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Attorney-Federal Criminal Defense-Business law-Personal Injury

Gary J. Sergent
Of Counsel


Crestview Hills, Kentucky
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Gary J. Sergent, of counsel with O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy, represents parties in general civil matters including personal injury; professional negligence; worker's compensation and business and property disputes. In criminal matters, he represents individuals and organizations in complex drug, white collar and financial crimes. He takes such cases in most area Federal and state courts. His experience as a litigator makes him well suited to resolve cases through negotiation, mediation, plea bargaining or trial. He has also served as a mediator in civil disputes and is frequently sought out as a mentor by other attorneys in the area.

Gary was born in Hamilton, Ohio, but considers himself a "transplanted Appalachian," as his family is from Harlan, Kentucky. He has lived in Northern Kentucky since 1961. He married Durinda in 1974 and they have three adult children and five grandchildren. In addition to professional and family activities, his personal interests include music, reading (history and theology), old cars (Studebakers and Corvettes) and antique advertising.

  • Member of the firm, 1979 to 2016
  • Member of Management Committee, 1995 to 2008
  • Managing Partner, 2009 through 2016
  • General Litigation Practice Emphasizing Insurance Coverage Disputes, Personal Injury, Professional Negligence and Federal Criminal Defense.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense - Federal
  • Worker's Compensation
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1979
  • Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993


  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    •    J.D. - 1979
  • Northern Kentucky State College
    •    B.A. - 1976

Representative Cases

  • Brown v. Conway, 32 N.E.3d 531 (1st Dist. Ham. Co. 2015).
  • Bulldog's Enterprises v. Duke Energy, 412 S.W.3d 210 (Ky.Ct.App. 2013).
  • The Estate of Dennis Martin v. The Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company, 561 F.3d 439 (6th Cir. 2009).
  • Progressive Specialty Insurance Co. v. Burke, 91 F. Appx.415 (6th Cir. 2004).
  • United States v. Bearden, 274 F.3d 1031 (6th Cir. 2001).
  • United States v. Doe, 226 F.3d 672 (6th Cir. 2000).
  • Berkenshaw v. The Union Light, Heat & Power Company, 987 F.2d 383 (6th Cir. 1993) and 889 S.W.2d 804 (KY. 1994).
  • United States Fire Insurance Co. v. Ohio High School Athletic Association, 71 Ohio App.3d 760 (1st Dist. Ct.App. 1991).
  • City of Florence v. Owen County Electrical Coop Inc., 823 S.W.2d 876 (Ky., 1992).
  • State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance Company v. Aulick, 781 S.W.2d 531 (Ky. App. 1989).
  • Schwalbach v. Forrest Lawn Memorial Park, 687 S.W.2d 551 (Ky. App. 1985).

Honors and Awards

  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association Distinguished Lawyer of the Year, 2018
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Recognized as “Super Lawyer” in General Litigation, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • 6th Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee (Criminal), Member, 1989 - 2013
  • Kentucky Continuing Legal Education Commission, Member, 2000 - 2006
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Board Member, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President, 1998 - 2009
  • Federal Public Defender Panel for the United States District Court at Covington, Eastern District of Kentucky-Northern Division, Resource Counsel, 1980 - 2014
  • Current Member of the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association - Rules Committee Member
  • Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program - Board Member

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