Meet Our Advocates
Leo J. Clark, M.D., F.A.C.S., Esq.
Leo J. Clark is a rare combination of neurosurgeon and trial lawyer. He maintains a respected career in both the medical and legal professions. In other words, he still treats patients with the care of an expert neurosurgeon, while being respected for his knowledge and experience in the court room as an expert witness and trial lawyer. In fact, lawyers from across the country continually request his advice as an expert because they understand they can’t adequately represent their clients without his help. As a doctor, Leo devotes his career to learning, teaching, and healing. As a trial lawyer with The DiCello Law Firm, he dedicates his time to getting justice for his clients.
Leo received his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Leo’s neurosurgical residency was done at Yale University. Of note, Leo held teaching positions at Yale University School of Medicine, University of Connecticut and New York University. In addition, Leo served as research fellow at Yale University, where he worked in spinal cord research.
Leo’s other impressive accomplishments include his service as chair to the departments of neurosurgery at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He has trained with and learned from internationally renowned spinal surgeons. He has introduced new and innovative diagnostic and surgical procedures related to brain injuries, spine injuries and disorders, ruptured or herniated discs of the back and neck, and, other techniques related to neurosurgical care.
Throughout his career as physician, surgeon and member of the medical community, Leo developed an appreciation for justice that motivated him to attend law school and enter the challenging world of trial law. And so, Leo received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.
Leo’s arrival to The DiCello Law Firm provides the Firm’s clients with the very best legal-medical knowledge, training, and insight. With respect to life altering injuries such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, Leo’s participation in complex litigation positions The DiCello Law Firm as an invaluable resource for catastrophically injured people and referring attorneys seeking justice for complex catastrophic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and paralysis – all a result of life-altering medical malpractice, truck crashes, car accidents, police misconduct, and other tragedies.
Mark A. DiCello, Esq.
Mark A. DiCello Esq., is a partner at The DiCello Law Firm. He is admitted to the State Bars of Ohio and New York as well as numerous Federal Courts. He is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College. As a trial lawyer, Mr. DiCello represents plaintiffs from across the country. Mark has served as lead and co-lead trial and liaison counsel in many complex civil matters resulting in large plaintiff verdicts and settlements in state and federal courts.
In addition to representing people who have been catastrophically injured in truck crashes, medical malpractice, and a variety of personal injury matters, Mr. DiCello currently represents victims of defective medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Furthermore, Mr. DiCello represents individuals in class action lawsuits arising from gas line failures, dangerous chemical products and defective automobiles.
Mr. DiCello has been recognized by federal and state courts throughout the country for his accomplishments and ability. Various appointments speak to this recognition. For instance, in 2011, Mark DiCello was honored to be appointed co-lead counsel in the Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobuturator Sling Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2004, by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Columbus Division.
In 2012, Mark DiCello was likewise proud to be appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the matter of In Re: Propecia (Finestride) Product Liability Litigation in the Eastern District of New York in MDL-2331.
In March, 2013, Mark DiCello was similarly appointed by Judge Brian Martinotti to the Science Committee for the consolidated matter of In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation Case No.: 296, venued in Bergen County New Jersey.
Beyond his courtroom commitments, Mr. DiCello is a frequent lecturer at national conferences for Trial Lawyers. He has spoken on topics ranging from the BP Oil Spill Disaster to general Trial Skills. Mr. DiCello currently serves on a number of National Advisory Boards for Plaintiff Trial Lawyers including the Association of Plaintiffs Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) as well as the Executive Committee for the Class Action Trial Lawyers Division of the National Trial Lawyers.
Robert F. DiCello, Esq.
Robert F. DiCello graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. He attended the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, at Cleveland State University where he was named The Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review. Cleveland State’s Law Review is recognized across the United States as an important and influential legal periodical that is edited and managed by students of the law school.
After graduating from Law School, Robert turned down employment offers by some of the most prominent law firms and Courts in the United States to accept a position as Assistant County Prosecutor in the largest prosecutor’s office in the State of Ohio, The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. There he quickly earned the rank of In-Charge Supervisor, where he managed as many as sixteen prosecutors in four different Courts. During that time he also tried over 40 jury trials involving a variety of major felonies from financial crimes, crimes of violence, theft and drugs.
Robert left that position to accept a position at The DiCello Law Firm. While participating in mass tort and class action litigation he has nonetheless dedicated a substantial amount of his practice to ending police abuse and curbing police misconduct. He currently represents victims of police abuse around the Country.
Robert is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the Ohio Association for Justice, and a number of local bar associations. He has been admitted to practice in the State of Ohio as well as a number of Federal Court including the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, and The United States Supreme Court. He continues to lead the Firm with his writing ability as is evidenced by his authorship of appellate and amicus briefs as well as writing in a number of other venues.
Robert J. DiCello, Esq.
The founding member of The DiCello Law Firm, Robert J. DiCello attended John Carroll University, and earned his Bachlor of Arts Degree graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1966. While employed at US Steel, Corp., he attended the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In 1969, Robert J. DiCello was published in the Cleveland-Marshall Law Review, and graduated in 1971
Robert J. DiCello was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1971. He served as Assistant Prosecutor for the Lake County Prosecutor's Office in Ohio. In 1971, he was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977.
In 1978, Robert J. DiCello founded The DiCello Law Firm. He successfully argued several cases in the Ohio Supreme Court and is a past president of the Lake County Bar Association.
Mr. DiCello has obtained an impressive list of seven-figure (or more) verdicts and settlement for his clients.
Mark Abramowitz Esq.
Mark Abramowitz embodies what it means to be a plaintiff’s attorney. There is no client he will not make time for or any case he will not give 100% on. His hard work and dedication is a result of the positive change he wants to make for real people. And to ensure a victim is not saddled with a loss due to another person’s mistake or a corporation putting money before people.
In standing up to corporations who are putting money before people, Mark has taken roles on national discovery review teams. These teams are responsible for both finding and proving that in-fact a corporation knew or should have known of a dangerous issue but decided to do nothing about it. Mark has also partaken in national mediations to help resolve hundreds of cases and disburse millions of dollars to clients who were injured by these corporations. Some of the national mass tort projects that Mark worked on or currently working on are:
- In Re: Imprelis Herbicide, Sales Practice and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2284 (E.D. Pa.)
- In Re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2331 (E.D. N.Y.)
- Beliville et al. v. Ford Motor Company, Class Action – Southern District of West Virginia
- In Re: Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobuturator Sling Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2004 (M.D. Ga.)
- In Re: Stryker Rejuveante & ABG II Hip Implant Litigation, N.J. MCL 296
Mark has also had success in State courts including overcoming an immunity challenge by Cleveland Metropolition Housing Authority (CMHA) claiming that they were not responsible for a 3 and a half year old losing three fingers as a result of their negligence. He also successfully argued that a joint replacement can constitute a permanent and substantial deformity injury to warrant the higher limits in medical malpractice cases.
In addition to all his legal work, Mark has been hard at work figuring out ways to integrate technology into the practice of law. Mark believes and understands that every part of the legal profession, be it discovery to client communication can benefit from increased reliance and incorporation of technology.