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David Proaño is an advocate for his clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, arbitration panels, and regulatory agencies. David approaches each matter with a deep commitment to the client’s objectives. He combines candid advice, meticulous preparation, exceptional writing skills, and powerful advocacy to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. David has a proven track record representing clients on matters involving a wide range of commercial disputes, including fraudulent financial transactions, electricity and energy contracts, regulatory matters before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), steel supply contracts, tier 1 automotive supply contracts, lease agreements, property easements, insurance coverage, banking regulations, structured finance transactions, environmental liability, professional misconduct and breach of fiduciary duty.

In addition to an active trial and regulatory practice, David devotes considerable time and effort to serving the Cleveland community. He teaches classes as a Junior Achievement volunteer, provides pro bono legal advice at legal aid clinics, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Esperanza, a non-profit organization that supports Hispanic educational achievement through scholarships and mentoring. Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized David as one of its “Forty Under 40” for his professional accomplishments and community service. David was born in Quito, Ecuador, and he speaks Spanish.


Key Tower, 127 Public Square
Suite 2000
Cleveland, OH 44114-1214

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Areas of Practice



Banking/Financial Institutions

Leadership Positions

Member, Firm Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, Cleveland Office Hiring Committee

Law School

Harvard Law School

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