Richard S. Lovering

Rich Lovering represents clients in a variety of complex cases with an emphasis on professional negligence defense. He has successfully litigated cases involving wrongful death and alleged birth-related brain damage, commercial and education law, Title IX allegations, age and gender discrimination, unfair competition disputes, trademark and trade secret litigation, insurance coverage disputes, TRO and preliminary injunction actions. He has also represented hospitals and physicians in hundreds of malpractice cases.

Rich's litigation highlights include:

  • representation of a minority shareholder plaintiff in obtaining a high eight-figure settlement in a corporate shareholder dispute regarding breach of fiduciary duty by a majority shareholder
  • representation of a plaintiff in obtaining a $9 million settlement in litigation regarding competing family members of a privately owned corporation
  • representation of an ex-employer in obtaining a $1.1 million jury verdict including award of $300,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees against an ex-employee; this case became the subject of the book, “Disappearing Ink: The Insider, the FBI and the Looting of the Kenyon College Library
  • representation of an Ohio college in a jury trial in which the jury entered a defense verdict regarding the plaintiff's sexual harassment claims and awarded $25,000 in punitive damages against the plaintiff regarding a fraud counterclaim
  • representation of an Ohio manufacturer in litigation with Sylvester Stallone and United Artists regarding use of the Rocky trademark

Rich has also represented the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ licensing agent in the United States District Court for Southern District of Ohio in the defense of a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement and breach of fiduciary duty; a Novgorod Russia fertilizer manufacturer in litigation in federal court alleging breach of multiple international sales agreements with Nigerian, Italian, and Chinese purchasers; and the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Louisiana in litigation alleging fraud by the State of Louisiana officials and obtaining $500,000 in settlement of the counterclaim against the plaintiff.

"“Rich [Lovering] is an outstanding defense lawyer. He is thorough, knowledgeable, appropriately aggressive, and professional. I take great comfort in Rich’s work and know that our best interest will always be first and foremost on his mind. I recommend him to everyone that seeks a referral from me.”"

Joseph Nelson, Vice President of Finance, Kenyon College, as quoted in Best Lawyers, 2010

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Member, National Association of College & University Attorneys
  • Board member and past president, the Central Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; recipient, Foundation's Volunteer Service Award

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Public Records for Private Universities," Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, July 2015
  • Co-Author, "The Peer Review Privilege: How & When is it Subject to Waiver," American Health Lawyers Association MedStaff News, Volume 9, Issue One, March 2010
  • Author, "Arbino Decision Provides Fairness and Predictability," Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, Spring 2008
  • Speaker, "Proactive Use of the Rules of Evidence," the OSBA/OCLE Advanced Trial Techniques Seminar, August 1999
  • Speaker, "Removal, Remand and Appeal," Lorman Trial Techniques Seminar, October 1996 and October 1997
  • Author, "Expert Witnesses in Commercial Litigation," Commercial Litigation in Ohio Law Practice Handbooks, Inc., 1995
  • Speaker, "Public Bid Disputes in Ohio," Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Fall Training Seminar, September 1995
  • Speaker, "Ohio Insurance Law: Bad Faith Claims," Lorman Business Center, Inc., February 1994
  • Speaker, "Remedies for Bidders on Public Works Projects," Midwest Business Institute, 1994
  • Author, "Minimizing the Antitrust Risks of Group Purchasing," Hospital Material Management Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 3, February 1982

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants), 2006–2019
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Civil Litigation: Defense), 2005–2009, 2011–2018
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell


  • University of Virginia School of Law (J. D., 1980)
  • University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business (M.B.A., 1980)
  • Trinity College (B. A. with honors, 1976); Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • London School of Economics, 1974 - 1975