Allison Harrison
January 29, 2021

Does an LLC Need to Have an Attorney in Small Claims in Ohio?

Navigating Small Claims as an LLC Owner

As lawyers for LLCs, we often get questions about businesses that have been sued in small claims, the most accessible court to individuals, more so than in common pleas or federal court. The question we see most often is, “Can I, as the owner of the limited liability company, appear in court, or should I hire an LLC Lawyer to represent me”?

Ohio Supreme Court Ruling: Limitations for Non-Lawyer Representation

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a non-lawyer salaried employee or officer of the LLC may appear on behalf of the company provided the person does not cross-examine any witness, put any argument on the record, or otherwise advocate for the LLC. In short, the non-lawyer cannot do anything to defend the LLC except avoiding a default judgment.

The Importance of Legal Representation for LLCs

Learn more on why hiring an LLC lawyer is important to protecting your business by watching the video below.

Why You Need an LLC Lawyer in Small Claims

In order to protect your limited liability company, you should hire a lawyer experienced in representing businesses so the attorney can argue on your behalf, cross-examine the plaintiff, as well as put on a defense that you have. This is why it is important if your LLC gets sued to hire counsel so that you can protect your business in small claims.

Contact ALH Law Group for Expert LLC Representation

If you have questions regarding representation for your company in small claims court, or wish to obtain representation, please contact the professionals at ALH Law Group by phone, (614) 440-1395 or via email at to schedule a consultation with your experienced LLC Lawyer in Columbus today.

Please note that the information contained in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and not as specific legal advice. The facts of your situation may differ from this general information. It is not intended to and does not in any way establish an attorney-client relationship. Persons and businesses do not become clients unless and until Allison L. Harrison Law, LLC agrees to act for them and that agreement is confirmed in a retainer agreement or other writing.