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Dennis M. Pilawa

Dennis M. Pilawa

Cleveland, Ohio

Dennis M. Pilawa was born in Utica, New York. He came to the Cleveland area to attend law school at Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Pilawa is active in many civic and school organizations. He has worked both as in house counsel and in private practice, serving a variety of client needs. Mr. Pilawa has developed his practice and focus in the following areas: Labor/Employment/Employment Practices Liability; Product Liability/Toxic Tort; Premises Liability; Professional Negligence; Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith; Auto Liability; Transactional Matters; Intellectual Property; and all areas of Insurance Defense. Dennis has received the designation of Ohio Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 based upon peer review and evaluation. Only 5% of Ohio lawyers are honored in this manner.

Finally, in 2009, Dennis was honored by his selection as a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor/Employment/Employment Practices Liability
  • Product Liability/Toxic Tort
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Auto Liability
  • Transactional Matters
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 98% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1978
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Miami University, Oxford
    • B.A. cum laude - 1975
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2013
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Board of Governors, 1999 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Joint Bench Bar Jury Instruction Committee, 2001 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Chairperson, 2003 - 2004
  • Geauga County Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Munson Township Board of Zoning Appeals (served for 12 years), Former Chairman
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Member, Trial Law Insititute

Past Employment Positions

  • Day, Ketterer, Raley, Wright & Rybolt, Associate
  • Bertsch, Millican, Winslow & Pilawa Co., L.P.A., Partner
  • The East Ohio Gas Company, Legal Department, Senior Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chesterland Rotary Club
  • Vice President, Munson Baseball Commission
  • President, Notre Dame Elementary School Sports Board


  • English (Primary)
  • Russian
Contact Us

Rawlin Gravens & Pilawa Co., LPA
The Hanna Building, Suite 500
1422 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Phone: 216-579-1602
Toll Free: 877-413-8452
Fax: 216-579-9463
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The attorneys at Rawlin Gravens & Pilawa, Co., L.P.A. represent clients throughout Ohio, including Cleveland, Lorain, Lakewood, Parma, Mentor, Akron, Warren, Youngstown, Canton, Elyria, Toledo, Marion, Massillon, Columbus, Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Mahoning County, Stark County, Summit County, Erie County, Sandusky County, Geauga County, Portage County, Trumbull County and Franklin County.

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