CANTON, OHIO: The team of partners at Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. continues to build a reputation for professional excellence among its peers.TPM Best Lawyers in America 2020

In recognition of their legal expertise, five partners were honored in The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® for 2020. Those partners along with their recognized practice areas include Lee Plakas (commercial litigation, medical malpractice law/plaintiffs and personal injury litigation/plaintiffs), James Mannos (family law and workers compensation law/claimants), David Dingwell (commercial litigation, employment law/individuals, employment law/management, insurance law and litigation/labor and employment), Gary Corroto (commercial litigation and corporate law) and Denise Houston (family law).

First published in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is the only purely peer-review guide to the legal profession. The selection process begins when lawyers are nominated for consideration. They are divided by geographic region and practice area, and evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise.

For the 2020 edition, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers – representing only 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.

Plakas has a broad track record of success in winning million-dollar verdicts. His $44 million victory in the case of Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College was the largest defamation verdict in Ohio’s history. He has also won several of the state’s highest verdicts in business litigation, employment harassment and nursing home negligence. Plakas’ other practice areas include commercial litigation, wrongful death, medical malpractice, unfair business competition, employment law harassment and discrimination, personal injury, products liability, intellectual property, sports law, environmental litigation and energy, oil and gas.

Mannos’ practice areas include family law, probate/estate planning, workers’ compensation and real estate law. A United States Army veteran, he received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University in 1977, the year he began practice. Mannos has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for family law and worker’s compensation law since 2006.

Dingwell’s practice areas include insurance claims and coverage litigation, legal malpractice, probate/estate planning, business litigation, employment litigation, real estate litigation and municipal litigation. He’s received similar honors in The Best Lawyers in America for insurance law (2007-2020), litigation-labor and employment (2012-2020) and commercial litigation, employment law- individuals/management (2013-2020). Dingwell also serves on the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct and was the board’s chairperson in 2017 and 2018.

Corroto’s practice areas include commercial litigation, complex litigation, intellectual property litigation, mergers and acquisitions, unfair business compensation, business planning, franchise law and energy, oil and gas. He began his practice in 1991 after receiving his J.D. (summa cum laude) from the University of Akron.

Houston’s practice areas include custody and visitation, shared parenting plans, joint custody, grandparent visitation rights, financial misconduct, domestic violence civil protection orders, child support, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, business valuations, medical practice valuations, domestic violence, divorce, dissolution, legal separation and other miscellaneous family law matters. She has been named a top lawyer by Houston is a graduate of the University of Akron Law School and has been in practice since 1995.

About Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.

Since our founding in 1957, Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd. has provided the highest level of expert counsel and aggressive representation to those we serve. Based in Canton, Ohio, we have built a law firm that addresses the needs of clients effectively by professionals who combine unparalleled courtroom experience with real-world common sense. Our uncommon representation yields extraordinary results, including numerous record-setting, multimillion-dollar verdicts. When major disputes arise, regardless if our client is an individual, a family-owned business or a multi-national corporation, our firm devotes its unmatched experience and aggressively represents those that we serve. For more information, visit