Daniel Russell Volkema

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Daniel Russell Volkema

Columbus, Ohio
866-718-4608 (Toll free)
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Dan, a Columbus, Ohio, native, has been a civil trial lawyer since his admission to the practice of law in 1979. He is a member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, was selected by The Best Lawyers in America and was selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers by Cincinnati Magazine for the past 11 years. Mr. Volkema is "AV" peer-review rated* by Martindale-Hubbell. Dan’s clients have received multiple million-dollar results in cases involving defective products, medical negligence, legal malpractice, insurance bad faith, premises liability, trucking accidents and qui tam, including a recent $3.9 million jury verdict for a woman injured on a roller coaster at a Six Flags theme park. In addition to individual cases, he has served as lead counsel in consumer class actions, and has been among U.S. attorneys who have achieved successful settlement funds between $70 million and $3 billion. Dan is a frequent lecturer for state and local bar associations on topics such as traumatic brain injuries, legal and medical malpractice and trial practice and tactics. He currently sits on the board of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Dan is licensed in Ohio and admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Court of Appeals, Third and Sixth Circuits, and the United States District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio.

Recent Data

  • In 2007, Dan was trial counsel for a woman injured in a trucking accident and obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $750,000.
  • In 2006, Dan was lead counsel in a case that resulted in a $3.6 million verdict for a Wisconsin woman severely injured while riding a roller coaster at a northeast Ohio amusement park.
  • Since 2003, Mr. Volkema’s casework has included his participation on a legal team that brought the Cooper Tire Litigation to Ohio. He was the local MDL attorney on the case, which settled for more than $3 billion. Mr. Volkema also settled a medical negligence case for $5 million, an intentional tort case for $2.6 million, a toxic dialysis treatment case for $1 million, a legal malpractice case for $950,000 and another intentional tort case for $850,000 during that time.
  • October 5, 2009 – Provaznik v. Charles.
    On behalf of his client Mr. Volkema obtained a verdict of $1.75 million. This verdict was a record for a personal injury verdict in Scioto County Ohio. It was an automobile collision involving a mild traumatic brain injury.
  • November 14, 2013— Webb v. Fire Safety Solutions, $4.3 million.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Premise Liability
  • Qui Tam
  • Nursing Home Injuries
  • Legal Malpractice

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
    • B.A. - 1975

Published Works

  • An Exception to the Rule, Ohio Lawyer, Jan./Feb., 1990
  • Opening Statement, The Ohio Legal Center Institute, 1986-1995
  • Underinsurance in Ohio, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1983
  • Ohio Civil Rule 35, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1985
  • Tort Reform and the New Collateral Source Rule, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1988
  • Ohio Revised Code Section; 2317.45, Franklin County Trial Lawyers, 1989
  • Opening The Trial, Columbus Bar Association, 1988
  • Medical Malpractice Claims, CALS fall seminar; Evaluation of Medical Claims, How to Weed out the Losers and Identify the Winners, Ohio Legal Center Institute, 1991
  • Effective Trial Objections, Ohio Legal Center Institute, 1993
  • Claims Against Insurance Agents, 1994
  • The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers; Breast Implant Litigation, General Practice in Northwest Ohio, 1994
  • Legal Malpractice, General Practice in Northwest Ohio, 1994
  • Basics of Civil Litigation, The plaintiffs perspective, Ohio Legal Center Institute, 1995
  • The Best of Bridge the Gap, Basics of Civil Litigation, 2000
  • Basics of Civil Litigation, OSBA New Lawyer training, 2001
  • Opening and Closing Statement, OSBA CLE Institute, 2002-2007
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries, Allen County Bar Association, 2002
  • Multi District Litigation, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, May 2005
  • Qui Tam Lawsuits, Ohio Association of Justice, May 2007
  • American Class Actions AAJ National Convention, July 2008
  • Bad Faith Insurance Claims, National Business Institute, September 2008
  • Legal Malpractice Litigation, an overview, Columbus Bar Association, 2009
  • Sponsorship Theory, Belli Society, 2014
  • Proving Damages at Trial, Ohio Association of Justice, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer in America for Medical Malpractice, 2009
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • "AV" peer-review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Ohio Association for Justice (Formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • The Central Ohio Association for Justice (Formerly the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • The American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)