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Ethan Thomas Vessels

Ethan Thomas Vessels

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Oil & Gas, Employee Benefits, Medical Malpractice

About Me

I am a principal partner at Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels, LLC.  I handle exclusively civil litigation matters. 


My primary practice areas are in personal injury, wrongful death, insurance disputes, and employee benefits litigation  (ERISA). 


I handle an array of personal injury matters sometimes involving minor injuries, but often involving substantial injuries, and sometimes death.  I was recently invited to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (TM) after successfully negotiating a settlement exceeding $1 million in a wrongful death matter.


ERISA litigation usually arises from the wrongful denial of employee insurance benefits--health insurance, long-term disability insurance, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, and life insurance. It also covers claims related to pension benefits.


In addition to personal injury and insurance litigation, I often accept general civil litigation matters such as real estate and business disputes.


I am licensed in both Ohio and West Virginia.  I accept cases throughout Southeast Ohio and Northern West Virginia.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Personal Injury: 45%
    12 years
  2. Oil & Gas: 43%
  3. Employee Benefits: 10%
    12 years
  4. Medical Malpractice: 2%
    7 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Andrew Stephen Baker

    I endorse this lawyer. He is highly competent in the field of personal injury and well respected among his peers. His commitment to professionalism and ethics is unmatched. I strongly recommend Mr. Vessels.


    Andrew Baker Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Loren Michael Bly

    I endorse this lawyer. Ethan is a very hard working, intelligent and effective personal injury attorney. I have had several trials with him and would highly recommend him. He is not afraid to tackle tough cases and diligently represents his clients.


    Loren Bly Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels LLC

309 Second Street
Marietta, OH, 45750


WVAuthorized to practice law200406/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2013
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
CaptainUnited States Army1995 - 2000

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Wright v. AllstateJury verdict, $79,000
Ohio Department of Transportation v. Joy-Wagner Rental, Inc.Jury verdict for the Defendant for $389,000
Sams v. HessonJury verdict for $287,500

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
BookI have been injured. What are my legal rights? Second Edition2011
I have been injured. What are my legal rights?I have been injured. What are my legal rights?2009
Transportation Law JournalThe Lessor of Two Evils: The Presumption of Responsibility for Motor Carrier Lessees or Common Law Respondeat Superior2003

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
U.S. Military AcademyN/AB.S.1995

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Plaintiff's Personal Injury from Start to FinishBasics of Civil Practice and Procedure2011
Plaintiff's Personal Injury from Start to FinishUnderstanding the Law of Damages2011
Personal Injury 101Case De-Selection and Legal Ethics2010