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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


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



Contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher James Regan

    Ethan is an outstanding practitioner with a thoroughgoing knowledge of the nuances of the law that serve him and his clients well.


    Christopher Regan Wrongful death Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse Attorney Vessels as a valuable member our profession and of this forum. Attorneys who participate in this forum are providing useful information for those in need and should be commended. Further, the type of information conveyed is in the true spirit of professionalism where information is provided to help those in need which is the underpinning of the legal profession. Often the users of this forum are given second opinions that expand on information or provide contradictory information. Providing information empowers the uninformed to go forward with confronting their legal problems. I recommend and endorse this attorney for all listed areas of practice in his profile.


    Joseph Ostrowski Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels LLC

309 Second Street
Marietta, OH, 45750


WVAuthorized to practice law200408/13/2016
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
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Ohio Association for JusticeN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Washington County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Industrial Worker v. Industrial EmployerSettlement of $1.2 million
Bryant v. R&M Delivery CompanyVerdict of $516,000
Jane Doe 2 v. XYZ Major EmployerPayment of over $250,000
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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 University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
United States 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