Daniel Russell Volkema - Volkema Thomas Miller & Scott, LPA

Daniel Russell Volkema

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

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 in its 2006 and 2007 editions and was named an Ohio Super Lawyer by Cincinnati Magazine in 2006. 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 $750,000.00.
  • In 2006, Dan was lead counsel in a case that resulted in a 3.6 million dollar verdict for a Wisconsin woman severely injured while riding a roller coaster at a northeast Ohio amusement park.
  • Since 2003, Mr. Volkema’s case work 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 dollars. 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, $4,314,186.00

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Premise Liability
  • Qui Tam

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

  • Opening Statement, Chapter 22, Civil Litigation in Ohio, September, 1987
  • An Exception to the Rule, Ohio Lawyer, Jan./Feb., 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer in America® for Medical Malpractice, 2009
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Cincinnati Magazine, 2006 - 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2007
  • "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)

Western Washington UniversityBA 1975Ohio Northern UniversityJ.D. 1979
American Association for JusticeOhio Association for JusticeColumbus Bar AssociationOhio State Bar AssociationColumbus Bar Association

Office Location

300 East Broad Street, Suite 190
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Columbus-OH Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Columbus-OH Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Columbus-OH Metro Area
Daniel Russell Volkema has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Daniel Russell Volkema has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Daniel Russell Volkema has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Insurance Law
Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs