Chad A. Readler
Chad Readler handles complex civil and criminal matters, with an emphasis on appellate litigation. Before the United States Supreme Court, Chad assisted in successful representations involving preemption, the First Amendment, and the death penalty. In the Ohio Supreme Court, he recently prevailed on behalf of the Cleveland Clinic and, separately, successfully defended the constitutionality of Ohio's public charter schools.
Chad's lower court victories include vacating a $250 million punitive damages award against Prudential Securities and vacating a $44 million damages award against First American Title Insurance Company in an unfair competition case. In product liability matters, Chad represents clients including R.J. Reynolds, Sherwin-Williams, and Yamaha and has represented R.J. Reynolds in commercial speech litigation. On behalf of Chrysler, he recently resolved a series of arbitrations filed by former automobile dealers. Chad also recently litigated cases involving novel antitrust issues as well as whistleblowers and the False Claims Act.
Chad is a past recipient of the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and he traveled for three weeks in Europe, meeting with prominent members of the business, political, and NGO communities. Recently, Chad traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to participate in a Lawyers Without Borders program focused on improving the trial skills of Kenyan lawyers.
Chad speaks annually on business-related legal developments as well as appellate advocacy, including at the biannual Sixth Circuit conference. He handles numerous pro bono matters, recently securing habeas corpus relief for a client serving a life sentence for murder.