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Andrew Joseph Gerling

Litigation Attorney at Columbus, OH

3.7   3 reviews

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Attorney Andy Gerling is an AV Preeminent rated lawyer. He is an partner and attorney at Kohl & Cook Law Firm, LLC.  Andy is a season litigator representing consumers and business throughout Ohio at both the trial and appellate levels.

Andy’s has a robust consumer practice ranging from representing homeowners facing foreclosure to representing individuals against companies that run afoul of Ohio’s consumer protection laws. He has experience representing consumers in matters involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and other highly technical consumer laws.

Andy’s business litigation practice includes representing companies facing disputes ranging from breach of contract to fraud, and most in between. His non-litigation practice includes business formation, contract review, compliance with consumer laws, purchase/sale agreements, vendor licensing and much more.

Andy graduated from Otterbein University Summa Cum Laude receiving his BA with departmental honors in political science. He received his law degree from Capital University with distinction as a member of the Order of the Curia. For several years he has consistently been recognized as a Super Lawyer and as one Three Best Rated consumer lawyers in Columbus, Ohio. Andy authored a book on foreclosure defense and regularly speaks on consumer and foreclosure laws, including training other attorneys in the area of foreclosure defense and mortgage servicing errors.

Andy lives with his wife, Chelse, and two sons, Griffin and Rustin, in Worthington, Ohio.

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Licensed for 11 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/14/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Kohl & Cook Law Firm LLC
1900 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH, 43220

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Tiffany | October 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great firm, dependable attorneys
I hired this firm a year ago to handle a tough situation. Troy Doucet was honest upfront and very knowledgeable about the laws related to my case. He confidently told me in an initial meeting that they could help and indeed they did. All the attorneys I dealt with were informative respectful and understanding. Would definitely recommend this firm to others.
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Posted by Tom | August 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and firm!
I was in a very bad position with a VERY uncooperative bank that I had a loan with. Due to a recent divorce it was crucial that I resolved this issue. Andrew and his firm was very attentive and actually took the time (and interest) to listen to me and the situation. They were very polite and timely in all of their responses to my many questions. I can't thank Andrew and Doucet and Associates enough for their professionalism and kindness throughout this nightmare. I am pleased to say everything has been resolved thanks to Andrew
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Posted by Chris | July 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not happy with overall experience with Doucet
In my initial consultation with Troy, he gave me good indications that my case was strong, simple and straightforward. Based on the information he provided and those I read on his website, I was under the impression that his firm has previously handled cases similar to mine. I felt confident that my case would not be a novel undertaking for the firm. Once I signed the fee agreement, I never once again met or spoke with Troy. At the start of my case, I found out that the attorney assigned to me had quit and I was told the new person handling my case would be “J” (name withheld), who I later found out was a law clerk (but billed as attorney, even though he was licensed in another state at that time), and his boss, Andew Gerling, who had to sign off on everything. Maybe that’s why my first two billing statements show an inordinate amount of time (about 24+ hours) spent on the (enumerated) complaint filed with the court, not to mention the repeated review or meeting with senior or supervising attorneys regarding my case. I communicated mostly with “J” throughout my case, who was nice and personable, and I spoke with Andrew twice, mostly about billing issues and my concern that I would not fully recover my loss because of the mounting legal expenses. First call, he was very reassuring. Second time, he went back on his assurances as I understood them and was pretty rude, in my opinion. In the end, the total legal bill was about 70% of the settlement award. After negotiating with the firm, they discounted their fees so I would get 40%. I think it is disingenuous to say that I got 100% of the award just because the settlement amount was split into two payments: one check was made out to me and the other was paid to Troy’s firm. I understand that law firms have to earn money. There are fees associated with all the services they provide. I do not begrudge them that and they did work on my case. However, I feel like they could have accomplished the work needed with less hours. And it really didn’t reassure me when I saw the opposing counsel had even questioned the reasonableness of their fees in their court filings. Maybe this was just a trial tactic from the other side, but it reinforced my concerns. Overall, it was a very stressful experience for me to worry constantly whether I would be worse off than when I started and I felt strongly enough to leave this review based on my actual experience, how I felt I was treated, and what I know to be true for my case.
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Response from Andrew Gerling June 1, 2018
Chris, I'm sorry to hear you had a poor experience with our firm. These consumer cases are a bit different from "traditional" lawsuits. Most people think about lawyers taking a percentage of an overall award (typically 1/3 of the recovery), known as a contingency case. Cases under Ohio's Consumer Protection statute have whats known as a "fee shifting" provision. This means that the other side is required to pay the legal fees in addition to money to the client. This is why there are two checks issued at the end of the case. It also can have a wide array of results. For example, a case could settle quickly with little legal work resulting in a small amount of money for legal fees and a large amount of money for the client, and vice versa. It seems like we had a breakdown in effectively communicating how these cases work. I have discussed with all of our lawyers the importance of taking as much time as necessary with clients so they fully understand how these cases work. I know when someone has to hire a lawyer it is typically a foreign and stressful situation. We strive to answer all our clients questions and give them peace of mind knowing we are in their corner. Again, I apologize for any confusion on your case. I appreciate your feedback and wish you the best going forward.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 90-395 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kohl & Cook Law Firm, LLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney and Shareholder
  • Doucet Gerling, Co. L.P.A.
  • 2013 - 2022

Education

  • Capital University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Otterbein College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Hurst v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc
  • Reversed summary judgment granted to bank on RESPA claim.
  • The Father's House International, Inc. v. Kurguz (10th Dist.)
  • Upheld jury verdict on appeal
  • Jarupan v. Williams
  • Jury verdict in the amount of $93,860
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Associations

  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Order of Curia
  • Capital University Law School
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Book
  • 27 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Foreclosure A to Z
  • 2019
  • ABC 6 Ask the Attorney
  • Ask the Attorney
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Consumer protection Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy worked for my firm as a law clerk, and showed outstanding promise. This has been realized by his work with Doucet & Associates Co., LPA, where his rise has been been meteoric. His knowledge of consume protection, foreclosure, small business law is impressive. He is an excellent and effective trial lawyer. I refer clients to him with complete confidence."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Andy worked with our firm for several years and during law school. He is quick to understand complex factual issues, has excellent communication skills and consistently produced high quality work product. Andy obtains outstanding results for his clients."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy is an excellent lawyer and is particularly adept at foreclosure defense lawsuits and defending homeowner's rights when facing foreclosure."
Business Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andy is one of the best lawyers I have worked with. His clients benefit from this thoughtful and thorough business planning and zealous advocacy in the courtroom."