John T. McLandrich

Cleveland Office

100 Franklin’s Row
34305 Solon Road
Cleveland, OH 44139
T: 440.287.8298
F: 440.248.8861

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John McLandrich - Lawyer of the Year 2014






Mr. McLandrich focuses his practice on representing municipalities, including defending cases on behalf of police and public entities alleging violations of civil rights as guaranteed by the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. For over 30 years he has handled matters including claims of jail suicide, police pursuit, false arrest, malicious prosecution, wrongful conviction, denial of medical care, excessive force, including officer involved shootings and failure to properly train police officers. He has represented civil defendants in federal and state courts throughout Ohio in addition to serving as lead trial counsel in both state and federal courts as well. Further, he has represented clients in class action matters, including municipalities relating to class action sewer cases.

John’s appellate experience consists of handling and arguing matters before the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Districts and Ohio Supreme Court, including eight favorable decisions before the Ohio Supreme Court. He also has served as lead counsel on over 100 public entity appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit where he obtained several successful qualified immunity appellate rulings on behalf of police officers and public officials.

  • Defend public entities in land use and zoning related matters, including alleged deprivation of plaintiff’s Fifth Amendment rights asserting an unconstitutional taking of property without just compensation by virtue of application of zoning laws and ordinances
  • Defense of class actions, including those alleging defective municipal sewers
  • Defense of police and municipal defendants in cases involving police shootings, wrongful conviction, excessive force, malicious prosecution and many other claims
  • Defense and counseling of employers – (private and public entities) in claims asserted by former or current employees alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Ohio Civil Rights Act
  • Defense of collective actions under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)
  • Represent employers in proceedings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board (SERB)
  • Argued appeals in the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Districts, Ohio Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Successfully defended against a number of petitions for writs of certiorari
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Directory
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers for Civil Rights Law since 2012
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for Civil Rights Law – Cleveland in 2014
  • Named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” for Civil Rights & Municipal Law by Super Lawyers magazine (2016-2019)
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., 1983, Case Western Reserve University Law School
  • B.S., 1979, John Carroll University, Economics