Michael Loughry


Columbus, OH
D 614.683.8499


  • J. D., 2001, Capital University Law School
  • B.A., 1991, University of Texas

Michael Loughry is a Partner at Freeman Mathis & Gary's Columbus office. Mr. Loughry focuses his practice on representing political subdivisions throughout the state of Ohio in both state and federal courts. He has significant experience defending law enforcement officers and agencies in excessive force, false arrest and other misconduct claims. He has represented numerous municipalities against claims that they had taken property without providing just compensation and in other land use matters.  He also serves as outside personal injury defense counsel for several Regional Transit Authorities.

He represents professionals in a wide range of disciplines in professional liability claims and in administrative enforcement actions brought by state regulatory boards.  He also defends employers in employment discrimination claims in both administrative agency investigations and litigation.

Mr. Loughry serves the public and legal community through participation in bar association certified grievance committees.  He currently serves on the Ohio State Bar Association certified grievance committee, and he previously served on the Columbus Bar Association’s certified grievance committee, including two years as chair of the committee.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Loughry worked as a geophysical technician for an Ohio based oil and gas company, and in various aspects of the music business in Texas.

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

“LinkedIn Skills: A Marketing Tool or Ethics Trap?” – Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly (Winter 2013)

Representative Cases & Clients

Smith v. Martin, 176 Ohio App.3d 567, 2008-Ohio-2978 (District 10)

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Certified Grievance Committee (2009-present), Vice Chair (2015-present)
    • Federal Courts Committee, Co-Chair (2006-2008)
    • Barrister Leader Program (2002-2003), Planning Committee (2003-2004)
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • American Inn of Court, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer
Awards and Recognition

Selected Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2007)

Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “Reaffirming Robinson v. Bates and the Admissibility of Insurance Write-offs” – OSBA Annual Convention (May 2014)
  • “Handling the Police Liability Claim” – National Business Institute (2013)