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Phil Gauer

Philip J. Gauer

Surprisingly reasonable fees for experienced, personalized attention to your legal matter.
Philip J. Gauer, Attorney At Law
(1-5 Attorneys)

Probate, Estate and Elder Law
Workers Compensation

2000 West Henderson Road
Suite 345
Columbus, OH 43220
Upper Arlington

27 years



Why did you become an attorney?

My mother encouraged me to consider law school after I found out my eyesight wasn't as good as it needed to be in order to become an FBI agent (a dream of mine in college). Deciding to study law was a good choice for me and now I can appreciate the opportunity that I have to be self-employed, doing work that I enjoy, and making a difference in the lives of my clients. (Thanks Mom!).

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

I had great attorney mentors both while I was at the Attorney General's office and in private practice and I certainly benefited from their valuable experience and expertise. I also think I've become a better lawyer since launching my own practice because my legal fees are directly related to whether or not I'm successful for my clients. My family relies on my income so I'm more motivated to be creative, informed, and personally involved in my clients' cases so that we can all be successful. My motivation to support my family also helps me understand the worries my clients have about supporting their own families.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

At the Attorney General's Office, I worked in the Workers' Compensation Section and was attracted to the idea of jury trials and court litigation. When I decided to launch my own practice, a focus on Workers' Compensation was the natural choice given my background and experience at the Attorney General's Office. The addition of probate and estate issues as well as Social Security Disability grew out of my representation of Injured Workers. These areas of law are often closely connected, and similar legal skills are needed in order to ensure that clients are treated fairly by what can sometimes be a difficult, bureaucratic system.

What makes your law firm unique?

My clients know that I'll handle all the legal details of their individual cases personally, from start to finish, all the way through any necessary appeals. Some firms assign multiple attorneys or paralegals to cases, and clients might arrive in court to find that a brand new attorney, unfamiliar with their case until that moment, is handling their matter for that day. In contrast, our firm is a family run business and my clients have my full attention all the way until their matter is resolved. My wife Janet helps me run the practice and I think our clients find us to be a comforting and reliable team.

Describe your ideal client.

My ideal client is someone who wants to participate in helping with their case. I may need them to follow up with their doctor to help get an answer, or to help track down some other important piece of information. I usually know what information is needed, but sometimes I need the client's help to obtain that information. Our best chance for success comes from working together as a team. My ideal clients understand that their participation matters and greatly improves the likelihood of winning their case. I enjoy representing individuals who wish to take an active role in achieving a fair and equitable resolution of their case.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I have more interests and hobbies than I have time to enjoy, but my family tops the list. My wife and I have three daughters and right now I'm enjoying studying karate with the girls (trying to stay one step ahead of them!). I also enjoy camping and bicycling, reading books and watching movies, and just hanging-out with our bull-dogs (one French and one English).

Describe your charitable activities.

My family is active in our church, Riverside United Methodist. The YMCA is also important to us; my wife volunteers her time in the YMCA's daycare once a week. Personally, I contribute by being on a lawyer referral list for the Court of Claim's Victims of Crime cases, a need that is near and dear to my heart.

Probate, Estate and Elder Law
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Wills
Workers Compensation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workers' Compensation Litigation

Capital University Law School
Juris Doctor (JD), 1991

Bar Association Membership

Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
National Organization Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)


I have been licensed to practice law in Ohio since 1991. I am also admitted in Federal District Court for both the northern and southern districts of Ohio, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law by the Ohio State Bar Association. My other areas of practice include wills and probate, Social Security, and Crime Victims’ Compensation.

Court Admissions

All Ohio courts
Federal District Court for Northern Ohio
Federal District Court for Southern Ohio
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


Member, OSBA Workers Compensation Committee

Board/Committee Membership

Member, OSBA Workers Compensation Committee
Member, Columbus Bar Workers Compensation Committee
Member, Court of Claim's Victims of Crime Lawyer Referral

Continuing Education

My continuing education requirements are current. As a certified specialist in Workers' Compensation, I am required to take 36 hours of continuing education every two years, or 50% more hours than attorneys who are not certified specialists in a field.

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1991), #0055305

Significant Cases

I have 20 years of experience handling sophisticated legal issues, and I don't want my clients to give up on the legal system that was created to help them in the first place. My certification as a Specialist in Workers’ Compensation by The Ohio State Bar Association and my legal association memberships also help me to stay current in my areas of law.

Summary of Firm

Surprisingly reasonable fees for experienced, personalized attention to your legal matter.

Summary of Previous Employment

I am a former Assistant Attorney General in the Ohio Attorney General's Office and have been in private practice since 1995. I graduated from Capital University Law School in 1991 and received my undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1986. My practice is focused on Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, Wills & Probate, and Crime Victims’ Compensation.

Free Initial Consultation?


Typical Retainer Fees

A retainer is required for all probate matters.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

Some matters including some probate matters may be handled on a fixed-price basis where appropriate. A simple will without a trust may be completed for as little as $175.

Fees by Hourly Rate

Most Workers' Compensation matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning my legal fees will be deducted at the end from any settlement that I obtain for you. Hourly rates for probate and estate matters are determined by type of case.


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