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Jeffrey Leikin

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Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Railroad and Transportation Accidents
  • Medical Negligence
  • Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse



Jeffrey (Jeff) A. Leikin began working as a law clerk at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy in 1982 while attending Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After graduation, he joined our litigation team and began practicing personal injury law. In his first decade of practice, Jeff worked closely with John J. McCarthy, Esquire, a mentor, colleague, and friend with the firm. Jeff was named partner in 1994.

Jeff is a native to Cleveland, born and raised on the city’s east side. During his legal career, he has served as a referral counsel for the United Auto Workers (UAW), Transport Workers Union (TWU), and as a panel member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and arbitrator for the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

As a trial attorney, Jeff has handled cases in various counties throughout Ohio. In addition, he has jury trial experience in New York and Pennsylvania. Jeff has tried more than 100 cases before a jury and received numerous million dollar verdicts in personal injury cases, including the area of medical malpractice.

In the community, he has served on the in-residence committee of Bellfair School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as a board member of the Cleveland Baseball Federation, and with the Organization of Rehabilitation through Training (ORT). He also has been a supporter of Heights Youth Theater, Playhouse Square, The Gathering Place, Diabetes Association of Cleveland, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He also has received recognition for work with United Jewish Appeal (UJA).

Jeff is an avid football and baseball fan, regularly attending Cleveland Indian and Cleveland Brown games with his wife and three children.


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: Life Member, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
    • B.S. - 1981
  • Orange High School, Pepper Pike, Ohio
    • 1977

Bar Admission

  • Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987
  • Pennsylvania, 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • One of Cleveland’s Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers, ALM Legal Readers
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Media, 2004 - 2006, 2009 - 2013
  • Recipient, Client Distinction Award , Martindale-Hubbel, 2013
  • Global Directory of Who’s Who, 2010
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbel, 2001 - Present
  • Top Lawyer in Ohio, Cleveland Magazine, 2013
  • Super Lawyer, Plain Dealer, 2006, 2010 - 2018
  • Top Personal Injury Lawyer, Cleveland Magazine, 2013
  • Top Lawyer in Cleveland, Plain Dealer, 2016

Past Positions

  • Transport Workers Union, Transportation Accidents Occurring, Northern Ohio, Referral Counsel
  • Nurenberg, Plevin, Heller & McCarthy, LPA, Associate, 1985 to 1994
  • Nurenberg, Plevin, Heller & McCarthy, LPA, Partner, 1994 to 2016

Fraternities Or Sororities

  • Tau Epsilon Rho

Professional Associations

  • Cleveland Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel Member of Arbitrators
  • Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Arbitrator
  • Bellfair School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Residence Committee
  • Cleveland Baseball Federation, Board Member
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Board Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 2012