Stacy A. Starcher


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

U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
University of Dayton School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1996)
Malone University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1991)
Honors & awards
- Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Ohio Super Lawyers
Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star
2005-2007, 2009
Associations & memberships
Akron Bar Association
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Ohio State Bar Association
Year joined

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