Alan H. Abes

Biography

Alan is co-chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group, vice chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, on the firm’s Recruiting Committee and Cincinnati Pro Bono coordinator. He litigates regularly in state and federal trial courts around the country. He handles breach of contract and complex commercial claims across many industries. He represents debt buyers in class action and individual consumer cases brought under the FDCPA and related state law. He has long helped insurance carriers handle or litigate challenging claims. Alan is also solicitor for the Village of Fairfax, Ohio and regular or special counsel for several Ohio joint fire districts and political subdivisions, advising them across the spectrum of their operations as public servants.

He is experienced arguing in state supreme court and intermediate state and federal circuit courts of appeal. He is also experienced at assessing claims early, mediating or resolving them informally to mitigate risk and control cost when that is the best course and assisting with efforts designed to prevent or limit claims before they arise. He likewise uses his experience to serve the community and the legal profession, and appreciates all that he learns from others when doing so. 

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 1993)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.A., summa cum laude, 1990)
    • Honors in the Liberal Arts and distinction in Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class 39
  • ACA International/RMA
  • Ohio State Bar Association/American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Board of Trustees 
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • BLAC-CBA Roundtable
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
    • Call for Partners and multiple volunteer roles
    • "Youth Achieve" Impact Council, past chair
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, board member
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, board member
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
    • Business Education Connectivity Council
    • Elementary school tutor

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers® 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" Cincinnati for Insurance Law (2015)
    • Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law 
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • AM Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, fellow and past chair