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Trial Attorney William Eadie
I am a trial lawyer who helps families hurt by caregiver carelessness–such as nursing homes and hospitals–and hold the wrongdoers accountable. Some people–even some trial lawyers–think people in nursing homes don’t matter, and their lives are not worth much. I know better. When a nursing home breaks its promise to provide good care to someone’s mother, father, sister, or brother, and refuses to take responsibility, I’m proud to help the family hold them accountable.
My greatest joy in this work is not just getting answers and results for those families, but helping them make sure it does not happen to someone else next time.
I understand how the business of medicine can harm people, when corporations put their own profits ahead of providing quality care. Along with my law degree, I earned a business degree (MBA) from the Weatherhead School at Case.
Besides obtaining multi-million dollar nursing home verdicts, I can help defend those results if there is an appeal. I’ve argued cases before the Eighth and Ninth Ohio Appellate District Courts, as well as the Ohio Supreme Court.
I am an Ohio native raising three daughters with my wife, Christine, in the Gordon Square neighborhood. I volunteer in Cleveland Public Schools, working with high-schoolers to learn about our Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities under the U.S. Constitution as part of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program. I also serve on the CMBA’s 3Rs steering committee.
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Trial Attorney Michael Hill
I am a trial lawyer who helps regular people take on the nursing home industry-a multi-billion dollar industry-when their loved ones are killed by poor care. I’m licensed in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but I handle cases across the country.
Had something bad happened to a family member of mine when I was a child, my family wouldn’t have known who to turn to, what to do, or who to believe. We were regular people.
The whole point of my career is to give people like my family a chance to be heard–a shot at holding a massive and often callous industry accountable.
When people experience trauma and grief, their world can begin to unravel. I’m satisfied knowing that I’m helping people and standing up for them when they feel like no one else will. I’ve been blessed to help many great people and clients. I remain close with many of my clients long after their cases end.
While I’ve won many awards and honors for my accomplishments in the courtroom, it’s knowing that I’ve been able to help people through their most difficult times that gives my job meaning.
Born in Flint, Michigan, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects that unchecked corporate greed can have on a community. The for-profit nursing home industry is no different. At their best, nursing homes make money by delivering the services that they promise to. There’s nothing wrong with that. At their worst, they are profit generating machines making money at all costs and without regard for the carnage they leave in their wake. I see much more of the latter than the former. As a trial lawyer, I’m the one who can check that greed and restore a fair playing field. Where I’m from, everyone’s entitled to a fair fight.
I received my undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College where I was also a running back on the football team (which feels like ancient history at this point). I earned my law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
My primary residence is in Lakewood, Ohio, but you might also find me in the hills of West Virginia or traveling in Central or South America. I love backpacking, kayaking, skydiving, and pretty much anything outdoors.
I have a very simple motto I try to live by, “always be kind and never be afraid.” If I can look back on my life and know in my heart that that’s how I lived, I’ll be pretty happy.
Clients on Michael Hill
Trial Attorney Michael Astrab
I have been a trial attorney since 1997, including a term as a Judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and most recently as a municipal prosecutor. My legal career has been dedicated to representing individuals and families facing uphill battles against unfair odds. With Eadie Hill, I am able to apply my skills to taking on health care providers who cause injury and suffering to individuals at nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
22 years of practice has educated me to the fact that the faceless corporations that operate health-care facilities far too often place profit margins above patient care. My role at Eadie Hill is to hold those corporations accountable for their actions.
Fighting to make things right is something that comes naturally to me. Our region and nation are presently in the grip of an opiate crisis that, in my opinion, was primarily created by pharmaceutical corporations and their marketing of painkillers. While on the bench I initiated a series of educational forums that focused on getting information and assistance regarding the crisis to the general public. I was able to educate over 20,000 people through presentations at libraries, community centers, schools and organizations in Northeast Ohio.
On a personal note, I am an avid runner. In 2012, I weighed over 300 pounds and decided that enough was enough. I took it upon myself to get outside every day and went from huffing and puffing through a mile to running six half-marathons and consistently winning age-group medals in various local races. You can find me running or biking through the Metroparks or the Cuyahoga Valley National Park any given day of the week.
I live in Strongsville with my wife and two children, one of whom just left for Miami University, my alma mater. I am a graduate of (The) Solon High School, Miami University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Attorney Stephanie Nichols
Hi, I’m Steph! I recently moved to Ohio from Connecticut. I am a licensed Attorney in Connecticut and plan to get licensed here in Ohio.
One of my greatest passions is people and helping others. Law has given me a way to do that! In Law School, I took advantage of any opportunity I could to learn and develop skills to make me a strong legal professional.
One of the most rewarding experiences I had was competing nationally with our National Trial Team. I am able to use those hands-on skills I learned now in developing case and trial strategy.
In my free time, I am enjoying adventuring in my new home, Ohio! You might find me exploring a museum or walking my dog Belle in one of the many new parks I have found. I am always looking for suggestions to add to my Ohio bucket list so please share your suggestions with me! I am a big reader, an avid crafter, and lover of history and antiques. I also love going to events and gatherings such as game nights or anything that lets me connect to people.
I take the passion I have for people into every case I work on.
Settlement Paralegal Erin Ulrich
I am a settlement paralegal for Eadie Hill dedicated to helping families get accountability when nursing homes hurt or kill their loved ones.
I graduated from Oberlin College in 2018 with a double major in English Literature and Gender Studies and a minor in Religion. I first became interested in legal advocacy work while volunteering for the Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project in undergrad and am thrilled to be a part of a growing firm dedicated to fighting systemic inequality.
When I’m not working, I love to hike, spend time with my family in Pennsylvania, and volunteer with Seeds of Literacy.
Litigation Paralegal Emma Buddenhagen
I am a Nursing Home Abuse Paralegal on the Litigation Team, helping our clients navigate their case through the Common Pleas Court.
I work closely with our lawyers to ensure that our cases are always moving forward, bringing justice and relief to families that have suffered from the wrongdoing of facilities that have hurt or neglected their loved ones.
I graduated from THE Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Throughout high school and college, I did not know exactly “what I wanted to be”, I just knew that I wanted to help people. Eadie Hill has allowed me to do just that. I come into work every day knowing that we are working to not only help people that have been hurt, but make sure that this hurt does not go unnoticed and repeated. I am astounded at all that the firm has accomplished, and I am so excited to be a part of their future achievements!
Creativity is one of my passions, I love to practice calligraphy, and I can usually be found crafting some sort of decoration for my apartment. My boyfriend and I recently moved to Lakewood, Ohio (from Columbus) with our two trouble-making cats. Together we enjoy cooking, exploring our hometown of Cleveland, spending time with family, and cheering on our alma mater – Go Bucks!
Settlement Paralegal Scott Palider
I am a paralegal who cares about helping those who have been wronged by medical care facilities they trusted to care for their loved ones. Helping others is a passion I have carried with me throughout the years as I have previously worked for social justice Non-profits in the San Francisco Bay area advocating for large corporations to be held accountable for their actions.
On a personal note, I am from Cleveland, Ohio but my life choices have allowed me to travel far and wide both domestically and abroad. I attended the University of Kentucky for my undergraduate degree before attending the University of San Francisco for my master’s degree.
I am an avid Cleveland sports fan who is also active in the community. I am an advocate for mental health awareness and am an active member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Ohio chapter.
When I am not participating in my community, I enjoy reading academic works regarding international politics and watching just about any movie.
Settlement Paralegal Ann Jung
I am a nursing home abuse paralegal. I work with the attorneys and the rest of the Eadie Hill team to hold nursing home and assisted living facilities accountable for their abuse and neglect. Too often, nursing homes do not provide the quality care and attention that they advertise to the public. In addition, there is very little coverage or awareness of nursing home abuse and neglect.
I am beyond grateful to stand up against nursing home abuse with the Eadie Hill team and hold these companies responsible. It’s always satisfying bringing the much-needed closure and support to the families that we work with.
I graduated from Case Western Reserve University, where I was heavily involved in the Mock Trial Program and developed my passion for trial advocacy and the law. My experience on the trial team allowed me to practice all the important facets of a trial and how to successfully fight for my client. While competing, I have received awards for being among the top trial advocates in the northeast region of the US. My passion for mock trial has helped stem my passion for serving and fighting for our clients at Eadie Hill.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I’m also a huge soccer fan (Go Tottenham Hotspurs!) and I can’t miss watching a game during the champions league!
Firm Manager Anca Niederkorn
I believe one of the most important things in this world is advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.
As firm manager, I get to work with an outstanding group of lawyers and paralegals who are just as passionate about making a difference. We help families get answers, closure, and justice. Part of my job is making sure that our team has the training and resources they need to help our clients.
I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. When I began my professional career, I worked as a legal assistant and paralegal.
When I’m not working, I like to spend time with my husband, our dogs, and other family members and friends. My husband and I love to be outdoors! We love walking our dogs, hiking, camping, and boating. We have a permanent campsite where we enjoy “glampling” (glamorous camping) year-round.