Sydney S. McLafferty

Top rated personal injury attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Geiser Bowman & McLafferty LLC
Sydney S. McLafferty
Geiser Bowman & McLafferty LLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2003

Education: Capital University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016
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Geiser Bowman & McLafferty LLC

495 South High Street
Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215 Visit website


A partner at GBM Law, Sydney S. McLafferty represents those in the state of Ohio who seek compensation for a personal injury. She focuses her efforts on cases related to vehicle injuries, auto accidents, semitruck and 18-wheeler accidents, but also handles injury cases of motorcycle, airplane and school bus accidents, medical negligence and malpractice, hospital errors, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, fault and liability, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, drunk driving, slip and falls, dog bites, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, nursing home abuse and insurance bad faith.

Ms. McLafferty earned a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University in 2000 before earning a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 2003. An active member of the community, she supports Magical Moments Foundation, The Berkshire Triathalon, Franklin County Children’s Services Holiday Wish program, Children’s Hospital, the YWCA Family Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Professional memberships held by Ms. McLafferty extend to the National Trial Lawyer's Top 100 and National Women Trial Lawyer's Top 25, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. She has also earned her place as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

In the decade that Ms. McLafferty has been practicing law, she has many prestigious achievements. She is a current officer for the Ohio Association for Justice as well as a member of the Advocates Circle and previously served 4 terms as the chair of the Women’s Caucus for the same organization. Ms. McLafferty is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Central Ohio Association for Justice and the Capital Associates Planning Committee.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 100% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2003, Ohio

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Volunteer Parent Mentor
  • Mid Ohio Foodbank Volunteer, 2019
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus fitness competition volunteer, 2017
  • Franklin County Children’s Services, Holiday Wish Program
  • Capital Associates Planning Committee, 2003-2004
  • Children’s Hospital
  • YWCA Family Center
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Educational Background:
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., Major: English, 2000
  • Capital University Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2003
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
  • In May 2017, the Ohio Association for Justice honored Sydney's many years of service to the organization with the Distinguished Service Award given at the organization's annual convention., Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Association for Justice, 2017
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010
  • $725,000 settlement reached in case involving serious brain injury resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning, 2014
  • $150,000 Settlement obtained for pedestrian struck by car while walking in a crosswalk in Delaware, County Ohio., 2021
  • $200,000 settlement obtained from homeowner's insurance policy involving a heroin overdose of a minor guest at the residence., 2022
  • $500,000 settlement obtained for dog bite victim., 2021
  • $220,000 settlement for student injured by a mitre saw at school, surviving summary judgment on political subdivision immunity grounds., 2018
  • $660,000 settlement reached with major mid-west grocery store chain for injury caused by a forklift operator, 2009
  • Policy limits insurance settlement procured for a person injured in the Ohio State University terrorist attack., 2017
  • $765,000 settlement reached in case involving wrongful death caused by an unlicensed driver on a backhoe, 2014
  • $1,075,000 settlement procured for the injury claims of a family who was struck while crossing the street in a crosswalk., 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Ohio Association for Justice, President-Elect, 2021
  • Ohio Association For Justice, Immediate Past President, 2023
  • Ohio Association for Justice, President, 2022
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Vice-President 2020-2021, 2020
  • National Women's Trial Lawyers Top 25, 2019
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2017
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Board of Trustees, 2014-Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2019
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Treasurer 2019-2020
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Secretary 2018-2019
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice, Board of Directors, 2013-2017
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Advocates Circle, 2010-Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, 2003-Present
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice, Negligence Committee Chair, 2007-2014
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice, 2003-Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Lawyer's Caucus, 2013-2014
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Women's Caucus Chair, 2013-2017
  • American Association for Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2003-Present

Office location for Sydney S. McLafferty

495 South High Street
Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-222-4444


7 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2016

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