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Troy Doucet, Esq.

Attorney Troy Doucet opened Doucet Gerling Co., LPA in 2010, immediately after graduating law school. Law is a second career for him, after extensive work in the mortgage industry. He works hard for his clients and has always maintained a philosophy that you should not have to be rich to hire a good lawyer.

Troy maintains top ratings from most of the companies that keep track of that sort of thing. He is rated AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubble, and was named a Top 100 High Stakes Litigator for Ohio in 2019. He is a “SuperLawyer” in the area of debtor/creditor law, a designation only the top 5% of lawyers achieve. He obtained that designation the first year he was eligible, after being rated a SuperLawyer Rising Star for six years. He was awarded SuperLawyer’s national Pro Bono award in 2014 when his firm hired a dedicated pro bono lawyer to help the poor.

Troy has litigated hundreds of cases and dozens of appeals in his career, with several notable decisions that shape consumer law for the benefit of people at the Sixth Circuit federal appellate court. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, in several federal courts that include the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Troy is dedicated to helping people facing significant financial challenges. His mission of helping people was shaped by his own personal experiences with financial loss. In 2005, Troy’s previous mortgage business collapsed, forcing him into bankruptcy at 26 years old. He lost his home to foreclosure. He had to completely reset and returned to school to finish his undergraduate degree before continuing to law school, where he excelled.

Before his difficult experiences, Troy ran a mortgage business that helped people. In 2004, a national magazine featured him as its cover story when he proposed the mortgage industry eliminate junk fees from all mortgages. His mortgage company did that early on, and then federal law changed to eliminate fees nationally. However, his good work wasn’t enough to keep the business afloat. In 2006, he was forced to start over.

He returned to finish his undergraduate degree in economics at The Ohio State University. He then went onto law school, where he graduated at the top of his class from Capital University Law School, magna cum laude. He focused on classes that would help him fight banks on behalf of people. He excelled in classes like Consumer Law, Real Estate Finance, Complex Litigation, Conflicts of Laws, and Contracts. That coursework shaped him into the litigator he is today.

Troy started volunteering at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus in law school. He graduated with more pro-bono hours than anyone in his class. After he graduated, he began attending the pro-bono legal clinics put on by the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and still volunteers. Troy is so committed to helping others that he hired and paid for a dedicated lawyer just to handle pro bono matters. Troy funded that position for about two years (2014-2016).

Troy’s tough experience with bankruptcy and foreclosure taught him much about what banks and creditors are willing to do when enforcing their rights. It solidified his interest in protecting the “little guy” and fighting for their interests. Because of this, Doucet Gerling is a law firm dedicated to helping those in foreclosure, and consumers facing problems with businesses.

Due to Troy’s years of work in that industry, he has a unique and comprehensive understanding of mortgage financing and foreclosure defense. He published a 440-page book about litigating foreclosure cases in 2008, titled, 23 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure: How to Beat the Bank, and then published an integrated copy of Regulation Z in 2009, titled Regulation Z of the Truth in Lending Act: 12 C.F.R. Part 226. In 2014, he published The Art of War for Lawyers. He regularly speaks on the topic of foreclosure and consumer law and has taught numerous CLE courses for other lawyers.

Troy was born in 1979 and grew up in a military family. His father flew B-52 and O-2A airplanes and retired from the Air Force after 30 years of service, completing his career as a Colonel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Troy graduated from Centerville High School (near Dayton, Ohio) in 1997.

Troy resides in Hilliard with his wife Julie, and has a teenage daughter, Alondra, toddler Claire, and a baby on the way!

Troy Doucet is an attorney licensed in Ohio and Florida.  Troy is a member of the Central Ohio Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice law in all Ohio state courts, Florida, and Ohio’s federal courts, The United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Southern District of Florida, the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He ran for State Representative for Ohio’s 21st District in 2018 and ran for Ohio’s State Senate in 2020.

Andy Gerling, Esq.

andy gerlingAttorney Andy Gerling is an AV Preeminent-rated lawyer. He is an owner and attorney at Doucet Gerling, Co., L.P.A. Andy oversees the firm’s consumer litigation and small business practices. Andy is a seasoned litigator representing consumers and business throughout Ohio at both the trial and appellate levels.

Andy’s has a robust consumer practice ranging from representing homeowners facing foreclosure to representing individuals against companies that run afoul of Ohio’s consumer protection laws. He has experience representing consumers in matters involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and other highly technical consumer laws.

Andy’s business litigation practice includes representing companies facing disputes ranging from breach of contract to fraud, and most in between. His non-litigation practice includes business formation, contract review, compliance with consumer laws, purchase/sale agreements, vendor licensing and much more.

Andy graduated from Otterbein University summa cum laude receiving his BA with departmental honors in political science. He received his law degree from Capital University with distinction as a member of the Order of the Curia. For several years he has consistently been recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star and as one Three Best Rated consumer lawyers in Columbus, Ohio. Andy authored a book on foreclosure defense and regularly speaks on consumer and foreclosure laws, including training other attorneys in the area of foreclosure defense and mortgage servicing errors.

Andy lives with his wife, Chelse, and two sons, Griffin and Rustin, in Worthington, Ohio.