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Bret C. Perry

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Cleveland, Ohio
216-586-2013 (Ext. 2056)
877-214-7321 (Toll Free)

Bret Perry is a Shareholder in the law firm of Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp Co. L.P.A. in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Perry concentrates his practice in the areas of the defense of physician, nursing, hospital, long-term care, aging services and assisted living malpractice claims. In addition, Mr. Perry is routinely called upon to represent the interests of ancillary healthcare providers including those employing home health aides, physical therapists, medical and radiology technologists, orthodontist and dentists. Mr. Perry has extensive trial experience handling complex multi-million dollar malpractice claims through jury verdict as well as extensive appellate experience before both state and federal courts of appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court.

In light of his expertise, Mr. Perry is a frequent lecturer to hospital facilities and their staff. He is the former Chairman of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Litigation Committee and a current Medical-Legal Liaison to the Northeast Ohio Academy of Medicine.

Prior to joining BSPH, Mr. Perry served as a judicial staff attorney to the Honorable Nancy R. McDonnell, Presiding Judge, of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and as an appellate staff attorney to the Honorable Michael J. Corrigan and Frank D. Celebreeze of the Eighth District Court of Appeals.  Mr. Perry is a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm conflict.

Mr. Perry has been recognized by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2009 through 2012, and as an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2013 through 2018. For the years 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Mr. Perry was voted one of the top 50 lawyers in the greater Cleveland area and top 100 lawyers in the State of Ohio by his peers.  Mr. Perry also enjoys an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Ancillary Healthcare Provider Defense
  • Appellate
  • General Liability Defense
  • Hospital and Long Term Care Facility Risk Management
  • Long-Term Care/Assisted Living Facility Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2009


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
    • B.S. - 1997
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Education

Representative Clients

  • American Safety Insurance
  • Beazley Syndicate
  • Cleveland Clinic Health Systems
  • Healthcare Underwriters Group
  • Legacy Health Services & Stafford Health Services
  • Lloyds of London
  • Maxum Indemnity
  • Menorah Park Center for Senior Living
  • MetroHealth Medical Center
  • Mid-Continent Insurance
  • OneBeacon
  • ProAssurance
  • Sisters of Charity Health System
  • St. Vincent Charity Health System
  • The Doctors Company
  • University Hospitals Health System
  • Western Litigation


  • "Life Care Plans and the Affordable Care Act", Attorney at Law Magazine
  • "Recognizing and Defending Against the Reptile Theory", Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Negligence Seminar, Columbus, OH
  • "Trends in Litigation and the ODH Survey Process", Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beck Symposium
  • "Wound Care and the Legal Process", Northeast Ohio Wound Care Symposium, 2013
  • "Litigation and the Long-Term Care Industry", Beck Symposium, 2012
  • "Avoiding Litigation Pitfalls", Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, 2011
  • "End of Life and Family Expectations in the Long Term Care Environment", Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, 2011
  • "Litigation 101- Are you ready for your next lawsuit?", PharMed Annual Seminar, 2010
  • "Preparing for your next lawsuit", Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, 2010
  • "Vicarious Liability and the Hospital-Defendant...the Evolution of the Agency by Estoppel and Respondeat Superior Doctrine", BSMPH Quarterly, September, 2010
  • "The Amazing Race; Protecting Your Quality Assurance and Risk Management Documents", OHCA, Columbus Ohio, 2009
  • "Defining the Long-Term Care Medical Record", Nursing Home and Assisted Living Litigation Seminar, Defense Research Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, 2009
  • "Defending the Loss of Chance Doctrine", OACTA Spring Seminar, 2008
  • "Long Term Care Documentation: Defending Your Care by Avoiding Common-Pitfalls", Legacy Health Services, 2008
  • "Nursing and the Law", Brown Mackie College of Nursing, 2008
  • "Tort Reform Update", Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2008
  • "Defining the Legal and Professional Standard of Care", Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2007
  • "Defining the Medical Record", National Business Institute, 2007
  • "The Impact of Treatises, Professional Journals, and Peer Review Articles on the Defense of Malpractice Claims", Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2006
  • "Recovering Litigation Costs", Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2008 - 2012
  • Life Member, Eighth Judicial Conference
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Top 100
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Cleveland Top 50
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Cleveland Top 50, 2016 - 2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Top 100, 2016 - 2018
  • AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Chairman-Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Litigation Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Ohio Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Defense Research Initiative, 2009 - Present
  • Northeast Ohio Academy of Medicine, Medical-Legal Liaison
  • Professional Liability Defense Foundation, 2010 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • 8th District Court of Appeals, Ohio, Staff Attorney
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Staff Attorney


  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Delta Theta Phi