James N. Kline



Cleveland, OH

Jim Kline joined Bonezzi Switzer Polito & Hupp as a Shareholder in 2019.He has over twenty-five years of experience defending product liability, toxic tort (including cases involving asbestos, silica, diacetyl, benzene, and latex), personal injury, employer intentional tort, first-party insurance, commercial and construction related claims in federal and state trial courts, as well as state appellate courts. His clients include manufacturers, suppliers, premises owners, insurers, individual restaurants and restaurant chains, contractors, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities.

Areas Of Practice

General Liability

Toxic Tort

Product Liability

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1984


University of Michigan - A.B. in Economics and Honors in English, 1981

The Ohio State University - J.D., with Honors, 1984

Honors and Awards

Ohio Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2024

Best Lawyers 2023 – Mass Tort Litigation - Defendants

Ohio Assn. of Civil Trial Attorneys: President (2018-2019)

Cleveland Assn. of Civil Trial Attorneys: President (2007-2008)

Ohio Assn. of Civil Trial Attorneys - Frank Seth Hurd Member of the Year Award (2013)

Chair, Bar Admissions Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Assn. - 2022-23