Workers’ Compensation Defense

Garvin & Hickey works closely with company personnel and their Third Party Administrators to reduce workers’ compensation costs. Most clients and their TPA’s utilize the Firm’s experience by seeking advice on all aspects of claim management, including certification of claims, defense strategies, returning employees to work, use of rehabilitation consultants and settlement of claims. Garvin & Hickey represents employers at all administrative hearing levels of the Industrial Commission, hearings before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and in jury and non-jury trials in all Ohio counties. The Firm has extensive experience in the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Our representation includes not only the defense of injury and occupational disease claims but also the defense of violations of specific safety requirements and intentional tort actions. Garvin & Hickey has represented employers in defense of OSHA citations and wrongful discharge actions arising out of industrial injuries.

Garvin & Hickey, LLC, has received the highest possible AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Preston Garvin and Michael Hickey have both been listed in Best Lawyers in America as well as Ohio Super Lawyers.


Garvin & Hickey has extensive experience in assisting employers in successfully transitioning from the State Insurance Fund to a Self-Insured Worker’s Compensation program. Both principals of the Firm have completed the certification requirements for establishing a Qualified Health Plan.

Medicare Set-Asides

Garvin & Hickey has the expertise to evaluate and advise whether Medicare has an interest that needs to be protected when settling a workers’ compensation claim. We provide our clients, third party administrators and other law firms with Medicare Set-Aside evaluations, when needed, and we submit the evaluation to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval, when appropriate.


The majority of the Firm’s practice is in Ohio. However, Garvin & Hickey has conducted audits of clients workers’ compensation programs in other states. Such audits include review of work being performed by in-house personnel as well as the TPA and outside counsel.