José C. Feliciano

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7827  |  F 216.696.0740

An active trial lawyer for nearly 40 years, José Feliciano represents clients in hundreds of complex commercial litigation cases throughout the country. A former Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County public defender, José has participated as a first chair litigator in more than 70 civil and criminal jury trials to verdict, including the defense and prosecution of white collar crime. The diversity of his experience gives José the ability to delve into numerous areas of the law and industries with ease.

José is deeply involved in both the legal and Greater Cleveland communities. He was elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1995, has received numerous awards from legal and civic organizations, and is routinely recognized in the Cleveland area as an individual of noteworthiness.

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  • Represented public utilities commission in matter related to notice provisions. Result obtained saved client several million dollars, as well as requirements that public utility rewrite notice provisions.
  • Represented client in arbitration in New York against Italian company.
  • Represented steel client in significant dispute with supplier in automobile industry.
  • Tried case to verdict on behalf of client being sued by supplier alleging fees owed for work performed. Obtained defense verdict for client.
  • Obtained defense verdict in wrongful discharge case related to discrimination based on national origin.
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Experience

  • Represented public utilities commission in matter related to notice provisions. Result obtained saved client several million dollars, as well as requirements that public utility rewrite notice provisions.
  • Represented client in arbitration in New York against Italian company.
  • Represented steel client in significant dispute with supplier in automobile industry.
  • Tried case to verdict on behalf of client being sued by supplier alleging fees owed for work performed. Obtained defense verdict for client.
  • Obtained defense verdict in wrongful discharge case related to discrimination based on national origin.
  • Represented Puerto Rican cement company in case against the Governor of Puerto Rico, his Chief of Staff, and four cabinet officers by El Dia Newspaper and its sister corporation (the Puerto Rican Cement Company), for violating its First Amendment rights and retaliating against the cement company by terminating more than 16 development permits throughout Puerto Rico.
  • Represented Trustee in a suit filed against 70 businesses to set aside fraudulent conveyances to the various businesses.
  • Represented Intervenors, the Hispanic community of Lorain, in a desegregation case filed by the NAACP against the Lorain Board of Education and the State of Ohio.
  • In a class action brought by a class of lawyers and their clients, represented the defendants in a claim against the hospitals in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, for charging excessive duplicating costs for medical records in violation of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

Recognitions

  • Benchmark Litigation "Litigation Star" (2014)
  • National Diversity Council: Multicultural Leadership Award (2014)
  • The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio: 60th Annual Humanitarian Award (2014)
  • Crain's Cleveland Business "Who’s Who: 150 names to know in Northeast Ohio" (2012)
  • Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductee (2012)
  • The International Entrepreneur's (TiE) Community Catalyst Award (2012)
  • Cleveland State University Nance College of Business Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Hispanic Business Association: Legacy Award (2008)
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2006 to 2015)
  • American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession: Spirit of Excellence Award (2005)
  • Nueves Horizontes Newspaper: Hispanic of the Year (2002)
  • Federal Bar Association: Boots Fisher Civic Achievement Award (2000)
  • Hispanic Political Action Committee Civic Award (2000)
  • U.S. Jaycees: One of "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America" (1985)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (1995)
  • Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration: Administrator of the Year (1983)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Who's Who in American Law

Memberships

  • Judicial Conference, Eighth Judicial District, Cuyahoga County, Ohio: Life Member
  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates (1998 to present)
    • Board of Governors (2001 to 2004)
    • Section of Dispute Resolution: Chair (1996 to 1997)
    • Representative to the National Conferences of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary (2006 to 2007)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • President (2000 to 2001)
  • Ohio Hispanic Bar Association: Founder
    • Former Vice President
  • Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio: Chair (2008)

Community

  • Hispanic Roundtable: Founder and Chairman
  • Hispanic Leadership Development Program
    • Former Chairman
  • Cuyahoga County Transition Group: Executive Committee
  • MWV Pinnacle Capital Fund: Advisory Board
  • Commission on Economic Inclusion: Executive Committee

Services

Prior Positions

  • Appointed as White House Fellow by President Ronald Reagan (1984 to 1985)
  • Chief Prosecuting Attorney, City of Cleveland (1980 to 1984)
    • Served as Cleveland’s first Hispanic public official
  • John Carroll University: Adjunct Professor (1977 to 1984)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1975
  • Ohio, 1975

Education

  • M.B.A., Cleveland State University, 1984
  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1975
  • B.A., John Carroll University, 1972, honors