Carl Aveni is a Partner of the Litigation Department of Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP. He joined the firm in 2006, after 10 years practicing at large law firms in Philadelphia and Columbus. Carl concentrates his practice on complex commercial disputes and business torts, including trade secret litigation, fiduciary litigation, shareholder disputes and professional liability. He regularly serves as lead trial counsel in all phases of trial, discovery, motions practice and appellate review.
Carl has successfully argued before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as before trial courts, administrative agencies and appellate courts throughout Ohio.
Carl previously served as Associate Editor of Litigation News, one of the flagship publications of the ABA (American Bar Association) Section of Litigation. He was a former Southern Ohio Membership Chair for the International Association of Defense Counsel, a peer-reviewed, invitation-only organization of trial lawyers and business executives across the country and around the globe. Carl also served as the Vice-Chair, Programming for both the Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee and the Business Litigation Committee and the Business Litigation committee’s Vice-Chair, Webinars.
Closer to home, Carl is a longtime member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Judicial Administration and Reform Committee. For ten years, he served on the Judicial Screening Committee of the Franklin County Democratic Party. Since 2012, Carl has served on the Steering Committee of “Ohio Protect the Vote,” an organization aimed at ensuring every citizen’s access to the polls. He previously served in the Franklin Inn of the American Inn of Courts. Carl is a longtime member of both the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. In 2019, he was appointed as a member of the Rickenbacker Woods Foundation Board of Trustees. Carl also co-chairs CPM’s Ethics Committee and serves on the Associate Committee, having previously served on the Strategic Planning Committee.
Carl is a member of the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, where he was previously Chair of the Investment Committee. For six years, he was the Den Leader of Den 4, Cub Scout Pack 74, Simon Kenton Council. He formerly served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, a non-profit United Way agency, providing audiology, speech and language therapy throughout central Ohio. Carl is also a recurring Judge of the Moot Negotiation Competition, Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and the “We the People: The Citizen and Constitution” Elementary School Showcase for the Center for Law-Related Services at the Ohio Supreme Court.
In 2004, Carl was a co-Founder of Caring Paws, an organization that provided more than 4,000 new and gently used stuffed animals to children displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Carl received his undergraduate degree from The American University, School of International Service, in 1991. He received his J.D., cum laude in 1996 from the Boston University School of Law, where he also served as an Editor of the Boston University Law Review.
Carl served as the Course Designer and Lead Presenter for the Probate Litigation Seminar, Ohio State Bar Association in 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, and 2010.
Carl appeared as a contestant on the game show Jeopardy! in May 2011. A story Carl wrote about the experience was published in the Columbus Bar Lawyer’s Quarterly in Summer, 2011, and can be accessed here.
He is also a frequent lecturer on trial tactics and evidentiary issues, including:
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