Paul-Michael La Fayette, Esq. is a partner with Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder. He concentrates his practice in the areas of professional liability defense, including the defense of dentists, physicians, real estate agents and attorneys. In 2012, he was recognized by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer which is limited to the top 5% of practicing attorneys. He represents several professionals in administrative licensure proceedings before their professional Boards. He defends clients in lawsuits involving professional malpractice, premises liability, contracts, employment, construction, civil rights, zoning, wrongful death and products liability.
Paul’s prior experience includes the honor of having served as a staff attorney for the Ohio Supreme Court and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Court of Claims Defense Section. He served as the Director of Legal and Legislative Services with the Ohio Dental Association where he provided legal advice to the Association’s membership and lobbied in the Ohio General Assembly on health care issues and administrative law reform.
Paul is licensed before all state and federal courts in Ohio, in the State of Florida, as well as in the United States Supreme Court.
Paul regularly presents in numerous Professional Seminars and Continuing Education Programs on the topics of medical malpractice, general liability risk management, governmental liability and legal ethics. As a featured speaker at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Paul regularly lectures on issues of dental risk management and malpractice. In 2010, he supported legislation to reform the Ohio Dental Practice Act. He provided specific amendments to the legislation and testified in support of these changes in front of the Ohio Senate. The legislation passed and became effective in September of 2010.