Paul-Michael La Fayette


Columbus, OH | Tampa, FL
D 614.683.8471


  • J.D., 1996, Capital University Law School
  • Master’s Program, 1993, West Virginia University
  • B.A., 1992, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Paul-Michael La Fayette is a Partner at Freeman Mathis and Gary's Columbus office and Co-Chair of the firm's Medical Malpractice and Real Estate national practice teams. Mr. La Fayette concentrates his practice on professional liability defense, including the defense of dentists, physicians, real estate agents and attorneys. He represents professionals in administrative licensure proceedings before their professional Boards. In addition to professional liability, he regularly represents governmental entities in litigation and as general counsel. Mr. La Fayette has extensive experience in representing clients in lawsuits involving professional malpractice, premises liability, contracts, employment, construction, civil rights, zoning, wrongful death and products liability.

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

U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

United States Supreme Court

Publications & Engagements
  • “Responding to EEOC and OCRC Complaints” – Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Assn. (2020)
  • “What to Expect When You Are Not Expecting” PSIC Physicians’ Connection (2020)
  • “Case Studies in Dental Malpractice” – LawPractice CLE (2020)
  • “OSHA, HIPAA and More: Are Your Insureds in Compliance?” – MPL (2019)
  • “Legal Considerations in Dental Treatment” – WD Miller Dental Society (2019)
  • “Dental Practice Purchase: Non-Binding Asset Purchase” (2018)
  • “Board Actions: Stories from the Trenches” – MPL (PIAA) (2018)
  • “Dental Malpractice 101” – MyLawCLE (2018)
  • “Dentistry and the Law” – The Ohio State University College of Dentistry (2005-present)
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • MPL Association (formerly PIAA)
Awards and Recognition

  •  2023-2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine (2012-2021)
  • Law Director for Village of Plain City
  • Solicitor for Village of New Holland
  • Solicitor for Village of Chesterhill
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • “Defending Federal and State Education Law Claims and Cases Based on Allegations of Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment” (2023)
  • “COVID – Qualified Immunity Issues”  (MPL 2022)
  • “Realtors Association – Broker Advisory Forum” (2022)