Markovits, Stock, & De Marco is a well-balanced team with deep varying experience extending from representing businesses, public pension funds, and individuals in federal and state courts across the nation, to successfully arguing appeals at the highest levels of the legal system. Meet the team.
Bill Markovits practices in the area of complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on securities, antitrust, RICO, and False Claims Act cases. Bill began his career as a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. He continued a focus on antitrust after moving to Cincinnati, where he became an adjunct professor of antitrust law at the University of Cincinnati Law School. Bill has been involved in a number of notable cases, including: the Choice Care securities, antitrust and RICO class action in which the jury awarded over $100 million to a class of physicians; a fraud/RICO case on behalf of The Procter & Gamble Company, which resulted in a settlement of $165 million; an eleven year antitrust and RICO class action against Humana, including appeals that reached the United States Supreme Court, which culminated in a multi-million dollar settlement; and a national class action against Microsoft, in which he was chosen from among dozens of plaintiffs’ attorneys to depose Bill Gates. He is currently one of the lead counsel in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities cases.
Chris Stock is a founding member of Markovits, Stock & DeMarco. Chris’s legal practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including securities and antitrust class actions as well as appellate advocacy. Serving as a judicial law clerk for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell gave Chris invaluable insight into how courts synthesize and deconstruct legal arguments. Since then, Chris has briefed and argued numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Ohio Supreme Court, and Ohio appellate courts, including obtaining a rare summary reversal from the United States Supreme Court.
Paul M. DeMarco
Paul M. De Marco is a founding member of Markovits, Stock & DeMarco, LLC. He is an Appellate Law Specialist certified by the Ohio State Bar Association and has handled more than 100 appellate matters, including cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, six federal circuits, and five state supreme courts. Paul’s practice also focuses on class actions and other complex litigation. During his 25 years in Cincinnati, Paul has been actively involved in successful litigation related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fernald nuclear weapons plant, the Lucasville (Ohio) prison riot, Lloyd’s of London, defective Bjork-Shiley heart valves, Holocaust-related claims against Swiss and Austrian banks, the Bankers Trust derivative scheme, Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center, the San Juan DuPont Plaza Hotel fire, the Procter & Gamble Satanism rumor, the Hamilton County (Ohio) Morgue photograph scandal, defective childhood vaccines, claims arising from tire delamination and vehicle roll-over, racial hostility claims against one of the nation’s largest bottlers, fiduciary breach claims against the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, and claims arising from the heatstroke death of NFL lineman Korey Stringer.
Andy Biller practices in the areas of employment law and class actions with a specific focus on wage and hour litigation. Prior to joining Markovits, Stock & DeMarco as Of Counsel, Andy ran a successful solo practice that was one of only a few Ohio firms to focus almost exclusively on wage and hour litigation. Andy’s practice involves cutting-edge wage and hour issues, and he has successfully litigated a number of novel wage and hour issues under Ohio law, including the first case to certify a class action for violations of Ohio’s minimum wage amendment, the first case to declare unconstitutional the implementing legislation to Ohio’s minimum wage amendment (appeal pending before the Ohio Supreme Court), the first case to grant an award under Ohio’s wage and hour recordkeeping provision, and the first case under Article II, Section 34a of the Ohio Constitution to recognize whistleblower protection for opposing the destruction of wage and hour records.
Terence R. Coates
Terry Coates is Markovits, Stock & DeMarco’s managing partner. His legal practice focuses on personal injury law, sports & entertainment law, business litigation and class action litigation. Before joining Markovits, Stock & DeMarco in May 2013, Terry gained considerable experience at one of the nation’s preeminent plaintiffs’ litigation law firms, including working as the firm administrator.
Several organizations have recognized Terry’s accomplishments and dedication to the practice of law. In 2014, Wittenberg University, Terry’s alma mater, presented him the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. In 2015, Terry’s peers in the Cincinnati legal community presented him the Cincinnati Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award. Terry has been designated as an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2014-2016, which is a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of Ohio attorneys under the age of 40.
Joseph Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor, where he learned the impact that violent crime has on families and neighborhoods. As an assistant prosecutor, he dedicated his life to serving and helping our communities.
After a notable tenure as a tough assistant prosecutor, he was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. While serving as Clerk of Courts, Mr. Deters developed his skills as a manager of a large office (350 employees) and gained the respect of other officeholders and the community. Joe Deters is now Hamilton County’s longest serving Prosecuting Attorney (1992-1999 and 2005-present).
Eric Kmetz grew up in Canton, Ohio. He is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati Law School, where he was a member of the law review and vice-president of the trial team. Prior to entering law school, Eric was a screenwriter and filmmaker in Los Angeles, CA. Eric wrote original screenplays and adapted books for several major Hollywood studios, including Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema and Columbia Pictures. He worked with many high profile actors and directors and won several producing and directing awards. In 2003, Eric produced “The Book & the Rose,” which was short-listed for an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed a segment of “Love & Distrust” starring James Franco. The research, presentation and writing skills Eric developed during his film career, he now puts to use in presenting forceful arguments on behalf of clients.
Jennifer J. Morales
Jennifer Morales practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation and settlement administration. She has significant experience in the estimation, litigation, and liquidation of mass tort claims, the creation of qualified settlement funds, and the counseling of trustees of mass tort settlement trusts on all aspects of trust administration, including compliance with distribution procedures in the evaluation and payment of claims. Jen has represented clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in their dealings with state and federal agencies and in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Louise M. Roselle
Louise M. Roselle has practiced law for more than 40 years. A 1971 cum laude graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Ms. Roselle also has a MBA from the University of Cincinnati College of Business. Since 1981, Ms. Roselle has been in private practice and has tried many cases including both complex litigation and personal injury jury trials. Ms. Roselle was co-lead counsel in the Cook v Rockwell litigation in the United States District Court in Denver which resulted in a $928 million judgment that was later reversed by the Tenth Circuit. Ms. Roselle is a recipient of the 2009 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award in honor of her contribution to the public interest through the Cook v Rockwell case. Since 2003, Ms. Roselle has been lead counsel in the In re: Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation in the United States District Court Eastern District of Washington.
Andrew Kimble represents employees and employers in individual and class action lawsuits.
Andrew has successfully litigated against companies of all kinds, from single-location restaurants, to government agencies, to international corporations. He has represented restaurant employees denied their rightful wages, delivery drivers who are not properly reimbursed for expenses, exotic dancers paid only in tips, and various other employees misclassified as “independent contractors” or salaried employees. In the process, he has helped thousands of workers recover millions of dollars in wages.