Douglas J. Suter concentrates his practice in the areas of labor & employment law, complex commercial litigation (including wrongful death and serious permanent injury and workplace accidents), business litigation and civil rights/government law.

At Hahn Loeser 

Doug represents employers in Ohio and across the nation in OSHA and workplace safety matters, including representation before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Doug defended the first Ohio company ever charged by the U.S. Justice Department for criminal willful penalties following a workplace fatality and, nearly 20 years later, worked hand-in-hand with the Columbus OSHA office, Solicitor of Labor and U.S. Attorney to secure a criminal conviction against a large, multi-state company following the workplace death of his client.

Doug also routinely defends Ohio governments, prosecutors, judges, sheriff’s departments, county engineers and government officials in Federal Court Civil Rights lawsuits and State Court lawsuits and has been featured by the Columbus Dispatch as an Immunity expert.

In the 10+ years that Doug has devoted part of his practice to plaintiff’s litigation, he has recovered nearly $30 million in verdicts, awards and settlements for his clients in a wide variety of cases, including a mid-air collision due to F.A.A. air traffic controller error, product liability wrongful death suits, medical malpractice, workplace fatalities and accidents, trucking accidents and commercial litigation.

Doug is listed in the 2013-16 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, and was named to the lists of the "Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers" as well as the "Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers" in 2015, in addition to his inclusion in the the 2010-17 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers. He is also AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.



West Liberty State College B.S., Business, with honors 1985


Capital University J.D., cum laude 1988

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association – Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee


Society of Ohio Safety Engineers


American Society of Safety Engineers


National Safety Council


Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Safety Advisory Council

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1988.


Licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2004); U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (1989); and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1991).

Awards & Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America, Labor & Employment Law, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.


The National Trial Lawyers 2011 (Recognizing the top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state).


Ohio Super Lawyers, 2010-2017; (Top 5 Ohio Super Lawyers, 2011).


Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers 2015-2016.


Top 50 Columbus Super Lawyers 2015-2016.


Super Lawyers, (Business Edition 2011 - 2016); Super Lawyers, (Labor and Employment Edition 2010 - 2011).


Top Attorneys in Columbus, Ohio, Columbus C.E.O. Magazine, 2009 - 2016.


Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Lifetime Member, 2004 & 2007.


Top Attorneys in Central Ohio, Business First, 2004 & 2005.


Who’s Who in American Law.


AV® Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell.