David B. Barnhart

David B. Barnhart

Columbus, Ohio
866-552-6353 (Toll Free)

Dave 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" (1995-03 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 and 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


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Westminster College
    • B.A. cum laude - 1978


  • 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