Gregory H. Melick
Greg Melick is a Shareholder in the firm, the Chairperson of the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law Departments, and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.
Greg has been successfully litigating a variety of business and tort cases across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio since 1989. In April 2008, Greg (and his wife, Heather, an attorney and Registered Nurse) moved from Cleveland to Columbus to provide LNL with more top lawyers focused on trial practice in both state and federal court. Greg’s prior experience includes a number of years of trying cases as a defense lawyer, having worked for several prestigious litigation firms (Philadelphia; Cleveland) on behalf of national insurance companies and Fortune 500 companies. Greg has built a reputation by winning cases that other firms are reluctant to take to trial, and has eight and nine-figure jury verdicts to his credit.
Greg has thus represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex tort and commercial litigation, contract disputes, employment matters, civil rights and discrimination/harassment cases, intellectual property cases, and transportation and logistics cases, at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition, Greg has co-counseled several major class action cases including franchise and securities litigation.
- State of Ohio (1995)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (2006)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2005)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (2005)
- Pennsylvania and New Jersey (1989 – 1995)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Columbus Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- New Albany Presbyterian Church
- Obtained the highest jury verdict in Ohio state-court history, a #212,340,880.00 verdict in a complex commercial case involving fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-disclosure, merger and acquisition, successor liability, financing and intellectual property (patent) issues.
- Orchestrated trial team that obtained $10,000,000+ jury verdicts in a complex commercial case involving breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, stockholder/shareholder liability issues, and the imposition of a constructive trust against a licensing company’s former CEO, including personally examining the key liability witnesses in the five-week trial, and briefing, arguing and obtaining a directed verdict on the largest claim (2011)
Obtained favorable, important precedent-setting decision in a case involving an unrevoked personal continuing commercial guaranty in Keybank Nat’l Ass’n v. Correct Custom Drywall, Inc., 2015 Ohio Misc. LEXIS 22227 (Ohio C.P. Dec. 2, 2015)
Obtained a favorable, precedent-setting appellate decision in a commercial leasing case involving post-breach issues of “holdover” tenant equitable assignment, part performance, and statute of limitations exceptions in LHPT Columbus The, LLC v. Capitol City Cardiology, Inc., 2014-Ohio-5247 (Ohio Ct. App., Franklin County 2014)
Obtained a favorable, precedent-setting appellate decision regarding the availability of attorney’s fees in an employment-discrimination case under Ohio Revised Code Section 4112.99 in Roberts v. Mike’s Trucking, Ltd., 2014-Ohio-766 (Mar. 3, 2014)
Obtained appellate court ruling in favor of the banking industry, enforcing a promissory note endorsed in blank, and preventing the borrower from challenging standing or a note assignment in Bank of New York Mellon v. Froimson, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 99443, 2013-Ohio-5574. This significant legal decision will impact residential foreclosure cases across Ohio, as borrowers seek innovative ways to avoid payment and foreclosure by exploiting the complexities associated with mortgage loans (December 19, 2013)
Successfully settled a group of lawsuits against Petland, including a putative class action that accused the national pet store franchisor chain of selling sick puppies from puppy mills instead of using reputable breeders (2010).
Successfully defended a global leader in loss prevention and risk management against eight-figure claims of trade secret misappropriation and related business torts in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2010).