​​Ricardo J. Cardenas

Direct: (440) 499-4540


Facsimile: (440) 745-0800

Embrace the assurance of seasoned legal expertise with Ric Cardenas, an accomplished attorney whose journey commenced at two distinguished national defense firms. With a dedicated focus on insurance defense, business law, immigration, and trusts/estate planning, Ric brings a wealth of professional experience to meet your legal needs.

Insurance Defense/In-House Claims/TPAs: Navigating personal injury and property damage claims, Ric represents businesses and commercial entities through insurers, claims departments, and their Third-Party Administrators (“TPAs”). Armed with over 25 years of experience, his approach prioritizes alleviating concerns and assisting departments with state and line-specific knowledge. Offering prompt response, transparency, and prudent guidance, Ric's expertise extends to local court contacts and knowledge of attorneys and courts throughout Ohio. Proficient in finding cost-effective experts and settlements, he ensures a comprehensive solution to all claims departments challenges.

Business Law:  As a seasoned generalist, Ric is well-versed in various facets of business law, including formation, litigation, regulatory defense, corporate compliance, employment issues, and the buying/selling of companies. Acting as your general counsel, he responds to your concerns, explains legal procedures, and uncovers potential areas of exposure. Whether addressing immediate issues or collaborating with specialists for sector-specific needs, Ric ensures your company's legal foundation is sound.

Trusts and Estate Planning:  Ric's involvement with small and family-owned businesses goes beyond legal counsel; he becomes a trusted confidant, guiding clients on a personal level to structure and protect personal and business assets, along with financial and health care directives. Offering assistance in understanding trusts and estate planning tools and processes, he emphasizes reasons and structure to avoid probate court. Collaborating amicably with financial planners, accountants, and other professionals, Ric ensures a holistic approach to securing your legacy.

A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Ric Cardenas has extended his legal practice beyond the state to include the East Coast, California, Illinois, and Florida, being admitted as pro hac vice counsel. Rooted in a rich heritage of Hispanic community leaders, he brings a network of contacts to assist in resolving your issues. With hands-on oversight, Ric remains dedicated to overseeing you entire portfolio, ensuring the best possible resolution for you.

Ohio (1996)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

1996 J.D., Case Western Reserve University, School of Law

1993 B.A., Cleveland State University, cum laude

Professional Affiliations

Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 
Ohio Hispanic Bar Association 
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (Member)

​Lakeland Community College, Adjunct Professor

2013-present:  Business Law, Paralegal Professionalism, Fact and Investigations, Litigation, and ADR courses 

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