Ethan Vessels has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, as a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate. He is one of fewer than 110 certified trial advocates in Ohio and 2,400 throughout the United States.
Per the U.S. Supreme Court, "NBTA has developed a set of standards and procedures for periodic certification of lawyers with experience and competence in trial work." NBTA's rigorous certification process includes documentation of substantial trial experience; recommendations by peers, adversaries, and judges; demonstration of ongoing continuing legal education and high ethical standards; review of written legal work by the NBTA Standards Committee; and a day-long written examination.
Vessels is a partner in the Marietta law firm of Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels, LLC. He limits his practice exclusively to civil trial work including serious personal injury, wrongful death, oil & gas, and insurance litigation. He is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization of trial lawyers limited to attorneys who have obtained verdicts or settlements exceeding $1 million.
Vessels is a 2003 honors graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in West Lafayette, Ohio in 1991.