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Gerhardt A. Gosnell | Best Lawyers | Lawyer Of The Year 2019 | Appellate Practice Columbus, Ohio
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Gerhardt “Gage” Gosnell II


Practice Areas

  • General Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2023

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Thomas J. Moyer Inn of Court, Executive Committee, 2006 to 2010
  • CBA Judicial Screening Committee, 2009 to 2011
  • Berwick Civic Association, Board of Trustee, 2000 to 2002
  • CBA Judicial Campaign, Advertising Committee, 2013 to 2013


Gage has represented clients in a variety of matters in state and federal trial courts throughout Ohio, the Ohio Courts of Appeal, the Ohio Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Gage has a practice focused on complex commercial and tort litigation, with an emphasis in appellate advocacy. 

In 2012, Gage was victorious in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of the Knox County Commissioners and the County Risk Sharing Authority, in a case in which the Ohio Supreme Court held that the Ohio Constitution allows the use of motor vehicle and gas tax (MVGT) revenues to pay the portion of the county's insurance premium covering the county engineer's highway department. The Court's unanimous (7-0) decision reversed the Court of Appeals and effectively overruled the results of a prior 2006 decision. In that same year, Gage was part of the legal team that won a hard-fought appeal in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in favor of Columbus-based shoe retailer, DSW Inc -- a victory that resulted in an award of over $7.1 million against National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. 2009, Gage was the lead counsel representing the Ohio Grocers Association in the Ohio Supreme Court in a constitutional challenge to Ohio's commercial activities tax, a case Columbus Business First called "one of [the court's] most important cases of the year." In 2010, Gage represented retail natural gas suppliers in the United States Supreme Court in a constitutional challenge to Ohio's taxation of natural gas sales. Gage has represented numerous clients in amicus briefs to the Ohio Supreme Court including three former Ohio attorneys general in an amicus brief to the Ohio Supreme Court in 2010 relating to the power and authority of the attorney general to represent the state of Ohio in matters pending before the courts.  Gage has represented plaintiffs in high-profile defamation cases at both the trial and appellate level.

In 2012, Gage was designated a Best Lawyers® for Appellate Advocacy, and in 2019, was awarded Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" for Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining Arnold & Clifford, LPA in May 2011, Gage was a partner at the Columbus law firm of Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP in their litigation section. He began his legal career in 1995, when he joined the Columbus office of Jones Day. Gage served four years as a judicial law clerk for Judge Cynthia Lazarus on the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals.


  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1995
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: History


  • Columbus CEO Magazine, Best Lawyers in Columbus, Litigation-Commercial, Appellate Law, 2022 – 2023
  • Best Lawyer, Appellate Advocacy, 2022 – 2024
  • Ohio Rising Star
  • Pro Bono Award, Legal Aid Society of Columbus Ohio
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (Top 50 Columbus (2016-18), Top 100 Ohio (2017)) & 2022-2023
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell

Pro-Bono Work

  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus Writing Mentorship Program, 2009 to 2011
  • Columbus Dance Theatre, Board of Directors, 2013 to 2016
  • Capital University, Alumni Advisory Board, 1998 to 2001
  • OSU Moritz & More, Mentoring Program, 2011 to 2012

Representative Cases

  • Ohio Grocers Association v. Levin, 123 Ohio St.3d 303 (Ohio Supreme Court 2009)
  • Stockberger v. Henry, 2012-Ohio-5392 (Ohio Supreme Court 2012)
  • Retail Ventures, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co, 691 F.3d 821 (6th Circuit 2012)