Doug Holthus


Columbus, OH
D 614.683.8411


  • J. D., 1986, Capital University Law School
  • B.A., 1982, Wittenberg University

Interdisciplinary Teams


Workplace Health and Safety


Doug Holthus is a Partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary's Columbus office. Mr. Holthus’ primary area of focus is on labor and employment disputes (including federal and state discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims), civil rights matters and governmental liability issues. Doug also has handled commercial disputes and general liability matters. He has tried, advocated and or arbitrated nearly one hundred cases before civil juries, administrative licensing (and other) boards and arbitration panels throughout Ohio (and California), in both state and federal court.

He serves as Chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee (by appointment) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Liability Defense Federation (“PLDF”). Doug is “AV Preeminent rated” by Martindale-Hubbell, as well as named a “Best Lawyer” by Best Lawyers in America.

Bar Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

Publications & Engagements
  • “How to Use Exclusions, Ambiguous Terms and Conditions Evidence” – National Business Institute (2016)
  • “What Renters Should Know about Keeping Pets” – Law You Can Use – Ohio State Bar Association (2016)
  • “What College Students Should Know about Apartment Leasing” – Law You Can Use – Ohio State Bar Association (2016)
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Professionalism Committee, Chair
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation (PLDF)
  • Board of Directors, Member (2014-2016)
Awards and Recognition

  •  2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named a Super Lawyer for Civil Litigation: Defense by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2017 – 2020)
  • Served as General Counsel for Kokosing Construction Company (2007-2011)
Classes/Seminars Taught

“How to Use Exclusions, Ambiguous Terms and Conditions as Evidence” – National Business Institute (2016)