about Gregory M. Travalio
Greg Travalio’s distinguished legal career has taken him from the East Coast to the Midwest and from the military to academia.
Today, Greg focuses his practice on business and contracts, class action lawsuits and consumer protection. All of which he taught for decades at the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University, where he also served as Associate Dean and program director in various capacities. His wealth of experience makes him a much sought-after advisor for task forces and commissions.
A graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Greg retired with the rank of Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps after 30 years of active and reserve service. He graduated first in his class from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and received an LL.M. from Columbia University Law School.
education & admissions
Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 1979
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1975
University of Pittsburgh, B.A., English, 1969
Bar & Court Admissions
State of Ohio, ex re Marcc Dann v. Citibank (South Dakota), N.A. Case No. 2:07-cv- 1149 (S.D. Ohio) (special counsel to the Attorney General with Elizabeth Cooke)
State of Ohio, Attorney General of Ohio v. Discover Financial Servs., Inc., Case No. 08-CVH10-14100 (C.P. Franklin Co.)(special counsel to the Attorney General with Elizabeth Cooke)
Chair, U.S. Federal Court Commission to Determine Compensation in Rockies Express Pipeline LLC v. 4.895 Acres of Land, More or Less, in Butler County Ohio, Case No. 2:08-cv-554 (S.D. Ohio)
In re Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Product Liability Litigation, U.S. Dist. Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 2:11-md-2233. (co-lead counsel)
Gascho v. Global Fitness Holdings, LLC, U.S. Dist. Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Case no. 2:11-cv-00436. (co-lead counsel).
Johnson v. Ford Motor Co., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Case No. 3:13-cv-06529 (Executive Committee).
In re: American Honda Motor Co., Inc., CR-V Vibration Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No., 2:15-md-2661 (Liaison Counsel).
articles & presentations
NORDSTROM ON SALES AND LEASES OF GOODS, Aspen Law and Business (2d Ed. 2000)(with Clovis and Nordstrom).
OHIO CONSUMER LAW, Anderson Publishing Co. (2003).
OHIO CONSUMER LAW, Lexis-Nexis Co. (Cumulative Supplement) (2004).
OHIO CONSUMER LAW, 2006-2015 Editions, Lexis-Nexis Co.
Suffer the Little Children – But Not in my Neighbor-
hood: A Constitutional View of Age Restrictive Housing, 40 Ohio St. L.J. 295 (1979).
International Protection of Marine Mammals,
5 Col. J. of Env. Law 199 (1979) (co-author).
Clearing the Air After the Battle: Reconciling Fairness and Efficiency in a Formal Approach to Section 2-207, 33 Case Western Reserve L. Rev. 327 (1983).
The UCC’s Three “R’s”: Rejection, Revocation and (The
Seller’s) Right to Cure, 53 U. Cinn. L. Rev 931 (1984).
Pay Up or Shut Down: Some Cautionary Remarks on the Use of Conditional Entitlements in Private NuisanceCases, 38 U. Fla. L. Rev. 209 (1986).
Now You Have It, Now You Don’t: The Depository Bank’s Rights of Charge-Back and Set-Off, 30 Ariz. L. Rev. 719(1988).
Values and Schizophrenia in Intercollegiate Athletics,
20 Capital L. Rev. 587 (1991) (symposium).
Measuring Seller’s Damages for Breach of Long-Term Gas
Purchase Contracts, 14 Eastern Min. L. Inst. 23-1 (1994).
Development of Consumer Protection in the United States and the Implications for the Economically Emergent Countries, 11 Journal of Institute of Social Sciences, Pai Chai University 93 (1995).
Terrorism, International Law, and the Use of Military Force, 18 Wisconsin International Law Journal 145 (2000).
Terrorism, State Responsibility and the Use of Military Force, 4 Chicago Journal of International Law 97 (2003)
Taught course in Fair Housing to Real Estate
Institute of Dept. of Administrative Science, Ohio
State University, 1978-81.
Videotape on Fair Housing for Ohio Dept. of Commerce
and Ohio Bd. of Realtors for statewide distribution for
realtor instruction, 1980.
Extensive interview on local PBS television station to discuss Age Discrimination in Housing, 1981.
Presentation to Ohio bankers and creditors on “Security
Interests and Extending Farm Credit”, 1985.
Presented continuing legal education course for Columbus Bar Association on “Soldier’s and Sailor’s Civil Relief Act and Veterans’ Re-employment Rights”, 1990.
Symposium participant, Capital Law School, Problems in
Intercollegiate Athletics, 1991.
Lecture to law faculty from various Korean universities on comparative consumer protection, Pai Chai University, August 1994.
Presentation to judges of Commercial Arbitration Court of the Ukraine on U.S. commercial law, December 1994.
Presented lectures in Kiev, Ukraine to judges from the High Commercial Arbitration Court on various aspects of American Commercial law, February 1995.
Presentation to members of the Reserve Officers Association on Recent Developments in The Law of Armed Conflict. December 1996.
Presented paper on Terrorism and the Use of Military Force to Judge Advocates from the US Central Command and the Legal Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. February 1997.
Presenter, AThe Consumer Credit Reporting Reform Act of 1996″. Discussion and Seminar sponsored by the Creditor Education Coalition. February 1998.
Presentations to Union County attorneys and real estate professionals on Recent Developments in Ohio Contract Law, October, 1998; New Cases in Contract and Real Estate Law, September, 1999; August 2000.
Presentation to Judge Advocates from the US Central Command and representatives from the Department of Defense and the Department of State on The Threat of World Terrorism and the Use of Military Force in Response. Participated in a panel discussion on the topic led by the Deputy Counsel to the Secretary of Defense. January 1999.
Presenter, Recent Developments under the Fair Credit Reporting Act Discussion and Seminar sponsored by the Creditor Education Coalition. February 1999.
Attended First Glenmoor Justice Institute, October, 1999.
Presenter, Electronic Signatures and Writings, Ohio Magistrates Association, September, 2000.
Workshop, Information Warfare and the Law of War Ohio State University College of Law, 2001
Presentation, Information Warfare and the Law of War Ohio State University Veterans= Association, Spring 2001
Panelist, Legal Aspects of the War on Terrorism, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, Spring 2001
Panelist, The War Against Terrorism and International Law, Ohio State Bar Association, October 2001
Presenter, The Domestic and Constitutional Basis for Military Tribunals, Franklin Inns of Courts, February 2002
Presenter, “The History and Legality of Military Commissions,” Ohio State University Veterans Association, August 2002
Panelist, “The Aftermath of September 11th: Military Commissions,” Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, September 2002.
Organizer and Presenter, “The State of CLE in Ohio,” Franklin Inns of Court, January 2003.
Panelist, “International Law and the War in Iraq,” War and Our World Forum, OSU-Mansfield, April 2003.
Presenter, Faculty Brown-bag on Teaching Skills in Traditional Courses, Spring 2003
CLE, Western Ohio Legal Services, “Sales Law in the 21st Century” and “Attacking Consumer Arbitration Provisions,” Spring 2003.
Presenter, “Integrating Law and Economics in Teaching Consumer Law,” Conference on Teaching Consumer Law, University of Houston Law Center, May 2004.
Panelist, Ohio Supreme Court Review, Franklin Inns of Court, January 2005.
Presenter, “Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Consumer Contracts,” Judges’ Day, Moritz College of Law, October 27, 2005
Speaker, “Recent Developments in Contract Law” October 21, 2005, Union County Attorneys and Brokers
Moderator and Panelist, U.S. “PATRIOT” Act, Ohio State Bar Association, October 21, 2005
Speaker, “The Status of Detainees in the Global War on Terror,” Federal Bar Assn., November 17, 2005
Panelist, “Torture and Detainees in the War on Terror,” Moritz College of Law, April 10, 2007
Speaker, “The Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act” to Union County Attorneys and Contractors, September 2007.
Speaker, “Legal Developments in Domestic and International Law Since 9/11”, Columbus Torch Club, October 2007.
Speaker, “Detainees and the Rule of Law,” Westerville Rotary Club, February 2010
professional & community activities
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
Member, Ohio Supreme Court Futures Commission
Editorial Advisor, Ohio Judicial Conference Jury Instruction Editorial Board Master, Franklin Inns of Court; Council of Delegates, Ohio State Bar Association, and Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
Editorial Advisor, Ohio Judicial Conference Jury Instruction Editorial Board, 1992-2011; Member, 1992-present.
Master, Franklin Inns of Court, 2002-Present.
Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2002-Present
Fellow, Columbus Bar Foundation, 2004-Present
Board of Trustees, Columbus Bar Foundation, 2012-Present
Chair, Ohio Judicial Conference U.C.C. Jury Instruction Drafting Committee, 1988.
Staff Judge Advocate, 83 U.S. Army Reserve Command, 1994-96. Staff Judge Advocate, Joint Reserve Unit, US Central Command, 1996-2002. Executive Officer (IMA) to the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army, 2002-2005; Commandant (IMA) U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School 2005-2006.
Member, Ohio Supreme Court Futures Commission, Task Force on Structure and Organization of the Courts, 1998-2000.
Member, Task Force on Structure and Organization of the Courts, 1998-2000
Chair, Ohio State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education 2000-2004; Member, Ohio State Bar Association Committee on Commercial Law and Bankruptcy.
Member, Ohio State Bar Association CLE Advisory Commission, 2002-2005.
Member, Organizing Committee, Ohio Institute on the Legal Profession (Glenmoor Institute).
Council of Delegates, Ohio State Bar Association 2003-2005; 2007-2012
Council of Delegates Screening Committee 2003-2005
Board of Governors, Columbus Bar Association 2004-2006; 2009-2013
Columbus Bar Association Pro Bono Task Force 2005-2006
Columbus Bar Association Ad Hoc Committee on Hurricane Victim Relief 2005
Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism 2007-2008
Consultant to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Ohio Supreme Court (1980-82).
Named to Columbus CEO Magazine’s “Top Lawyer” List (2015-2016)
The Ohio State University Faculty Distinguished Service Award (2007)
Ohio State Bar Association Award for Contributions to Ohio law and the Ohio bar (2006)
Proctor and Gamble Faculty Excellence Award in Corporate and Commercial Law (1998)
Ohio Judicial Conference Outstanding Service Award (1994)