Michael H. Gertner AttorneyGertner

Michael H. Gertner is a trial attorney devoted to achieving the highest results through his legal representation. Mr. Gertner has tremendous experience in both civil and criminal trial and procedure because of his time spent as a former federal prosecutor and in private practice. In addition to having tried countless jury trials and bench trials, he has personally handled over 2,000 Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income hearings.Due to his ability to continually represent clients with zeal and integrity, his professionalism and his commitment to providing ethical representation, he has received an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry. Furthermore, his work has earned him recognition as one of Central Ohio’s Top Lawyers and inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.Mike’s passion for protecting the rights of the poor and disabled has always been a hallmark of his career. As a legislative aide for Senator William Saxbe, he was specifically thanked by Senator Jacob Javits for his contributions in helping to develop the Blacklung Safety Bill (Pneumoconiosis). He has also been thanked by a former law clerk for his “healthy skepticism of law enforcement agencies” and the protection of “individuals’ civil liberties” in an Ohio State Law Journal publication. Today, in private practice, his commitment to seeking the best outcomes by providing personalized legal advocacy for his clients is what has earned our firm a reputation for excellence.

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1983


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A. cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations
  • Ohio Association of Justice (Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers)


  • Phi Beta Kappa