Tom Robenalt’s interest in representing people dates back to his childhood. His father, an attorney, and mother, whose father and grandfather were lawyers, encouraged Tom to help those in need rather than work for the interests of big corporations. His 22 years of practice have been devoted to litigation, specifically personal injury and professional malpractice cases.
Tom began as a staff attorney in the court system and then went on to join an insurance defense firm with approximately 80 lawyers. There, he protected insurance companies’ interests while representing corporations, doctors and hospitals in the defense of claims.
In 1997, Tom joined a prestigious personal injury and medical malpractice firm, where he had the privilege of representing people with catastrophic injuries such as severe brain injuries and amputated limbs. He also fought for the families of those who died due to others’ negligence. Within six months of joining that firm, where he practiced law for 15 years, he obtained a verdict against a physician who denied any liability or responsibility for harming a patient.
Tom recognizes the importance of giving back to the community, and he is a longtime member and former chairman of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is also a member of the Development Committee of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, an organization that provides free legal services to those who can’t afford representation. He has been a longtime member of both the Ohio Association for Justice and the Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Tom is most excited about forming Mellino Robenalt LLC, a firm that is committed to obtaining the best possible results for its clients.