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David Gary Cox

Administrative law Attorney at Columbus, OH

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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL Licensed
    Ohio - OH 34 years
  • Licensed
    State IL
    Acquired N/A
    Active Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Administrative law
    Was counsel for such agencies as the Ohio EPA, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and State Fire Marshall. Defended private parties against administrative actions brought by various state Departments of Agriculture, Departments of Health, and brought civil suits against both the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food and Drug Administration, Drafted and provided comments on agency rulemaking dealing with food safety and environmental issues.

    35 years, 300 cases

  2. Agriculture
    Served as General Counsel for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund representing dairy, poultry, beef and vegetable farmers. Represented certified organic farmers on Organic Foods Production Act and National Organic Program issues. Published materials on agriculture districts and submitted comments on Right to Farm Act changes.

    18 years, 50 cases

  3. Environmental and natural resources
    Served as Senior Attorney General for the State of Ohio representing Ohio EPA in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. Practice limited to air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste and solid waste laws and regulations with an emphasis on air pollution. Appeared before Ohio Public Utilities Commission and represented staff. Conducted grand juries and was counsel in criminal, civil and administrative actions.

    35 years, 300 cases

Gary Cox has been representing government, corporate (for profit and non-profit) and individual clients since 1989.  Gary's practice has ranged anywhere from prosecuting polluters, defending dairy, pork, beef, produce and artisan farmers, drafting business contracts and documents, negotiating zoning disputes, and speaking and testifying on issues of administrative licensing/permitting, food safety, and agriculture.


The Law Office of David G. Cox
4240 Kendale Road
Columbus, OH, 43220

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Posted by Rebecca | May 19, 2016
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He is fantastic, he always keeps us informed, he is brilliant in his knowledge of the case. He explains things when we do not understand. He keeps us on track, and makes sure everything is filed on time, We feel his representation of our case has been very professional and an excellent job well done. We feel very comfortable with this attorney and he goes the extra mile.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Lane, Alton & Horst, LLC
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Senior Assistant Attorney General
  • Ohio Attorney General's Office
  • 1989 - 2003


  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • B.A.
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Seibold v. Plains Aerial Applicators
  • pending
  • Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund v. FDA
  • Favorable outcome
  • Still, et al. v. Aurora Dairy Corporation
  • Settled
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  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's Award
  • Capital University Law School
  • 1989


Speaking Engagements

  • Food Freedom Fest
  • What to do during a Raid
  • 2015
  • Food Freedom Fest
  • FTCLDF: A Brief Litigation History
  • 2014
  • OEFFA Annual conference
  • Got Raw Milk? What's the Latest?
  • 2013
  • WAPF Annual conference
  • How to Help your Farmer During a Raid
  • 2012
  • ACRES Annual Conference
  • Navigating the Legal Minefield Awaiting Farmers and Direct Marketers
  • 2011
  • PASA Annual Conference
  • Regulating our Food - A NAIS Update
  • 2010
  • Lorman - AIA Contracts
  • Responding to Unexpected Environmental Conditions at a Construction Site
  • 2009
  • BECO Annual Conference
  • Handling Enforcement Actions Before the Ohio EPA and Ohio Dept. of Health
  • 2009
  • WAPF Annual Conference
  • Raw Milk Wars
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Agriculture Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Gary the past ten years on agricultural and food matters; the last nine of which were with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a nonprofit with members across the U.S. Gary served as General Counsel and chief litigator for FTCLDF. He is a skilled litigator who's quick on his feet and good in the courtroom. Numerous people he represented for FTCLDF praised him for his tenacity and his strong advocacy for their interests. He's not afraid to take on tough cases. He won a difficult case representing an Ohio dairy farmer that has set precedent nationally. His work has made a positive impact on small farmers around the country. In addition to food agricultural law cases, I would also recommend him for environmental and criminal law matters."
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Columbus Administrative law Lawyer David Gary Cox
David Gary Cox
Administrative law Attorney
Columbus, OH
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