Gary J. Leppla


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.