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Welcome to the Law Office of John B. Stalzer  

As the son of immigrants, I learned the value of hard work and perseverance.  

As a student-athlete at Lakewood High School and Yale University, I developed a competitiveness and an appreciation for teamwork.  

As a Trial attorney with more than 22 years experience handling a wide variety of matters, I acquired knowledge and skills to analyze and solve problems and, ultimately, to stand firm with my clients.


I started my own law practice to help people, whether dealing with a current legal issue or planning for the future.  I hope to provide legal services to individuals and families with the same work ethic and determination my parents instilled in me.  Please contact me if you have a legal need and are looking for someone to listen.

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My Background

I grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, the younger brother of two sisters and the son of immigrants.  My mom was born in Germany and my dad was a Gottscheer.  Gottschee was once a settlement of Austrians in what's now Slovenia; a settlement of German speakers that existed for about 600 years until 1941

I started my legal career working as a law clerk for the Hon. Judge Harry Hanna and the Hon. Judge Leo Spellacy and visiting Judges assigned to preside over civil Jury Trials.  During my time with the Court, I gained valuable experience observing lawyers handling Trials and insight in how Judges preside over Trials.  As a law clerk, I assisted Judges with legal issues arose during those Trials. 

After working for the Court, I practiced law for more than 18 years with a large regional defense firm representing insurance companies and insureds in a wide-variety of civil lawsuits including cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, mass tort, retail and hospitality, trucking and commercial transportation, commercial litigation, creditor's rights, and condominium law.  

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to represent a woman who suffered a wrist injury and a unique, but serious condition when an airbag caused abrasions on her neck and face.  Over-the-counter medications used to treat the abrasions caused my client to develop an allergy to propylene glycol.  When I first got involved, the insurance company for the individual who caused that accident offered a mere $5,000 and denied that her condition was related to the accident.  After working on the case, I obtained a significant six figure settlement.  I gained a satisfaction that made me realize I wanted to represent individuals and families.

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"The world isn't fair, Calvin."  "I know Dad, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?"

- Bill Patterson, The Essential Calvin and Hobbes:  A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury


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  • Auto Accidents

  • Premises Liability

  • Trucking Accidents

  • Wrongful Death

  • Dog Bites

  • Defective Products

  • Fires

  • Pedestrian Accidents

  • Burn Injuries

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • RSD or Chronic Pain Injuries

  • Slip and Fall Accidents

  • Retail and Hotel Accidents

  • Catastrophic Injury

If you are in need of a lawyer in these practice areas or you have another legal need, please contact me by phone at (440) 578-7727 or by email at  For your convenience, you may also submit a message below.

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Cleveland, Ohio

(440) 578-7727

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