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Medical Malpractice & Healthcare Professional Liability

Commercial Litigation

Business Litigation

Product Liability

Labor & Employment



Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1997

University of Rochester, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1992

Laurie Avery


Laurie Avery is a partner in the Perez Morris Toledo office, offering over two decades of experience in medical malpractice, professional liability, and business litigation. Laurie has a proven track record of managing complex legal issues across multiple sectors, including health care, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, finance, restaurants, education, real estate and insurance. Her practice includes litigation, arbitration, and administrative hearings, reflecting her comprehensive approach to legal disputes.

For the past several years Laurie’s trial practice has focused on the defense of medical professionals in addition to litigation involving complex commercial disputes, enforcement of noncompete agreements and property disputes. Laurie’s legal experience extends to employment law, where she has managed cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and compliance with federal employment statutes like the FMLA and FLSA. Her prior role as a staff attorney handling commercial dockets for the Lucas County Common Pleas Court has equipped her with unique insights into court operations, aiding her in navigating intricate litigation matters.

While earning her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Laurie served as executive editor of the Health Matrix Journal of Law-Medicine. Prior to law school, she obtained a degree in political science along with a certificate in management studies from the University of Rochester. Laurie continues to be involved in education, most recently by teaching a course in trial practice at the University of Toledo, where she was recognized as the Part Time Professor of the Year.

Actively involved in her community, Laurie serves on the Jobst Vascular Institute Advisory Board, Perrysburg Schools Parent Safety Task Force, and as President and Co-founder of Lambie’s Legacy, an organization that promotes health awareness and cancer research.

Laurie resides in Perrysburg with her husband and three children. When not advocating for her clients she can be found cheering on her kids on the pool deck, lacrosse fields, lake regattas, orchestra stages, and cross country courses.



Ohio, 1998
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1998
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1999

Michigan, 1999
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1999

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999
U.S. Supreme Court, 2001


Memberships & Affiliations


Awards & Recognition

  • University of Toledo, Part Time Professor of the Year, 2019-2020
  • Toledo Business Journal, Who’s Who in Area Law, 2009-2018
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2014-2018
  • Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, Best Law Firm Writer, 2011
  • 20 Under 40 Leadership Award, 2009
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cleveland’s Finest Honoree, 2002
  • Federation for Community Planning, Most Treasured Volunteer, 2002
  • Cleveland Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section, Community Service Award, 2000
  • Ohio State Bar Association’s District 12 Community Service Award, Lawyers Under 40, 1999



  • Law of Jury Selection and Ethical Considerations in Jury Selection, December, 2015
  • Giving Back: How to Advance Your Public Sector or Private Sector Career, November, 2013
  • Federal Legislation Affecting Employment Practices Liability, October 5, 2010
  • Employer Liability for Intentional Torts and Sexual Acts, May, 2009
  • New Rules of Professional Conduct, April, 2007



  • Zippo and Internet Activity: The New Language of Personal Jurisdiction?, For the Defense, Spring 2010
  • Ohio Supreme Court Adopts New Rules of Professional Conduct, Highlight of Several New Provisions, Tort Law Journal of Ohio, January/February 2007
  • Electronic Discovery, Best Practices for Complying with the Federal Rule Amendments, LawyerCare, September 2006
  • Malpractice, Baldwin’s Ohio Practice: Tort Law 1st Edition – Chapter 8, 2005
  • Deciding When to Pull the FMLA Trigger, How Much Information Do You Need From the Employee and How Can You Get It?, Council on Education in Management, 2004
  • What to Do When FMLA Leave Comes to an End, Managing Hairy Return-to-Work and Termination Issues, Council on Education in Management, 2004
  • Malpractice Claims: The Effect of the Client’s Settlement of the Underlying Case, Ohio Lawyer, May/June 1998


Board Positions & Community Service

  • Jobst Vascular Institute, Advisory Board Member
  • Lambie’s Legacy, President and Co-Founder
  • Perrysburg Schools Parent Safety Task Force
  • Maumee Valley County Day School – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Past Member
  • United Way Women’s Initiative