When someone is in an accident, they are often left feeling confused, concerned, and scared for what is to come. There are so many things to think about, from how to handle missing work and lost paychecks, to what to do next.
Luckily, the attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick use their decades of experience to provide clients with the most personal and caring personal injury and wrongful death legal service possible. Yet, there is more to KNR than providing legal services; the firm is also actively involved in the communities where they live and work. Through this, KNR is more than a law firm, they are a pillar of their communities throughout the state of Ohio.
Back in 2005, Gary Kisling, Rob Nestico, and Robert Redick founded a new personal injury law firm in Akron, Ohio. With one office and three paralegals, the team strived hard to work with every client possible and bring justice to personal injury claims.
The firm focused on providing quality personal injury legal services, which led to early success and rapid expansion. Today, the firm has 11 locations throughout Ohio, and has worked with over 10,000 clients on personal injury cases. The KNR team has a combined 450 years of legal experience to draw from when working on any personal injury or wrongful death case.
While KNR may best be known for their work with victims injured in vehicular accidents, the firm works with accident victims in any situation, including:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Serious injuries
- Dangerous drugs
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability
- Work injuries
- Wrongful death
- Dog bites
- Insurance bad faith
Part of the team’s success lies in its intimate knowledge of the insurance industry and its innerworkings. Many of the attorneys and the paralegals at KNR have worked for insurance companies, giving them insight into how the industry operates. This has led to the creation of a firm with significant knowledge across a wide range of personal injury cases. KNR attorneys understand exactly how insurance companies think during a personal injury case, making it easy for the firm to provide the best service to their clients, no matter the case. KNR has a wealth of experienced trial lawyers to ensure the case is taken as far as it needs to go to obtain justice.
Yet, the firm provides more than just legal counsel. It also utilizes its resources and knowledge to collect and analyze personal injury data to provide the public with the most accurate information possible to stay safe. For instance, KNR has created an interactive traffic data map for every county in Ohio. This map provides viewers with accident statistic totals, contributing factors, fatalities, and statistics by age. This map is just one tool that KNR has created not just for its clients, but for the greater public, in hopes of keeping more people safe and out of harm’s way.
All reputable and trustworthy law firms start with a group of senior-level attorneys. At KNR, this is no different, and the three men that founded KNR have a wealth of experience and knowledge to call upon for any case.
With over 37 years of legal work under his belt, Gary Kisling has wide range of experience in personal injury and workers’ compensation law. His work began as a legal assistant in the Akron Municipal Court before going into private practice. Over the years, Kisling has won many cases in the Court of Appeals of Ohio and even the Ohio Supreme Court. He has also given presentations on the topics of personal injury trial practice and cross-examination of witnesses. Kisling recently retired from law and supports the firm on an of counsel basis.
Rob Nestico came to injury law from his own personal experience. When he was 15, Nestico was injured in a car crash, which resulted in him spending three months in the hospital. This firsthand experience showed Nestico how vulnerable victims can be to insurance companies and caused him to pursue law. Since passing the Ohio bar in 1999, Nestico has received many awards recognizing his hard work for clients, including being voted as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, and becoming a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Beginning his career as a claims adjuster, Robert Redick learned the ins and outs of personal injury law. He would work his way through the industry and eventually became the National Claims Director for Agency Rent-A-Car. It wasn’t until 1994 that Redick entered the personal injury law business as a case manager. After graduating law school, Redick worked as a lawyer for several years before he founded KNR with Nestico and Kisling and immediately began taking personal injury cases. His experience on both the legal and insurance side of injury cases allows Redick to understand the best course of action in any case, no matter the circumstances. Like Kisling, Redick is also retired and serves of counsel to KNR.
John Reagan is one of the firm’s senior partners, based out of Akron. Reagan, like many KNR attorneys, began his career in the insurance industry before passing the Ohio Bar exam in 1997. Reagan then began to defend insurance companies against consumer claims relating to catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. It wasn’t until 2010 that Reagan joined Kisling, Nestico & Redick to litigate on behalf of clients in these same situations.
In the company’s Youngstown office are senior partners Tom Vasvari and Nomiki Tsarnas. Vasvari is an Ohio local who grew up in the state and graduated from Case Western Reserve University. He went on to work in Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals before coming to KNR in 2002. Tsarnas, meanwhile, began her career by working on medical malpractice/personal injury cases on the side of the plaintiff. Afterward, she joined Nationwide Insurance Company in their Trial Division, giving her a taste of the insurance business before coming to KNR.
The company’s senior partner out of Cleveland, Josh Angelotta, came to KNR after a stint learning the insurance industry through large corporations. He has significant trial experience in Northeast Ohio and now focuses on injury-litigation for the firm. As a younger senior partner, Josh has been named to the Rising Star, and/or Ohio Super Lawyers for 6 of the past 7 years.
In December 2018, Kenneth Zerrusen and Michael Maillis were made partners after years of hard work and dedication. Zerrusen has been with the firm since close to its inception, while Maillis joined in 2013 after working at a medical malpractice and personal injury firm for eleven years. Managing partner Rob Nestico is excited about the news and sees big things ahead for both Zerrusen and Maillis. “Our two newest partners, Mike Maillis and Ken Zerrusen, embody the very best of KNR in the courtroom, in the office and in the community,” he noted.
The lawyers at KNR work extremely hard for each and every one of their clients. So it should be no surprise that they have been met with resounding success and accolades from their peers and industry insiders alike.
Last year, 10 attorneys at the firm were named to the 2018 list of Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This distinction is rare, as only 5% of lawyers in each state are selected for the honor. The awards are determined based on a combination of professional achievement and peer recognition. This also wasn’t just the first time that many KNR attorneys had made the time. John Reagan was selected for his ninth time, Nomiki Tsarnas for her seventh, Rob Nestico was selected for the sixth time, and Joshua Angelotta for his sixth.
Recently, four attorneys at the firm, Rob Nestico, John Reagan, Nomiki Tsarnas, and Michael Saltzer, were named 2019 Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine. In addition to the 2019 Super Lawyer award, four more KNR attorneys were named as Rising Stars from the same magazine. These attorneys are younger than 40 old and/or have been practicing law for fewer than 10 years. These honorees include: Joshua Angelotta, Jack Lah, Mark Lindsey, and Aaron Tompkins. This award is a testament to young lawyers who have worked hard in the beginning of their career and are destined to grow in their field.
KNR also has attorneys who are a part of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group of trial lawyers who have won multi-million dollar recoveries. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a highly exclusive group as it includes less than 1% of all practicing lawyers around the country
Other awards received by KNR attorneys include:
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers of America
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers of Ohio
- Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland
- Top Trial Lawyers – Association Top Trial Lawyers
- Top 10 Under 40, The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
- Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent
- Ohio’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
- American Trial Lawyers Association Top Trial Lawyers
- The Ohio State Bar Foundation.
While none of the attorneys at KNR work solely for recognition and accolades, these awards display the reverence industry leaders and peers have for the firm and the attorneys who have made it what it is today. Given the firm’s hard work and dedication to its clients, this should come as no surprise. According to Managing Partner Rob Nestico. “As we grow and continue to build the best team from the inside-out, the results come naturally.”
It isn’t just that KNR wants to get its clients the most positive settlement outcome possible in the case of an accident; they make clients feel comfortable and secure with the entire legal process. KNR cares about each and every client and their well-being. Previously injured clients who have worked with KNR have experienced this caring firsthand. “The whole experience was very transparent and I definitely felt KNR had my best interest in mind,” remarked KNR client Ryan Bond.
The team at KNR works on civic issues that directly affect personal injury in the community. Late last year, the firm created a contest to crowdsource ideas for combatting texting while driving and encouraging safe driving practices. The contest winner, Georgia Shay of Northeast Ohio, proposed an app that incentivizes users to not text and drive. Users earn points for safe driving habits and can use those points to earn small prizes. “We’re excited to announce Georgia Shay as the first winner of the KNR Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship,” said managing partner Rob Nestico. “We see the terrible consequences of texting while driving every day, so we wanted to encourage young adults to be part of the solution.”
This program displays the compassion and care KNR has for those who are engaging in practices that may increase their likelihood of personal injury. “This scholarship reflects our firm’s commitment to combating distracted driving—whether by advocating for victims of this dangerous behavior or engaging with the community to come up with prevention strategies,” remarked Nestico.
The KNR Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship was a great success last year, and as a result, the firm is running the program again this year. The scholarship winner is set to be chosen by April 30th.
In the Community
KNR dedicates its time and resources to helping not just individuals and their injury cases, but entire communities in which the company works.
The firm has always been dedicated to civic engagement and upped the ante in 2018 by working with a new organization each month. “KNR believes in giving back to the community,” noted KNR attorney Anthony Hall. “Every year we volunteer and make financial donations to organizations but this year is extra special as we’ve been partnering with a different not-for-profit each month.”
One such meaningful engagement came in September, when KNR provided under-privileged students in Toledo with backpacks and school supplies for children in partnership with The Mareda Center. It isn’t just the financial assistance the organization was grateful for, as KNR stressed to these children the importance of working hard in school. “The supplies and even more importantly, the time spent with the students, helps reinforce that their education is important, not only to us but others in the community as well,” said Mareda Center director Allison Perz.
December of last year kicked off the firm’s 31 days of giving, which included a different charitable contribution to the community each day. One such act of generosity involved the firm serving dinner to the homeless in Cleveland while also donating $10,000 to support those in need. Another initiative saw KNR donate $5,000 to pay off layaways for customers at Walmart. This initiative meant a lot to Rob Nestico. “It’s heartbreaking to know there are some families in Northeast Ohio struggling to give their children a joyful holiday,” he said. “There is nothing better than putting a smile on a child’s face, and we embrace any opportunity we have to make a difference. We hope this will improve the holidays for these families and will inspire others in the community to jump on board and pay it forward. No act of kindness is too small; everyone can make a difference.”
More recently, the team at KNR participated in the 16th Annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump. The event, which was held on February 23rd, raised money for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The KNR team didn’t just meet its fundraising goal, it exceeded it by raising a total of $30,000 for the event. This contribution, according to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank president and CEO Dan Flowers, is huge. “It just takes $1 to help provide four meals for our neighbors in need,” noted Flowers. “KNR’s contribution will help us provide 120,000 meals to individuals and families in our community who struggle with hunger.”
This work within the community is one reason previous clients feel that KNR is part of not only their community, but their family as well. “When I looked up everybody and saw KNR, it looked a lot like a family,” remembers previous client Jonathan Riley. “I feel like I made the best decision. If a friend or family member was ever in an accident, I’d refer them immediately,”
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Whether it be from a car accident, medical malpractice, work injuries, or anything else, personal injury can be scary. It can be hard to take care of yourself or a loved one while managing the legal process. People in personal injury situations are often left with little time, energy, and savings to handle their situation adequately.
This is why Kisling, Nestico & Redick provide a free personal injury case consultation, allowing someone injured in an accident to better understand their case and potential legal options. The attorneys at KNR want to show injury victims how much they genuinely care about their well-being and taking care of their every legal need.
The firm’s commitment to its clients is evident, from the service provided to the way they support local communities and the charity they give to those in need. This is likely why, for over the past decade, KNR has been widely regarded as one of the best personal injury law firms in the state of Ohio.