Philip J. Fulton Law Office

Firm Overview

The Philip J. Fulton Law Office is dedicated to representing victims of workplace injuries and disabilities. Specializing in workers' compensation and disability laws in Ohio, our attorneys are experts in helping clients achieve the compensation they deserve for their workplace injuries and disabilities. If you or someone you love has been affected by a workplace injury, disability, or wrongful death, contact us today to find out how we can help
Main Office
Philip J. Fulton Law Office
89 East Nationwide Blvd.
Suite 300
Columbus  OH  43215
Phone
  • (614) 224-3838
Fax
Websites
Workers Compensation
Workers' Compensation | Social Security Disability (SSDI/SSI)
At the Philip J. Fulton Law Office, we are focused specifically on workers' compensation, SSDI and SSI benefits. We have been since 1980. This is all we do. Unlike some law firms, we never represent employers or insurance companies. There is no conflict of interest. We help victims of workplace injuries and disabilities. Period.
Disability
Representation From Trusted Authorities
Do you want to be represented by a trusted authority on injury and disability law? When the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is considering changes to policies and wants to hear the voice of injured workers, they do not turn to just any attorney. They turn to attorney Philip J. Fulton, the founder of our law firm. The governor of Ohio has even handpicked Mr. Fulton to analyze the workers' compensation system and advocate for on-the-job accident victims.

Our attorneys are also noted for their legal ability and knowledge in the field of Social Security Disability law. Members of our firm have lectured to other attorneys on the subject of Social Security Disability law. We are known for our willingness to take challenging SSDI claims and appeals. Over the years, our attorneys have helped more than a thousand clients in SSDI/SSI claims and appeals.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

At the Philip J. Fulton Law Office, we are focused specifically on workers' compensation, SSDI and SSI benefits. We have been since 1980. This is all we do. Unlike some law firms, we never represent employers or insurance companies. There is no conflict of interest. We help victims of workplace injuries and disabilities. Period.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We take great pride in the standard of excellence we set for ourselves, in the service we provide and in the close working relationships we develop with the people we represent.

When you choose our law firm, your case will be directed by founding attorney Philip J. Fulton. Ours is a true team approach, designed not only to get you the results you need, but to do so efficiently. You will work with attorney Philip J. Fulton and our entire team of experienced attorneys as we take action to get you the benefits you need to move forward with your life.

Philip J. Fulton

Philip Fulton has represented injured workers and victims of disability since 1980. A 1977 graduate of the Ohio State University and 1980 graduate of Capital University Law School, Order of the Curia, Mr. Fulton is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers, "Law and Politics" magazine.
Mr. Fulton's professional achievements recognize his dedication to protecting the rights of the injured and disabled. He is past chairperson of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Section and has twice has been chairperson of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers' Workers Compensation Section.
For his commitment to injured workers, he was given the Distinguished Service Award in 1994 and 2002 by the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and was inducted into the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers' Association Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame in 1997.
Frequently asked to lecture to attorneys, legal groups, and doctors all over Ohio on issues dealing with workers' comp, Mr. Fulton is also the author of the well-known treatise on workers' compensation, "Ohio Workers Compensation Law," published by LexisNexis. Mr. Fulton's book is used by workers' compensation attorneys, doctors, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the Ohio Industrial Commission, and the court system. Mr. Fulton is an Adjunct Professor at the Capital University Law School in Ohio where he teaches Workers' Compensation Law.
Areas of Practice
Injured Workers
Victims of Disability
Bar Admissions
Ohio, 1980
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1982
Education
Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. - 1980
Honors: Order of the Curia
The Ohio State University
B.A. - 1977
Published Works
"Ohio Workers Compensation Law", LexisNexis
LexisNexis Expert Commentary- When Are Ohio Permanent and Total Disability Benefits No Longer, 115 Ohio St.3d 329, 2007-Ohio-5027
Ohio Trial- Substantial Aggravation: The More Things Change...
Ohio Workers' Compensation Law, Lexis Nexis, 1991
Ohio Workers' Compensation Law, Lexis Nexis, 1998
Ohio Workers' Compensation Law, Lexis Nexis, 2008
Ohio Workers' Compensation Law, Lexis Nexis, 2011
Classes/Seminars
Frequent Lecturer, Workers' Compensation, Attorneys, Legal Groups and Doctors
Adjunct Professor, Workers' Compensation Law, Capital University Law School in Ohio
Speaker, Ohio Association for Justice (formerly Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers)
Speaker, Ohio CLE Institute
Speaker, National Business Institute
Speaker, Ohio State Chiropractic Association
Speaker, AFL-CIO
Speaker, Ohio Self-Insured Association
Speaker, NFIB


Honors and Awards
2014 Best Lawyers in America: Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 1995 - 2013
Columbus Monthly, Top Lawyers, The City's Best and Brightest, 2003
Columbus Monthly, Top Lawyers, The List: Columbus Legal Stars, 1997
Consumer Business Review, Workers' Compensation Attorney for New Millennium, 2000 - Present
Ohio Association for Justice Amicus Curiae Award, 2009
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Workers' Compensation Outstanding Service Award, 2005 - Present
Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1994 - 2002
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers' Association Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame, 1997
Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2013
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers, Law and Politics Magazine, 2004
Ohio Super Lawyers - Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005 - Present
Workers' Compensation College, Fellow
Best Lawyers 2012 Columbus- OH Workers' Compensation Law- Claimants Lawyer of the Year
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Distinguished Service Award, 2002
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Inducted into Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame, April 25, 1997
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Distinguished Service Award, April 28, 1994
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Outstanding Effort on Behalf of Injured Workers & Workers' Compensation Section, April 28, 1994
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Outstanding Effort on Behalf of Workers'Compensation Section, April 28, 1993
Ohio State Chiropractic Association, President's Award, 2001
Ohio Super Lawyers 10-year Ribbon (10 for 10)
Ohio Super Lawyers - Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers, 2004
Law & Politics Magazine
Professional Associations and Memberships
Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation Section, Past Chair
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers', Workers Compensation Section, Past Chair
Workers' Injury Law Advocacy Group, Board Member
Capital University Law School, Board of Counselors, 2005 - 2012
Capital University Law School, Chair, 2009 - 2010
Franklin County Trial Lawyers, Workers' Compensation Section, Past Chairperson
Ohio Association of Claimants' Counsel, Vice-President
Ohio Association for Justice, President, 2004 - 2005
Ohio Association for Justice, President Elect, 2004 - 2005
Ohio Association for Justice, Vice-President, 2003 - 2004
Ohio Association for Justice, Secretary, 2002 - 2003
Ohio Association

Michael Dusseau

Michael P. Dusseau, born Columbus, Ohio, June 30, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, Ohio; Preparatory education, Indiana University (B.A. History, and Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, 2001); Legal Education, Capital University (J.D. cum laude and order of the curia). Associate Attorney, Smith, Rolfes, & Skavdahl, Co. L.P.A. 2005-2006. Member: Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations, Columbus Claims Association, and The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.


Bar Admissions
Ohio, 2005
Education
Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. cum laude - 2005
Honors: Order of the Curia
Indiana University
B.A. magna cum laude - 2001
Major: History
Major: Criminal Justice
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
Columbus Bar Association, Member
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Columbus Claims Association
The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
Past Employment Positions

David B. Barnhart

Mr. Barnhart received his B.A. degree cum laude from Westminster College and his juris doctor (J.D.) degree from Capital University. Presently a member of the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Dave's commitment to the law and injured workers is evidenced by his election to the "Best Lawyers in America" (1995-33 editions) and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame in 2002.

He has been selected twice by "Best Lawyers in America" as Lawyer of the Year for Workers' Compensation (2010,2013).
His service to the Columbus Bar Association, where he was presented the Community Service Award in 2001, includes chair of the Workers' Compensation Committee. He was also chair of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Workers' Compensation Section in 1996 during the debate on S.B. 45 and State Issue 2 and was a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers.
He has been certified as a specialist in workers' compensation by the Ohio State Bar Association and has been appointed to the Workers' Compensation Specialty Board Committee. He has lectured before various bar associations and commercial seminars on workers' comp. He served on the board of trustees of the Worthington Public Library from 1995 until 2002.
Certified Legal Specialties
Workers' Compensation, Ohio State Bar Association
Bar Admissions
Ohio, 1981
Education
Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. - 1981
Westminster College
B.A. cum laude - 1978
Classes/Seminars
Lecturer, Workers' Compensation, Various Bar Associations and Commercial Seminars
Honors and Awards
Lawyer of the Year 2010 and 2013, Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - 2013
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame, 2002
Community Service Award, Columbus Bar Association, 2001
Ohio Super Lawyer, 2004 - Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Ohio Academy of Justice
Columbus Bar Association, Chair, Workers' Compensation Committee
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Workers' Compensation Section, Chair, 1996

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Travis J. Fulton

Mr. Fulton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006, and his law degree from Capital University in 2009. He is a member of the Ohio Association for Justice and the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group.
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Paul J. Hess Jr.

Paul J. Hess, Jr--Graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in English Literature and Communications. Pre-law career in journalism as a sports broadcaster and newspaper reporter. Juris Doctor Degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. Engaged in the practice of workers' compensation for more than 25 years. Administrative Hearings and Litigation. Practice has also included Social Security and Entertainment and Sports Law. Member of the Ohio and Federal Bars, member of the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. Has presented at seminars on topics including workers' compensation, social security disability practice, and Entertainment and Sports Law. Previously an attorney for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Law Section. Private practice as a sole practitioner. Prior firms include Agee, Clymer and Morgan, LPA, Stewart Jaffy Associates, LPA, and Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLC. Active father to two teenage daughters. Hobbies include reading, walking, coaching youth soccer and softball, Bible teaching, and travel.
Areas of Practice
Workers' Compensation
Social Security Disability
Bar Admissions
Ohio, 1981
Education
The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
Juris Doctor - 1981
University of Notre Dame
B.A. - 1978
Major: English Literature
Major: Communications
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Member
Past Employment Positions
Agee, Clymer and Morgan, LPA
Stewart Jaffy Associates, LPA
Buckingham, Doolittle and Burroughs, LLC.

Lori Burns Painter

Ms. Painter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in 1987 and her law degree from Capital University in 1992, Order of the Barristers.
Currently licensed to practice law in Ohio and Colorado, Ms. Painter belongs to the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives.
An attorney since 1993, Ms. Painter presently represents injured workers in Ohio at the workers' compensation administrative level and before the Social Security Administration.
Year Joined Firm
1993
Areas of Practice
Workers' Compensation Administrative
Social Security Administration
Bar Admissions
Ohio, 1992
Colorado
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1992
Education
Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. - 1992
Honors: Order of the Barristers
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Bachelor of Science - 1987
Major: Journalism
Honors and Awards
Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Team, 1990 - 1991
Administrative Justice Moot Court Board Award, Order of the Barristers, 1992
Professional Associations and Memberships
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives

Chelsea Fulton Rubin

Ms. Rubin represents claimants in workers' compensation and social security disability appeals, obtaining favorable results for her clients before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Tenth District Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. She has written numerous amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Ohio Association for Justice and the Ohio Association of Claimants' Counsel in the Ohio Supreme Court and the Tenth District Court of Appeals, helping to protect and preserve the rights of injured workers.
Areas of Practice
Workers Compensation
Social Security Disability
Bar Admissions
Ohio, 2010
U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2012
Education
Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
J.D. - 2010
Law Journal: Ohio State Law Journal, Managing Editor
New York University, New York, New York
B.A. magna cum laude - 2007
Major: Individualized Study, Political Theory and European Intellectual History
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ohio Association for Justice, Trustee, 2015-2016
Ohio Association for Justice, Member
Columbus Bar Association, Member
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives, Member

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