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Douglas N. Godshall - Canton, OH

124 15th Street N.W. Canton, OH 44703

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Updated: 09/02/2021

Canton Mediation/Arbitration/Neutral Advocacy Lawyer


After over 37 years of active civil trail practice in Ohio; West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Mr. Godshall opened his mediation and arbitration practice entitled Douglas N. Godshall ADR, LLC on January 1, 2014. His practice has been exclusively devoted to mediation/arbitration/neutral advocacy since then.

Encouraged by lawyers, judges and experienced mediators, Mr. Godshall added mediation to his practice area approximately twenty years ago...

About Douglas N. Godshall

Practice Areas

  • Mediation/Arbitration/Neutral Advocacy


Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1976
  • Pennsylvania, 1993
  • West Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1984
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1984

Other Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
  • Akron Bar Association (Member)
  • Stark County Bar Association (Member)
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (Life Member)
  • Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court (Master Bencher)
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2000 - 2003 (Board of Governors)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1994 - 2003 (Council of Delegates)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2004 - Present (Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee)
  • Stark County Bar Association (Chair, Judiciary Committee )
  • Stark County Bar Association (Ex-Executive Committee)
  • Stark County Bar Association (Ex-Chair Grievance Committee )
  • Stark County Bar Association (Ex-Chair Law Day Committee)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Arbitrator, United Steelworkers of America and The Timken Company
  • Ex-Defense Research Institute
  • Ex-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Ex-National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Ex-Member, Tort and Risk Management Committee, Transportation Research Board
  • Commissioner, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists, 1995 - 2000
  • Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists, 2000 - 2003 (Chair)
  • Commissioner, Ohio State Bar Association on Judicial Candidates, 2004 - 2006
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Classes and Seminars

  • Stark County Bar Association, Lectures on professional ethics
  • Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Lecture on arson and bad faith
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Lecture on trial tactics
  • Asheville, North Carolina, (Transportation Research Board), Lecture on presentation of crossing cases to 37th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, 1998 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Old Trial School, Bath, Ohio, 1994 - 2001
  • Old Trial School, Bath, Ohio, President of the Board, 1999 - 2007
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio, Vestryman: 1994 to 1997; 2000 to present
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio, Senior Warden: 1996 to 1997; 2009 to present
  • Mentor, College Scholars, Inc., Akron, Ohio: 2004 to present

Past Positions

  • U.S. Army Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam, Sergeant, Honorably Discharged, 1968 - 1969


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1976
    Juris Doctor
    Law Review: Law Review, Editor
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Honors: President's Scholar (Top 5% Class)


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Limits of Expert Testimony under Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. National Research Counsel, Transportation Research Board, 36th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Chicago, Illinois, July 21, 1997.

Office Information


124 15th Street N.W. Canton, OH 44703


  • 330-453-9008



  • "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named as one of the Best Lawyers for 2008 and 2009 in the area of Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers of America
  • Named as one a Super Lawyer from 2008 to present in the area of Civil Litigation
  • Bronze Star with "V" for Valor, one oak leaf cluster, U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Purple Heart, U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Combat Infantryman's Badge, U.S. Army Special Forces
  • Parachute Badge, U.S. Army Special Forces

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