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Carl A. Aveni, II

"I understand that clients need my time and attention as much as they need my legal knowledge or practical skills. It does a client no good to have a great lawyer who is never around to take their call."


Carl Aveni joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy in 2006, after 10 years practicing at large law firms in Philadelphia and Columbus. He concentrates on the defense of complex commercial disputes and business torts, including the trial of major legal disputes before regulatory agencies, and state and federal courts.

Carl has successfully argued before the Ohio Supreme Court, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Appellate Circuit, and numerous state appellate courts.

Professional Experience

Carl has over 18 years of litigation experience defending commercial, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation matters in state and federal courts. He regularly serves as lead trial counsel in all phases of trial, discovery, motions practice, and appellate review.

Professional Associations and Membership

Carl is a member of both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. He also serves as the State Membership Chair and Vice Chair of Webinars for the Business Litigation Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). Carl is on the Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee for the Ohio State Bar Association as well as the Judicial Screening Committee for the Franklin County Democratic Party. He has also been a member of the American Inns of Court, Franklin Inn.

Community Involvement

Carl is the current Den Leader of Cub Scout Pack 74, Simon Kenton Council.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, as well as of the Personnel Committee, at the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center. Carl has served as Judge for the Mediation Competition of the Moot Court Board, Moritz College of Law, at the Ohio State University and has participated in Negotiation competitions for the Ohio State Bar Association. He is the 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 has been featured on local news WCMH-TV (Channel 4, NBC Affiliate). Carl was a judge for “We the People:  The Citizen and Constitution,” Elementary School State Showcase, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, May 26, 2011.  


Carl received his undergraduate degree from The American University, School of International Service, in 1991. He received his law degree ​Cum Laude​ from The Boston University School of Law in 1996, where he also served as editor of the Boston University Law Review​.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Author, “Circuit Split Widens on Seeking Attorney Fees at Costs” Litigation News, Nov. 2016

Contributing Editor of Litigation News, a publication of the ABA Section of Litigation, ABA House of Delegates Urges Change to Diversity Statute, Oct. 2015.

Presenter, "​Advanced Trial Tactics, Voir Dire​", NBI, 2014.

Presenter, "​Accounting for Lawyers​​​", IADC Webinar, 2014.

Author, "​Arbitration Among the Unwilling: Centofanti v. Wayne Homes", ​​​IADC Newsletter, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Jan. 2013.

Presenter, "​Dirty Litigation Tactics: Dealing With The Rambo Litigator​", NBI, 2013 and 2012.

Presenter, “Applying the Rules of Evidence:  What Every Attorney Needs to Know,” NBI, 2012.

Planner and Presenter, “Probate Litigation Seminar,” Ohio State Bar Association, 2012, 2011 and 2010.  

Author, "​Gathering and Preserving Information from the Outset in Probate​", 21 PLJO 114, Jan. 2011.

Author, "​Counseling Your Client in Probate Litigation​", 21 PLJO 98, Nov. 2010.

Presenter, "​A Young Lawyer's Guide to Rainmaking​," ABA, YLC, 2010.

Presenter, “Defending Water Intrusion and Mold Claims” for a Sterling Educational Services conference in Columbus, Ohio in October 2003. 

Author, “Duty to Warn in a Strict Liability Case – Striking a Balance”, for the Fall 2001 issue of the OACTA Update. 

Carl appeared on the game show, Jeopardy! in January, 2011. A story Carl wrote about the  experience was published in Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly in October 2011, and can be found here.