Philip J. Truax, Esq.

Litigation • Real Estate & Construction • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Insolvency Litigation

Mr. Truax is a member of the Litigation and Real Estate & Construction Departments and serves on the Firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He focuses primarily on construction and real estate matters, and litigating business disputes. Mr. Truax works with contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers to negotiate their contracts, manage project-specific risks, and preserve, pursue, and defend claims in connection with public and private improvement projects. Prior to practicing law, he worked in the field for multiple contractors, giving him invaluable experience in various areas of construction. That practical knowledge has allowed Mr. Truax to develop a practice of advising and counseling clients to assess and manage risk in the construction industry, as well as for the Firm’s manufacturing and industrial clients.

Mr. Truax also routinely represents companies and individuals in commercial disputes, including litigating trade secret, non-competition, and other complex contract and tort claims. He is also active in estate and trust litigation for the Firm’s clients, prosecuting and defending actions and claims involving executors, trustees, and beneficiaries over probate and trust disputes, elder abuse cases, will contests and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Throughout his career, Mr. Truax has litigated and tried numerous actions to judgment in state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitrations. Mr. Truax has been recognized in 2014 through 2018 as a Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Star.

Mr. Truax is the editor of WHP’s quarterly newsletter, and regularly lectures on construction, contract, and commercial topics, including “Protecting Your Bottom Line: Payment Strategies for Contractors and Vendors”, “Ohio Mechanic’s Lien Law”, “Construction Contract Negotiation Strategies” and “The Payment Process”, “Overview of Contract Law for Engineers”, ” Managing Claims & Disputes: When Construction Projects Go Bad”, and “Getting Your Client Paid: Payment Strategies for Contractors and Vendors in a Down Economy”.

Mr. Truax is active in the community. He is a Board member for Leadership Lorain County, a founding member of the Bridge Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, works with the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Bar Association, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and is an active coach in Avon youth sports.

Practice Focus:
Business Litigation
Mechanic’s Liens, Bond Claims, and Claims Management
Contract Drafting and Negotiation
Creditors’ Rights
Probate Litigation

Bar Admissions:
2005 State of Ohio
2006 State of Kentucky
2006 United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
2006 United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
2008 United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

2001 Ohio University (B.S. Journalism)
2005 Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:
Ohio State Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
American Bar Association, Construction Forum, Division 7 Programs Chair
Lorain County Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Lorain County Chamber of Commerce
Bridge Board, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Team in Training Participant
North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA)
Leadership Lorain County (Director, 2015-Present)
Avon Little League and Youth Sports

Speaking Engagements:

  • WHP-Fedeli Seminar, March 18, 2015 – “Protecting Your Bottom Line: Payment Strategies for Contractors and Vendors”
  • WHP-Fedeli Seminar, March 4, 2016 – “Protecting Your Bottom Line: Payment Strategies for Contractors and Vendors”
  • HalfMoon Education Seminar, September 30, 2016 – “Understanding Issues in Contract Administration”
  • HalfMoon Education Seminar, September 26, 2017 – “Construction Contract Workshop”
  • American Bar Association Forum Regional Program, November 3, 2017 – “Construction Insurance”


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Contact Information:
Direct (440) 695-8044
Fax (440) 695-8098