Joseph M. Ruscak


222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6716
F 330.376.4577
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.623.0150
F 216.623.0134

Joseph M. Ruscak


Phone: 330.849.6716
Fax: 330.376.4577

Mr. Ruscak focuses his practice on litigation with emphasis on the defense of product liability lawsuits involving automobile components. As part of his chemical and materials background, Mr. Ruscak has assisted clients requiring a deeper understanding of the technical issues involving their products. He is a member of the firm's E-Discovery group, Data Privacy and Security group and practices intellectual property law including patent infringement, trademarks, and copyrights. He represents and counsels large and small companies on product liability, intellectual property, and related legal matters in a diverse range of technologies including polymers, material characteristics, synthetic rubber, chemicals, and tires. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ruscak worked as a chemical engineer for a Fortune 500 company and brings more than 20 years of experience in the chemical and polymer industries.


  • Four U.S. patents received for development of high melt point polymer resins
  • Former Purchasing Manager - Synthetic Rubber for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Experience includes development and implementation of alternative rubber sources in Eastern Europe and Russia
  • Former technical representative to CART Indycar racing team and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series
  • Significant experience in tire design and rubber compounding
  • Designed Original Equipment tires for BMW 3-Series, BMW Mini Cooper and Mercedes Benz M-Class


  • J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
  • B.S., The Ohio State University, Chemical Engineering

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • USLAW Network

Community Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, Board Member
  • St. Sebastian's School in Akron, Ohio, Basketball Coach


  • “Big Data from a Legal Perspective – How to Handle Before and During Litigation” - Clemson Tire Conference (March 2018)
  • “The Development and Use of the Autonomous Truck” - USLAW Conference (March 2017)
  • “Tire Issues From a Legal Perspective – Do Autonomous Vehicles Change the Landscape?” - Clemson Tire Conference (March 2017)
  • “Liability Avoidance – Ensuring the Discovery Process is Less Painful” - ITEC (September 2016)
  • “Taking Key Information From Your Laboratory to the Courtroom” - ITEC (September 2014)

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