Gregory H. Melick

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Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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Overview

Greg helps clients – transportation and logistics companies, trucking providers, large and small businesses, regional banks and farm lending entities, and more – successfully resolve complex commercial litigation. He defends them against employment lawsuits. He prosecutes contract disputes. And he litigates a variety of banking and lending disputes in Ohio and Federal trial and appellate courts.

Greg has developed a reputation for courtroom success in challenging cases. For example, in a complex commercial case he argued involving fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and several other issues, Greg obtained what became the State of Ohio’s largest jury award ever, getting more than $212 million for his client on a counterclaim filed in response to the plaintiff’s lawsuit.

He has particular strengths defending the rights of companies in the transportation and logistics industry, including in Carmack Amendment litigation. In addition, Greg has significant experience helping clients facing intellectual property disputes and tort claims and has co-counseled several major class-action cases involving franchise and securities litigation matters.

Clients appreciate Greg’s research and diligence while preparing for trial. They value his regular communication and honest assessment of their cases and claims. They look to him to quickly understand the relevant issues at stake in their dispute while developing effective trial strategies. And they count on him to persuade judges and juries alike to listen to their stories and see their perspectives like he did a recent case before the Ohio Court of Claims where Greg successfully demonstrated that the Ohio Department of Transportation was responsible for damages to his client's semi-truck in an accident caused by an ODOT snowplow.

Experience
  • Obtained a precedent-setting victory in the Supreme Court of Ohio on an appellate jurisdiction issue. Considering a “matter of first impression,” the Ohio Supreme Court determined the issue of where a notice of appeal must be filed to perfect an appeal to the Tenth District Court of Appeals from a civil forfeiture order of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4923.99. That statute does not specify where the notice of appeal is to be filed. The Court of Appeals had determined that the Appellant, LMD Integrated Logistic Services, Inc., had properly invoked jurisdiction by filing its notice of appeal with the Court of Appeals instead of with the PUCO’s docketing division. The Ohio Public Utilities Commission vigorously disagreed. The Ohio Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, affirmed the Court of Appeals decision in favor of LMD.  In re LMD Integrated Logistic Servs., Inc., 2018-Ohio-3859, 155 Ohio St. 3d 137, 119 N.E. 3d 1250  
  • Obtained a six-figure judgment against the State of Ohio Department of Transportation for damages caused to a client’s semi-truck caused by an ODOT snowplow in a vehicular accident in the Ohio Court of Claims. Therein, the Court noted that the investigating State Trooper literally changed his opinion regarding the cause of the accident on cross-examination, and found the ODOT driver’s testimony to be less credible than that of the plaintiff-driver (also on cross-examination). Eagle Transport and Logistics v. Ohio Department of Transportation (2021)
  • Obtained a $250,000.00 judgment against a large Amazon freight broker and successfully obtained dismissal of the freight-broker’s related six-figure counterclaims (2021).  OnWay Transport LLC v. J.W. Logistics Operaions, LLC (United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 2:20-cv-02147)
     
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.
  2. University of Dayton, B.A., Communications
    • cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Conference of Freight Counsel
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Trucking Association
Community Affiliations
  • New Albany Presbyterian Church

Insights

Overview

Greg helps clients – transportation and logistics companies, trucking providers, large and small businesses, regional banks and farm lending entities, and more – successfully resolve complex commercial litigation. He defends them against employment lawsuits. He prosecutes contract disputes. And he litigates a variety of banking and lending disputes in Ohio and Federal trial and appellate courts.

Greg has developed a reputation for courtroom success in challenging cases. For example, in a complex commercial case he argued involving fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and several other issues, Greg obtained what became the State of Ohio’s largest jury award ever, getting more than $212 million for his client on a counterclaim filed in response to the plaintiff’s lawsuit.

He has particular strengths defending the rights of companies in the transportation and logistics industry, including in Carmack Amendment litigation. In addition, Greg has significant experience helping clients facing intellectual property disputes and tort claims and has co-counseled several major class-action cases involving franchise and securities litigation matters.

Clients appreciate Greg’s research and diligence while preparing for trial. They value his regular communication and honest assessment of their cases and claims. They look to him to quickly understand the relevant issues at stake in their dispute while developing effective trial strategies. And they count on him to persuade judges and juries alike to listen to their stories and see their perspectives like he did a recent case before the Ohio Court of Claims where Greg successfully demonstrated that the Ohio Department of Transportation was responsible for damages to his client's semi-truck in an accident caused by an ODOT snowplow.

Experience
  • Obtained a precedent-setting victory in the Supreme Court of Ohio on an appellate jurisdiction issue. Considering a “matter of first impression,” the Ohio Supreme Court determined the issue of where a notice of appeal must be filed to perfect an appeal to the Tenth District Court of Appeals from a civil forfeiture order of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4923.99. That statute does not specify where the notice of appeal is to be filed. The Court of Appeals had determined that the Appellant, LMD Integrated Logistic Services, Inc., had properly invoked jurisdiction by filing its notice of appeal with the Court of Appeals instead of with the PUCO’s docketing division. The Ohio Public Utilities Commission vigorously disagreed. The Ohio Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, affirmed the Court of Appeals decision in favor of LMD.  In re LMD Integrated Logistic Servs., Inc., 2018-Ohio-3859, 155 Ohio St. 3d 137, 119 N.E. 3d 1250  
  • Obtained a six-figure judgment against the State of Ohio Department of Transportation for damages caused to a client’s semi-truck caused by an ODOT snowplow in a vehicular accident in the Ohio Court of Claims. Therein, the Court noted that the investigating State Trooper literally changed his opinion regarding the cause of the accident on cross-examination, and found the ODOT driver’s testimony to be less credible than that of the plaintiff-driver (also on cross-examination). Eagle Transport and Logistics v. Ohio Department of Transportation (2021)
  • Obtained a $250,000.00 judgment against a large Amazon freight broker and successfully obtained dismissal of the freight-broker’s related six-figure counterclaims (2021).  OnWay Transport LLC v. J.W. Logistics Operaions, LLC (United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 2:20-cv-02147)
     

Education

  1. Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D.
  2. University of Dayton, B.A., Communications
    • cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Conference of Freight Counsel
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Trucking Association
Community Affiliations
  • New Albany Presbyterian Church