Malpractice after orthopedic surgery
  • $1.25M, Wrongful death caused by saddle pulmonary embolism due to medical malpractice
  • $1.2M, medical malpractice, failure to diagnose an infection
  • $1.2M, Wrongful Death After Stress Test
  • $1.1M, Delay in Diagnosis and Treatment of Tongue Cancer Case
  • $1M, Death after Bariatric Surgery
  • $960,000 auto accident resulting in death of a 76 year old woman
  • $950K, Wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice misdiagnosis
  • $875K, medical malpractice, stroke after medication change
  • $750K, Stillborn death after litigation
  • $750,000, Verdict for the Death of a young man
  • $750,000, Injuries to a young boy by hospital
  • $750K, Death after cardiac surgery after litigation
  • $750K, Death from clots traveling to lungs after litigation
  • $650K, Death after automobile crash, after litigation
  • $650K, Bariatric surgery medical malpractice resulting in punctured bowel, sepsis and wrongful death
  • $650,000, Heart damage after arrest
  • $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
  • $450K, Death after surgery, after litigation
  • $425K, Cleft palate repair-related medical malpractice
  • $400K, Missed Diagnosis of Blood Clot in Leg Case