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Doug Garner graduated from University of Cincinnati Law School in 1991, and spent three years as a contract Public Defender in Hamilton County.  In 1994, he established a private practice in Dearborn County, Indiana and was a Public Defender in the Dearborn County Superior Court from 1994 through 2001.  Since 2001, Doug has continued his private practice focusing on social security and criminal defense.  He also represents several non-profit organizations, small businesses, and the Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District.  Doug was on the Indiana Public Defender Council Board of Directors from 1996 to 2008 and Chairman from 2006 to 2008.  He taught trial skills for five years at the Indiana Public Defender Trial Practice Institute.  He is on the Board of Directors of  Heart House, Inc.  and belongs to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.  


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 65%
    2 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    2 years
  3. Business: 12%
    2 years
  4. Guardianship: 3%
    2 years


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15 W Center St.
Lawrenceburg, IN, 47025


INActive In Good Standing199307/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Service AwardIndiana Public Defender Council2008
Excellence in Pro Bono ServiceLegal Volunteers2007
Homeless Advocate AwardHeart House, Inc.2006
Certificate of AppreciationIndiana Public Defender Council2005
Service Provider of the YearLifeTime Resources1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerZerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember2000 - Present
Indiana Public Defender CouncilChairperson2004 - 2006
Indiana Public Defender CouncilPast Vice Chair2002 - 2004
Indiana Public Defender CouncilSecretary2000 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Donna R. Jones v. Michael J. AstrueRemand
Rita F. Gray v. Michael J. AstrueRemand
Robert P. Doherty v. Michael J. AstrueRemand
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Publication nameTitleDate
Elliot & FitzpatrickA Resource Guide for the Rehabilitation Consultant2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Cincinnati College of LawHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Indiana Public Defender Council TPICriminal Trial Practice2005
Elliot & Fitzpatrick GroupChoosing A Business Entity1999
Home-builders MeetingMechanics Liens1995