Christopher has represented clients in medical negligence, truck accident, wrongful death, defective product, and birth and brain injury cases for more than 30 years. While with the firm Kampinski & Mellino, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said the duo “set the standard for big medical malpractice payouts in Ohio.”
Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). When he started his own practice, the Mellino Law Firm, he obtained a $12.5 million settlement on behalf of a 51-year-old father of five who fell into a persistent vegetative state following heart surgery. Chris has achieved verdicts and settlements against all of the hospitals in the Cleveland area.
A member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Chris has established a formidable network of experts to consult on cases. Committed to the highest standard of excellence, his peers have recognized him in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers since 2009. Since 1999, peers have also bestowed Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious Preeminent AV rating, which is based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and experience. He is the author of the book Was It A Mistake, an in-depth guide to medical malpractice in Ohio. He previously served as chair of the medical malpractice section of the Ohio Association for Justice and currently sits on the board of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and is co-editor of CATA News.
Chris founded and actively participates in a social justice scholarship program in Lakewood that engages eighth grade students with local service organizations and projects to increase awareness about justice in our society.
Throughout his thirty year career, numerous Cleveland publications have contacted the malpractice attorney for comment. See, for example, this November 2011 Scene magazine article about a Lakewood resident who contacted Chris for help when she suffered a series of complications following a colonoscopy.
- Ohio, 1984
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1984
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 1984, J.D., cum laude
- Cleveland State University, OH, 1981, B.A.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
- Ohio Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice