• MRR - Midwest Strong

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder – Midwest Strong

Our expertise in the insurance industry stretches back farther than the firm itself. Before MRR was established in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1980, our three founding partners — Tom Mazanec, Todd Raskin and Ed Ryder — worked as insurance claims professionals. They brought that knowledge and industry experience to MRR, providing uncompromising legal representation to insurers and their insureds, the business community, and public entities.

As MRR has grown, the firm has remained true to its Midwestern roots and committed to focused personal attention.The vast majority of engagements are overseen by a senior partner.

Today, our reputation reaches far beyond optimal insurance claim resolution. Our team also includes legal professionals with strong backgrounds in fields other than the private practice of law. These professionals include former assistant municipal law directors, assistant prosecutors, legislators, legislative assistants, administrative hearing officers, federal judicial staff attorneys, state court of appeals staff attorneys, medical administrators, journalists, engineers, and music industry executives.

Our four decades of growth and success also have brought new skills and approaches to the firm. MRR is now aligned into practice groups that include attorneys as well other seasoned professionals drawn from the public and private sector. This structure allows our professionals to develop unparalleled expertise in their specific practice areas, as well as allowing MRR to offer services in a greater range of legal matters, including business formation, estate planning, probate, labor matters and legislation, risk management, planning, and zoning.

Our promise, as it has been from the beginning, is to provide timely, cost-effective, successful representation to our clients. We are Midwest Strong and wholly devoted to our clients’ needs.

A legal team made up of former claims professionals.  

   We get it . . .  and our 40 year track record proves that!

Meet our Founding Partners

Thomas S. Mazanec

Mr. Mazanec has had a varied practice with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases, as well as cases involving seven and eight figure exposures for his clients. Among his areas of specialization are dram shop, professional liability, product liability, and construction law.

As a lifelong resident of Ohio, he has practiced in all 88 counties. Insurance carriers would typically hire Tom to try catastrophic and high exposure cases throughout the State of Ohio. His easy rapport with juries and innovative use of technology has been a key to his success.

Todd M. Raskin

Mr. Raskin is a founding partner of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder, Co., L.P.A. He has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion in 40 years of private practice.

Todd has a diverse practice with an emphasis on civil rights and government liability defense, as well as the defense of employers, both public and private. He also has considerable experience in the defense of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, and behavioral health professionals. He has successfully represented his clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and surrounding states, including in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Edward M. Ryder

ryderwebMr. Ryder is an original partner of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. and has invested much time in building a firm that is now more than ten times its original size. Ed has managed the Columbus office and currently practices as Of Counsel in the Cleveland office.

Besides practicing law, Ed has held several political offices. He served as the clerk of the Euclid City Council and also as the Newbury Township Trustee. Ed was also a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1971-1972.