Our Firm

There no shortage of people on TV and the Internet holding themselves out to be “Mesothelioma Lawyers.” The truth is that most of these people are marketers who have no intention of personally representing you and your family. Most of these marketers are not licensed in Ohio and have never stood in an Ohio courtroom and spoke on behalf of a mesothelioma victim. These marketers have also never stood in front of the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio Legislature on behalf of injured Ohioans. The lawyers at McDermott-Hickey have been doing just that for over 30 years.

Experience. Compassion. Results.

Our Founders

Kevin McDermott

For over two decades, Kevin McDermott has come to the aid of the innocent, the sick and the injured. And he has done so with professionalism, personal attention and compassion. His sensitivity in dealing with plaintiffs, his ability to gather key evidence for the strongest possible case and his hard-won trial experience make Kevin McDermott your best friend… and your opponent’s worst enemy.


Bachelor of Arts and Masters degree, 1979, Case Western Reserve University

Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1983, Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Admitted to Practice

State of Ohio
State of New York
State of Connecticut
Federal District Court of Ohio – Northern, Southern & Central Districts
Also tried cases in local jurisdictions outside of Ohio and is eligible to practice in front of the US Supreme Court.

Professional Associations

American Association for Justice
Ohio Association for Justice
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Ohio State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Lawyers of Distinction

Significant Trials & Settlements

Hamilton v. Ohio Savings
Flesher v. U-Haul
Hess et al. v. Norfolk & Southern
Solly v. A.C. & S.
Klepksy v. Dick Enterprise
Fraysure v. A-Best Products Co., et al.


Christopher Hickey

Christopher “Chip” Hickey has represented hundreds of clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases throughout Ohio and North Carolina. Chip has also represented victims of catastrophic injuries caused by defective products and negligent conduct. Prior to starting his own practice, Chip was the Managing Office Attorney at the Cleveland office of Brent Coon & Associates.  Prior to that he was an associate with the law firm Wallace & Graham located in Salisbury, North Carolina. Chip started his legal career with Robert E. Sweeney Co., L.P.A., one of the pioneer asbestos firms in the country. Chip has become active with and was named a trustee for the Ohio Association for Justice.  A native of Cleveland, Chip graduated from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He lives in Rocky River, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.


Bachelor of Arts, 1985, University of Dayton
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1995, Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Admitted to Practice

State Courts of Ohio
State Courts of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

Ohio State Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
American Association of Justice
Ohio Association For Justice – Board of Trustees 2008-2010
Public Justice Foundation
Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Significant Trials & Settlements

  • Hess v Norfolk Southern – multimillion dollar verdict for asbestos cancer victims
  • Seaford v. Norfolk Southern Railroad – verdict for asbestosis victims
  • Jane Doe v. Asbestos Brake MFG’s – multimillion dollar settlement for mesothelioma victim (terms and parties are confidential)
  • John Doe v. Asbestos Pipe and Joint Compound Manufacturers – multimillion dollar settlement for mesothelioma victim (terms and names of parties are confidential)

Of Counsel

Mary Brigid Sweeney

Mary Brigid Sweeney has been fighting for Ohio workers and their families for the past 20 years. Her experience in obtaining Workers’ Compensation for clients devastated by occupational disease has helped them remain in their homes and pay for very costly medical treatments they may require.

Admitted to Practice

State Courts of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Association for Justice


Matt Cain

James Matthew Cain has served the Northern Ohio Community for four decades as an Attorney, Prosecutor and Magistrate. Cain has spent the majority of time in trial work in the Northern District of Ohio and has tried hundreds of jury trials as well as directing investigations with the help of Federal and State Law Enforcement. Prior to becoming an attorney, Cain served Diamond Shamrock Corporation as an Employee Relations and Insurance professional.

At McDermott & Hickey, Cain serves as a litigation specialist as required.


Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 1966; The Ohio State University
Juris Doctor, (Cum Laude), 1972, Cleveland State University,
(Attended Cleveland Marshall Law School and Golden Gate University)


Supreme Court of Ohio
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Public Employment


Office of the County Prosecutor, John T. Corrigan, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Assistant County Prosecutor


Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Ohio,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney;
Chief, Criminal Division;
Executive Assistant United States Attorney;
Anti-terrorism Coordinator; 
Professional Responsibility Officer.


Common Pleas Court of Medina County, Ohio
Magistrate, Juvenile and Probate Court.


Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Magistrates Association


Anthony Gallucci

Anthony brings his decades of experience representing asbestos victims across Ohio and nationally. He graduated from St. Edward High School in 1988, Miami University in 1992, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1996. Anthony has successfully litigated hundreds of cases and has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and awards in favor of his clients.  He has negotiated the settlement of thousands of asbestos cases with various national manufacturers. Anthony is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, State of New York, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Anthony was named one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Areas of Practice

Asbestos Litigation
Products Liability
Toxic Torts

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1996
New York, 2011
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D. – 1996, Journal of Law and Health Editor
Miami University, B.A. – 1992
St. Edward High School – 1988

Honors and Awards

Ohio Super Lawyer, 2011–2018Ohio Rising Star, 2005–2007
Professional Associations and Memberships
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, MemberAmerican Association for Justice, MemberOhio Association for Justice, Board of Trustees, MemberOhio State Bar Association, MemberCleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member