Jack Maistros was an esteemed lawyer who garnered a national reputation for his expertise in cases involving the health consequences of smoking and the liability issues with guns. His litigation helped extract damaging information that led to multibillion dollar settlements in lawsuits brought by states against tobacco companies. He was lobbying for safety mechanisms on firearms for the protection of the general public and for children, in particular. Jack earned a B.A. in political science from Kent State University in 1979. He was graduated magna cum laude from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1982. Since 1984, he had been a partner with the Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli law firm. He previously acted as Special Counsel for The Office for the Ohio Attorney General. Among his many awards was the “Breath of Life Award,” presented to him in 2000 by the American Lung Association of Louisiana. Among the many organizations with which he was affiliated, was the CASE program, which provides free legal service to people who cannot afford to pay a lawyer.