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David A. Schaefer, Mediator & Arbitrator, Cleveland, Ohio.

David A. Schaefer

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman
1111 Superior Ave. East
Suite 2700
Cleveland, OH 44114
Tel: 216.696.1422
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Recognized to Ohio Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced1999
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)350
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24)175
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


David A. Schaefer is a principal at McCarthy Lebit, where litigation work regularly involves business litigation, professional liability, employment discrimination, construction litigation and product liability. He has extensive experience in complex business and tort litigation, addressing a diverse spectrum of personal and business grievances.

Mr. Schaefer seasoned judgment and fair mindedness regularly serve him well in his work as both an arbitrator & mediator.

Mr. Schaefer has served as a mediator in hundreds of civil cases over the last 20 years, covering a wide range of practice. He has particular expertise in resolving complex cases - examples from recent years include a multi-party Ponzi scheme dispute, matters involving "brand" disputes under federal and state jurisdiction, and a large insurance coverage case across multiple states, all settled after several days of mediation.

Case Experience

  • Anti-Trust
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • Miami University - BS
  • Northwestern University - MA
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law - JD

Memberships & Affiliations


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Cleveland Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, ADR Committee, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Chapter, Past President
  • American Inns of Court, John M. Manos, Founding Member, Master Bencher
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

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