Brendan Richard

Senior Counsel

Cleveland, OH | Cincinnati, OH


Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

University of South Florida, M.B.A.

Boston University, M.S.P.T.

Boston University, B.S.


Brendan Richard is Senior Counsel at Freeman Mathis & Gary's Cleveland office. Mr. Richard became an attorney after several years of working in healthcare. He started his legal career representing physicians and hospitals in medical negligence matters.  He has since gained experience representing businesses in catastrophic injury cases, complex litigation matters, contract cases and in other commercial litigation. Mr. Richard also has experience representing engineers, architects and other professionals in conflicts arising from their respective businesses. He has experience with cases arising from heavy industry including steel manufacturing, hydraulic fracturing and other facets of the oil & gas industry.   

Bar Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

Representative Cases & Clients
  • Garber v. Menendez. Successful motion to dismiss of behalf of defendant physician. Argued that Plaintiff’s improper attempt to extend the statute of limitations using an Ohio statute violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. (Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137982.)

  • Ridenour v. Glenbeigh Hosp. Unanimous defense verdict in a 2017 trial for a physician in a medical malpractice matter. Plaintiffs’ allegations related to inpatient opiate addiction treatment and withdrawal managment. (Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. CV-12-78457.)

  • Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. v. Cormetech, Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 81 F. Supp. 3d 632.  Granted summary judgment on behalf of defendant in a commercial case alleging U.C.C. claims and breach of warranty.  This matter involved voluminous e-discovery and several million dollars in alleged damages. (Subsequently reversed and remanded.)

  • Kinderdine v. Mahoning County Bd. of Developmental Disabilities, Seventh Appellate District, 2016-Ohio-4815.   Successfully argued that his clients clients were entitled to immunity under the Political Subdivision Tort Liability Act, R.C. 2744.02. This matter involved claims of wrongful death of a minor.

  • Joseph M. Buchanan v. Jessie James Marler. et al, Stark C.P., 2015 CV 01755. Granted summary judgement in favor of client, an oil-field services company, in motor vehicle accident case involving client’s employee, who struck a motorcyclist. (Upheld by Fifth Appellate District, 2017-Ohio-1438.)

  • Main St. Marathon, L.L.C. v. Maximus Consulting, L.L.C., Stark C.P., 2012 CV 02202.  Granted summary judgment on behalf of engineering firm whose subcontractor allegedly spilled gasoline, triggering a costly environmental clean-up. The trial court held that a “limitation in liability” clause in the contract was enforceable.  Brendan successfully defended the judgment on appeal in the Fifth Appellate District, 2014-Ohio-2034.

  • Baker v. Coast to Coast Manpower, LLC, Hancock C.P. 2009 CV 936. Granted summary judgment pursuant to Ohio’s frequenter statute on behalf of a landowner whose contractor’s employee sued for an injury sustained on the job.  Successfully defended the trial court’s judgement on appeal in the Third Appellate District, 2012-Ohio-2840.