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Willis Spangler Starling is a law firm dedicated to providing high-quality legal services consistent with strong, moral, ethical and professional standards to a variety of clients. At our core, we are each driven by a desire to help people transition through difficult times. We do this with honesty, integrity, diligence and compassion.

We have served clients throughout Ohio. We understand that you have many options when seeking legal counsel and that we have a duty to fulfill and earn the trust you place in us. Founded in 1992 by Stan Willis, our firm has evolved to include a team of attorneys with experience and knowledge that spans a range of practice areas.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Personal injury
  • Employment law
  • Social security disability
  • Estate planning
  • Probate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure defense
  • Consumer law

Call 614-845-4533 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney C. Stanley Willis II

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1991

Education:

  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
    • B.S. - 1987
    • Major: Civil Engineering

Attorney Kelly A. Willis

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1992

Education:

  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Student Bar Association
    • Honors: Vice President of Class
    • Honors: Secretary Christian Legal Society
    • Honors: Bar Review Representative
  • Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Honors: Outstanding Leader of Junior Class
    • Major: Communications

Languages Spoken:

  • Lead Counsel Rating in Worker’s Compensation Law

Attorney Phillip A. Spangler

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 2008

Education:

  • Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Public Interest Law Foundation
    • Honors: Student Bar Association, Dispute Resolution and Youth Member
  • The Ohio State University
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Ohio State Running Club, Co-founder
    • Major: History

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

Attorney Ashley Rutherford Starling

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Education:

  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: National Mock Trial Team
  • Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
    • B.B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Presidential Scholar
    • Honors: Promise Scholarship Recipient
    • Major: Business Management

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 15 at Mrs. America, Mrs. Ohio America
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Attorney Jason E. Starling

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, pro hac vice
  • Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation

Education:

  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2007
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Purdue University
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Political Science & Philosophy

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association

Attorney Tyler W. Gaddis

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

Education:

  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Member, Capital University Law Review
  • The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
    • Bachelor’s Degree - 2007
    • Major: Business Administration, Management and Operations

Attorney Britton M. Hicks

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 2003

Education:

  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: Member of the Order of the Curia
    • Honors: Received for CALI Award for Excellence in Adoption Law
    • Honors: Past President of the Womens Law Association of Capital University
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Major: History
    • Minor: Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR), Member, 2009 to Present

Attorney Kevin R. Kelleher

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

Education:

  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 2019
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Litigation
  • The Ohio State University
    • B.A. - 2013

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Attorney William R. Polhamus

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Ohio State Bar Association

Honors and Awards:

  • Named as a Top Lawyer by Columbus CEO magazine
  • Recipient of an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible peer review rating by Martindale-Hubble

Attorney Herbert “Hans” Strayer

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 2001

Education:

  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D.
  • Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio
    • Major: Environmental Science

Attorney Mike Christensen

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio

Since 1997, the "Lead Counsel Verified" status has been granted to attorneys who possess:

  • The Right Professional Experience
  • A Spotless Record

The following attorneys at this firm are Lead Counsel Verified:

C. Stanley Willis, II

C. Stanley Willis, II

This attorney is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Litigation and Appeals Since 2017
Practice Area Year
Litigation and Appeals Since 2017
Kelly A. Willis

Kelly A. Willis

This attorney is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Workers' Compensation Since 2018
Practice Area Year
Workers' Compensation Since 2018
Britton Hicks

Britton Hicks

This attorney is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Social Security Disability Since 2017
Practice Area Year
Social Security Disability Since 2017
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