Dan Gerken practices energy litigation and business and commercial litigation. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, he was named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources and Business Litigation. Dan litigates disputes involving pipeline infrastructure, wind power generation, energy-related regulatory enforcement, oil and gas leases, mineral rights, and other issues related to the energy sector. He regularly speaks to attorneys, title abstractors and law students about energy litigation issues. Dan also represents insurers, utilities providers and other businesses in commercial, contract and environmental disputes in federal and Ohio courts.

During law school, Dan served legal internships with the Honorable Joseph E. Beshouri, the District of Columbia Superior Court and the Office of the Ohio Public Defender.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Board Member, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC), 2017-Present
  • Board Member, Carpe Diem String Quartet, 2012-2016
  • Volunteer, Volunteer Resource Center Housing Project, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, 2011-2012
  • Volunteer, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., 2010
  • Volunteer, Columbus Community Festival, 2005-2009
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, "FERC-Regulated Pipelines: Legal Issues" (with Jennifer Flint), The Acronyms of Oil and Gas Law, Columbus Bar Association, September 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, "Oil & Gas Litigation 101," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Oil and Gas Law, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Accommodating the Rights of Mineral Owners and Surface Owners,” Determining Land Ownership and Access Rights, May 2016
  • Speaker, “Hurry Up and Wait: Dormant Minerals Act Issues Before the Ohio Supreme Court,” Ohio State Bar Association, Live Video Webcast, February 2016
  • Speaker, “Legal Update: Current Issues in Oil and Gas Title Law,” National Business Institute, Ultimate Guide to Oil and Gas Title Law, December 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, “Oil & Gas Litigation 101” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Oil and Gas Law, April 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, “Ohio Marketable Title Act and Dormant Minerals Act," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Oil and Gas Law, March 2015
  • Speaker, "The DMA Before the Ohio Supreme Court: Finally the Clarity We Need?” Ohio State Bar Association Live Webcast, December 2014
  • Speaker, "Initial Planning Consideration for Owners of Oil & Gas Rights," National Business Institute, November 2014
  • Speaker, “Ohio’s Dormant Minerals Act: Overview and Updates,” Oil, Gas and Mineral Land Titles Program, June 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “Oil and Gas Litigation," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Oil and Gas Law, April 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “Ohio Marketable Title Act and Dormant Minerals Act," Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Oil and Gas Law, March 2014
  • Author, "What should I know before signing an oil and gas lease?" MetroMonthly, January 14, 2014
  • Guest Teacher, “Oil and Gas Litigation," Capital University Law School, Oil and Gas Law, October 2013
  • Speaker, “Hot Issues in Oil and Gas Litigation,” Bricker & Eckler Energy Exchange, October 2013
  • Speaker, “Oil and Gas Litigation 101,” NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, September 2013
  • Speaker, “Oil and Gas Update: Current Issues in Ohio Oil and Gas Litigation,” Ohio State Bar Association, August 2013
  • Speaker, "High-Dollar Oil and Gas Lawsuits: Surveying Litigation Risk," Young Professionals in Energy, Pittsburgh Chapter, Energy Industry Training Series, August 2013
  • Speaker, "Shale Litigation in Ohio," Columbus Bar Association, Energy Law Committee, April 2013
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, Supreme Court of Ohio, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Member, American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, Supreme Court of Ohio Bar Admissions Committee
  • Alumni Interviewer, The George Washington University Law School, Office of Admissions
  • Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Member, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA)
  • Council Member, Ohio State Bar Association Young Lawyer Section, 2012-2015
  • Member, "Rising Stars," Access to Justice, Columbus Bar Foundation, 2012-2013
Awards & Recognition
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Energy & Natural Resources; Business Litigation), 2016–2018
  • Honoree, Columbus’ Finest, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Columbus Chapter, 2013
  • The George Washington University (J.D., 2011); Student Director, Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics; Richard C. Lewis, Jr. Memorial Award Recipient for Outstanding Clinic Work; Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Scholarship Recipient; J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Award Winner; Vice President, American Constitution Society; Vice President of Social Programming, Equal Justice Foundation
  • The Ohio State University (M.A., philosophy, 2003); Recipient of University Fellowship for graduate study
  • Bowling Green State University (B.A., philosophy and political science, summa cum laude, 1999); Phi Beta Kappa; Mayeux Award for outstanding honors thesis
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