Phillip M. Sarnowski

Associate
Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.463.9770
F 614.463.9792
P 614.463.9770 | F 614.463.9792

Overview

"I’m here to help clients solve problems."

Phil solves legal problems for companies in the transportation, retail, and insurance industries. He defends matters involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability, insurance coverage, and toxic torts, among other claims.

As a member of Roetzel's Emergency Response Team, Phil is available around-the-clock for immediate and proactive response to trucking accidents and other catastrophic losses. He regularly leads matters from the initial rapid-response call through final resolution—whether that be pre-suit [settlement], mediation, summary judgment, trial, or appeal.  

Clients rely on Phil to maintain open communication and keep them informed of process, procedure, and obligations throughout their dispute. They appreciate his innovative solutions to resolve claims in a cost-efficient and timely manner. And they count on his effective defense of their rights, like he provided the landlord in a premises liability lawsuit arising from an allegation of a dangerous condition on their property. Phil won a motion for summary judgment—a ruling affirmed on appeal—which resulted in the dismissal of all claims against his client.

Phil represents clients in Ohio and Federal Courts.

Experience
  • Successfully defended individuals in defamation lawsuit, winning summary judgment on all claims.
  • Represented landlord in premises liability lawsuit arising out of an alleged dangerous condition on the property. Won motion for summary judgment on all claims asserted, which was affirmed on appeal. 
  • Successfully defended retail operation in premises liability lawsuit with a $1,100,000 demand from Plaintiff, winning summary judgment on all claims asserted against our client. 
  • Assisted freight broker with operating agreement and various business needs associated with new partnership. 
  • Represented numerous employers in workers’ compensation disputes at Industrial Commission hearings throughout Ohio. 
  • Successfully represented multiple motor carriers in personal injury, wrongful death, and survival actions throughout Ohio, favorably resolving matters for our clients. 
     
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Capital University Law School, J.D.
    • cum laude
    • Capital University Law Review, Articles Editor
    • Moot Court, American Bar Association National Team Member (2015-2016; 2016-2017)
    • Mock Trial, American Association of Justice Team Member (2016-2017)
    • Order of the Barristers Award
    • Ambassador Award
  2. Youngstown State University, B.B.A., Finance

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

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2020-2022) 
  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Transportation Law (2022); Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2022) 
  • Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leadership Program

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Trucking Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Minding Your P’s and Q’s: How to Properly Assert and Maintain the Empty Chair Defense (Jun 29, 2021)
    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a … Drone? (May 4, 2021)
    Are Violations of the FMCSRs Admissible to Show Negligence in a Trucking Case? Not According to the Sixth Circuit (Jan 12, 2021)
    The Ohio Supreme Court Holds Driving On but Not Over the Highway Fog Line Is Not a Violation of Ohio Law (Jan 5, 2021)
    Can an Ohio Jury Award $0 for Pain and Suffering Even When It Finds That Plaintiff Was Injured? It Depends. (Dec 22, 2020)
  2. Article
    Be Aware of Potential Risks: Defending Collision Avoidance Systems Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits - DRI: For the Defense (December 2021)
  3. Firm News
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 30, 2021)
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® (Nov 27, 2019)
    Phillip Sarnowksi Joins Roetzel’s Columbus Office as Associate (Aug 12, 2019)

Overview

"I’m here to help clients solve problems."

Phil solves legal problems for companies in the transportation, retail, and insurance industries. He defends matters involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability, insurance coverage, and toxic torts, among other claims.

As a member of Roetzel's Emergency Response Team, Phil is available around-the-clock for immediate and proactive response to trucking accidents and other catastrophic losses. He regularly leads matters from the initial rapid-response call through final resolution—whether that be pre-suit [settlement], mediation, summary judgment, trial, or appeal.  

Clients rely on Phil to maintain open communication and keep them informed of process, procedure, and obligations throughout their dispute. They appreciate his innovative solutions to resolve claims in a cost-efficient and timely manner. And they count on his effective defense of their rights, like he provided the landlord in a premises liability lawsuit arising from an allegation of a dangerous condition on their property. Phil won a motion for summary judgment—a ruling affirmed on appeal—which resulted in the dismissal of all claims against his client.

Phil represents clients in Ohio and Federal Courts.

Experience
  • Successfully defended individuals in defamation lawsuit, winning summary judgment on all claims.
  • Represented landlord in premises liability lawsuit arising out of an alleged dangerous condition on the property. Won motion for summary judgment on all claims asserted, which was affirmed on appeal. 
  • Successfully defended retail operation in premises liability lawsuit with a $1,100,000 demand from Plaintiff, winning summary judgment on all claims asserted against our client. 
  • Assisted freight broker with operating agreement and various business needs associated with new partnership. 
  • Represented numerous employers in workers’ compensation disputes at Industrial Commission hearings throughout Ohio. 
  • Successfully represented multiple motor carriers in personal injury, wrongful death, and survival actions throughout Ohio, favorably resolving matters for our clients. 
     

Education

  1. Capital University Law School, J.D.
    • cum laude
    • Capital University Law Review, Articles Editor
    • Moot Court, American Bar Association National Team Member (2015-2016; 2016-2017)
    • Mock Trial, American Association of Justice Team Member (2016-2017)
    • Order of the Barristers Award
    • Ambassador Award
  2. Youngstown State University, B.B.A., Finance

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

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2020-2022) 
  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Transportation Law (2022); Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2022) 
  • Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leadership Program

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Trucking Association

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Minding Your P’s and Q’s: How to Properly Assert and Maintain the Empty Chair Defense (Jun 29, 2021)
    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a … Drone? (May 4, 2021)
    Are Violations of the FMCSRs Admissible to Show Negligence in a Trucking Case? Not According to the Sixth Circuit (Jan 12, 2021)
    The Ohio Supreme Court Holds Driving On but Not Over the Highway Fog Line Is Not a Violation of Ohio Law (Jan 5, 2021)
    Can an Ohio Jury Award $0 for Pain and Suffering Even When It Finds That Plaintiff Was Injured? It Depends. (Dec 22, 2020)
  2. Article
    Be Aware of Potential Risks: Defending Collision Avoidance Systems Claims in Truck Accident Lawsuits - DRI: For the Defense (December 2021)
  3. Firm News
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 30, 2021)
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    23 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers®; 11 Named Rising Stars® (Nov 27, 2019)
    Phillip Sarnowksi Joins Roetzel’s Columbus Office as Associate (Aug 12, 2019)