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Daniel R. Michel

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Arthur, O’Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown Co., LPA

901 Ralston Avenue

Defiance, Ohio 43512

Phone: (419) 782-9881



Daniel R. Michel is a partner in the law firm of ARTHUR, O’NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN CO., LPA in Defiance, Ohio. The firm has specialized in the litigation of personal injury, criminal and domestic relations litigation for over forty years. Dan has been a member of the firm since 1996, and focuses his practice on family law matters and personal injury litigation.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ), currently serving on the Executive Committee, and is the immediate past Chair of the Family Law Committee. He is also actively involved with the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), serving on the Insurance Law and Negligence Law Committees; he is a past chairman of the OSBA Negligence Law Committee; past co-chairman of OSBA’s 1.15 committee; and a member of the OSBA 2009 Special Committee on Subrogation. He is the Treasurer for the Defiance County Bar Association.

Dan also enjoys writing and teaching about his area of the law, and therefore has been a frequent lecturer at seminars sponsored by the OAJ, OSBA, and other CLE providers. He also serves on the Board of Editors for Ohio Trial Magazine.

Dan has received training for Collaborative conflict resolution, and is a founding member of the Northwest Ohio Family Law Association.

Dan is also involved in the community as a member of the Defiance County Board of Health and the Defiance Area YMCA Board of Directors. He is also active with the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving as the District Chairman of the Black Walnut District.

Preparatory Education: Madonna University (B.S., International Business/Economics, 1992);

Legal Education: University of Toledo (J.D., cum laude, 1996). Note and Comment Editor, University of Toledo Law Review, 1995-1996.


• "The CERLA Paradox & Ohio's Solution to the Brownfield Problem," University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 26:2, Winter 1995.

• "The Make Whole Doctrine," Ohio Trial, Vol. 12, Issue2, 2002.

• "The Collateral Source Rule and the Real Party in Interest Defense," Ohio Trial, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 2001.

• “Establishing Liability Coverage for Permissive Users,” Ohio Trial, Volume 13, Issue 2.