Lancione named ‘Super Lawyer’

BELLAIRE – Once again, Bellaire is home to one of Ohio’s top lawyers. Super Lawyers Magazine has named Bellaire Attorney Richard L. Lancione to its 2013 Ohio ‘Super Lawyer’ list. The Minnesota-based Thompson Reuters publication announced the peer-reviewed honor in its just released annual issue. Mr. Lancione was also selected for the coveted Ohio Super Lawyer designation in 2011 and 2012.

Only 5 percent of Ohio’s 44,000 attorneys are named to the Super Lawyers list each year, and Lancione is the only Belmont County attorney afforded the honor this year. According to the magazine, the list is developed through a rigorous, multistage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with the magazine’s independent research.

“I’ve been blessed in my legal career to help those in need, and that’s what I focus on accomplishing each and every day,” Lancione said. “But, for my peers to recognize me, to know that the work I’ve done on behalf of my clients over the years is respected throughout the state bar, is as gratifying as it is humbling.”

A graduate of The Ohio State University’s Moritz School of Law, Lancione has been in practice for over forty years and is a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the State of Ohio three years running. Though his practice has traditionally focused on personal injury, employment law, class actions, wrongful death and will contests, today Lancione is among those leading the fight against what he considers “unconscionable” oil and gas leases. With over 160 clients seeking forfeiture of their existing oil and gas leases, Lancione is taking-on many of the major oil and gas producers who secured leases several years ago for as little as $5.00 per acre.

“While each case is different, these cases are all about fundamental fairness. It is simply wrong for big oil and gas companies to exploit the people of the Ohio Valley in the way they have. Armed with superior knowledge and resources in those early days, there was no way for landowners to negotiate on an even playing field. We are demanding these companies be held to account for those leases that fail to adequately protect Valley residents, and I’m proud that my firm is a part of this important fight.”

Now senior partner at Lancione, Lloyd and Hoffman, Lancione noted the firm’s roots date back to his father, the legendary political figure A.G. Lancione, who founded the firm in 1929. Along with his daughter, Tracey Lloyd, and partner, Grace Hoffman, the firm recently welcomed Attorney Christopher Gagin on an of counsel basis to assist with the oil and gas litigation. Gagin previously served as District Director and Staff Counsel to former U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson, as well as Acting Magistrate for the Belmont County Court of Common Pleas. “We’ve got a great team working on behalf of our clients, and of course, working alongside my daughter is among the great joys of my forty-plus years in practice,” Lancione said.

Long active in the community, Lancione is a member of the Belmont County and American Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Judicature Society. Lancione has also served previously as the president of the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce and Bellaire Kiwanis Club, as chairman of the Belmont County Salvation Army Advisory Board, as vice-chairman of the Ohio University Regional Coordinating Council, and as chairman of the Board of the National Imperial Glass Collector’s society.