Jim Slater and Rick Zurz

Rick Zurz and Jim Slater

Attorneys: We’re Accepting Referrals to Enhance Your Practice

We’ll serve as counsel or co-counsel in catastrophic injury and complex cases to help you and your clients come out on top.

Slater & Zurz LLP is an established mid-sized law firm with the experience and resources to handle complex, highly contested cases and the flexibility to accommodate each client’s individual needs and objectives. Laser-focused, meticulously prepared, tenacious and as aggressive as necessary to win, we can usually reach favorable settlements before our clients ever enter a courtroom. We have a demonstrated track record of success based on our cutting-edge legal strategies, crafted to serve the unique interests of every client we represent.

Our proven ability to settle most cases in our clients’ favor starts with our trial preparation, which begins on day one. If any adversary refuses to treat our clients in a fair and reasonable manner, we’ll be ready to go to court. Our overriding goal is to score a win for every client we represent, and we’ll pull out all the stops in pursuit of that goal.

We’ll collaborate with you.

We invite inquiries from attorneys whose clients’ cases demand substantial experience in a particular area of law and/or the considerable resources that may not be available to a smaller firm or solo practitioner. When it comes to the terms of a referral or co-counsel relationship, we’re flexible. We’re willing to work in close collaboration with you, or take the lead and keep you informed every step of the way.

Complex contingency fee cases typically require substantial financial resources as well as a significant investment of time by experienced attorneys. Compensation for cash outlays as well as attorney time may not be received for a year or more. At Slater & Zurz, we have the professional staff and resources to handle and finance complex and catastrophic cases from start to finish. When we take a case, we’re in it to win it.

We’ll never forget that your client is your client.

We recognize that your client is still your client. If you choose not to be actively involved in your client’s case, we’ll keep you informed as the case progresses, and will be available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll never use the referral as a basis for soliciting your client’s future business.

While we may have expertise in a particular aspect of the law or procedure applicable to the case, access to experts with the background and credibility to establish critical elements of a claim, and familiarity with the court in which the case will be heard, we recognize that you know your client and probably have valuable insights that can contribute to the most successful outcome possible.

We offer generous co-counsel fees.

We offer generous co-counsel fees to the extent permitted by Ohio’s ethical rules. In the recent past, we’ve paid seven-figure co-counsel fees on complex tort cases that we brought to resolution prior to the commencement of trial. As soon as we’re paid, you’ll be paid.

Referral and co-counsel cases we accept:

We accept referrals and co-counseling arrangements with respect to serious and/or complex cases of the types listed below. If you’re uncertain about a particular case, call or email us to discuss the particulars.

  • Personal injury from car and motorcycle accidents to complex truck accidents;
  • Catastrophic injuries;
  • Wrongful death;
  • Serious dog attacks resulting in significant personal injuries;
  • Construction accidents;
  • Industrial accidents;
  • Medical malpractice;
  • Birth injuries;
  • Nursing home neglect and abuse;
  • Legal malpractice.

Cases we refer to other attorneys:

  • Workers’ compensation;
  • Social Security disability;
  • Discrimination based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or disability.

Our legal team is among the best in Ohio.

Managing partners James W. Slater and Richard V. Zurz, Jr., have been practicing law for over 50 years and almost 40 years, respectively. When they formed Slater & Zurz LLP, Jim and Rick put together a unique team of exceptional and award-winning attorneys whose areas of expertise complement one another’s distinct capabilities and talents. We work collaboratively, ensuring that every client receives the benefit of the combined experience of all our attorneys.

For more information about the attorneys on our team, click here. Click on “clients” at the end of this sentence to read reviews of our firm by our clients.

We handle cases throughout Ohio.

With offices in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, we handle cases in state and federal courts throughout Ohio. If your client is unable to come to one of our offices, we’ll meet with him or her at a mutually convenient location.

Here’s what our colleagues have said about us:

Trust our well-seasoned, versatile legal team to handle or co-counsel with you on your client’s complex or catastrophic case.

Whether your client’s case is in an Ohio location outside the counties where you practice, whether the case will consume more resources than are readily available to your firm, or whether the case is outside your preferred practice areas, you can count on us to handle your client’s case with compassion, determination, and the drive to win. We’ll collaborate with you to the extent that you wish to be involved, and keep you informed of all developments.
We’ll treat your client as well as we treat our own, never forgetting that he or she is your client. Call or email us to discuss your client’s case. Let us help you get the best outcome possible for your client.

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