Werner Margard

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Werner (“Vern”) L. Margard III

Principal Assistant Attorney General
Public Utilities Section

Office: 614-466-4395
Fax: 614-644-8764

Vern joined the Attorney General’s Office in July 2001. Vern works on complex litigation matters before the Public Utilities Commission and Power Siting Board. He handles a large and varied caseload, including motor carrier safety and hazardous material transportation and gas pipeline safety violations, and rate, service, and cost recovery cases involving all major regulated utility industries (natural gas, water, electric, and telecommunications) before both Ohio and federal administrative agencies and courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and United States Bankruptcy Courts. 

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Vern worked as a law clerk and an Associate with the law firm of Barkan + Neff Co., L.P.A., practicing personal injury and Social Security disability law. Vern also worked as an Assistant Consumer’s Counsel for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, as an auditor for Science Application International Corp., and as a consulting researcher for William A. Spratley & Associates, publisher of a bimonthly national newsletter that tracked federal and state energy deregulation activities. 


  • State of Ohio (1982)
  • U.S. District Court (S.D., Ohio, 1989)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit, 1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (6th Circuit, 1989)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit, 1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit, 1992)
  • The Ohio State University College of Business, M.B.A., 1988
  • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1982
  • The College of William and Mary in Virginia, A.B., with High Honors in Psychology, 1979