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My practice is focused on complex commercial and business litigation, product liability defense and large loss subrogation, liability defense and wrongful death, insurance law and coverage litigation and fire investigation and litigation.  I also consult with businesses relating to consumer and customer claims, contract negotiation, risk management and dispute prevention.  My firm provides full service to our business and individual clients in areas such real estate, tax, merger and acquisition, finance, employment, intellectual property, cyber security, trade secrets, non-compete, and many more.  Visit us at


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    34 years
  2. Defective Products: 50%
    34 years

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Ulmer & Berne LLP

65 East State Street, Suite 1100
Columbus, OH, 43215


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ohio Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Top Lawyer In Central OhioC.E.O. Magazine2010
Certified Fire & Explosion InvestigatorNational Association of Fire Investigators2010
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner-In-Charge - Columbus, OhioUlmer & Berne LLP1991 - Present
AssociateUlmer & Berne LLP - Cleveland, Ohio1981 - 1990
Paralegal SpecialistNational Aeronautics & Space Administration - Cleveland, Ohio1980 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Columbus Bar AssociationN/A1991 - Present
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysN/A1986 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A1985 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Greif Packaging LLC v. Advanced Industrial Roofing, Inc.Settlement in excess of $1 million
Gibson v. United States, 93 F. Supp.3d 827(S.D. Ohio 2015)Summary Judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
In-HouseOhio Rental Car and Truck Law – Update 20072007
Business FirstKeeping Old Insurance Policies Under Lock and Key2007
In ContractLet the Buyer Beware2006
Builder/ArchitectArbitration 1012006
Builder/ArchitectOhio's Statute of Repose2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Boston UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kaboom! Fire & Explosion Investigation and LitigationFire and Explosion Investigation & Litigation2015
In-House Training SeminarSpoliation of Evidence2015
Quarterly MeetingNFPA 921 - A Primer for Subrogation Professionals2010
Quarterly MeetingAvoiding Spoliation of Evidence2010
Annual MeetingExperts On Fire2010