R. Christopher Doyle

Counsel

Columbus
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Overview

Chris Doyle approaches the workers’ compensation matters facing his clients from a practical standpoint, working to save them as much time and money as possible by determining which aspects of a case require the most in-depth and immediate attention. Beyond his Ohio-focused practice, Chris’s extensive workers’ compensation knowledge has him fielding legal inquiries nationwide.

When performing hearings before bodies such as the Industrial Commission and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, among others, Chris uses his background as the former chief staff attorney for the Industrial Commission of Ohio to form appropriate strategies for his clients that will best serve their goals.

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  • Saved a hospital client years of unnecessary disability payments in a case of employee workers’ compensation fraud. Faced with a narrow time frame to resolve the case, Chris identified which strategies would be most effective to reach an outcome in favor of his client, and his dedication to cease the unwarranted disability payments resulted in fraud being declared against the hospital employee.
  • Avoided a potentially significant lawsuit against a client by obtaining a decision from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Adjudicating Committee. Through the decision, which Chris obtained by presenting and arguing the case’s unusual facts in a way that permitted no harm to the client or the group programs in question, the client’s newly formed real estate investment trust did not need to be included in the group rating programs of the predecessor entities.
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Experience

  • Saved a hospital client years of unnecessary disability payments in a case of employee workers’ compensation fraud. Faced with a narrow time frame to resolve the case, Chris identified which strategies would be most effective to reach an outcome in favor of his client, and his dedication to cease the unwarranted disability payments resulted in fraud being declared against the hospital employee.
  • Avoided a potentially significant lawsuit against a client by obtaining a decision from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Adjudicating Committee. Through the decision, which Chris obtained by presenting and arguing the case’s unusual facts in a way that permitted no harm to the client or the group programs in question, the client’s newly formed real estate investment trust did not need to be included in the group rating programs of the predecessor entities.
  • Obtained orders at hearing on behalf of an employer that denied temporary total disability for employees in situations in which the employees were terminated for violating a written work rule. Chris obtained all necessary documentation to demonstrate to the Industrial Commission that the terminations in question were not related to injury.
  • Used the last injurious exposure rule to avoid liability to his clients in a case of alleged asbestos exposure. The last injurious exposure rule assigns full liability for an occupational disease resulting from exposure to substances such as asbestos to a single employer or insurer.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Emerging Issues

Prior Positions

  • Industrial Commission of Ohio
    • Chief Staff Attorney (1985 to 1989)
    • Hearing Officer Manual: Editor (comprehensive set of policies affecting all levels of administrative practice before the Industrial Commission) (1989)
    • District Hearing Officer/Staff Hearing Officer (1980 to 1985)

Admissions

  • Ohio, 1979

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 1979
  • B.A., Ohio Dominican University, 1976, magna cum laude