Schedule Your Consultation Today! (937) 692-5278

Exceptional Legal Representation Across Ohio

About Garbig, Schmidt & Pohlman, LLC


Based in Arcanum, OH, Garbig, Schmidt & Pohlman, LLC is a general practice law firm owned and operated by father/daughter team Phillip R. Garbig and Caroline R. Schmidt. Since 2001, our firm has provided clients across Ohio with reliable, ethical legal services. We believe in and hold true to the Golden Rule: Treat others with respect and dignity. By doing this, we believe it elevates our level of service and helps us earn each clients’ loyalty and respect.

Meet Our Attorneys

Each of our attorneys is responsive and receptive to your needs, particular circumstances, and details of your case. We provide services in a number of practice areas including estate planning, real estate, business law injury claims and more.

Phillip R. Garbig

Phillip R. Garbig has been practicing law in Arcanum since 1985. Phil has lived in Darke County all of his life and is proud to represent his friends and neighbors in a General Practice. He focuses on Estate Planning and Probate, Business issues and Real Estate matters. As Darke County is one of the largest agricultural counties in the State of Ohio, Phil has established a substantial practice in areas of law that support the agricultural community, such as estate planning, business formations and real estate transactions. Phil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University in 1975 and worked in the real estate industry until 1982. He then graduated from Capital University Law School in 1985. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and in the US Federal Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Phil and his wife Karen reside in Arcanum. Phil and Karen have three children, Caroline R. Schmidt, Aaron Benjamin Garbig, Zachary Stephens Garbig (deceased) and six grandchildren. Phil and Karen are members and actively involved in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where Phil is serving as the Branch President.


Capital University Law School – 1985
Ohio State University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1975

Bar Admissions & Profesional Associations:

Member, Darke County Bar Association (past President and Member of the Probate Committee)
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Member, Ohio Association for Justice
Member, American Bar Association

Public & Community Activities:

Member and Past President, Arcanum Area Community Improvement Corp.
Member of the Board of Trustees and past President, Wayne HealthCare
Former Board Member and past President, Arcanum Public Library
Former Trustee and past President, Hope Foundation of Darke County
Former Trustee and past President, Darke County Community Improvement Corp.

Caroline R. Schmidt

Caroline was born and raised in Arcanum and after residing in Columbus for several years she desired to work with clients in her hometown.  She returned to practice law with her father, Phil, in 2001. Caroline’s practice focuses largely in the area of estate planning, probate and estate administration.  Maintaining a general practice of law she also spends a significant amount of time assisting clients in transactional matters including real estate matters, business planning as well as representation in general civil litigation, including those who have been injured in accidents. Caroline attended The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree and went on to earn her law degree at Capital University Law Schools.  She resides in her hometown of Arcanum with her husband, Craig, and their three children.  


Capital University Law School – J.D. Cum Laude, Order of the Curia, 2001
The Ohio State University – B.A. Sociology, minor in Criminology, 1998

Bar Admissions & Profesional Associations:

Ohio State Bar Association
Darke County Bar Association (Past President)

Public & Community Activities:

Board of Trustees, Wayne Healthcare
Board of Trustees and Past President, Darke County Foundation
Board Member, Darke County Educational Service Center
Officer, Arcanum Athletic Boosters

Nicole L. Pohlman

Nicole was born and raised in Greenville, Ohio and returned to Darke County to practice law in 2010.   She maintains a general practice, covering a broad range of legal needs for her clients. Nicole is experienced in civil litigation, municipal law, business representation, domestic relations, and criminal defense. Nicole is proud to serve the community where she was raised, and ensures that all of her clients receive the individual attention they deserve. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Nicole is blessed to be a wife and mother and resides in Arcanum with her husband and three children.


Capital University Law School – J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Curia, 2010
Otterbein College – B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Political Science, Minors in Legal Studies and Religion, 2007

Bar Admissions & Profesional Associations:

Member, Darke County Bar Association (Past President and member of the Certified Grievance Committee)
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association

Public & Community Activities:

Board Member, NAMI of Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties
Solicitor, Village of Arcanum
Solicitor, Village of New Madison
Solicitor, Village of Union City
Guardian Ad Litem, Darke County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Divisions
Vice-President, Arcanum Athletic Boosters

Office Staff

clients with Garbig & Schmidt LLC

Ready to schedule a consultation? Have questions about our services?

Contact us today at (937) 692-5278. We look forward to hearing from you.

Injury and wrongful death claims

Our firm provides experienced representation for individuals and families with personal injury claims. Through every phase of your case, we are responsive and receptive to your needs and the legal issues at hand. In addition, we will tackle the practical issues unique to you and your family. This includes insurance claims and coverage, medical care, and financial issues involving loss of wages or employment.

We work with clients across Ohio for a range of case types including:

Automobile & Truck accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

Aviation Accidents

We also handle cases where our client’s own insurance company is responsible for the damages because the person causing the injury or death is uninsured or underinsured.

Call to Schedule Your Free, Initial Personal Injury Consultation

(937) 692-5278

Estate Planning & Trust Administration

Our estate planning services are designed to help you reach and achieve your financial goals for your family. We will work with you to create a plan which successfully accumulates, retains, and transfers your assets. We have experience working with clients in scope of industries, including those in the agricultural community of Darke County and surrounding areas. Each of our services is catered to your specific needs and situation.

Our attorneys have expertise preparing wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, and other documents. We will discuss the income tax, gift tax, and estate tax consequences of each option. In addition to helping you prepare estate documents, we have experience in representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries of estates, trusts, and guardianships. You can count on us for counsel in all areas of estate and trust administration.

Real Estate

We represent developers, lenders, landlords, and tenants, buyers, and sellers in all aspects of real estate. Your business or personal objectives are always at the forefront of negotiation and documentation. We are committed to providing you with practical, responsive, and high-quality legal advice. We are very detail-oriented and know the importance of deadlines. You can count on us for timely and cost-effective services.

Business Formation & Representation

If you are forming a new business, you can count on our firm for a number of services including: determining the appropriate business organization, forming a corporation or limited liability company, as well as drafting employment, non-compete, and similar agreements. We also provide services to existing business clients.

In addition, we offer representation to the agricultural community and are proud to help Darke County continue to be a leader in the Ohio agricultural market.



contact us

Garbig, Schmidt & Pohlman, LLC

2840 Alt. St. Rt. #49 N

Arcanum, OH 45304

Phone: (937) 692-5278

Fax: (937) 692-6544


Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Disclaimer: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail