J. Steven Justice
Mr. Justice was previously a partner with the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He practices in the areas of business/commercial litigation, employment disputes, construction matters, environmental matters, real estate litigation, personal injury, toxic tort, education law, product liability, probate litigation, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Justice has extensive class action experience in single and multi-district litigation, and he has a wealth of experience with electronic discovery, having previously served as the chair of the electronic discovery committee for a large regional law firm. With respect to environmental matters, Mr. Justice has represented clients in civil and criminal litigation involving product liability, air emissions, waste water management, CERCLA cost recovery, disposal of medical/infectious waste, solid waste landfills, disposal of controlled substances and real estate transactions.
Mr. Justice also represents and counsels numerous churches and religious organizations with respect to all aspects of their legal affairs. As a former pastor and seminary graduate, Mr. Justice is uniquely qualified to understand the legal needs and issues that churches and religious organizations face.
By virtue of his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Justice has expanded his practice to include alternative dispute resolution services. Mr. Justice serves as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve civil disputes and avoid the significant costs associated with litigation and trial. Mr. Justice received his mediation and negotiation training at the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He privately mediates both federal and state court lawsuits, and he mediates disputes that have not progressed to formal litigation.
Mr. Justice is a 1981 graduate of Anderson University, a 1987 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1994. Mr. Justice served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1994-1995. Mr. Justice is admitted to the bars of the State of Ohio, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. Mr. Justice is a member of the Federal Bar Association, serving as the 2016-17 President of the Dayton Chapter and as the National Coordinator for the FBA’s SOLACE program. Mr. Justice also is a member of the Ohio, Dayton, and Miami County Bar Associations. In 2016, he was certified as a Lawyer of Distinction, and he is rated AV Preeminent, the highest peer rating standard for attorneys, by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Justice resides in Troy with his wife, Susan, and their two children.