Christine Santoni Perez Morris headshot


[email protected]

O | (216) 621-5161

1300 E. 9th Street

Suite 1600

Cleveland, OH 44114



Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Professional Liability

Pharmacy Liability


Long-Term Care Liability



Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1993

Loyola University of New Orleans, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1989



An established trial attorney, Christine Santoni has successfully tried numerous complex cases over the years. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice matters including the defense of physicians, hospitals, pharmacists and other health care professionals.

Christine has tried over 65 jury trials and is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national and invitation-only organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges. She is a frequent speaker on trial skills and litigation topics, as well as medical malpractice and professional liability matters.

Christine has been honored by her peers as a leading attorney for Medical Malpractice-Defendants by The Best Lawyers in America® since 2001, as well as a Super Lawyer since 2016 by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. She has been recognized by Crain’s Cleveland “Notable Women in Law” series and was honored as a “Woman of Professional Excellence” by the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.





Memberships & Affiliations



  • Preparing for Voir Dire, National Business Institute CLE Seminar, November 20, 2014
  • Daubert Challenges and the Admissibility of Expert Testimony, American Board of Trial Advocates, Master in Trial Seminar, September 20, 2013
  • Social Media Exposures in the Workplace, Signature Health, Inc. In-House Seminar, March 20, 2012
  • Presenting Expert Witness Testimony in Court, Federal Bar Association, August 24, 2011
  • Capacity and Competency in Elder Law, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumnae Association, February 26, 2011
  • Will Contests, Gilbride Insurance Consultants CLE Seminar, November 11, 2010
  • Opening Statements In Trial – 2010 Trial Advocacy Institute, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association & National Institute Of Trial Advocacy (NITA), October 1, 2010
  • Adult Adoption and Beneficiary Status, the Current State of Ohio Law, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, April 24, 2010
  • The Tale of Charitable Contribution in Today’s Economic Times, Great Lakes Higher Education Symposium, Case Western Reserve University, February 3, 2010
  • Twittering, Friending, Linking and Blogging: the Legal Implications, November 17, 2009
  • Resolving Estate, Will and Trust Contests, May 6, 2009
  • Probate Litigation Issues, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association CLE, February 23, 2008
  • The Physician’s Response to DNR Orders, Holzer Medical Center, October 12, 2007
  • Proving Damages, Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, October 11, 2007



  • DNR under Ohio Law, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bar Journal Vol. 5, No. 8, March 2013
  • Female Perspective in a Woman Friendly Firm, The Gavel Cleveland State University College of Law – Winter 2013 Edition, March 8, 2013


Published Opinions

  • Briggs v. Turoczi, 2022 Ohio 4042 (Ohio Ct. App. 2022
  • Lowder v. Kantak, 2018 Ohio 3470 (Ohio Ct. App. 2018)
  • Beard v. St. Vincent Charity Hosp., 97 N.E.3d 811, 2017 Ohio 7608 (Ohio Ct. App. 2017)
  • Higgins v. Ranasinghe, 2014 Ohio 4674 (Ohio Ct. App. 2014)
  • Graf v. Cirino, 2011 Ohio 3473 (Ohio Ct. App. 2011)


Awards & Recognition

  • “Woman of Professional Excellence” Award, YWCA of Greater Cleveland, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, 2011 – present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, Super Lawyer, 2016 – present
    • Ohio Super Lawyer, Top 25 Women Lawyers Cleveland
    • Ohio Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Lawyers Ohio
  • Crain’s Cleveland, Notable Women in Law, 2018


Board Positions & Community Service

  • YWCA of Greater Cleveland, Board of Directors