Leeseberg & Valentine
Leeseberg & Valentine

175 South Third Street, Penthouse One, Columbus, OH, 43215

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Largest personal injury verdict in state history - $44.5 million verdict obtained by Leeseberg & Valentine

Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | U.S. News & World Report | 2019

Rated Among The Best In Ohio

Our clients as well as our peers give us top ratings with Super Lawyers®, Best Lawyers® and Avvo.

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Top Client Care And Record High Results

We are attentive to our clients’ needs. We provide top-quality legal services, and we maximize results for your long-term wellbeing.

Leaders In Medical Malpractice

We have full-time nurses on staff, a global network of medical specialists and a reputation for maximizing trial verdicts and settlements.

Recognized For Personal Injury And Product Defect Case Results

Our attorneys hold negligent parties accountable and handle a variety of claims involving serious injuries with care and compassion.

Our Success:

$44.5 million Verdict for injured 9 year-old in Franklin County, Ohio $8 Million Settlement for 18 Patients who took Baycol $6.5 Million Franklin County Wrongful Death and Survivorship Jury Verdict $6 Million Jury Verdict Against Emergency Room Physicians $5 Million Verdict Against Hospital and Surgeon $4.8 Million Settlement On Behalf Of A Minor Child Severely Injured During Birth $4.5 Million Settlement From Hospital During Trial $3.8 Million Verdict for 9-Year-Old Girl with Compartment Syndrome $3.25 Million Verdict Against Hospital and Physician $3.1 Million Settlement from Motorists Insurance for Wrongful Death $2.8 Million Settlement From Hospital for Injured Physician $2 Million Settlement from Hospital and Midwife for Wrongful Death $2 Million Verdict Against ENT Surgeon for Twin 3-Year-Olds $2 Million Settlement Obtained for Family of OB-GYN with Delayed Colon Cancer Diagnosis $1 Million Verdict for 14-Year-Old Girl Killed in Car Crash

Medical Malpractice

Products Liability

Serious Personal Injury

Other Practice Areas

Gerald S. Leeseberg
  • Partner


Columbus, OH

Gerry Leeseberg is a partner at the firm of Leeseberg & Valentine and is well-known as being one of the most successful trial lawyers in Ohio. Gerry has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia. In Ohio, he has obtained four of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Franklin County, as well as record high verdicts in other counties. His primary focus is on Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Trucking and Automobile Accidents, and Aviation Accidents.

Gerry is a Past President of the Central Ohio Association for Justice. He has served on the Board of the Ohio Association for Justice, and for several terms as the Chair of the OAJ Medical Negligence Section. He serves as a legislative liaison for the OAJ in the Ohio Legislature, working to protect the rights of tort victims. He was Board-Certified in Civil Litigation by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, has been included in the "Best Trial Lawyer in America" list since 1994 and has been named in Ohio "Super Lawyers."

Several of his cases established important precedent and are consistently cited on issues of tort law, damages and evidence in the state of Ohio, including:

  • Expanding scope and definition of "next of kin" who may recover in wrongful death claims, to include grandparents
  • Prohibiting use of patient's prior health history as evidence of comparative negligence in medical malpractice claims
  • Allowing use of medical publications by defense expert on cross-examination of other defense experts
  • Precluding use of "foreseeability" instruction in medical malpractice claim based on likelihood of injury

Most recently, Gerry has been selected to be featured in Columbus CEO magazine's "Top Lawyer" issue for April 2015. Based on Avvo's rating system, he was identified as being among an elite group of Columbus lawyers recognized for their legal abilities and professional ethical standards.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Trucking and Automobile Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Civil Litigation, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1979


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Bowling Green State University
    • BLS - 1976
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2005 - 2017
  • Best Trial Lawyers in America, 1994
  • Ohio Association for Justice, President’s Distinguished Service Award, 2011 and 2013
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice, President’s Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Invited Member American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Invited Member Blue Book Society of Distinguished Attorneys
  • Featured in Columbus CEO magazine’s “Top Lawyer” issue for April 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Ohio Association for Justice (formerly OATL), Past Representative at Large, Past Chair, Medical Negligence Section and Legislative Committee
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice (formerly FCTLA), Past President
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Docket Committee
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Gerry S. Leeseberg with Justices O’Donnell and Lanzinger, and Chief Justice Maureen O’Conner at induction as Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation
  • As Published In| Top Attorneys In Cleveland & Columbus 2014 | Cleveland Magazine

Our Successes

$44.5 million Verdict for injured 9 year-old in Franklin County, Ohio

$8 Million Settlement for 18 Patients who took Baycol

$6.5 Million Franklin County Wrongful Death and Survivorship Jury Verdict

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