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Douglas A. Garner

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Practice Areas:

  • Social Security Disability
  • Business Organizations
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Guardianships
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Litigation
  • Wills


Doug graduated from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1991. He spent three years as a contract Public Defender in Hamilton County, Ohio and an associate at Beirne & Wirthlin. In 1994, he established a private practice in Dearborn County, Indiana and was a Public Defender in the Dearborn County Superior Court from 1994 through 2001. Since 2001, Doug has continued his private practice focusing on Social Security and Criminal Defense. He also represents several non-profit organizations, small businesses, and the Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District. Doug was on the Indiana Public Defender Council Board of Directors from 1996 to 2008 and Chairman from 2006 to 2008.

He taught trial skills for five years at the Indiana Public Defender Trial Practice Institute. He is on the Board of Directors of Heart House, Inc and LifeTime Resources. He is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Doug is married and has a daughter. He spends his free time cooking, boating, and reading. He has received awards for volunteering legal services and advocating for older clients. Doug looks forward to helping you with your problems.



  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1991
  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: History

Bar Admission

  • Ohio, 1991
  • Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1993


  • Service Provider of the Year
  • Kay Stinnett Homeless Advocate of the Year
  • Legal Volunteers Excellence in Pro Bono Service
  • Indiana Public Defender Council Trainer

Classes & Seminars

  • Indiana Public Defender Trial Practice Institute, Lecturer

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Heart House, Inc.

Past Positions

  • Hamilton County, Ohio, Public Defender

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Member
  • Indiana Bar Association, Member, Ethics Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Indiana Public Defender Council, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Indiana Public Defender Council, Board of Directors, 1996 to 2008
  • Indiana Public Defender Council, Chairman, 2006 to 2008
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants? Representatives, Member