Gordon D. Arnold

Gordon has 40 years' experience in insurance coverage and business litigation, with a particular emphasis in construction cases, bad faith litigation against insurance companies, and insurance coverage for trucking companies. This experience includes hundreds of successful trials in state and federal courts, arguing over one hundred cases in appellate courts throughout Ohio, and frequently appearing in the Supreme Court of Ohio. For instance, he argued on behalf of successful appellants in Wyckoff Trucking, Inc. v. Marsh Bros. Trucking Serv., Inc., 58 Ohio St.3d 261, 569 N.E.2d 1049 (1991), where a reversal was obtained and previous Ohio law overruled, placing liability in trucking accidents irrebuttably on the I.C.C. carrier-lessee whose I.C.C. identification placard is displayed on the vehicle at the time of the accident, with resulting consequences for insurance coverage and indemnification.

Gordon's trial experience provides him with evaluation and negotiation skills for bringing cases to a prompt and appropriate resolution through settlement and alternative dispute resolution. He is named in the Top 100 "Super Lawyers" and "Best Lawyers in America."

Gordon has a long history promoting effective writing. In law school, Gordon was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Akron Law Review. He is the author of several law journal articles on civil procedure, including articles on summary judgment procedure, prejudgment interest for bad faith negotiation, and actions for declaratory judgment. He was a member of the Ohio Civil Practice Journal's Editorial Advisory Board (Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Co.), 1989-1992. He is a member since 1975 of Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers, whose members edited or wrote a book, published two or more opinions as a judge, or published two or more articles in journals.

Gordon enjoys the diversity of experience from practicing in a wide ranging geographic area. He actively works in courts throughout all of western, central and southern Ohio, from the lake to the river, finding himself at home and rewarded by involvement in all of Ohio’s unique localities, with a concentration in the cities of Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. He is a regional counsel, for southern and central Ohio, for several insurance companies in bad faith insurance cases.

Gordon is married, and the father of three children. He is President of the Dayton Legal Heritage Foundation, and a member of local, regional and specialized bar associations.


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  • University of Akron Law School J.D., 1975
  • Miami University B.A., Political Science, 1972
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for work in "Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants."
  • Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year", Dayton Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2015-16
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2006-to date
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-to date
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV rating
  • Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Emeritus Member of American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Emeritus Member of The Litigation Counsel of America