Peter J. Brodhead Esq.


Peter J. Brodhead Esq.


Following a judicial clerkship, Peter Brodhead joined Spangenberg Shibley & Liber in 1980 and has been a partner since 1988.

"At Spangenberg, I have had the privilege of learning from and working with some of the finest trial lawyers in this area," he says. "After thirty years here, I still feel that there is no finer group of attorneys that work so skillfully and diligently on behalf of their clients and their causes."


Over the span of three decades, Peter has handled a broad range of cases involving both traumatic injury as well as disease and illness due to toxic exposure from harmful chemicals and, in some instances, unsafe pharmaceutical products. Such matters have included:

Asbestos exposure resulting in asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma;

Fatal cancers resulting from substances such as benzene and vinyl chloride monomer fumes;

Respiratory disease due to metalworking fluid overexposure; and

Serious lung complications arising from asthma medication contaminated with harmful and potentially fatal bacteria.

Peter served as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel in the Federal Multidistrict Litigation 1909: In Re: Gadolinium-based Contrast Agent Product Liability Litigation.


Cases on behalf of victims who suffered catastrophic injuries arising from vehicular and trucking collisions, as well as defective machinery and other products;

Civil rights matters primarily involving the unconstitutional use of excessive force; and

Multiple pharmaceutical injury cases involving Fosamax, Actos, and Tylenol.

Peter has penned "Ten Myths and Facts about Defective Drug Injury Claims: What Every Consumer Needs to Know."

In recent years, Peter has handled matters involving patent infringement and represented clients who were denied insurance coverage.

  • 1980-Present: Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, Partner
  • 1979-1980: Honorable James J. Carroll and the Honorable Harry A. Hanna, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Law Clerk
  • 1979: Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, J.D.
  • 1976 Denison University, B.A.
    • Major: History
  • 1972: St. Ignatius High School
Admitted To
  • 1992: United States Supreme Court
  • 1982: 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
  • 1980: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • 1979: Ohio Supreme Court
Leadership Positions - Bar Activities
  • 1995-Present: Ohio Association for Justice, Board of Trustees
  • 2015-2016: American Association for Justice, Zofran Litigation Group, Co-Chair
  • 2008-2011: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • 2007-2011: American Association for Justice, Gadolinium Litigation Group, Co-Chair
  • 1996-2006: Ohio Association for Justice, Editorial Board Member, Ohio Trial
  • 2003-2004: Ohio Association for Justice, President
  • 1997-1998: Vice-Chair, American Bar Association
  • 1997-1998: Chair, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
Professional Membership
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Association
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • John Manos Inns of Court, Master Bencher
  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Ohio Civil Justice Reform Task Force
Recent Lectures
  • 2016: Cleveland Legal Aid Services Trial Advocacy, “Direct Examination: The Care and Feeding of Your Witnesses Before and During Trial”
  • 2015: Zofran: GSK and the Generics, AAJ Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar
  • 2015: Zofran: The Antiemetic “Setron” Drugs: Their similarities and differences, AAJ Annual Convention
  • 2014: Testosterone Therapy: Mass Torts Made Perfect, Panel Member
  • 2013: MDL v. Coordinated State Court Litigation: Strategy, Synergy & Let Them Be, OAJ Winter Convention
  • 2013: Trial Techniques, OAJ Winter Convention
  • 2013: Medtronic Infuse Clinical & Regulatory Issues, AAJ Summer Convention
  • 2013: Insider Scoop: Mass Torts on the Horizon, Mass Torts Made Perfect
  • 2013: Medtronic Infuse Litigation: Hot Topics CLE Program, AAJ Winter Convention
  • 2012: Medtronic Infuse AAJ teleseminar
  • 2012: Actos: Medical and Scientific Literature – What Does It Say And Where Do We Stand Today? Mass Torts Made Perfect, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2010: Omniscan: Chemistry and Toxicology Overview. Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, NV
Awards & Recognition
  • 2008-Present: Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs.
  • 2009-2016: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2005-2015: Listed as Leading Lawyer in Inside Business Magazine
  • 2004-2015: “Ohio Super Lawyer,” Nominated and Published by Law and Politics and Cincinnati Magazine and Northern Ohio Magazine
  • 2004-2015: Selected to Top 100 Super Lawyers
  • Selected to Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Selected to Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers
  • Selected to Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers

Pharmaceutical/ Medical Device Litigation Experience
  • Actos
  • Albuterol (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Co-Discovery Chair/Trial Counsel)
  • Breast Implant
  • Crestor
  • Fen-Phen
  • Fosamax
  • Gadolinium (Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel/Member: Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee/Science and Daubert Committees/Trial Counsel)
  • Granuflo/NaturaLyte
  • Medtronic Infuse
  • Medtronic Pacemaker
  • Pradaxa
  • Sulzer Hip (subclass counsel)
  • Tylenol
  • Welding Fumes
Civic Organizations
  • American Red Cross, Platelet & Plasma Donor
  • Cleveland Institute of Music, Trustee
  • Little Sisters of the Poor, Advisory Trustee
  • North Coast Community Homes, Trustee
Outside The Courtroom

Peter and his wife, Ellie, have four sons. He sings in the adult choir at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Gates Mills and plays keyboard in a band composed of attorneys and judges. The band plays charity and non-profit organization events free of charge.

Peter is also a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross and donates platelets and plasma regularly.

He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Little Sisters of the Poor which provides a nurturing living environment and skilled care for the elderly poor in Cleveland.

Peter also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Institute of Music and North Coast Community Homes, which provides safe, comfortable and affordable housing for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness. In 2010, North Coast recognized Peter and Ellie's commitment to the organization with its Philanthropy Award. In 2011, the pair co-chaired North Coast's biennial "Home Sweet Homes" fundraiser. The event raised over $500,000 for this worthy cause.

  • 1997: “History of Capital Punishment,” published in Ohio Trial Magazine
  • 1993: “Junk Science is Junk Defense,” published in Ohio Trial Magazine