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Derek P. Hartman
Associate
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Derek P. Hartman

Associate
216.736.7248
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Derek has been a great advisor to our business. From formation, to run-of-the-mill employment related questions that arise, he has always been prompt to respond with excellent advice. He was especially invaluable during the pandemic, as many new laws were put into place and he helped us navigate them with ease.

Justin Carroll

OVERVIEW & EXPERIENCE

Derek Hartman is a skilled attorney who brings nearly a decade of experience to the firm’s Litigation team. Over the course of his career, Derek has represented both individuals and businesses of all sizes, including small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, through every phase of civil litigation. He previously owned and operated his own law firm where, besides servicing his clients, Derek managed day-to-day operations. He is passionate about using his skills and energy to apply the rule of law to further the interests of his clients and community. 

Derek holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and paralegal studies from Kent State University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, as well as the Akron and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations. 

An avid Cleveland sports fan, Derek is a Browns season ticket holder and enjoys golfing, skiing and spending time with his girlfriend and their two dogs, Milo and Chloe. 

Representative Experience
  • Represented original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in CERCLA litigation involving E-Waste facility in Ohio with potential liabilities in the tens of millions of dollars.  
  • Represented one of the “big four” automobile manufacturers in defending claims for lemon law, breach of warranty (state and federal) and violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act in courts throughout the entire State of Ohio. 
  • Represented one of the major petroleum corporations in defending premises liability claims.  
  • Successfully defended claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and a judicial partition of real estate seeking $700,000 in damages by asserting counterclaims which resulted in a near six-figure settlement for the Defendant. 
  • Represented a prominent foreign real estate investor in litigation which arose from a real estate broker’s failure to properly maintain funds in a trust account.   
  • Represented a manufacturing client in defending a federal FLSA collective action which resulted in a favorable settlement prior to class certification. 
  • Represented clients in defense of adverse possession claim concerning property and littoral rights involving land which abuts the shore of Lake Erie. 
  • Represented numerous businesses in commercial litigation with claims involving breach of contract, product liability, and breach of express and implied warranties. 
  • Conducted several bench trails on landlord-tenant rights including, but not limited to, residential and commercial evictions and damages hearings.  
  • Prosecuted and defended dozens of depositions.   
  • Drafted numerous pleadings and motions (including, but not limited to, dispositive motions, motions to strike and motions to compel) and participated in several oral arguments. 
AWARDS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association 
  • Futures Committee, 2016 
  • Akron Bar Association 
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 

Awards

  • Selected to Ohio Rising Stars, 2019 
BAR / COURT ADMISSIONS
  • Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio 
CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
MEDIA MENTIONS

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Kent State University, summa cum laude 
    • B.A., Psychology, 2008 
    • B.A. Paralegal Studies, 2008 
  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2011 

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I enjoy getting to know my clients on a personal and professional level and find it rewarding to develop and collaborate on litigation strategies and recommendations with both my colleagues and my clients.

Derek P. Hartman
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