Colleen A. Mountcastle

Colleen A. Mountcastle

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Colleen A. Mountcastle is a partner in Burns White’s Appellate, Mass Torts and Transportation practice groups. She is a certified Appellate Law Specialist, and represents clients in original, post-trial and appellate proceedings in the Supreme Courts of the United States, Ohio, and Michigan. In addition, Ms. Mountcastle has extensive experience defending railroad companies, manufacturers and suppliers in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, occupational injury and product liability.

A frequent presenter and legal panelist, Ms. Mountcastle is a Certified Appellate Law Specialist of the Ohio State Bar Association. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and received her B.A, cum laude, from the University of Dayton.


Areas of Law

  • Appellate
  • Mass Tort and Toxic Tort
  • Railroad


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • University of Dayton (B.A., cum laude, 1995)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana


  • Judicial Conference of the Eighth Appellate District, Life Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Appellate Law Specialty Board 2016-2022
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Accolades & Involvement


  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2022-2023
  • Certified Appellate Law Specialist, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Selected for inclusion on the 2011 – 2012 Ohio Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Magnificat High School, Board of Directors
  • Lawyers Guild of Cleveland


  • Panelist, “Summer Review of 2016 Supreme Court Decisions”, Ohio State Bar Association Live CLE, Cleveland, OH, July 2016
  • “Appellate Practice Essentials” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Webcast, May 2014
  • “The Appellate Process: From the Courtroom to the Supreme Court of Ohio” Gallagher Sharp Annual Spring Seminar, June 2011
  • “Commercial Docket: Practice and Procedure” Gallagher Sharp Annual Spring Seminar, June 2009
  • Co-Presenter, “An Overview of the Railroad Whistleblower Statute 49 U.S.C. 20109” Association of American Railroads General Claims Conference, November 2008


  • Is the Denial of a Request for Stay of Ba Faith-Related Discovery a Final, Appealable Order?, OACTA Quarterly Review, Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 2016