Jerome F. Rolfes

Phone: 

(513) 579-0080

Fax: 

(513) 579-0222

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Construction Litigation Defense
  • Veterinary Professional Negligence Defense
  • Property and Casualty Defense
  • Bad Faith Defense



Education

Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law,
Juris Doctorate, 1988
Associate Editor, O.N.U. Law Review

University of Cincinnati,
B.A. Economics, 1985



Admitted to Practice

Federal Court:

  • U.S. Federal Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Federal Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Federal Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

State Court:

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky



Jerry joined the firm in 1990 as the firm's first associate attorney, becoming a shareholder in 1995. He has jury trial experience in Ohio and Kentucky, having completed several dozen jury trials over his decades of practice.

Cincinnati, OH

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

    Notable Experience

    SIGNIFICANT APPELLATE DECISIONS

    United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Case No. 15-4303, Virginia Whitman, et al. v. Foremost Insurance Co.(unreported)

    Oberschlake v. Veterinary Animal Clinic, 2003-Ohio-917
    http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/2/2003/2003-ohio-917.pdf

    Cropper v. Jewell, 2009-Ohio-3683
    http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/12/2009/2009-ohio-3683.pdf

    Davidson v. Uhrig 01-LW-2733 (4th) (unreported)

    Lauderbaugh v. Gellasch 2008-Ohio-6500
    http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/8/2008/2008-ohio-6500.pdf


     
    SIGNIFICANT RECENT JURY VERDICTS

    In March 2017, Jerome Rolfes obtained a defense verdict in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court after a four day jury trial in a disputed bicyclist versus moving van accident within a crosswalk.  Plaintiff’s last demand at mediation was $65,000.00, and an offer of $12,000.00.  The incident occurred at a high-volume intersection in the city of Montgomery outside Cincinnati, Ohio.  No appeal has been pursued.

    In September 2016, Mr. Rolfes obtained a favorable verdict in the Clermont County Common Pleas Court after a jury trial involving shoulder surgery of the Plaintiff and alleged soft tissue neck/back injuries with over $52,000.00 in original medical expenses.  Plaintiff’s last demand at mediation was $80,000.00 and the jury awarded $51,613.00 in favor of Plaintiff but finding (in agreement with the defense) that the shoulder condition and surgery were not related to the subject auto accident.

    In December 2013, Mr. Rolfes obtained a favorable defense verdict at jury trial in Hamilton county (Cincinnati) in an undisputed auto accident personal injury lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed over $105,000 in medical expenses, (in large part for a total knee replacement surgery) for her complaints of knee injury, and back/neck and shoulder soft-tissue injuries. The jury awarded to plaintiff only slightly over $6000 of her claimed medical expenses, plus $10,000 for pain and suffering. Despite the plaintiff’s claim of aggravation to her pre-existing knee condition, the jury excluded the knee surgery due to the evidence of her pre-existing issues. Plaintiff had demanded $150,000 but reduced their last demand to $75,000 within days of trial; defendant had expressed willingness before trial to extend up to $20,000 to which no response was made by plaintiff.

    In July, 2011, Mr. Rolfes secured a favorable verdict in Hamilton County, Ohio in a bodily injury defense of two separate plaintiffs whose last demands were $682,000.00 for the ex-husband/plaintiff and $75,000.00 for the ex-wife.  After a week-long trial, the jury awarded them $4,736.22 and $3,615.65 respectively.

    Defense verdict, Clermont County, Ohio Common Pleas Court in disputed liability motor vehicle accident.  Alleged spinal syrinx condition with more than $70,000.00 in past medical expenses from high impact collision alleging failure to yield during left turn.

    Defense verdict in Hamilton County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court in low-impact soft tissue injury motor vehicle accident with disputed liability.

    Favorable past/future damages award at jury trial of undisputed liability underinsured motorist claim in Pike County Common Pleas Court.  Plaintiff’s past medical expenses of over $40,000.00 were reduced by $19,000.00 by jury, pursuant to Robinson v. Bates decision, for plaintiff’s comminuted heel bone fracture.
     

    MEMBERSHIPS

    • Ohio Bar Association
    • Kentucky Bar Association
    • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
      • OACTA Chairman, Trial Tactics Committee (2012 - present) (Vice-Chairman 2010-2011)
    • Cincinnati Bar Association