Marion H. Little, Jr.Partner
Current: Zeiger, Tigges & Little LLP
- Partner of litigation boutique firm concentrating in corporate litigation defense, professional liability, and media cases.
1991 – 1994: Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein (Columbus, Ohio)
- Litigation Associate in Columbus firm which served as principal counsel for the Limited, Inc. and its affiliates.
Clerk and Government Experience
Community and Professional Affiliations
Representative Trial Experience
- Lead trial counsel in successful defense of energy facility developer. Plaintiffs alleged fraudulent conspiracy by defendants in securing real property for $300 million electrical plant. Jury trial concluded by directed verdict in client's favor.
- Lead trial counsel in four-week trial advancing derivative claims for misappropriation of corporate opportunities and breach of fiduciary duty by corporate president and director. $19.8 million verdict returned in clients favor included award of punitive damages and the imposition of constructive trusts.
- Lead trial attorney in defense of action pursued by approximately 500 plaintiffs. Clients' overall exposure was $300 million. Case tried to a defense verdict.
- Co-counsel in four-week jury trial advancing fraud and federal RICO claims upon behalf of plaintiff. Jury verdict in favor of client. Believed to be the only successfully tried civil RICO case in the Southern District of Ohio, Easten Division.
- Lead trial attorney upon behalf of Governor Voinovich's administration of successful defense of eleven lawsuits alleging discriminatory employment practices based upon political affiliation in violation of the First Amendment.
- Lead trial attorney in defense of multi-week penny stock fraud arbitration. Claimants sought in excess of $3 million. Case tried to a defense verdict.
- Lead trial attorney in defense of four-week arbitration involving defamation claims and damage claim well in excess of $3 million. Case tried to a defense verdict.
- Lead trial attorney in multiple preliminary and permanent injunction actions, including actions to enforce non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and protect trade secrets.
- Lead trial attorney in multiple arbitrations tried before the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.
- Numerous court appearances on behalf of media clients to ensure court access for both print and electronic media.
- Numerous original actions for writs of mandamus and/or prohibition before Ohio Supreme Court
Representative Appellate Advocacy
- Ohio Civil Rights Commission v. Triangle Real Estate Services, Inc., 2007 WL 1125482 (Ohio App. 10 Dist. 2007). Successfully defended owner, builder and developer from claims of discrimination in the construction and design of multi-family units.
- Columbus Homes, Ltd., et al. v. S.A.R. Construction, Inc., et al., 2007 WL 1083254 (Ohio App. 10 Dist. 2007). Successfully affirmed lower court monetary judgment in excess of $19 million.
- McConnell v. Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgical Services, Inc., 165 Fed. Appx. 423 (6th Cir. 2006). Successfully defended hospital against claims of fraud and tortious interference and alleged violation of Anti-kickback and Stark Laws.
- Central Funding, Inc. v. CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc., 2003 WL 22177226 (Ohio App. 10 Dist. 2003). Successfully sought reversal of lower court grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiff. Court ultimately found, on appeal, client was entitled to summary judgment on its claim that plaintiff proceeded in bad faith.
- State ex rel. Consumer News Services, Inc. v. Worthington City Board of Education, 97 Ohio St. 3d 58 (2002). Prevailed in mandamus action to compel production of public records. Court found that Respondent had engaged in a history of failing to timely comply with public-records requests.
- Citicasters Co. v. Bricker & Eckler LLP, 149 Ohio App. 3d 705 (2002). Successfully argued for affirmance of lower court’s dismissal of multi-million dollar fraud claim against law firm.
- Tallal v. Bank One, N.A., 94 Ohio St. 3d 1251 (2002). Retained to handle Supreme Court briefing and oral argument. Successfully convinced the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal as having been improvidently granted.
- Advanced Analytics Laboratories, Inc. v. Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter LPA, et al., 148 Ohio App. 3d 440 (2002). Successfully defended law firm against legal malpractice claims.
- Dennis Holley v. WBNS 10 TV, Inc., 149 Ohio App. 3d 22 (2002). Successfully defended television station against slander claims.
- Ware v. Kowars, 2001 WL 58731 (Ohio App. 10 Dist. 2001). Successfully defended broker-dealer against claims under Blue Sky law and various common law theories relating to security sales.
- State ex rel. Dispatch Printing Co. v. Louden, 91 Ohio St. 3d 61 (2001). Successful mandamus/writ of prohibition action against Delaware court judge who had excluded media from courtroom and courthouse.
- FontBank, Inc. v. CompuServe Incorporated, 138 Ohio App. 3d 801, 742 N.E.2d 674 (Ohio App. 10 Dist. Aug. 3, 2000). Successfully defended against fraud and contract claims.
- Rountree v. WBNS TV, Inc., 1999 WL 1054882 (Ohio App. 10 Dist. 1999). Successfully defended television station against slander claims.
- Collins v. Voinovich, et al., 150 F.3d 575 (6th Cir. 1998). Successfully argued for affirmance of lower court’s dismissal of political discrimination claim.
- Powell v. Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, et al., Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case Nos. 98-3668; 98-3670. Successfully argued for affirmance of order imposing Rule 11 sanctions against attorney.
- Myron N. Terlecky v. Dwight I. Hurd, et al., 133 F.3d 377 (6th Cir. 1997). Successfully argued for affirmance of District Court’s dismissal of fraud claims brought by bankruptcy trustee against defendant attorneys and law firm. Underlying litigation involved an alleged penny stock fraud scheme.
- Knowlton v. Brown, 107 F.3d 870 (6th Cir. 1997). Assumed representation after trial court had ruled in plaintiff’s favor. Successfully convinced Sixth Circuit to reverse lower court’s decision on an interlocutory appeal.
- Kreuzer v. Brown, 28 F.3d 359 (6th Cir. 1997). Successfully argued for affirmance of lower court’s dismissal of political discrimination claim.
- Eugene Flis v. George Voinovich, Governor of Ohio, et al., Case No. 96-4369, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Successfully argued for affirmance of lower court’s dismissal of political discrimination claim brought against Governor Voinovich’s administration.
- Roberts, Administrator v. Bank of America, Trustee, 107 Ohio App. 3d 301, 668 N.E.2d 942 (Franklin Cty. Nov. 7, 1995). Enforceability of arbitration clause. Client prevailed.
Awards and Recognition
- Ohio Super Lawyers
- Best Lawyers in America
J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1989
Summa Cum Laude, The Order of the Coif
- Articles Editor, The Ohio State Law Journal, 1989
B.A., The Ohio State University, 1986
Bar AdmissionsSupreme Court of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals; Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
United States District Court; Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan