Eastman & Smith Remembers John M. Carey


John CareyThe attorneys and staff of Eastman & Smith are saddened to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, John M. Carey, who died Thursday, July 30, 2020.  John was a member of the Firm and chair of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group.

John was an esteemed member of the Toledo bar. While he was a fierce advocate for his clients and had a razor-sharp wit, his collegial relations with opposing counsel, many of whom became his dear friends, exemplified the “Toledo way” of practicing law. John cared deeply for his clients and was passionate about representing them. In his own words: “In business litigation it is far more about the facts than the law and the client is the resource. Sometimes the facts are good, sometimes not.  Until we have listened carefully to our clients’ stories, we cannot represent them well.” John was AV rated by Martindale Hubble and listed in Best Lawyers of America® in the area of commercial litigation.

After graduating from Williams College, John earned his law degree in the University of Toledo’s night school program.  He served as a law clerk for Judge George Glasser of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. John began his career at Fuller & Henry, later joined the firm that became Watkins, Bates & Carey, and finally practiced with Eastman & Smith. He was an advocate and trusted adviser for his fellow lawyers as well, mentoring many lawyers throughout his career and offering guidance that shaped many.

An avid fly-fisherman, accomplished woodworker and well-read, John always seemed to have a saying, story or historical anecdote to fit the situation. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, clients and his family.

John’s obituary and information regarding his arrangements are available via the Walker Funeral Home.