Kisling Nestico & Redick
Kisling, Nestico & Redick is a leading personal injury law firm based in Akron, Ohio. The firm provides legal help for accident victims who have suffered traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limb, internal injury, burns, back injury, catastrophic injury, or other serious harm. The partners specialize in car accidents, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.
KNR’s attorneys have more than 500 years of combined legal experience. The firm boasts thorough knowledge of the insurance industry and familiarity with numerous jurisdictions. It is highly respected in the Ohio legal community for providing compassionate, personalized attention and client-specific advice. The company slogan – “hurt in a car, call KNR” – is widely recognized in the area.
|Founder||Gary Kisling,Rob Nestico,Robert Redick|
|Headquarters||Fairlawn, OH, |
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History[edit | edit source]
Gary Kisling, Rob Nestico, and Robert Redick cofounded the practice and hired three paralegals in 2005. Since that time, KNR has grown to employ nearly 40 attorneys, and over 100 support staff in 11 offices throughout Ohio. KNR’s team of lawyers has represented thousands of clients and recovered more than $450 million in verdicts and settlements on their behalf.
The firm is also recognized as an agent of positive change in the industry and for working to make Ohio roadways safer. When a couple tragically died in a car accident, for example, KNR insisted that the trucking company involved agree to make training standards more stringent. The stipulation was part of the settlement.
Insider Knowledge of the Insurance Industry[edit | edit source]
One of KNR’s foremost goals is to expose and put an end to unscrupulous practices in some large insurance companies. “I learned at a young age that corporations will take advantage of people who are unable to fight back, and I have devoted my career to battle these companies on behalf of families like mine,” says Nestico.
When the managing partner was 15, a car in which he was a passenger was broadsided by a driver who ran a stop sign. Nestico suffered numerous broken bones; one bone in his forearm had to be replaced with a steel rod. He also suffered a severe hematoma in his head. The painful recovery required a three-month hospital stay.
Nestico’s parents were Italian immigrants who didn’t speak English. He says that the other driver’s insurance company took full advantage of their naiveté when it settled the claim.
Nestico and his partners have deliberately recruited many of their attorneys and support team members from the insurance industry. As a result, they’ve developed an almost uncanny ability to predict insurance companies’ strategies when they face them in court or negotiate settlements. KNR is also strongly committed to client advocacy.
Recognition[edit | edit source]
Nestico and other KNR attorneys are regularly named among the best lawyers in the state. The National Trial Lawyers Association lists Nestico among its Top 100 Trial Lawyers. The firm also belongs to prestigious organizations like Super Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Super Lawyers is a rating service for individuals seeking legal representation.
Its multiphase selection process involves independent research, peer evaluations, and peer nominations. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum began in 1993. Membership is based on strict qualifications and limited to attorneys who have won million- or multimillion-dollar settlements or verdicts for their clients. Fewer than one percent of U.S. attorneys are members.
Charity and Involvement in the Community[edit | edit source]
KNR invests heavily in the Ohio communities it serves. The firm also offers weekly giveaways on social media and provides school supplies and Thanksgiving turkeys to underprivileged families each year. 24 families in the Akron area recently benefited when KNR paid off their layaway balances at Walmart during the Christmas season.
The KNR team also took part in the 16th annual Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump in February 2019. Participants plunged into the frigid lake water to raise $30,000 for the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. Through the years, KNR’s sponsorship has raised approximately $109,000 for various local charities. The event is the brainchild of Kelly and Heather Pariso and Jeff and Debbie Fulkman, members of the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Club. In its first year, it drew 70 participants. Since then, that number has ballooned to more than 800.
The food bank supplies food to almost 500 pantries across eight Ohio counties and furnishes hot meals to shelters. “There’s something special about coming together with other members of our community and freezing to show our support to help those in need,” said Nestico. KNR’s contribution will pay for around 120,000 meals. The Polar Bear Jump is just one event in the ongoing campaign KNR Cares About Kids, which is geared toward helping disadvantaged children and teens realize their full potential.
Over spring break, KNR donated 60 bags containing peanut butter, bread, fresh fruit, and other healthy foods to Parma’s Greenbriar Middle School. During the week off, kids enrolled in free or discounted lunch programs worry about what they will eat. “We realize hunger doesn’t take a spring break,” explained Nestico, “and we wanted to provide the essentials so kids can focus on being kids.” The school’s principal, Jill Schissler, said that she was overwhelmed by KNR’s generosity.
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