John Chlysta

John Chlysta

Of Counsel
330-670-7305 (t)
330-670-7442 (f)
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Mr. Chlysta is an HCP partner who counsels insurance carriers on coverage and liability-defense matters.  He has extensive experience handling the coverage aspects of construction-defect, intentional-tort, and large-loss property claims and litigation.  He also frequently defends municipalities and their employees in civil-rights and injury cases.  He has successfully litigated cases throughout Ohio, in both federal and state courts.

Mr. Chlysta is also one of HCP’s primary brief writers and appellate advocates.  He has personally argued approximately 75 cases in Ohio’s appellate courts.  He was a primary brief writer, for instance, in Cleveland Bar Assn. v. CompManagement, Inc., a seminal Ohio Supreme Court case regarding the unauthorized practice of law.

Away from the office, John enjoys relaxing with his wife and three children at their home at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.  The Chlystas also hike the Summit County Metroparks and travel whenever they can to national parks, beaches, and all points in between.  Last but not least, John is hopelessly obsessed with the Boston Red Sox and Buckeye football. Therapy may be necessary.

Notable Cases

  • McGowan, Admr. v. Family Medicine, Inc., 2002-Ohio-4071
  • Hillier v. Nationwide Mut. Ins., 2003-Ohio-6153
  • Erie Ins. Exchange v. Colony Dev. Corp., 2003-Ohio-7232
  • Mathis v. Am. Commerce Ins. Co., 2004-Ohio-2021
  • Cleveland Bar Assn. v. CompManagement, Inc., 104 Ohio St.3d 168, 2004-Ohio-6506
  • State Housing Authority Risk Pool v. Erie Ins. Group, 2004-Ohio-7223
  • Sompo Japan Ins. Co. v. Vaughn, 2005-Ohio-1947
  • Barnes v. Hallam, 2005-Ohio-2934
  • Interstate Properties v. Prasanna, Inc., 2006-Ohio-2686
  • Cleveland Bar Assn. v. CompManagement, Inc., 111 Ohio St.3d 444, 2006-Ohio-6108
  • Dutch Maid Logistics, Inc. v. Acuity Insurance, 2009-Ohio-1783
  • Currier v. Penn-Ohio Logistics, 187 Ohio App.3d 32, 2010-Ohio-198

Professional Info


  • Ohio Supreme Court (1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1998)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (2005)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Portage County Bar Association


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1992)
  • Kent State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1989)
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