People who are injured in a car accident or by another event caused by negligence are members of a club they never wished to join. That is where Dana Paris comes in. An associate attorney who grew up with the law, she considers it a privilege to seek justice on behalf of clients.
One could argue Paris was an expert in legal matters long before she attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Her father is a trial lawyer and her mother is a judge.
“I grew up in a household where discussions centered around inequalities in our legal system and the effect it has had on a large segment of our population,” she said. “In the latter part of college, I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and followed in my parents’ footsteps into a great profession.”
Paris, who has practiced since 2013, is a personal injury trial attorney at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy in Cleveland.
“Oftentimes, when clients are involved in accidents through no fault of their own, it has an enormous impact on their lives,” she said. “They’re unable to work due to their injuries and their medical treatment and bills seem insurmountable.”
It is motivation for Paris to go to the mat on their behalf.
“Not only do I take pride in fighting for my clients and helping to return their lives to some semblance of normalcy, but it’s incredibly rewarding to form lasting friendships with my clients as well,” she said.
One gratifying moment occurred when Paris resolved a particularly contentious case. The client – a soon-to-be bride – asked Paris to officiate her wedding.
“Of course, I couldn’t, but it was flattering to know that she wanted me involved in one of the most important days of her life,” she said.
Paris said the most notable case of her career involved a client who suffered from an undiagnosed angina due to medical malpractice. The client had a major heart attack that left her permanently disabled.
“The case went to a verdict in her favor,” said Paris, who added that no amount of money could erase the devastation suffered by her client, but the jury’s decision offered a measure of peace.
The win was significant for Paris, who was raised with solid Jewish values, including compassion, honesty and an inclination to put forth “maximum effort for every client.”
Jill McCullough is a freelance writer.