This year’s Super Lawyers Top 10 sees the return of two attorneys, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell’s Hugh Gottschalk and Brad Levin of Levin Sitcoff. But neither of them are strangers to the list, and in their decades of practice, Levin and Gottschalk have developed some insights about the most satisfying parts of practicing and what makes them feel they’ve served their clients well.
Although it’s difficult to discern exactly what accounts for an attorney’s movement on the list, Gottschalk explained he has tried several high-profile cases in the last year. Most recently, he won FCA U.S. v. Spitzer Autoworld Akron earlier this month in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which examined whether federal legislation put in place following Chrysler’s 2010 bankruptcy preempted Ohio state dealer laws.
Gottschalk also represents Vail Resorts in wrongful death litigation brought by the family of Taft Conlin, a teenager who died on Vail Mountain in 2012. That trial is currently pending. Additionally, he represents Noble Energy in the case of a 2017 home explosion in Firestone resulting from a gas line leak.
“I think all of those things together just represent a very active and very visible and dynamic trial practice for a variety of clients in a variety of situations in a variety of courts,” said Gottschalk, who ranked in the Super Lawyers Top 10 in 2008 and has also been in the Top 50 several times.