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Stacy A. Starcher

Shareholder
127 Public Square
Suite 3510
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 912-3813
(216) 344-9006 - Fax
sastarcher@mdwcg.com

Since 1998, Stacy has focused her practice exclusively on the defense of health care providers, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, hospitals and other allied health professionals. She has defended allegations of medical negligence in the areas of radiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, oncology, and family and internal medicine. 

Stacy has tried dozens of cases of alleged medical negligence to verdict in six counties in the state of Ohio. She also defends health care professionals in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her practice also includes advising medical professionals and institutions in pre-trial investigations and risk management.    

Stacy is board certified in Trial Advocacy and Civil Procedure by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Rising Star, as well as one of the Best Lawyers in America. She also speaks and writes about issues related to medical negligence and risk management. Stacy is passionate about the defense of medical care providers, and is dedicated to educating them and the public about the seldom-discussed impact of medical negligence allegations on health care providers.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a physician who was sued for allegedly improperly prescribing a steroid. The patient was non-compliant with the physician's instructions on dosage and other recommendations, and died of sepsis after six weeks of extensive surgical and medical treatment. The allegation was that the overprescription of Prednisone compromised the patient's immune system and weakened his bones. Although the jury found that the physician was negligent, they also found that the patient was comparatively negligent at 51 percent, resulting in a defense verdict under Ohio law.

  • Received a defense verdict in a case involving an allegation against an OB/GYN for removing a 32-year-old woman's ovaries without reason and without her permission, resulting in the woman being forced into "premature menopause." The plaintiff and her husband claimed that the OB/GYN specifically told them he would not remove her ovaries given her age and because there was nothing wrong with them. The OB/GYN disputed this claim. After a four-day trial, the jury found that the OB/GYN acted properly in removing the ovaries.

  • Received a defense verdict in a case involving a delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer in a 55-year-old non-smoker. A lung nodule was found coincidentally on a CAT scan of the plaintiff's chest after he was involved in a bicycle crash after suffering a cardiac event. The plaintiff was admitted to the hospital and underwent a catheterization. He was sent home without being told of the finding, and claimed he was not told until seven months later, after which he waited another four months to see a physician. Stacy represented the Emergency Medicine physician who ordered the test but admitted that he did not tell the plaintiff about the finding. After a seven-day trial, the jury found that the physician acted properly in not telling the patient about the finding.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Proving Your Case – Standard of Care, Causation and Experts, National Business Institute's Medical Malpractice From Start to Finish seminar, Independence, OH, November 8, 2018

  • The Apology Statute, Ohio 2012

Published Works

  • "Teleradiology and Quality Assurance Issues," DRI's The Voice, Volume 13 Issue 3, 2014

  • "The Hidden Cost of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits," DRI's Medlaw Update, Volume 18 Issue 4, 2013

  • "A Doctor's Dilemma," University of Dayton Law Review, 1995

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH (J.D., 1996)

    Honors: magna cum laude

    Law Review: University of Dayton Law Review, Associate Editor (1995-1996)

    Honors: University of Dayton Constitutional Law Moot Court Team (1994-1995), Runner-up in National Competition (1995)

  • Malone University, Canton, OH (B.S., 1991)

    Honors: magna cum laude

Dec 6, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a complicated medical malpractice case in Ohio. We represented a radiologist who interpreted a brain MRI for a woman who was believed to have suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack. The radiologist did not report any...
Sep 21, 2015
Won a defense verdict in a case involving a delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer in a 55-year-old non-smoker. A lung nodule was found, coincidentally, by the defendant ER Medicine Physician, on a CAT scan of the plaintiff's chest after he...
October 22, 2018
Stacy A. Starcher, shareholder in the Health Care Department at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute's "Medical Malpractice From Start to Finish" seminar on November 8 at the Holiday Inn Independence in Independence, Ohio. In "...
December 6, 2017
Marshall Dennehey is pleased to announce that David J. Fagnilli and Stacy A. Starcher, shareholders in the firm's Cleveland office, have been selected to the 2018 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. In the firm's Cincinnati office, associate David J. Oberly has been selected a 2018 Ohio Super...
January 12, 2015
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced today the expansion of its Ohio health care practice with the additions of Stacy Ragon Delgros, Shareholder, and Kenneth W. McCain, Associate, to the firm's Cleveland office. Both attorneys focus their practices on medical malpractice defense...
Seminar Nov 8, 2018
Stacy Starcher is speaking at the National Business Institute's Medical Malpractice from Start to Finish seminar. In "Proving Your Case – Standard of Care, Causation and Experts," Stacy will discuss  understanding the Doctor...

Areas of Practice

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1996)
  • Malone University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio

Associations & Memberships

  • Akron Bar Association
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2015

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