ES Gallon and Associates is the oldest workers’ compensation law firm in the Miami Valley area.

E.S. Gallon & Associates is the leading firm in the southwestern Ohio region that devotes itself exclusively to the representation of injured people.  Representation in the area of general practice is also provided. Our many attorneys utilize a large support staff which includes paralegals and others who have demonstrated a commitment and dedication which has carried on since the founding of the firm decades ago.

The attorneys of the firm have earned statewide and national reputations for excellence and are active members as well as leaders in state and local bar associations, trial organizations and community activities.


Joan Brenner, JD

Practice Areas: Workers Compensation Law.

Admitted: 1981, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Law School: The Ohio State University, J.D., 1980

College: Miami University, B.S. in Education, magna cum laude, 1976

Member: Ohio State (past member of Specialization Committee) and Dayton and Bar Associations (member/past chair of Certified Grievance Committee; member/past chair of Workers’ Compensation/Social Security Committee; past member of Committee of Understanding with Physicians), Ohio Association for Justice, Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association..

Born: Willard, Ohio, July 12, 1954

Member of Epiphany Lutheran Church.

I am married to Allan, who works in a pawn shop. We have one son.

My hobbies include reading, music, photography and scrapbooking. I love animals, and currently one cat, Boris, owns me.

My parents are originally from Germany, but proudly became U.S. citizens shortly after immigrating to this country in 1952. My father worked for over 40 years in construction. After my two brothers and I were all in school, my mother worked in a factory. I grew up in a working class family and worked by way through college and law school. (I was lucky in that my earnings were supplemented by a scholarship that I earned, based upon grades, test scores and extra-curricular activities, through my mother’s employer.)

Reported Cases: Bostic v. Bob’s Truck Service, 1985 Ohio App. Lexis 5598 (Court of Appeals, Lucas County, 2/1/85); Broyles v. Conrad, 2005 Ohio 2233, 2005 Ohio App. Lexis 2146 (Court of Appeals, Montgomery County, 5/6/05).

ISLN: 908814853

Joseph Ebenger, JD

Joe Ebenger’s personal commitment to helping injured workers stems from a dangerous workplace accident that nearly took the life of Joe’s father when Joe was just a boy.

Practice Areas: Workers’ Compensation.

Admitted: 1977, Ohio; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Law School: University of Dayton, J.D., 1977

College: St. Bonaventure University, B.A., cum laude, 1972

Member: Dayton, Ohio State and American Bar Associations; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association.

Biography: Phi Alpha Theta.

Reported Cases: Thomas v. Conrad, 81 Ohio St.3d 475 (1998); Douglas v. Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, 105 Ohio App.3d 454 (1995); Frazier v. Mayfield, 64 Ohio App.3d 605, 582 N.E.2d 620 (Montgomery, 1989); Schmidt v. Mayfield, 39 Ohio App.3d 157, 530 N.E.2d 1331 (1987); Wilbur McDonald v. James Mayfield, Administrator (Court of Appeals, Montgomery County, California 9469).

Born: Cleveland, Ohio, January 8, 1950

ISLN: 907672157

ES “Chuck” Gallon

ES Gallon & Associates Founder

E. S. Gallon

Founder (1924 – 1985)

The late Elton S.—Chuck—Gallon was born in 1924 to parents Joe and Sade Gallon. A native of Toledo, with one year of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1942. After serving, he returned to school and obtained his bachelor and then his law degree, in 1949, from the University of Denver. He came to Dayton, where he began practicing law in 1950. He focused on the representation of injured people and those in labor unions.

Chuck’s younger brother, Jack, was also a lawyer with labor law ties in Toledo. Jack’s firm, now Gallon, Takas, & Boissoneault, was incorporated in June 1973. The brothers were close, and Chuck followed suit: E.S. Gallon Co LPA was incorporated in December 1973. In 1974, Patrick W. Allen and David M. Deutsch joined Chuck and became his first shareholders.

At the time of his death on July 15, 1985, 17 attorneys, including Joseph R. Ebenger (who became a shareholder in 1980), James R. Piercy (who became a shareholder in 1982), and Joan B. Brenner (who became a shareholder in 1986), and more than 100 employees worked at E.S. Gallon & Associates.

Chuck was shy and shirked the limelight, preferring to work behind the scenes, but encouraged and supported his shareholders and associates to be active and engaged in local and national legal organizations and community activities. His shareholders described him as “a visionary pioneer” in his generosity by giving back to the community. He sponsored clients through vocational rehabilitation (cost of schooling for retraining) and clients’ families at Christmas (with money for gifts).

Chuck served on the Governor’s Committee for Rehabilitation of Injured Workers under Gov. James Rhodes, and on the board of the Legal Aid Society. In 1998, he was posthumously inducted, by the Ohio Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), now Ohio Association of Justice (OAJ), into its Workers’ Compensation Hall of Fame.

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