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Whitney L. Willits


Whitney is a partner with Black McCuskey and is the Coordinator of the firm’s litigation practice group. In her litigation practice, Whitney handles a variety of civil issues, including cases involving breach-of-contract claims, employment disputes, foreclosures, unfair competition, fraud, oil-and-gas, construction, insurance, and patent- and trademark-infringement claims.  She counsels clients through all stages of litigation, including mediations, trial, and appeals, and has represented clients in state and federal courts across Ohio, as well as through pro hac vice admission in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.  Whitney also advises clients on labor-and-employment matters, both in litigation and in drafting employee handbook provisions, and advises clients on civil disputes before they reach the point of formal litigation


Whitney has been named a Rising Star for 2015 through 2024 by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected and candidates must be either 40 years or younger, or in practice ten years or less.  In 2016, she was selected as one of 20 outstanding leaders under the age of 40 by ystark! (the young professionals organization of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce) and The Repository. 


She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association, where she serves on the Young Lawyers Committee, the Grievance Committee and the Municipal Court Committee.  Whitney is also actively involved in ystark!, which she chaired in 2018.  She served on the Board for Leadership Stark County, and is a graduate of the 29th Signature Class.


Whitney is a Canton native, graduating salutatorian from Perry High School.  She then graduated magna cum laude from Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, with a degree in Economics and minors in mathematics, history, and political science.  Whitney attended law school at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, graduating cum laude.  While in law school, Whitney served as a Managing Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal and was actively involved in the Moot Court Program, competing on the ABA Grey Team and the Corporations Team, as well as serving as the Executive Justice of Appellate Advocacy.  She also studied comparative corporate law at the University of Oxford in England. Whitney now lives in Columbus, Ohio.  An avid Ohio State fan, she enjoys cheering on the Buckeyes, trivia, and hiking with her golden retriever.


Ohio Bar

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, cum laude, 2012
B.A., Economics, Capital University, magna cum laude, 2009

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