Douglas R. Simek

Biography

Douglas Simek is a trial lawyer and national coordinating counsel for a global overhead lifting equipment manufacturer and servicer that includes several different companies and product lines. In this role, Douglas is the liaison between local counsel and the client and directs the strategy, trial preparation, and resolution of asbestos cases in 25 states. He also serves as national counsel in the defense of corporate representative depositions.

Douglas manages complex product liability and toxic tort litigation nationwide. Douglas has extensive experience in trial and appellate courts defending personal injury and wrongful death cases involving toxic exposures to asbestos. He has represented the following types of clients in toxic tort cases: overhead crane manufacturers; hoist manufacturers; boiler manufacturers; HVAC manufacturers; gasket and packing manufacturers; joint compound manufacturers; automotive manufacturers, and light, medium, and heavy duty truck manufacturers. Douglas has expertise in defending automotive and heavy equipment friction products. He has researched and presented to clients and insurance carriers on the subject of the statute of repose for improvements to real property as a defense in asbestos cases for large heavy equipment manufacturers.

He also defends general civil litigation matters in Texas, including personal injury and premises liability cases, and also has experience with Dram Shop cases.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Douglas serves as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Sub Zero Mission. The Sub Zero Mission is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent the freezing and injury caused by extreme weather exposure of the homeless and financially destitute Americans, with special focus on Military Veterans. In this role, Douglas is the chief legal officer and primary source of legal advice.

Services

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law  (J.D., 2002)
    • State of Ohio Guardian ad Litem
  • University of Dayton  (B.A., 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • The Sub Zero Mission
    • Board of Directors, Director of Legal Affairs

Honors

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2013-2016)

Trials

  • Olson, et al. v. Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, et al., Superior Court of Washington, King County
  • Maude Bell v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
  • Sharon Hensley v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
  • Marilyn Johnston v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
  • Kenneth Smith v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
  • William LaParl v. John Crane Inc., Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
  • Charles Rich v. Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division
  • James Bier v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio
  • Walter Cox v. Doe Auto Manufacturer, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio

Appellate and Reported Cases

  • Tricia Lewis v. Ashtabula Metropolitan Housing Authority, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Case No. 1:11-cv-00644: Appeal of the granting of AMHA’s motion to dismiss the complaint for failure to allege 42 U.S.C. §1983 and state created danger claims; judgment affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.
  • Mark Schwartz v. Honeywell International Inc., Supreme Court of Ohio, Case No. 2016-1372: Memorandum of Amicus Curiae, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys in Support of Merit Brief of Appellant, Honeywell International Inc.

Presentations

  • "Trials in the Age of Nuclear Verdicts: Case Study of the Defense Verdict in the $85M Olson Trial in Washington," Asbestos and Talc Litigation Webinar (June 2023)