Thomas Gelwicks – ranked in the top 9% of lawyers in the United States
by the prestigious 140 year old rating directory, Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.A trial and settlement attorney since 1982, Tom Gelwicks offers personalized representation for the injured of Cincinnati and southwest Ohio. His practice is strictly limited to accident and injury law.
Mr. Gelwicks was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and Syracuse, New York. He is a magna cum laude graduate of American University. He lived in Washington, DC before moving to Cincinnati.
Tom Gelwicks worked his way through law school as a law clerk for Hamilton County Common Pleas judges. In that capacity, Mr. Gelwicks researched and helped to make decisions on significant cases pending in local civil law suits. He learned well the courthouse culture and how to most effectively represent the interests of clients. By the time Mr. Gelwicks completed law school, he had observed countless trials involving outstanding litigators.
Tom Gelwicks has instructed Ohio lawyers with lectures on evidentiary requirements, trial strategy and arbitration/mediation techniques. He has written for commercial publications on the influence of law in our daily lives.
He has served as Chairman in arbitration hearings and he also has represented many clients in hearings involving injury claims. Mr. Gelwicks has generously shared his expertise with others regarding the subtle and interwoven strategies for successful arbitration and mediation advocacy.
For decades, Tom Gelwicks has been a member in good standing of the United States District Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. He successfully has argued cases before the state Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
His most noteworthy achievement, in the appellate review system, has been Stanton v. Nationwide. This case substantially widened the scope of recovery after prevailing in the Supreme Court of Ohio. The Stanton case was heralded as significant by the national publication Lawyers Weekly USA.
Mr. Gelwicks served as co-counsel for the Hester v. Dwivedi case before the Ohio Supreme Court. This case dealt with the complex legal and philosophical issues surrounding ‘wrongful life.’ This closely-watched dispute was extensively covered by Ohio news outlets.
Mr. Gelwicks has served as an expert on the law for national and local media. He has been a guest on television and radio programs. Tom Gelwicks also has been asked to provide his commentary, on the dynamics of injury law, for print publications such as the Chicago Tribune and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Tom Gelwicks has been awarded the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, its highest for legal skills and ethics. The AV rating indicates he has achieved “very high to preeminent legal abilities” and the highest ethical standards. This distinction is awarded to 9% of lawyers in the United States.
He has benefited from membership in numerous legal associations, including the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Ohio Association for Justice, UAW Legal, and the Southwestern Ohio Trial Lawyers Association.
A highly-rated speaker, Mr. Gelwicks has spoken at numerous venues, including schools and civic groups.
Tom Gelwicks writes The Legal Calculus blog for law professionals, to promote discussion of current law issues. This includes the Laws of Life blog to foster empowerment for his injured clients. Mr. Gelwicks believes that accidents causing major injury or death create many interrelated dislocations within a family. Achieving a deeper understanding of the expected processes helps to lessen trauma.