J. Patrick Schomaker


(513) 579-0080


(513) 579-0222

Areas of Practice

  • Property and Casualty Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Claim Investigation


Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Juris Doctorate, 2003; Moot Court

Xavier University
B.A. Political Science, English Minor, 2000

Admitted to Practice

Federal Court:

  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

State Court:

  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky

Cincinnati, OH

600 Vine St.
Suite 2600
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 579-0080

    Notable Experience


    Defense verdict for insurer in federal court on plaintiffs’ breach of contract claims stemming from the denial of a fire loss claim. The claim was denied for both intentional acts and material misrepresentation, and the federal court jury returned a verdict for the defense on all counts.

    Defense Verdict in Lucas County Common Pleas Court (Toledo, Ohio) in lawsuit stemming from a motor vehicle accident with disputed injury claims.  Two plaintiffs claimed damages consisting primarily of chiropractic treatment resulting from direct telephone solicitation following the accident.  Following a unanimous jury verdict, the trial judge awarded plaintiffs their ER bills based on undisputed reasonableness.

    Summary Judgment in Marion County, Indiana Circuit Court (Indianapolis, Indiana) in favor of privately-owned casino in lawsuit stemming from a patron’s eviction for counting cards while gambling.  Plaintiff asserted a theory of breach of contract and also sought a declaratory judgment the casino’s actions were not proper, but did not claim any discrimination.  Summary Judgment granted based upon the casino’s right as a privately-owned place of amusement to refuse the business of any prospective patron for any reason, or no reason.


    • Trending Issues Facing SIU - A Panel Discussion from SIU Management; National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) 2017 Ohio Joint Insurance Fraud Seminar; March 8, 2017
    • “The Examination Under Oath: What it is….And What it’s Not”Indiana Lawyer, Volume 24, No. 2 – March-April, 2013.
    • The Best Defense is a Good Offense; OACTA Annual Conference, Dayton, Ohio November 8, 2012.
    • Best Practices for First Responders to Slip/Trip & Fall in Premises Liability Claims; Rising Sun, Indiana, July 25, 2012.
    • What to Look for in an Origin and Cause Report; presented jointly with Trace Lawless and Tyler Hull; National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII); Dublin, Ohio 2012.
    • “Federal Authorities Bring Charges in Alleged Arson Fraud Scheme”; NSPII News, Winter 2009.


    Xavier University Executive Mentor Program
    Participated as mentor for college upperclassmen interested in legal career, 2007 – Present.

    “Ask a Lawyer Today” Lawrenceburg, Indiana
    Participated in volunteer program allowing citizens to consult with attorneys free of charge on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (2008, 2013).

    Community Service Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Cincinnati Bar Association
    Committee member (2006).


    • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
    • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
    • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky State Bar Associations
    • Cincinnati Bar Association