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 18 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.



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 as 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.



"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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If you or a loved one has been hurt, please contact me for a free consultation.  I am committed to helping personal injury victims in Ohio obtain full compensation they deserve for their injuries and damages.  I have handled injury cases involving truck accidents, motor vehicle accidents, accidents on premises including slip-and-fall, falling objects, dog bites, negligent security, bicycle accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, alcohol-related accidents, wrongful death, catastrophic injury, traumatic brain injury, and permanent injury.


If you own a small business and have a business dispute, please call me for a free consultation.  I have represented business in breach of contract, unjust enrichment, interference with business, collection matters, and other commercial litigation cases.  I am available to advise you and your small business accordingly.

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Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. Every adult should have a Will that specifies how you want assets to be distributed upon death.  In addition to Wills, the pillars of estate planning include Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills.  You may also consider a Revocable Living Trust to avoid probate and to provide estate management for your family after your death.  I am happy to advise you on your estate planning needs.

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.



Cleveland, Ohio


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