Justin M. Croniser
Partner

200 Public Square
Suite 2800
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Primary Practices

Justin M. Croniser represents corporations, officers, and employees in complex commercial litigation and class-action litigation in state and federal trial courts throughout the United States. Justin handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including contracts, fraud, insurance bad faith, tort claims, business torts, and compliance with government regulations. Justin also has considerable experience in reviewing banks’ underwriting practices and procedures and evaluating claims made under closing protection letters (also known as CPLs and insured closing letters). Further, Justin counsels his clients on cybersecurity, data privacy, and data breach management issues.

Justin also has considerable experience in crisis management and communications from his prior work as a police officer and public information officer (“PIO”) for the Gallatin, Tennessee Police Department. Justin addressed all sorts of incidents in the city, from noise violations to an active shooter situation. As the department’s PIO, Justin handled media inquiries for the department, answering questions on topics ranging from crime prevention tips to bank robberies and murders. Justin was awarded the department’s Community Service Award in 2003.

Professional History

  • Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2015-present; Chair, Recruiting Committee, 2016-present; Associate, 2007-15
  • Associate, Thompson Hine LLP, 2005-07
  • Law Clerk, Bales Weinstein, 2004
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable M. Scott Ramey, Municipal Court Judge, Sylvania, Ohio, 2003
  • Certified Police Officer and Crime Prevention and Community Affairs Officer, Gallatin Police Department, Gallatin, Tennessee, 1998-2002
  • Police and Fire Dispatcher, Ottawa Hills Police Department, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 1995-98, 2002-03
  • Police Dispatcher, The University of Toledo Police Department, Toledo, Ohio, 1994-98
  • Congressional Intern, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Washington, D.C., Summer 1997

 

Personal

Justin lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Penelope, and their two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys researching his family’s genealogy and listening to music.

Credentials

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2005

Honors & Activities: Dean’s List; Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Authorities Editor; Phi Alpha Delta, Vice Justice; VULS Headnotes, Member

The University of Toledo, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997

Honors & Activities: Dean’s List; President’s List; Phi Kappa Phi; Mortar Board National Honor Society; Phi Sigma Alpha; Golden Key National Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa; Student Legal Services, Board Member; Student Senate, Member and Speaker Pro Tempore; Student Judicial Board, Member

Community Involvement

Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Council, Member, 2015-present

 

After-School All-Stars Cleveland Advisory Board, Board Chair, 2016-present

 

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Partners-In-Justice, Member, 2012-present

 

Cub Scout Pack No. 620, Treasurer, 2016-present

Awards & Distinctions

Graduate, Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute, 2014

 

Graduate, FBI Citizens’ Academy, 2006

 

Community Service Award, Gallatin Police Department, 2003

 

Member of the Year, Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2001

 

New Member of the Year, Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2000

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2005

 

U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, 2006 and the Southern District of Ohio, 2007

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

 

Ohio State Bar Association, Member

 

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member

 

Ohio Land Title Association, Member