Youngstown
22 E McKinley Way Ste A
Poland Ohio 44514-2066
Phone: 330-729-1090
Fax: 330-869-9008


Thomas M. Vasvari

senior partner

Areas of Practice

Civil and Criminal Cases, Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents

Tom Vasvari was born in Struthers, Ohio, where his family worked in steel mills and were active in politics. Tom decided to become an attorney in grade school and has never wavered from this ambition, as he has now been practicing law for over 25 years. After his first semester of law school at Case Western Reserve University, Tom served as a law clerk to a group of prominent Youngstown attorneys. From that experience, he knew he wanted to represent injured people and the “underdogs” who needed an attorney to level an unfair playing field.

After law school, Tom was invited to practice with the same attorneys who employed him as a law clerk. He was also invited to serve as a staff attorney in Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals. There he learned from the best (and worst) attorneys as they argued their most complex cases to the appellate court.

Since leaving the Court of Appeals, Tom tried many cases with his mentor and former law partner, Clair M. Carlin. Carlin was president of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and Tom benefited greatly from serving on the board of trustees and as co-chair of the negligence law committee of that organization. In that capacity, Tom frequently planned and spoke at seminars designed to help attorneys sharpen their trial skills. It was during this time that Tom gained perspective through his role as acting judge in the Struthers Municipal Court. There, he was required to make rulings and decisions on civil and criminal cases.

In 2002, Tom began practicing law with Gary Kisling, Rob Nestico, and Robert Redick. He quickly found they shared a passion for representing injured people who simply need help and for doing what it takes to provide that help. He has since tried many cases with Kisling, Nestico & Redick, and has had the opportunity to argue before the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of Ohio auto insurance consumers.

In 2007, Tom was privileged to take on the opportunity of managing the Youngstown office of KNR. He is currently a Senior Partner with the law firm.

Professional Profiles and Reviews

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • Ohio, 1990

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, J.D. cum laude, 1990
  • Honors: Civil Procedure Award
  • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Honors: Clarence P. Gould Society
  • Honors: Youngstown Vindicator Social Studies Award
  • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Vahila v. Hall, 77 Ohio St.3d 42. (The Ohio Supreme Court 1997)
  • Petras v. Ohio Concrete Constr. Co., 74 Ohio St.3d 186 (1995)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Summit County Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Professional Experience

  • Addiction Programs of Mahoning County, Inc., Executive Director, 2005 – 2007
  • Small Plaintiff Firm, Attorney, 2002 – 2005
  • Economarketing, Inc., Attorney and Broker, 2000 – 2002
  • Carlin & Vasvari, LLC, Attorney, 1998 – 2000
  • McLaughlin, McNally & Carlin, Attorney, 1994 – 1998
  • Struthers Municipal Court, Acting Judge, 1998 – 2000
  • Private Practice Law, Attorney, 1990 – 1994
  • Mahoning County Probate Court, Special Master, 1998
  • Seventh District Court of Appeals, Law Clerk/Staff Attorney, 1991 – 1994
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Governing Trustee, 1997 – 1999
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Negligence Law Section, Vice Chair, 1997 – 1998
  • Mahoning-Trumbull Academy of Trial Lawyers, President, 1997 – 1998
  • Mahoning-Trumbull Academy of Trial Lawyers, Vice President, 1996 – 1997
  • Mahoning-Trumbull Academy of Trial Lawyers, Secretary, 1995 – 1996

Classes/Seminars

  • Chair, Case Review Seminar, 1998
  • Chair, Tort Reform Seminar, H.B.350, 1997
  • Chair, Courtroom Medicine V Seminar, 1996
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., and Carlin, Clair M., Expert Witnesses After Daubert and Kumho Tire, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Evidence Seminar, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, 1999
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., and Lewis, Richard, Biomechanical Testimony in Low Impact Crash Cases, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Regional Seminars, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, 1999
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., Proving Proximate Cause in the Professional (Non-Medical) Liability Case, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio., 1998
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., Attorney Fees and Costs, Mahoning-Trumbull Academy of Trial Lawyers Case Review Seminar, 1998
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., Can You Say That In Trial?, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., Impact of H.B. 350 on Expert Witnesses, Mahoning-Trumbull Academy of Trial Lawyers Tort Reform Seminar, 1998
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., Appellate Practice: A Primer, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, New Lawyers Seminar, Columbus, Ohio., 1995
  • Vasvari, Thomas M., Victim’s Rights, Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc. Victims Encounter Group, 1992

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors of Mahoning County Mental Health & Recovery Board, 2017 – present
  • Charter President, Struthers Optimist Club, 1991
  • President of Board of Directors, Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc., 1997 – 1999
  • Member, Board of Directors, Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc., 1993 – 2000
  • Member, Board of Directors, Help Hotline Crisis Center, Inc., 2003 – 2005
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