Darren A. Crook

Associate

Cleveland
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Overview

Darren Crook focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. Exercising a diligent approach to his work, Darren is committed to his clients and their goals.

Darren is a regular publisher, speaker, moderator and presenter on emerging OSHA issues.

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OSHA
  • Particular substantive experience with all facets of state and federal OSHA matters, including preparing clients for OSHA inspections and participating in conferences with OSHA.
Commercial Litigation 
  • Defended a national construction management company against whistleblower claims brought by a subcontractor's former employee. Drafted dispositive and discovery motions, oversaw discovery, and negotiated final settlement in favor of the client.
Bankruptcy
  • Involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel.
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Experience

OSHA
  • Particular substantive experience with all facets of state and federal OSHA matters, including preparing clients for OSHA inspections and participating in conferences with OSHA.
  • Second-chair experience in successfully litigating dozens of cases before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and state administrative law judges.

Manufacturing

  • Represented an auto manufacturer in federal litigation involving lockout-tagout standard and other electrical safety issues.
  • Represented an auto parts manufacturer in federal litigation involving machine guarding and the mechanical power press standard.
  • Represented a commercial hot water heater manufacturer in federal litigation involving permit-required confined spaces.

Construction

  • Represented a construction company in federal litigation involving the general duty standard and use of concrete saws.
  • Represented a construction company in federal litigation involving the use of certain clamps to pick up tank piping.

Other Industries

  • Represented a real estate management company in federal litigation involving the installation of an electrical switch gear.
  • Represented a grain company in federal litigation involving the grain handling facilities standard.
  • Represented a healthcare company in federal litigation involving the management of a truck yard for a loading dock.
Commercial Litigation 
  • Defended a national construction management company against whistleblower claims brought by a subcontractor's former employee. Drafted dispositive and discovery motions, oversaw discovery, and negotiated final settlement in favor of the client.
  • Defended a large automotive parts manufacturing company in an intentional tort dispute with a former employee. Drafted dispositive and discovery motions, oversaw discovery, and negotiated final settlement in favor of the client.
  • Participated in the defense of an international flat-panel display manufacturer against allegations of price fixing and antitrust violations. The matter was settled in favor of the client.
  • Member of the team representing a national aerospace components manufacturer in the defense of claims arising from the acquisition of a regional aerospace components manufacturer brought by the regional manufacturer's former CEO. 
  • Assisted in the defense of an American supply chain services company against Foreign Corrupt Practices Act claims for practices allegedly employed to obtain South American business.
  • Quickly and efficiently obtained dismissals of multiple breach of contract claims brought against a Big Three automobile manufacturer.
Bankruptcy
  • Involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel.
  • Member of the legal team representing Brian Bash, Trustee for liquidation of Fair Finance Company. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar

News

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Community

  • Minds Matter Cleveland

Pro Bono

  • Representing a former police officer who had been convicted of a felony in pursuit of the restoration of firearms rights for sporting purposes. Shepherding the client through the application process. 

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable R. Guy Cole Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Admissions

  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2011; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • B.A., Economics, West Virginia University, 2008; summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa