At Milestone Consulting, we have the honor and pleasure of working with many of the best trial lawyers in the country. We have decided to highlight some of these awesome attorneys whose work ethic and success have made them assets to the civil justice system.
This month, we’re featuring Mark Kitrick, partner at Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co. His firm represents people in cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, faulty products, malpractice claims, and consumer class actions. Over more than three decades, Mark has helped more than 10,000 people through difficult times, delivering compassionate counsel and achieving remarkable results.
In addition to his outstanding legal work, Mark is a humanitarian and an active member in his community. As early as high school, he began assisting in nursing homes, working as a karate instructor, performing independent medical/physical examinations for insurance companies, and working to pay for his own high school, college and law school tuitions.
We asked Mark a few questions about his career and the civil justice system, which he answered below.
What is your favorite part about being a trial attorney?
That is easy- helping people through some of most difficult times in their lives.
Trial attorneys can get a bad wrap. What do you think can be done (or is being done) to expel this stereotype?
People need to know all the incredible and many good things that trial lawyers do for their communities. It is extraordinary all the free legal help and volunteer work that lawyers do for society.
What has been one of the greatest challenges you’ve faced as a lawyer?
Trying to maintain a balance between work and our high level of stress when dealing with tragedy and trauma every day.
What are your future goals?
To take on corporate misconduct and also lobby for better consumer laws in the US.
Tell us about a case that you’ve handled that you consider a success story.
The most recent case (last year at this time), which has garnered national and international attention (and seen on YouTube by millions), where we represented the Estate of Tyler Jarrell, a wonderful 18 year old who was killed on impact when The Ohio State Fair FIREBALL ride went into catastrophic failure. We were able to coordinate and resolve major claims swiftly and fairly, while we’ve continuously educated the public about a number of unfair laws, and at the same we’re lobbying for “Tyler’s Law” which if passed in Ohio will better protect consumers when taking amusement park rides.
Tune in again soon for another feature post about an attorney we admire.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).