As early as high school, Mark Kitrick knew that he wanted to devote his life to helping others. His father instilled in him the value of hard work and dedication to move forward and be successful. He spent his spare time assisting in nursing homes, working as a karate instructor, performing independent medical/physical examinations for insurance companies, and any other blue-collar job he could find to help him pay for high school, college and law school tuitions. Through volunteer work with the underprivileged and poor, he learned empathy, and through the theatre in high school and college he developed oratory skills.

Mark recognized that becoming a courtroom lawyer was THE way to make a positive difference for innocent victims scarred by someone else’s carelessness. But it was his first boss and mentor who steered him toward injury law. Mark knew that he had found his niche, doing what he was meant to do in his profession, and as a person.

Mark works tirelessly for his clients, and is dedicated to pursuing justice for them. He understands that most people simply cannot fight the system alone and need an advocate to help them navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations. He recognizes that the average victim does not have a serious chance of getting proper and full compensation from the billion-dollar insurance industry. And he realizes that innocent victims will not be treated fairly without someone by their sides to guide and protect them.

For almost 36 years, Mark has earned the trust and confidence of his clients. He has helped more than 10,000 people through very tough, often profoundly difficult, times, delivering compassionate counsel and achieving remarkable results.

Whether in the courtroom, playing and composing music, teaching martial arts, writing and lecturing, or performing pro bono work, Mark stands out as great humanitarian. He has also honed his many and varied skills to become the perfect trail lawyer, one who understands what his clients are going through and is devoted to fighting for them.

Mark Kitrick

  • 2003-2017 Best Lawyers in America
  • 2005-2017 Super Lawyers, Top 50 Attorneys Columbus and Ohio
  • 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubble, 24 consecutive years
  • 2017, Columbus Business First, “20 Lawyers to Know”
  • 2013 Columbus Business First, The Verdict, Top Attorney Litigation and Personal Injury
  • 2010-Present Tier 1, Best Law Firm, U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016 Distinguished Life Fellow Associate, Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • 2016 Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice (national)
  • 2016 Evergreen Fund Leadership Award, American Association for Justice (national)
  • 2015 Past President’s Award, Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • 2015 Respected Advocate Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA – the defense bar – statewide honor)
  • 2015 Above & Beyond Award, American Association for Justice (national)
  • 2014 Community Justice Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 2014 Distinguished Service Award , Ohio Association for Justice
  • 2014 Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice (national)
  • 2013 Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice (national)
  • 2009 Award for Outstanding Leadership for AAJ PAC work– AAJ Annual Convention (national)
  • 2008 Past President’s Award, Ohio Association for Justice
  • 2008 Wiedemann & Wysocki National Finance Award, AAJ Washington DC (national)
  • 2004-2007 Outstanding Service and Leadership, Columbus Bar Association
  • 2005 President’s Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2003-2004 President’s Award, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2000 President’s Award, Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association

  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) – Budget Committee Chair – elected three terms (2011-2017), member of the Budget Committee (2010-2017), National Finance Committee, Committee for a Better Future; Press Advisory Committee, AAJ PAC Committee, Public Affairs Committee, and Subcommittee regarding ERISA and Medicare, Retirement Committee, Executive Committee (6x), Audit Committee, and Organizational Review Committee (2011-2014), Evergreen Advisory Board (2016-2017). Also, elected to the Board of Governors (2008-2017) representing Ohio
  • Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) and Ohio Association for Justice Educational Foundation, formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (OATL), Advocate (2011), Board of Governors to AAJ (2009-2013), President (2007-2008); President-Elect (2006-2007); Vice President (2005-2006); Officer-Secretary (2004-2005), Officer-Treasurer (2003-2004), Fundraising Chair (2003-2004), Amicus Chair (2002-2004). Past Chair of Negligence Law, Chair of the Coalition Committee, and Chair of the Trustee-at-Large from 1996 to the present; Nominating Committee (2013)
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) – elected to Board of Trustees (2015-2018); Development Committee Chair (2016-2017); Executive Committee (2016-2017); Membership Committee (2016-2017); Grants Committee (2011-2012 & 2013-2016); Awards Committee (2015-2016); Sponsorship Ad Hoc Committee Chair (2015)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates – Ohio Chapter (ABOTA) – elected to Board of Trustees (2015-present); elected Treasurer (2017-2018)
  • MADD-Victim Services (2013) & Amicus Committee (2014-present)
  • Plaintiff’s Member of the Working Committee for the Court of Claims, State of Ohio (2012 to present)
  • Ohio Dominican University-Guest Professor-Ethics, Law & Policy-Civil Justice Overview
  • Distracted Driving-Volunteer Lecturer-Various High Schools “60 For Safety” (2012-present)
  • Puffin Foundation West-Treasurer (2011-present)
  • Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association (FCTLA)- now Central Ohio Association for Justice, President – (past positions include President and Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and then Trustee for several years); Chair and Co-Chair, Membership Committee. (2003-2004)
  • Columbus Bar Association -elected twice to the Board of Governors; member of the Law 2010 Committee and Columbus Bar Foundation Audit Committee, as well as liaison to Environmental Law, ADR, Real Property and Small Firm Committees. (2004-2007-two terms)
  • Ohio State Bar Association – Public Outreach Committee member (2008-2009)
  • Art Acquisition Committee for Franklin County Courthouse (2008-2009)
  • Minor Settlements and Wrongful Death Claims Committee– Franklin County, Ohio (2009)
  • Ohio State Bar Association Foundation’s 2006 Fellows Class, Keys to the Courtroom, a project for the working poor.
  • 126th General Assembly-Member of the Ohio Subrogation Rights Commission (2005)
  • Trustee, Short North Neighborhood Foundation (2000-2002)
  • Trustee, Dominican Home Health Agency (1996-1999)
  • Volunteer Judge, Jessup International Law Competition, Ohio State University Law School (1993 to 1999)
  • Co-Chairperson for Committee for Children Conflict Resolution through Mediation termed “Schoolutions.” Created by Mark and Java Kitrick. This Committee was supported by the Office of the Governor with the goal of integrating in schools the process whereby children learn how to resolve their own problems through mediation. (1990-1993 pro bono)
  • Volunteer legal instructor at Westminster Retirement Community. Lecturer on wills, trusts, estates and guardianships and various topics regarding seniors. (1984 -1992 pro bono)
  • Volunteer Mediator for the Peace Exhibition, Ohio State Fair, August 1989 (pro bono)
  • Volunteer Mediator for settlement week for Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and Franklin County Municipal Court (1987-1995)
  • Moot Court Judge/Advisor for the National Moot Court Team, Capital University Law School (1981-1982, Spring, 1988 and Fall, 1989) Court-appointed Chief Arbitrator for Rule 65 Arbitrations in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (1984-1985)
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice (formerly FCTLA-Past President)
  • AAJ-Leaders Forum
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • National Order of the Barristers – Lifetime Advocacy Accomplishments
  • The Melvin M. Belli Society
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association (CBA-elected to the Board of Governors 2 times)
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • National Crime Victims Bar Association
  • Injury Board (and Distracted Driving Lecturer)
  • Columbus Bar Foundation Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association

  • Author of The Emergence of Resort Torts:  A Basic Primer (AAJ 2016)
  • Co-Author of Terrorism & Commercial Insurance Coverage (CBA Lawyer’s Quarterly-Winter Edition 2016)
  • Author of How to Get Over the Fear of Flying (Living Safer, Fall 2015)
  • Co-Author of The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Ohio Lawyer, July-August 2015)
  • Co-Author of Ohio’s Move Over Law (Ohio Lawyer, July-August 2015)
  • Co-Author of Looking Inside Your Own Mind (TRIAL 2015)
  • Co-Author of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage is Critical Protection (Ohio Lawyer Jan-Feb 2015)
  • Co-Author of Hazing: Ohio’s Wide Liability Net (Ohio Lawyer, Nov.-Dec. 2014)
  • Co-Author of Ohio’s New Child Care Seat Standard (Ohio Lawyer, Sept.-Oct. 2014)
  • Co-Author of More Likely Than Not “Preponderance” is Misunderstood: Arguing for a Clearer Ohio Jury Instruction on The Burden of Proof (Ohio Trial, Spring 2014)
  • Author of Easy Food Swaps for Healthier Living (Living Safer, Spring 2014)
  • Author of Sulfite: Are You Allergic to This Common Preservative? (The Safety Report, Spring 2013)
  • Co-Author of Inaccurate Medical Records: Ramifications and Remedies (Ohio Trial, Spring 2012)
  • Contributor to book Bouncebacks: Medical and Legal, by Michael Weinstock, MD, Anadem Publishing, Inc. (2011) –Also frequently lectures on topic.
  • Co-Author/Editor of OAJ’S The Big Book of Motions Supplement (2009-2010)
  • Co-Author of Exploring Noneconomic Damages: Mining for Meaning (Ohio Trial, Summer 2007)
  • Creator and Editor-in-Chief of compilation book for Columbus Bar Association, Reflections on Life and the Law—Wit and Wisdom from Columbus Bar Association Attorneys (June 2006)
  • Author of manual How to Successfully File Documents with the Clerk of Courts, Civil Division: Answers to Common Questions (1995-pro bono with all proceeds donated to the Homeless Foundation through the Columbus Bar Association)
  • Co-author article, Direct Examination, Ohio Trial (Summer 1998)
  • Co-author – Law on the Internet: Mapping the Electronic Wilderness for Trial Lawyers, Ohio Trial (Spring 1988)
  • Co-author – Are you Certain It is Probable or Is It Probably Certain? Admission of a Medical Expert’s Opinion Regarding Future Damages, Ohio Trial
  • Co-author – Gaining a New Perspective: Extending the Loss of Chance Doctrine Beyond Medical Malpractice, Ohio Trial (2000)
  • Amicus Brief – Texler v. D.O. Summers Cleaners & Shirt Laundry Company, (1998) 81 Ohio St. 3d 677
  • Amicus Brief – Armstrong v. Best Buy, Inc., (2002) Supreme Court Case No. 02-0367
  • Co-author Law Review Article – University of Toledo Law Review – Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael: Blowout from the Overinflation of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals
  • Legal History Columnist for the Columbus Bar Association’s Bar Briefs (1999 to 2005)
  • Co-editor of OATL’s The Big Book of Complaints (2003)