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Joseph A. Gerling

Phone: (614) 233-4754

First employed as an engineer for Battelle, one of the largest private contract research facilities in the world, I have spent the past 30 years putting this technical background to work in defending liability claims for over 100 different products, cases involving fires and explosions, asbestos and toxic substance exposures, and complex construction lawsuits. I take a pro-active approach in advising manufacturers and distributors with regard to limiting their exposure and providing appropriate product warnings.


  • Earned the Martindale-Hubbell "A-V" peer-rated designation (legal ability "Very High to Preeminent" and general ethical reputation "Very High")
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, Ohio Super Lawyers (since 2004) and the Claims Litigation Management Alliance
  • Include on the Best Lawyers in America list (Product Liability Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation, since 2001)
  • Best Lawyers' 2013 Columbus Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Columbus Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Best Lawyers' 2016 Columbus Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers


  • The Ohio State University, J.D., cum laude, 1977
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S. Chemical Engineering, cum laude, 1974
    Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honorary

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1977
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1978
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1984

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    - Ohio Chapter President 2011
    - ABOTA National Board Member 2014 - present
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Columbus Defense Association (Past President)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    - IADC National Trial Academy, Faculty, 2003

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