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Fred Portman

Frederic A Portman

I am a Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. I'll try to alleviate the stress of your legal battle, allowing you to focus on recovery. I will help!
Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman
(11 Attorneys)

Injury and Accidents
Workers Compensation

226 N 5th St
Fl 5
Columbus, OH 43215

43 years

(614) 461-1234

(614) 221-7308

Why did you become an attorney?

It is a profession that exposes one to diverse subjects,people,places,and things. It is rarely boring.

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

I have been fortunate to associate with great attorneys as partners,associates, and opponents. Further, I have been blessed with a loyal and competent staff.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

My first job out of law school was in the Ohio Attorney General's office ,Workers' Compensation section. I chose that section becasue it involved jury trials and appellate work. When I entered private practice, I was a general practitioner who emphasized workers' compensation. That part of the practice grew to the point where it became my primary focus.

What makes your law firm unique?

We are unique because we emphasize Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury. We distinguish ourselves from other firms because we handle complicated product liability cases that involve equipment,machines, and other materials that require a scientific backgrouund.

Describe your ideal client.


Injury and Accidents
  • Accidents
Workers Compensation
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workers' Compensation Litigation

Ohio State University College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1971

Bar Association Membership

American Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
Ohio Association of Trial Lawyers
Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association


Ohio Super Lawyers 2004 and 2007;cum laude graduate of Ohio State University College of Law; achieved Ohio State Bar Association certification as a Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law.

Court Admissions

All Ohio Courts
Ohio Supreme Courts
US Supreme Court
Federal district courts


Continuing Education

In keeping with my Bar specialty certification in Workers' Compensation, I must meet the extensive specialty requirements related to continuing legal education.

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1973), #0010382

Significant Cases

State ex rel. Thelma Ruggle vs. Indus trial Commission; State ex rel. Matt Hall vs. Indus. Comm. both Ohio Supreme Court cases regarding workers' compensation that I won. Tapo vs. Columbus Board of Education: an Ohio Supreme Court decision that incorporated collective bargaining agreement into teacher's individual contract for purposes of teacher salary schedule; Brown v. Columbus Board of Education, Franklin County Court of Appeals decision requiring medical reports to be signed before they can be used a evidence in a workers' compensation claim.

Summary of Firm

I am a Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation law. I'll try to alleviate the stress of your legal battle, allowing you to focus on recovery. I will help!

Summary of Previous Employment

1973-74 Assistant Ohio Attorney General, workers' comp section;sole practitioner from 1974-1976;1976-1983 partner in Green,Schiavoni, Murphy& Haines;1983-2002, partner in Cloppert, Portman, Sauter, Latanick & Foley; 2002 to present partner in Portman, Foley and Flint LLP.

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes; consultations for workers' compensation and personal injury cases are free.

Typical Retainer Fees

None, all work is done on contingency.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

None, all work is done on contingency.

Fees by Hourly Rate

None, all work is done on contingency.


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