Gottschlich & Portune, LLP

Gottschlich & Portune, LLP, was formed in 1997 by Gary W. Gottschlich, Robert E. Portune and John R. Mohr.

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Firm Overview

We provide a wide spectrum of legal services to our business, institutional, and individual clients from our offices in Dayton's historic Armory building located a block southeast of the downtown Convention Center.

We invite you to explore this website to learn about the services we offer our clients and we look forward to talking with you about any legal issues you may have.
Main Office

Main Office
201 E. Sixth Street
The Historic Armory
Dayton  OH  45402

Phone
  • (937) 913-0200
Fax
  • (937) 824-2818
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Gottschlich & Portune, LLP will competently represent your interest in the following areas of law.
Practice Areas
-Business Planning and Transactions
-Civil Trial Practice
-Commercial Law
-Complex Business Litigation
-Construction Law
-Estate Planning
-Finance
-Franchising and Distribution
-Government Contracts
-Joint Ventures
-Labor and Employment (public & private)
-Medical Malpractice
-Media and the First Amendment
-Mediation
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Municipal Government
-Personal Injury
-Real Estate and Leasing
-Shopping Center Law
-Zoning, Planning and Land Use
-General Legal Assistance
Business
A reputation for understanding business clients' needs
The commercial marketplace is continually changing. Businesses in the 21st century need an experienced commercial law firm that keeps up with commercial and legal trends and their interplay. For more than 17 years, business owners and entrepreneurs have turned to Gottschlich & Portune, LLP in Dayton, Ohio because of the firm's reputation for understanding clients' needs and for tailoring innovative strategies to fulfill those needs. They monitor their clients' businesses to counsel them on risk management and best practices.

Knowledgeable about all aspects of commercial law and litigation:
Gottschlich & Portune, LLP represents business clients in all types of commercial matters. Iron-clad contracts and agreements are at the core of your business success. The attorneys at the firm draft and help enforce business contracts of every type, and they litigate when necessary if a contract has been breached.

The firm's commercial law services include:
-Contract litigation
-Contract preparation
-Contract review
-Dispute resolution
-Franchise agreements
-Injunctions
-Insurance claims
-Insurance disputes
-Non-compete agreements
-Non-disclosure contracts
-Purchases and sales of businesses
-Real estate lease, purchase and sale agreements
-Regulatory compliance
-Restrictive covenants
-Unfair competition agreements
The goal of the firm is to achieve the best possible outcome for clients. Sometimes this means negotiating a resolution outside of court. At other times, complex, persistent litigation is required. In either instance, Gottschlich & Portune, LLP strives to provide the most effective, efficient representation.
Commercial Real Estate
Knowledgeable about all aspects of commercial law and litigation
Real estate lease, purchase and sale agreements
Estate Planning
Each attorney in our firm is dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services to our clients.
In order to accomplish this, each of our attorneys works in several areas of law, including Estate Planning.
Litigation
Gottschlich & Portune, LLP will represent your Litigation legal matters.
Complex Business Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Dayton attorneys help victims recover compensation
A special relationship exists between physicians and their patients. Physicians owe their patients a duty to provide a certain standard of care, using at least the level of skill, care and diligence that is generally exercised by fellow practitioners in the medical professions. It is considered medical malpractice when a medical professional breaches that duty through negligence or carelessness and causes injury to a patient. Medical malpractice victims may recover compensation for their injuries, including for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost income.

Experienced medical malpractice attorneys:
The knowledgeable attorneys of Gottschlich & Portune, LLP have successfully represented medical malpractice clients throughout Ohio, routinely obtaining generous awards on cases involving birth injuries, orthopedic surgeries, anesthesia, emergency medicine, hospital nursing care, nursing home care, cosmetic surgeries, prescription drug mistakes, psychiatric care and eye surgeries.

To prevail on a medical malpractice claim, expert medical testimony is generally required to establish that the medical care or diagnosis was negligent and that this negligence caused the patient's injuries. The attorneys at Gottschlich & Portune, LLP regularly consult with a number of licensed medical professionals and retain prominent medical experts who have a gift for clearly explaining medical mistakes to jurors.

Timely action is vital:
Ohio law sets statutory deadlines for filing medical malpractice claims. In addition, investigating your malpractice claim immediately after the injury occurs preserves crucial evidence and valuable testimony. To ensure timely investigation and filing of your claim, the attorneys at Gottschlich & Portune, LLP can schedule appointments on weekends or evenings and make hospital and home visits.
Probate
Gottschlich & Portune, LLP will represent your Probate legal matters.
Practice Areas:
Each attorney in our firm is dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services to our clients. In order to accomplish this, each of our attorneys works in several areas of law, including:
-Business Planning and Transactions
-Civil Trial Practice
-Commercial Law
-Complex Business Litigation
-Construction Law
-Estate Planning
-Finance
-Franchising and Distribution
-Government Contracts
-Joint Ventures
-Labor and Employment (public & private)
-Medical Malpractice
-Media and the First Amendment
-Mediation
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Municipal Government
-Personal Injury
-Real Estate and Leasing
-Shopping Center Law
-Zoning, Planning and Land Use
-General Legal Assistance
Securities
Gottschlich & Portune, LLP will represent your Securities legal matters.
Practice Areas:
Each attorney in our firm is dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services to our clients. In order to accomplish this, each of our attorneys works in several areas of law, including:
-Business Planning and Transactions
-Civil Trial Practice
-Commercial Law
-Complex Business Litigation
-Construction Law
-Estate Planning
-Finance
-Franchising and Distribution
-Government Contracts
-Joint Ventures
-Labor and Employment (public & private)
-Medical Malpractice
-Media and the First Amendment
-Mediation
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Municipal Government
-Personal Injury
-Real Estate and Leasing
-Shopping Center Law
-Zoning, Planning and Land Use
-General Legal Assistance
Wrongful Death
Gottschlich & Portune, LLP will represent your wrongful death legal matters.
Practice Areas:
Each attorney in our firm is dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services to our clients. In order to accomplish this, each of our attorneys works in several areas of law, including:
-Business Planning and Transactions
-Civil Trial Practice
-Commercial Law
-Complex Business Litigation
-Construction Law
-Estate Planning
-Finance
-Franchising and Distribution
-Government Contracts
-Joint Ventures
-Labor and Employment (public & private)
-Medical Malpractice
-Media and the First Amendment
-Mediation
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Municipal Government
-Personal Injury
-Real Estate and Leasing
-Shopping Center Law
-Zoning, Planning and Land Use
-General Legal Assistance

Gary W. Gottschlich

ISLN: 906958726
Member

Gary is a trial lawyer whose business experience and legal education have encouraged clients to rely on him in many challenging problems. He maintains a busy litigation caseload, representing businesses and individuals in commercial and business disputes, persons who have been victimized by trustees, executors, and others abusing powers of attorney. He has also helped those injured through accidents and medical malpractice and securities issues with broker dealers.

Gary is a 1971 law graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with degrees from the University College London in comparative law and The University of Dayton in economics. He is admitted in the state and federal courts in Ohio and served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Montgomery County early in his career.

In addition to his experience as a lawyer representing clients, Gary has been appointed an arbitrator on private panels and those on the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange, and the local courts. In this role, he has adjudicated small cases to those involving millions of dollars.

Gary has also served as an officer of the Dayton Bar Association and chaired its committees on the judiciary and legal economics. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association litigation section and chaired its annual symposiums. Nationally, he has served in the American Bar Association's trial evidence committee. Gary is also a past president of the Rotary Club of Dayton.

Robert E. "Buzz" Portune

ISLN: 904352908
Member

Mr. Buzz Portune's legal practice is concentrated in the areas of labor and employment, general business, media/First Amendment, construction, and municipal law. Mr. Portune maintains a busy caseload representing private and public sector clients in varied matters including employee relations, labor negotiations, arbitration, construction and general business representation and litigation as well as advising and representing local media organizations in both litigation and non-litigation matters involving news gathering and reporting.

Mr. Portune graduated from Miami University (Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude in Political Science) in 1970 and received his law degree from Duke University (with honors) in 1973. Mr. Portune has practiced since then before the state and federal courts in Ohio including the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to advising his business and individual clients, Mr. Portune is the Law Director for two (2) suburban municipalities and attorney for a local Council of Governments comprising Fire and EMS divisions throughout the Miami Valley. Mr. Portune's representation of a local television station and newspaper in a lawsuit seeking access to public records resulted in the 2005 award for "Best Defense of the First Amendment" from the Ohio SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists).

Mr. Portune is also a musician (bagpiper), whose band has performed in New York City in April 2002 for Sean Connery and in August 2002 at Paul Brown Stadium for the Cincinnati Bengals halftime show.

Martina M. Dillon

ISLN: 914451028
Associate

Raised in Coal Grove, Ohio, Martina is a 1993 graduate of Marshall University located in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a B.A. in political science/prelaw with minors in history and finance. She is a 1996 graduate of Hamline University School of Law, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Martina was licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio in November, 1996, and has successfully argued before the Ohio Supreme Court. Additionally, she is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and has practiced in that court as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Martina devotes a great deal of her time with the numerous issues confronting our municipal clients, but also continues to represent clients with personal injuries, Lemon Law claims, bankruptcy issues (for creditors), and in courts and arbitrations. She also does commercial collection work.

Martina resides in Miami Township and in her spare time enjoys ballroom dancing.

Mary E. Lentz

ISLN: 905519942
Member

Mary's legal practice concentrates on protection of the rights of those who are injured through medical malpractice and other acts of negligence. She also represents individual and business clients in general and commercial litigation including claims based on insurance coverage. Mary was born in 1961 in Columbus, Ohio. Mary attended The Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1983. Mary worked as a research assistant for a neonatologist at Columbus Children's Hospital for several years before attending law school.

Mary graduated with honors from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 1990. At Capital she was the winner of the Best Advocate Award in the First Year Moot Court Competition, was a published editor for Law Review, and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. Mary was admitted to the Ohio bar and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 1990. Mary has practiced since then before municipal, state, and federal courts in Ohio, including the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Mary is a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations, and has served as a board member for the Downtown Dayton YMCA, and for Epilepsy Association for Western Ohio. Mary lives in Beavercreek, Ohio, with her husband Philip Rumme and their two daughters, Emma and Elizabeth ("Ellie").

John R. Mohr

ISLN: 902432800
Member

John is a business lawyer. He has served as in-house counsel for; a real estate developer handling financing matters; a large financial institution engaged in the business of financing large commercial projects in numerous states; a publicly-traded multi-national corporation, where he handled real estate matters, and later served as a member of management as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary with responsibility for all legal issues including employment, international, corporate compliance, and franchising.

John's primary practice includes real estate matters, corporate work, business transactions, and franchising. His past experience working in-house provides a broad base of experience in real estate, corporate, franchising and general business transactions.

John graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Business Administration (Major Accounting), and a law degree in 1972.

He is admitted to the Bar in Ohio and the Federal Court in the Southern District of Ohio.

James E. Birt

ISLN: 909014924
Of Counsel

Admitted: 1963, Ohio; 1965, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Law School: The Ohio State University, LL.B.

Born: Columbus, Ohio, March 22, 1936
Education
  • The Ohio State University
    LL.B.

J. Joseph ("Joe") Walsh

ISLN: 902978612
Member

Joe was born in Otway, Ohio in 1937 and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Geology from the University of Dayton in 1960 and a Law Degree from Ohio State University in 1963. He has practiced law in Dayton, Ohio since 1964. Joe's primary practice includes probate administration and estate planning, real estate matters, corporate law and business transactions.

Joe is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. For many years, Joe was a member of the City of Dayton Landmarks Commission and sat on the Board of Trustees for the Montgomery County Historical Society.

Joe currently resides in Clayton with his wife, Pat.

Micah M. Siegal

ISLN: 921432263
Associate

Micah focuses his practice in the areas of business law, commercial litigation, civil litigation as well as labor and employment law. Micah also practices consumer protection law and has fought for consumers and businesses injured through fraudulent, illegal or unfair practices. Micah is admitted to the Ohio Bar and is a member of the Dayton, Ohio and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice.

A Dayton native, Micah received his B.A. in Political Science from Ohio University in Athens and received an M.B.A. from Wright State University. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2009. Before joining Gottschlich & Portune, LLP, Micah practiced in a small general practice law firm. There, he handled personal injury, employment, consumer protection and criminal defense cases throughout Southwestern Ohio.

When not working, Micah enjoys playing golf, traveling and cooking. Micah and his wife, Sara, live in Washington Township.
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