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Gerry Leeseberg

Gerry Leeseberg

Our firm has enjoyed unparalleled success in the courtroom, winning difficult cases and obtaining record verdicts throughout the state.
Leeseberg & Valentine
(1-5 Attorneys)
www.leesebergvalentine.com

AREAS OF LAW:
Injury and Accidents
Malpractice

LOCATION:
175 S.3rd Street.
Columbus, OH 43215
Downtown

YEARS OF PRACTICE:
38 years

PHONE:
614-221-2223

FAX:
614-221-3106

Why did you become an attorney?

I have always admired the legal system's goal of objectively and dispassionately gathering facts, and having an impartial voice from the community consider and weigh evidence presented by attorneys representing opposing viewpoints, to reach a just and fair result. That process gives equal voice and opportunity to be heard by the powerless, as well as the powerful.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

While growing up and listening to the radio in the family car, there was a series called "It's a Point of Law" that presented a fact pattern and legal dispute. I always tried to guess how the dispute would be resolved before the narrator would reveal the outcome and solemnly intone, "It's a Point of Law!" I worked in many different blue collar jobs through school, and saw how important it is to people to have an opportunity to be successful in providing for their families. I have also seen the chaos and burden that people must cope with when they have suffered serious injuries or losses: My grandmother was widowed at a very young age because of the neglect of a railroad crossing guard, and forced to work and struggle to provide for the care of my mother, as a single parent, during a time when there were not many opportunities for women in the work force. That tragedy shaped and defined both of their lives forever.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

Practicing in the field of "torts" always seemed like solving mysteries: what happened, and why, and what could have been done to prevent a tragic outcome. Whether the question was who had the red light, what caused a plane to fall from the sky, or what caused a patient to suffer a horrible, preventable complication, the forensic aspect of this field has always intrigued me.

What makes your law firm unique?

Our firm is unique in that it is very small, and yet very sophisticated in the level of experience and expertise that we can bring to bear. We have a cohesive group of people who are a second "family", and very much enjoy working and socializing with each other. Everyone is committed to helping our clients, on a personal level as well with the legal fight we wage on their behalf. We help people with cases other firms deem "too small", as well as the other end of the spectrum, such as serving as national trial counsel in complex multi-district pharmaceutical litigation.

Describe your ideal client.

There is no such thing as an ideal client. People are obviously unique, but in some sense they are also the same: everyone comes to us with a vast array of life experiences, good and bad. Some have been able to survive and cope with their life experiences, trials and tribulations better than others, but it is important to respect and understand those who struggle to cope. We see it as part of our mission to help juries understand who each person is, and why they are the individual person they are, for better or worse. As I tell my clients, I can deal with any situation in their personal life; the only thing I am unable to deal with is dishonesty. If you tell the truth, people will empathize and understand with the human condition.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I enjoy travel and being active in sports and outdoor activities. I value most the time I spend with my son, helping him experience new activities, places and ideas, and develop a broad perspective on life.

Injury and Accidents
  • Accidents
  • Dangerous Products
  • Intentional Injuries
  • Mass Accidents
  • Toxic Torts and Class Actions
Malpractice
  • Malpractice by professionals-medical/legal
Degree

Capital University Law School
Juris Doctor (JD), 1979

Bar Association Membership

Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
Franklin County Trial Lawers

Accomplishments

I have been voted one of "The Best Lawyers in America", and an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by my peers, and recognized on several occasions for my contributions to the legal profession. I am a past-President of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers, and have been asked to serve in numerous committees and capacities by the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Ohio State Legislature, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and Federal District Court.

Court Admissions

State of Ohio
State of Kentucky
United States District Court
United States Supreme Court

Board/Committee Membership

ATLA Birth Trauma Litigation Group Committee
OATL Medical Negligence Committee
OATL Federal Health Care Task Force Liaison
OATL Legislative Committee

Continuing Education

My Continuing Education requirements are all current.

Bar Admission Date

1979-01-01

Supreme Court Number

0000928

Licensed In

Ohio (1979), #0000928

Significant Cases

Leeseberg & Valentine has gained recognition as a leading trial law firm, and one that passionately and aggressively advocates for injured people and their families. The firm's outstanding results include numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In fact, Leeseberg & Valentine has won several of Ohio's largest medical malpractice verdicts, and our substantial resources allow clients to go toe-to-toe with the multi-billion dollar insurance industry. SIGNIFICANT CASES: In 2009, the firm obtained a verdict of $6.5 million for the wrongful death of an assisted care facility resident who became dehydrated because of inadequate fluid intake monitoring. Riggenbach v. The Ashland Hospital Association; Richland County Common Pleas Court; $3,250,000; February 2, 2007; Dick v. Hardin Memorial Hospital; Franklin County Common Pleas Court; $6,000,000; November 8, 2002; Lavender v. Central Ohio Orthopedics, Inc.; Franklin County Common Pleas Court; $3,800,000; April 12, 2002; Cronkleton v.Doe Corporation, Franklin County, $750,000 Settlement; Lyons v. Clarkston; Franklin County Common Pleas Court; $5,000,000; September 3, 1999; Wagner v. The City of Columbus, Franklin County, $1,000,000 Settlement; Gollihue v. Conrail, Union County, $11.5 million Jury Verdict. PRACTICE AREAS:Our practice areas include trucking and automobile crashes, products liability, pharmaceutical and drug litigation, medical malpractice, legal and accounting malpractice, toxic torts, nursing home negligence and elder abuse, premises liability, employee intentional torts, and workplace-related violence.

Summary of Firm

Our firm has enjoyed unparalleled success in the courtroom, winning difficult cases and obtaining record verdicts throughout the state.

Summary of Previous Employment

Prior to starting my own firm, I worked for another firm for 15 years, gaining experience in tort law (personal injury and wrongful death due to negligence, malpractice and defective products). My partner Anne Valentine and I launched Leeseberg Valentine and, together with attorney Susan Hahn, we have over 50 years of collective litigation experience - an accolade that is secondary only to our widely known reputation for diligence, integrity, and reliability. We pride ourselves and our firm on achieving outstanding results for clients and referring counsel in all areas of complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Anne Valentine and I have also been named Board Certified Trial Advocates by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and recognized by our peers as two of The Best Lawyers in America and as Ohio Super Lawyers.

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. Please contact us to discuss your legal matter.

Typical Retainer Fees

None, all our cases are charged on a contingency fee basis.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

All of our cases are charged on a contingency fee basis.

Fees by Hourly Rate

None, all of our cases are charged on a contingency fee basis.

 

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