John H. Burtch

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

As a litigator with more than 30 years of experience, John Burtch is a trusted advocate focused on products liability litigation, medical malpractice defense and the representation of trade associations. Concentrating his practice in these niche areas, John is one of the foremost authorities in the representation of trade associations, speaking regularly at trade association meetings on subjects ranging from antitrust and tax implications affecting trade associations to professional standards and arbitration.

Select Experience

Medical Malpractice
  • Represented a major metropolitan hospital in malpractice litigation. 

Trade Association

  • Defended a national, state and local trade association in several complex antitrust cases brought by private litigants and state and federal agencies. Involved in all aspects of trade association representation, from general business matters to education and professional standards. 
Products Liability
  • Defended major manufacturers of asbestos-containing products in several lawsuits. Also involved in products liability cases in the medical, pharmaceutical and engineering fields. 
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Experience

Medical Malpractice
  • Represented a major metropolitan hospital in malpractice litigation. 
Trade Association
  • Defended a national, state and local trade association in several complex antitrust cases brought by private litigants and state and federal agencies. Involved in all aspects of trade association representation, from general business matters to education and professional standards. 
Products Liability
  • Defended major manufacturers of asbestos-containing products in several lawsuits. Also involved in products liability cases in the medical, pharmaceutical and engineering fields. 
Ohio Libraries
  • Served as counsel to Burton Public Library in a Library and Local Government Support Fund (LLGSF) appeal brought by Geauga Public Library to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.
  • Served as counsel to Fairfield County District Library and Pickerington Public Library in an LLGSF appeal to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals regarding participation by Wagnell’s Library.
  • Served as counsel to Union Township Public Library in an LLGSF appeal to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals regarding the 2004 and 2005 allocation of the Brown County Budget Commission.
  • Served as counsel to Fairfield County District Library in an LLGSF appeal to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals regarding LLGSF allocation between Fairfield County District Library and Pickerington Public Library.
  • Served as counsel to Montpelier Public Library in an appeal to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals regarding a dispute with Bryan County Public Library over an LLGSF decision.
  • Served as counsel for Bristol Public Library and Kinsman Free Public Library in a dispute with Warren Trumbull County Public Library over a PLF decision.
  • Served as counsel for Grafton-Midview Public Library in a library boundary dispute.
  • Represented Upper Arlington Public Library (UAPL) in a negotiation with the other six library systems in Franklin County in formulating a multiyear agreement to divide LLGSF monies coming to the county.
  • As trustee for UAPL, assisted twice in the search for a new library director. Handled the salary schedule, employee handbook issues, contract issues with the director and clerk treasurer, formulation of an employee health care plan, construction issues, Sunshine Law issues, challenges to library materials and computer filtering, negotiation of a LLGSF split, and lobbying at the state level regarding budget issues; defended the library in sexual harassment claims.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2009, 2011 to 2014)

Community

  • Ohio Library Council Board: Director (2003 to 2008)
  • Ohio Library Council: Vice President (2003)
  • Upper Arlington Public Library: Trustee (1998 to 2014)
    • Secretary
    • President
    • Finance Committee
    • Personnel Committee
  • UAPL Foundation: Director (1996 to 2010) 

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ohio, 1974

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 1974, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., Denison University, 1970