J. Steven Justice

J. Steven Justice


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After spending 15 years as a partner with a large regional law firm, Mr. Justice joined Dungan & LeFevre in 2011.  He practices both civil litigation and criminal defense and represents non-profit corporations such as church denominations, individual churches, and para-church ministries. 

Regarding civil litigation, Mr. Justice has experience in the areas of business/commercial litigation, employment disputes, residential and commercial construction, environmental matters, real estate litigation, personal injury, toxic torts, product liability, probate litigation, and civil rights litigation.  Mr. Justice has extensive class action experience in single and multi-district litigation, and he serves as a resource with questions involving electronic discovery.  With respect to environmental matters, Mr. Justice has represented clients facing civil and criminal claims involving air emissions, waste water management, CERCLA cost recovery, disposal of medical/infectious waste, solid waste landfills, disposal of controlled substances, and brownfields transactions. 

Regarding criminal defense matters, Mr. Justice represents persons charged with felonies or misdemeanors in federal or state courts.  He serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Act felony panel for the Southern District of Ohio, Dayton Division, and he is a zealous advocate for his clients.

Mr Justice also serves as counsel to a national Protestant church denomination, local churches of various backgrounds, and para-church ministries that serve the community.

Mr. Justice is a member of the Federal, Ohio, Dayton, and Miami County Bar Associations.  Mr. Justice resides in Troy with his wife, Susan. 

Bar Admission

  • Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • AV Preeminent
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Super Lawyers

Past Positions

  • Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk, 1994 to 1995
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Partner, 1995 to 2010

Professional Associations

  • Dayton Bar Association, Member
  • Miami County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Dayton Chapter of Federal Bar Association, former National Coordinator for the FBA’s SOLACE program, President, 2016 to 2017
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member

Current Employment Position

  • Shareholder and Vice President

Practice Areas:

  • Business/commercial litigation
  • Employment disputes
  • Construction matters
  • Environmental matters
  • Real estate litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Toxic tort
  • Education law
  • Product liability
  • Probate litigation
  • Civil rights litigation
  • Criminal defense
  • Non-profits / Churches


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Law Degree - 1994
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Master of Divinity - 1987
  • Anderson University
    • Undergraduate Degree - 1981
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Major: Religion
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Mediation and negotiation training