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Kenneth P. Abbarno

Ken has been involved in multiple million dollar trials involving medical malpractice, products liability and transportation claims.

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Kenneth P. Abbarno’s practice includes a wide range of civil litigation including, but not limited to, catastrophic injury cases (wrongful death, medical malpractice, birth/brain injury and nursing home negligence), transportation industry litigation, toxic torts, products liability, professional liability, employer intentional tort, and other complex litigation. Ken has tried well over 50 civil lawsuits. Ken has handled cases in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and New York.

Ken has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2010 to 2019, named Inside Business Leading Lawyer, Transportation Lawyer of Year in Cleveland and The Best Lawyers in America. Ken has a Superb Avvo rating of 10 out of 10.


Industry Experience

  • Involved in multiple million dollar trials involving medical malpractice, products liability and transportation claims
  • Involved in well over 100 cases of exposure in excess of $1,000,000.00 including lead role in settlement of $40 million transportation accident and $20+ million catastrophic injury claim
  • 25+ years litigating catastrophic injury claims
  • Published articles in national transportation magazines
  • Involved in on-scene investigation of catastrophic injury claims for 20+ years


  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2010 – 2019
  • Top 50: Cleveland Super Lawyers
  • Top 100: 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the Specialty of Transportation Law
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent
  • 10/10 Avvo Rating

Writings and Presentations

  • “How To Win Trucking Cases 2018”, 360 Advocacy, Las Vegas, NV (2018)
  • “Traumatic Brain Injury”, 360 Advocacy, Las Vegas, NV (2018)
  • “The Cards May Look The Same, But The Game Has Changed,” Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Seminar Las Vegas, Nevada (2011)
  • “Current Hours of Service Regulations for the Trucking Industry,” Harmonie Group Transportation Seminar, Chicago, Illinois (2011)
  • “2011 Ohio Case Law Update and Highlights of Transportation Law,” Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, Harrisburg, PA (2011)
  • “Coping with Victim Syndrome,” Arkansas Trucking Conference (2011)
  • “Trucking Liability Claim Defense from Start to Finish,” Wheels Insurance, Ltd./National Interstate Insurance Risk Control Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio (2010)
  • “Ohio Tort Reform and Technology in the Transportation Industry,” Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (2010)
  • “Managing Safety Risks in the Evolution of Transportation Technology,” Marsh Academy of Risk Hot Topic Seminar, Cleveland, Ohio (2010)
  • “Dissecting the Anatomy of a Trucking Case – The Trial and Beyond,” DRI Seminar – CLE Conference, Chicago, Illinois (2009)
  • “Themes, Tactics in Litigating Trucking Cases,” ABA Transportation Mega Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2009)
  • “Dissecting the Anatomy of a Trucking Case,” Cottingham & Butler Captive Risk Retention Group Seminar, Dubuque, Iowa (2009)
  • “Dissecting the Anatomy of a Trucking Liability Claim,” Cottingham & Butler Captive Seminar – Truck Insurance Ltd. Dubuque, Iowa (2009)
  • “Managing the Relationship with the Truck Driver Client,” Harmonie Trucking and Commercial Transportation Conference Chicago, IL (2009)
  • “Preparing Your Expert in a Trucking Liability Case,” Arkansas Trucking Association Seminar, Little Rock, Arkansas (2009)
  • “Ohio Trucking Law and Tort Reform,” North American Risk Services Claim Department, Maitlin, Florida (2008)
  • “Ohio Trucking and Transportation Law,” Cottingham and Butler/SISCO Seminar, Dubuque, Iowa (2008)


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Ohio Association for Justice

Practice Areas

  • Plaintiff Personal Injury
  • Litigation


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
  • Canisius College, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio
  • Illinois

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