William G. Chris

William G. Chris

Akron, Ohio
(330) 315-3355

Early involvement with a client for their business planning needs and litigation avoidance strategies leads to the client's financial savings and allows the client to make better use of their own time and talents. Larger businesses make use of in-house counsel. By using my services, you can have in-house availability to respond to all situations, without the overhead of an in-house team. With over 32 years of business and litigation experience, I am able to efficiently recognize and manage your company's legal issues.

By taking on a team approach, myself and the RLB members will provide the best legal services to meet your needs and properly defend you. The added value of a managed team approach provides you with experienced practitioners who can skillfully and efficiently provide strategic business and litigation advice. I take great pride in knowing that many of my clients have been with me for much of my legal career.

During my career, I have tried many cases to verdict before judges, juries and arbitrators. I have also successfully defended and prosecuted bad faith actions, along with the successful defense of a $27 million securities fraud case. I am active in the Akron Bar Association and am a frequent lecturer on legal ethics.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2001

Areas of Practice

  • 40% General Civil Defense
  • 30% Business
  • 20% Insurance
  • 10% Collections

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1986


  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1985
  • The University of Akron
    • B.A.
    • Major: Communication and Rhetoric

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • SuperLawyer for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Akron Bar Association, President Elect
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Akron Bar Foundation, Secretary


  • Phi Kappa Psi