Gary J. Leppla, a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law, has practiced law in Dayton, Ohio since 1978. He is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio (1978), and various federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and is also licensed to practice law in the State of Florida (1990).
Mr. Leppla is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, as recognized by the Ohio Supreme Court and certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been recognized by his peers with an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell and is designated as a “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers peer review publication.
Practice areas: Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Land Use; Probate; Ethics.
Admitted: 1978, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1985, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1990, Florida, 1990, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
Law School: The Ohio State University, J.D.
College: The Ohio State University, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa)
- President of the Ohio State Bar Association (2008-2009)
- President of the Dayton Bar Association (1998-1999)
- Out-of-State Practitioners Division of The Florida Bar (1994-1995), Dayton Bar Association Foundation (2000-2001)
- Board of Governors of The Florida Bar (3-terms: 1998-2000, 2003-2007)
- Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association
- Trustee of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (Administers funds from interest on attorney trust accounts to provide legal services to the poor)
- Board of Trustees of the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company
- Ohio State Bar Foundation
Mr. Leppla has chaired the Campaign for Equal Justice on behalf of Legal Aid and the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Western Ohio. He is a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Dayton Bar Foundation and the Center for Justice & Democracy in New York. He has served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of Ohio (1988-1995) and is a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (nka OAJ), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (nka AAJ), the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (nka FJA). He has spoken extensively in multiple states on topics of professionalism, professional ethics and trial practice on behalf of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, The Florida Bar, as well as allied Bars from other states.
Gary J. Leppla was appointed as a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee by Governor Ted Strickland in 2007 to nominate candidates to fill Common Pleas Court vacancies in Ohio, and is a life member of the NAACP. He has served as President of the Townview Advisory Counsel of the Salvation Army, and has been a member of the League of Women Voters throughout his career where he chairs the local Candidate Forum Committee. He has chaired the City of Germantown Charter Commission, participated as a member of the Germantown Rescue Squad Annual Fund Drive Committee and has served as a youth basketball, baseball and softball coach throughout the last 20 years. As a member of the Dayton Amateur Softball Commission he was awarded the prestigious Lou DeSaro Award in 2005.
Mr. Leppla served as president of the Township Hall & Opera House Restoration Company (focusing upon the successful salvage and initial restoration of the 140 year old Township Hall & Opera House in Germantown, Ohio) and served as a founder and president of the publishing company for the Gazette newspaper. He was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of Block Hunger. He is a member of the Eagle Council of Chaminade-Julienne High School, as well as a member of the President’s Club of The Ohio State University. Mr. Leppla was a member of and squad leader in The Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL) and continues to serve as Legal Review Chair as a member of the Board of Governors for the Alumni organization for the Band. He also works professionally as a pianist and organist.
Mr. Leppla is the principal attorney at Leppla Associates, which serves individuals, businesses and family clients in a litigation practice emphasizing business and property matters, injury claims, malpractice, land use and ethics. The firm has represented plaintiffs in a variety of settings including those involving trial verdicts in Montgomery, Miami, Preble, Greene and Warren counties in the Greater Dayton area, as well as throughout Ohio, including one of the largest malpractice verdicts in Montgomery County history in a case involving a failure to diagnosis cancer.
Reported decisions before the Ohio Supreme Court including a precedential decision recognized in the right of an abused child to maintain the cause of action for the failure of authorities to respond to reports of abuse. Reported land use decisions include establishment and clarification of zoning rights, successful representation of small businesses before local bodies including expansion and recognition of commercial land uses, together with representation provided to neighborhood associations resisting commercial development, as well as commercial developers including Waste Management, Inc. and the Weidle Corporation.
In addition to handling clients’ claims and attorney defense in legal malpractice and ethics litigation, Mr. Leppla has provided representation in matters involving professional ethics on behalf of both individual attorneys as well as on behalf of Bar Associations. During the past 25 years he has been a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee and the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics of The Florida Bar. The practice also involves partnership and business representation, handling commercial disputes, as well as probate and estate planning including counseling concerning medical/legal issues, throughout the State of Ohio as well as the State of Florida.
Family: Patricia Lindenmuth Leppla and Gary J. Leppla have been married for 30 years and reside in German Township of Montgomery County, Ohio, where they raised three children, Dominic M. Leppla (The Ohio State University, B.A. 2004; Birkbeck University, M.A. 2007), Miranda R. Leppla (University of Chicago, B.A. 2006; The Ohio State University College of Law 2010) and Philip J. Leppla (The Ohio State University, B.A. 2008; Capital University College of Law 2011). The family enjoys outdoor activities, cycling, political involvement and support for Cleveland and Ohio State athletic teams, with a continuing focus on environmental and conservation efforts, and health care reform. Mr. Leppla’s parents, Ralph J. and Helen Kupski Leppla, reside in Germantown, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida. His brother David A. Leppla (the retired director of the Purdue University All-American Marching Band) and his wife Victoria reside in Remington, Indiana.
Philip is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.A., Cum Laude, 2008) and Capital University Law School (J.D., Cum Laude, 2012). During his time at Ohio State, Philip received an award from the Political Science Department for Outstanding Undergraduate Majors and studied pre-law abroad at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. During law school, Philip was Treasurer for the Capital University Law School Democrats, and Treasurer and Secretary for the Environmental Law Society. He also completed an Independent Study for Environmental Law Professor Dennis D. Hirsch, titled Green Urban Zoning: A Retreat from Sprawl, and received Pro Bono Legal Honors for public service legal work throughout law school.
Notable Professional Experience Includes:
- Successfully negotiated a settlement of a Federal claim for disability employment benefits in the Southern District Court of Ohio, Western Division
- Participated in settlement negotiations of a multi-million dollar settlement with medical providers in a medical malpractice case for a family with an severely injured child
- Effectuated the recoupment of thousands of dollars owed to a local trucking company
- Successfully represented a homeowner in a dispute with a contractor in a construction lawsuit
- Second chair in multiple medical malpractice jury trials
- Recovered damages for an injured client after being bitten by a dog at a homeowner’s house
- Represented a newspaper over a dispute regarding legal advertising
Prior to joining Leppla Associates, Philip worked as a law clerk for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, as a judicial law clerk with Judge Connie S. Price at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, and as an intern with the City of Columbus, Mayor’s Policy Office.
Professional and Community Activities:
- Dayton Bar Association
- Ohio Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- City of Dayton Landmarks Commission member
Bar & Court Admissions:
- S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Philip is a proud downtown Dayton resident, along with his wife, Heather. He enjoys hiking in Yellow Springs on the weekend, going to concerts, is a huge Buckeyes and Cleveland sports fan, and is an avid cyclist who participates annually in Pelotonia (a grassroots bike tour meant to raise money for The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital for cancer research).
- 1965-1971 Director of Relations, Monsanto Research Corporation, responsible for contract negotiations, personnel administration, affirmative action policies and procedures, supervisor training
- 1971-1975 Independent Arbitrator
- 1975-1980 Senior Partner, Law Firm of Austin & Jones, Co., L.P.A.
- 1980-1986 Senior Partner, Law Firm of Austin, Jones, Littlejohn & Owens Co., L.P.A.
- 1986-2008 Principal, Law Firm of Jones, Washington Co., L.P.A.
- May 2008 Of Counsel with Leppla Associates, Advocates & Counselors At Law
He served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Hearing Officer and Negotiator for numerous public and private sector employers over the past twenty years. As a practioner for various public and private entities, he negotiated in excess of thirty public and private sector labor agreements during the past twenty years.
Attorney and Mediator: Experienced in non-profit, corporate law, civil and complex litigation.
Special Counsel: Previously served as Special Counsel to four different Attorney Generals in Ohio for Higher Education Institutions.
General Outside Counsel Services: Counsel to large community mental health organization; Counsel to large Dayton area HMO; Counsel to Head Start Programs; and Counsel to numerous community organizations.
Former Member of Advisory Council Ohio Race Relations and Minority Affairs of Atomic Energy Commission; Former Member and Vice-Chair of Ohio State Bar Association, Professional Conduct and Legal Ethics Committee; Former Hearing Examiner – Ohio Civil Rights Commission; Former Hearing Examiner – Dayton Human Relations Council; Member Chairman’s Arbitration Panel, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court; Faculty Assistant, National Judicial College Mediaition Training Program, University of Nevada, at Reno, Nevada
PAST COMMUNITY SERVICE
Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the local Paul Lawrence Dunbar Historical Association; Board member SCLC, Dayton Chapter; SCLC Member Dayton Ohio; Member, National Advisory Board, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio; Board of Directors Carilon Historical Park; Trustee, Earlham College, Richmond, IN.
Co-Founder – Chairman, Earlham College, National African American Advisory Board
First, Inc. Outstanding Community Economic Development Award (1991-1995). The award was given for work involving a $15,000,000 housing project for low and moderate income families which provided safe, decent and affordable housing to families in Dayton. Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award presented by National SCLC President, Reverend Joseph Lowrey at the National Conference, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dayton, Ohio (SCLC 1992) Helping Hands Award, Boys and Girls Club (1998) Community Service Award, National Head Start Association (1997)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]