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My life's legal work has involved the representation of injured persons and the families of deceased vicitms  in cases involving negligence and defective products. I thoroughly investigate all cases and pursue them with determination and perseverance through all stages of the litigation process.


I represented, pro bono, the family of a victim of the 9/11 tragedy.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    36 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 15%
    36 years, 300 cases
  3. Defective Products: 5%
    36 years, 100 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling

40 N. Main Street
2700 Kettering Tower
Dayton, OH, 45423


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Personal InjuryOhio Super Lawyers2011
Foundation FellowDayton Bar Association2010
Personal InjuryOhio Super Lawyers2010
Distinguished AlumniUniversity of Dayton School of Law Alumni Assn.2009
Personal InjuryOhio Super Lawyers2009
Personal InjuryOhio Super Lawyers2008
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder and Executive Vice PresidentPickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling Co. L.P.A.1991 - Present
Adjunct Professor Civil Trial Practice, Products LiabilityUniversity of Dayton School of Law1987 - Present
Regional Litigation Counsel for 2008 & 2010 ElectionsOhio Democratic Party2008 - 2010
Personal injury and product liability attorneyE.S. Gallon and Associates1981 - 1991
LTC (retired)United States Army1972 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dayton Bar Assn. Carl Kessler Inn of CourtBoard of Trustees1990 - Present
Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Assn.Board of Trustees1988 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeMember1981 - Present
Dayton Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Artemis Center for the Prevention of Domestic ViolenceBoard of Trustees2010 - 2014
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High SchoolBoard of Trustees2003 - 2012
Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers ProjectBoard of Trustees1990 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Continental Ins. Co. v. Whittington (1994), 71 Ohio St.3d 150Won substantial verdict in the trial court which was upheld by The Ohio Supreme Court.
Dale Meier, Admn. of Estates Craig & Doug Meier v. Village of Versailles Municipal Electric, Darke County CPC Case #08 CV 64975Won a substantial settlement for the Estates of the deceased.
Gregory Porter v. Columbia Gas of Ohio Inc., Montgomery County CPC # 2005 CV 02994Won a substantial settlement for the estates.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of DaytonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972