Merle D. Evans III

Merle (Trace) has 27 years of commercial litigation experience and aggressively defends national insurance companies and international manufacturers on coverage issues, products liability claims and intentional torts. Trace was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and was named by the publication as Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Akron in 2012 and 2017.

Trace is a member of the American, Ohio and Stark County Bar Associations and his professional affiliations include the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute, Inc.

He began his tenure with Day Ketterer in 1983. He is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and its litigation practice group.

He is admitted to practice in Ohio Courts and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

  • Massillon Museum, Board of Directors, 2012
  • Canton Palace Theatre Association Board of Trustees
  • Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board of Trustees
  • United Way Board of Trustees, Campaign Cabinet and Allocations Council
  • Cultural Center for the Arts, Fund for the Arts Budget Committee
  • Leadership Stark County 7th Class
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Member

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2008 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers® Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Akron, 2012, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2009 - 2017

COURTS

  • Ohio Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

EDUCATION

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Duke University, B.A., 1980 cum laude

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

  • Member, Case Western Reserve Law Review 1981-1982

To reach Merle (Trace) please e-mail him at mdevans@dayketterer.com or call him directly at 330.458.2041