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Douglas Godshall

Douglas N. Godshall

Location:
Canton, Ohio
Phone:
330-453-6344
Fax:
330-453-9008
Email:

Civil trial lawyer for the defense.

Special interests in railroad, medical and hospital negligence cases, bad faith insurance cases, employment and general negligence cases.

Over 200 trials and appeals in state and federal courts in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Appearances and arguments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

"AV" rated by Martindale Hubbard.

Named as one of the Best Lawyers for 2008 and 2009 in the area of Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers of America.

Named as one a Super Lawyer from 2008 to present in the area of Civil Litigation.

Life member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1976
  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • West Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1984
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1984

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 1976
    • Law Review: Law Review, Editor
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1972
    • Honors: President's Scholar (Top 5% Class)

Published Works

  • Limits of Expert Testimony under Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. National Research Counsel, Transportation Research Board, 36th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 1997.

Classes/Seminars

  • Stark County Bar Association, Lectures on professional ethics
  • Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Lecture on arson and bad faith
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Lecture on trial tactics
  • Asheville, North Carolina, (Transportation Research Board), Lecture on presentation of crossing cases to 37th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, 1998 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named as one of the Best Lawyers for 2008 and 2009 in the area of Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers of America
  • Named as one a Super Lawyer from 2008 to present in the area of Civil Litigation
  • Bronze Star with "V" for Valor, one oak leaf cluster, U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Purple Heart, U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Combat Infantryman's Badge, U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Parachute Badge, U.S. Army Special Forces

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Akron Bar Association, Member
  • Stark County Bar Association, Member
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
  • Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court , Master Bencher
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2000 - 2003
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, 1994 - 2003
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee, 2004 - Present
  • Stark County Bar Association, Chair, Judiciary Committee
  • Stark County Bar Association, Ex-Executive Committee
  • Stark County Bar Association, Ex-Chair Grievance Committee
  • Stark County Bar Association, Ex-Chair Law Day Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arbitrator, United Steelworkers of America and The Timken Company
  • Ex-Defense Research Institute
  • Ex-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Ex-National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Ex-Member, Tort and Risk Management Committee, Transportation Research Board
  • Commissioner, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists, 1995 - 2000
  • Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists, Chair, 2000 - 2003
  • Commissioner, Ohio State Bar Association on Judicial Candidates, 2004 - 2006
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Army Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam, Sergeant, Honorably Discharged, 1968 - 1969

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Old Trial School, Bath, Ohio, 1994 - 2001
  • Old Trial School, Bath, Ohio, President of the Board, 1999 - 2007
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio, Vestryman: 1994 to 1997; 2000 to present
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio, Senior Warden: 1996 to 1997; 2009 to present
  • Mentor, College Scholars, Inc., Akron, Ohio: 2004 to present

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Attorneys Mediation Services
124 15th Street N.W.
Canton, OH 44703
Phone (330) 453-6344
Fax (330) 453-9008
Email: Jeffrey S.Wilkof j.wilkof@att.net
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