MATTHEW W. GIBSON
I am a stickler for habits and processes. The only thing I love more than a good routine is improving a good routine. It all starts at 5:35 AM when my alarm goes off every morning, and it continues into the workday, as I always look for new ways to improve on our services and our clients' experience. I am a huge believer in deliberate practice ("practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect") and constant, everyday improvement. As someone else said, but as I can poorly paraphrase, if you are not striving to be the best at what you're doing, then why are you doing it? We practice law to be the best attorneys on the matters we take on. That combination of focus and dogged determination is what really sets our firm apart. And it's that approach, together with a genuine love of client service, the law, and writing, that make practicing law so enjoyable and rewarding. I really cannot image doing anything else, with the possible exception of writing children's books.
In terms of what I've actually written (and pardon the shameless segue), my work has been published by the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, and Columbus Parent. I am also a frequent speaker on estate planning and asset protection topics.
While I love being in the office, nothing beats coming home. I live in Granville, Ohio, with my wife and our three kids (ages 9, 6, and 3). We are the proud owners of a 150-year-old farmhouse that sits on a humble 4-acre homestead, from which my wife runs her flower farm, and which we share with plenty of transient deer. If my owl house and American Kestrel house ever work as advertised, we'll also be sharing our property with some birds of prey. Fingers crossed still on this one.
When I'm not pulling my weight around the house by doing dishes and preparing meals, you can find me playing outside with my kids, landscaping, or in over my head on some sort of home improvement project.
If you want to dive deeper into my credentials, publications, speaking engagements, educational background, and the like, please check out my full bio.
CHRISTOPHER J. REEL
I am an entrepreneur as much as I am an attorney, and that perspective lends itself very well to the representation of clients who are looking to start a business or raise capital for their business. In terms of my experience as an entrepreneur, I am the founder of Mud Racer Company, an elite obstacle course racing training program company, as well as The Emergence, a personal development program for individuals who want to become better at business and life.
KYLE T. MORDEW
Growing up in Northeast Ohio, I learned at a young age the value of hard work and loyalty. I watched my dad pour his soul into a local Cleveland concrete business for 30 years, a place he hoped to retire. But the recession changed those plans. Suddenly my dad found himself without a job and without a lot of answers. I was in my first year at Ohio State when that happened, and I learned in those days and weeks the true value of hard work and loyalty. My dad found a new job within a few months, and did so based upon his reputation as a loyal “whatever-it-takes” employee. I like to think I’ve carried those same traits with me as a first generation college student, the first in my family to go to law school, and with me every day as an attorney at Pappas Gibson.
I joined Pappas Gibson in the spring of my final year of law school. I had previous experience at Littler Mendelson, one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the world. But I immediately realized Pappas Gibson felt different. It didn’t just feel like a corporate “team.” The firm felt like family. And I think being a close, tight-knit family is in large part why we are able to provide the kind of preeminent legal work and client service that our clients deserve. Or more aptly, “It is certain my Conviction gains infinitely, the moment another soul will believe in it.”
For a more complete look at my credentials, prior work experience, and academic profile, please see my full bio.
ROBERT T. PAPPAS
OF COUNSEL ATTORNEY
Bob was a co-founder of the firm when we launched in 2013, and currently remains active in a part-time, of counsel role. His new role allows him to focus on complex transactions and solutions to difficult legal issues, while his wisdom, humility, and integrity that helped lay the foundation for our firm continue to inspire us and drive us forward.
SECRETARY & LEGAL ASSISTANT
In addition to assisting with document preparation and scheduling, Kathy is the first person people see when they come into the office and the first person they talk to when they call. Her enthusiasm, compassion, and commitment to clients are instrumental in our effort to provide exemplary client service.
bOOKKEEPER & PROJECT COORDINATOR
As our bookkeeper and project coordinator, Michelle keeps us in line and makes sure our engagements are completed in a timely and efficient manner.