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Arbitrators

University of Cincinnati College of Law
P.O. Box 210040
2540 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45221


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$350/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
School/Education
Construction
Healthcare
Real Estate


Professional Affiliations
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cincinnati Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Arbitration Association
CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Academy of Civil Trial Mediators


Background
Marjorie Corman Aaron is Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Practice, at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, teaching courses in mediation, ADR, client counseling, decision analysis, and trial practice. She received the College of Law’s Schott Scholarship Award in 2019 and Goldman Prize in 2010, and a University President’s Excellence Award in 2006. She has been guest faculty at the University of Graz, University of Michigan Law School, and a summer institute at Harvard Law School and U.N.L.V’s School of Law. Professor Aaron has also taught workshops on ADR, mediation, negotiation, client communication, and decision analysis for law firms, court panels, corporations, and other organizations.


Professor Aaron has practiced as a neutral mediator and an arbitrator of legal disputes for more than 30 years. She has handled cases involving commercial contracts, employment disputes - age, gender, sexual harassment, race, religious discrimination and wage and hour issues, business fraud and torts, securities, products liability, personal injury, small business, partnership, and family business disputes, construction and design claims, multi-party construction disputes, insurance, franchisee-franchisor disputes, commission sales, non-compete, environmental claims, real estate and business valuation, medical and other professional malpractice. Under special master appointment, served as mediator and arbitrator for allocating class action settlements.


Prior to her move to Cincinnati, Professor Aaron was Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School ("PON"). She was a Senior Mediator and Vice President at Endispute (now JAMS-ADR) and mediator for the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Professor Aaron began her career as a litigator at Goodwin Proctor in Boston, and then as prosecutor in Plymouth County, MA.


Professor Aaron is the author of Risk and Rigor: A Lawyer’s Guide to Assessing Cases and Advising Clients (DRI Press, 2019) and Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Negotiating Outcomes: Pocket Mentor Series (Harvard Business School Press, 2007). She has authored many chapters, articles and case simulations in mediation, negotiation, and decision analysis and produced videos on effective practice.

Strauss Troy Co. LPA
Federal Reserve Bldg.
150 E. Fourth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Compensation
$350/hr

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
1 E. Fourth St., Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Compensation
$550/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Business/Commercial


Background
For more than 40 years, award-winning litigator Jim Burke has helped business clients succeed in all types of complex litigations. In the process, he has become one of an elite group of litigators who can deftly handle complex cases of all types.


Jim’s litigation practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, including both trial and appellate practice, in state and federal court. He has handled cases before courts in Ohio, Kentucky, California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado, and Delaware. He has significant experience in financial and transactional cases, commercial matters, class and derivative actions, and actions arising under the federal securities laws. In 1997, Jim was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, membership in which is extended by invitation only to "experienced trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill as advocates and whose career has been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism and civility."


Jim has expanded his practice to handle mediations and arbitrations of the types of complex commercial and business cases that he has spent his career litigating. Jim is certified in mediation by the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Cleveland Mediation Center, a training program approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio. During his career, he has represented his clients in mediations and mediated settlements in hundreds of cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants; and he understands the nuances surrounding all types of complex business mediations, such as those involving:
• Securities
• Commercial disputes
• Merger and acquisitions
• Shareholder disputes
• Complex contractual matters

Reminger Co. LPA
250 Grandview Dr., Suite 550
Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$200/hr


Areas of Practice
Business/Commercial
Negligence/Tort
Healthcare
Real Estate
Construction


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
West Virginia Bar Association
Texas Bar Association
Northern Kentucky Bar Association


Background
Ralph Burnham practices in all areas of civil litigation, and primarily focuses in the areas of construction, mining, commercial explosives, transportation, personal injury and professional liability, in both state and federal courts. As national counsel for multiple insurers and clients, Ralph has successfully defended clients in jury trials cases and arbitrations throughout the country, and in administrative proceedings before federal and state regulatory agencies. As a mediator, arbitrator, and litigator, Ralph has helped guide hundreds of disputes through the ADR process.


Ralph is an approved mediator with the Hamilton County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas.

Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45248-2314


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$380/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Construction
Real Estate
Healthcare
Probate


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association


Background
Since 1981, Stephen P. Calardo has resolved many civil disputes as a Chairperson of Arbitration and individual arbitrator. Mr. Calardo is known for his fairness and integrity. His arbitration experience includes employment disputes, commercial, personal injury, contracts, construction, business break-ups, securities, insurance, and others. His years of experience as a mediator, arbitrator, successful trial attorney, and former prosecutor provide him the prospective needed to serve as an arbitrator. He frequently is chosen to serve as the Chairperson of a 3-person arbitration panel. When parties choose private arbitration to resolve a dispute, Mr. Calardo serves as a private judge in a prompt, cost-effective dispute resolution hearing. In rendering impartial decisions as an arbitrator, Mr. Calardo adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and due process. A typical two-party arbitration costs $190.00 per hour per side. Unlike many private arbitration services, there is no administrative filing fee.

Copeland Law LLC
5324 Timberhollow Ln.
Cincinnati, OH 45247


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$375/hr


Areas of Practice
Healthcare


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Ohio Bar Association
American College of Healthcare Executives, Life Fellow
American Arbitration Association


Background
Copeland practices health care law in Cincinnati at the firm of Copeland Law, LLC. He has represented several hospitals, physician practices and other health care entities. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, he is a frequent author and speaker on health law topics. He has served as arbitrator on numerous American Arbitration Association and American Health Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution arbitrations, primarily related to health care transaction and medical staff issues. A former hospital chief executive officer, he was awarded the American College of Health Care Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award in 2007. He has served as chairman of the CBA Health Law Committee and the Greater Cincinnati Health Association board of trustees.

Cuni Ferguson & LeVay Co. LPA
10655 Springfield Pike, 
Cincinnati, OH 45215


Compensation
$300/hr


Areas of Practice
Business/Commercial
Construction
Real Estate


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
American Bar Association


Background
Tom Cuni is of counsel to the firm of Cuni, Ferguson & LeVay Co., LPA. He was an original partner of the firm when it was formed on May 1, 1988. The primary focus of Cuni’s law practice was the representation of small businesses (under 200 employees) and commercial real estate transactions including substantial work as a qualified intermediary for real estate exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. While actively pursuing litigation representation, he represented parties in more than 600 civil cases of which approximately 100 resulted in trials to the bench or to a jury. Construction-related litigation and contract law was a significant portion of his litigation experience. As a member of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Panel, he participated as an arbitrator in approximately 70 arbitrations. By the agreement of counsel, he was selected as the single arbitrator in five cases in the previous 15 years. As an arbitrator for CBASS, Cuni has served as the single arbitrator in three cases in the past 10 years. Cuni is a past president of the CBA and a former member of its board of trustees. He has served on the CBA’s Bench and Bar Committee; Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee; Professionalism Committee; Continuing Legal Education Committee; and he currently the co-chair of the Senior Lawyers Section.

Freking Myers & Reul
600 Vine St., 9th Floor
Cincinnati,OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$350/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment


Background
Randy Freking lives in Cincinnati with his wife, and they have four children. Mr. Freking is a frequent lecturer and his clients secured several million dollar plus jury verdicts and thousands of important settlements. He also served as a mediator during his career as a Partner at Freking, Myers, & Reul, but more importantly participated in hundreds of mediations as an advocate and observed skilled mediators from around the country. Randy has also participated in multiple arbitrations as an advocate and likewise observed accomplished arbitrators.


Randy is a Contributor to HOW ADR WORKS (2003), a publication of the American Bar Association devoted to alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). As a mediator and arbitrator today, Mr. Freking utilizes the best practices of successful mediators and arbitrators that he has admired throughout his career. Randy takes a practical approach to assist parties in resolution of complex disputes.


Randy is recognized in every edition of “Best Lawyers in America” since 1994, received “Super Lawyer” designations since its inception, was one of the top 10 vote recipients in Ohio for the designation of “Super Lawyer” many years since 2006, was recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as one of the most influential lawyers in Cincinnati in October, 2008, and has been recognized annually by Cincy Business Magazine as one of Cincinnati’s “Leading Lawyers”.


Mr. Freking serves as a private mediator and arbitrator to resolve civil disputes whether they are employment, commercial, or other types of disputes. Randy received his formal mediation training at the University of Pepperdine College of Law’s Strauss Institute in 2009.


Fees: $350 per hour; deposit of 4 hours’ fees upon selection; full refund if mediation is cancelled within seven days of mediation; payment of hourly fees incurred to date of cancellation of arbitration; full payment due within 30 days of completed mediation or arbitration.


Requirements Pre-Mediation: Confidential summaries submitted by each party three days before mediation. At least one participant for each party must have authority to settle the dispute.


Requirements Pre-Arbitration: Determined at Preliminary Case Conference


Formats: In person (preferred); ZOOM or similar; telephone (least preferred).

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
255 E. Fifth St., Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$400/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Construction
Healthcare
School/Education


Background
Michael W. Hawkins has both the knowledge and track record to help you resolve any dispute through arbitration. When serving as an arbitration, Mike is patient, understanding and a good listener. He conducts a pre-hearing conference and is well prepared.


With more than 40 years of experience as an attorney and hundreds of successful arbitrations, Mike understands the responsibility of serving as an arbitrator in analyzing the facts and understanding and applying the law.


As an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) since 1992, Mike has been successful in arbitrating employment-related claims, commercial disputes, litigation involving discrimination laws, contract and non-compete issues, wrongful discharge claims, construction, domestic relations and class-actions involving wage-hour and product liability issues. He has been the arbitrator in over thirty cases. He recently served as Chair of the Cincinnati Bar ADR Committee and is a frequent speaker on effectively representing clients and presenting a case in arbitration. Mike has attended many conferences and arbitrator trainings. He has taught mediation and conflict resolution at Xavier University in Cincinnati for three years. Mike is a past President of the Cincinnati Bar Association.

Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc
Atrium Two
221 E. Fourth St., Suite 2500
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$390/hr


Areas of Practice
Labor/Employment


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management
Joint Rules Committee for Kentucky Federal Courts


Background
Kelly Holden heads the firm’s employment law division, which represents private and public employers in all facets of employment law. Her employment law practice includes advising clients on compliance with various employment laws and providing in-house training on such issues. Kelly has experience working with the EEOC, DOL, DOJ, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, as well as litigating cases in federal and state courts. She also drafts employment and non-compete agreements, with an emphasis on health care provider and physician agreements. She also advises companies on I-9 compliance and performs I-9 audits, conducts harassment investigations, drafts employee handbooks and employment policies and, does training on all aspects of employment law. Kelly was featured on WVXU Cincinnati, as a subject matter expert, to speak on 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the impact it has.

Faruki PLL
PNC Center
201 E. Fifth St., Suite 1420
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$495/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Healthcare


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio Bar Association
Dayton Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Society of Barristers
Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court


Background
Jeff Ireland has 40 years' experience as a business trial lawyer. He has tried cases in federal and state court throughout the United States, including jury trials in the Southern District of Ohio and Hamilton County. He has tried lawsuits and arbitration cases to judgment, and he has served as a private arbitrator and mediator. Jeff's practice has focused primarily on federal statutes such as the Lanham Act (trademark and false advertising), securities, antitrust, civil RICO, CERCLA, and employment discrimination (age, sex, race and national origin). He has also handled a wide variety of cases involving state statutes, including covenants not to compete, trade secrets, products liability and various types of commercial contracts. He has tried and defended preliminary injunctions in state and federal court. Jeff is a founding partner of Faruki P.L.L. and spends his time approximately equally between the firm's offices in Cincinnati and Dayton. His hourly rate is $450. He graduated from Denison University and the University of Dayton College Of Law.

Thompson Hine LLP
312 Walnut St., Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Compensation
$525/hr

Montgomery Jonson LLP
600 Vine St., Suite 2650
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Compensation
$300/hr


Areas of Practice
Business/Commercial

McIntosh & McIntosh PLLC
317 E. Fifth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$250/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
School/Education
Healthcare


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
National Academy of Arbitrators
American College of Trial Lawyers
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
American Board of Trial Advocates
International Association of Insurance Counsel
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
American Arbitration Association


Background
Permanent Panel Member of American Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services since the 1980s. Attorney-at-Law, Mediator and Arbitrator in all phases of Civil Litigation, including Professional Malpractice, Insurance, Employment Law, Civil Rights, Governmental Liability, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Probate and Business Law, Government grievances with Public Employees including Police and Fire, Police Use of Force Issues, Health, Life and Accident Hearings, Contractual Interpretation and Enforcement of Agreements between Individuals and Businesses, Employers and Employees, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Dispute Resolution for national companies including General Electric and Morgan Tire in their Multiple Level Mediation and Arbitration ADR Agreements.


Instructor in Arbitration with Professor John Murphy at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Adjunct Professor Insurance Law at Chase Law School. Served as the sole arbitrator in over 300 hearings and participated as a Panel Member and Chairman of Tri-Party Arbitrations.


Mediator for the Hamilton and Butler County, Ohio, Courts of Common Pleas, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Mediator for the Butler County Children’s Services; Past President and Trustee of the Mt. Adams Civic Association; Past President and Member of the Queen City Association; Past President and Trustee Cincinnati Tennis Club, Mediator for Cincinnati Bar Association and Academy of Medicine; Association for Conflict Resolution.

Baker & Hostetler LLP
312 Walnut St., Suite 3200
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$480/hr


Areas of Practice
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Healthcare
Negligence/Tort


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice in Ohio Courts
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Foundation
Ohio State Bar Association


Background
Mr. McIntyre is the leader of the employment and labor practice at Baker Hostetler LLP in Cincinnati. He has extensive experience in employment and labor law matters, arbitration and mediation, civil rights litigation, healthcare matters, non-compete litigation, consumer and privacy related disputes, contract and shareholder disputes, and defamation claims. He has served as first chair in trials , including in a successful two week jury trial in 2019 on behalf of a national employer. He has successfully tried a complex jury trial in the Southern District of Ohio against the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and served as lead counsel in numerous bench trials and injunction proceedings, often involving non-compete agreements, trade secrets and other intellectual property matters. While he often serves as defense counsel, he frequently represents plaintiffs and has pursued breach of contract matters and injunction proceedings on behalf of plaintiffs that resulted in trials. He is ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell; ranked by Chambers USA for Labor and Employment in Ohio; named in The Legal 500 United States, recommended in Labor and Employment Disputes (including collective actions); listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Ohio Employment Law and Labor and Employment Litigation; and listed as an Ohio “Super Lawyer.” Mr. McIntyre served as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals Judge Danial A. Manion of the Seventh Circuit and as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He is a frequent speaker and writer on litigation and arbitration topics and served as a speaker and chair of the planning committee for the Sixth Circuit Practice Institute. He practices nationally and is admitted in Ohio and Kentucky where he regularly practices.

Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc
207 Thomas More Pkwy
Crestview Hills, KY 41017


Compensation
$350/hr

621 E. Mehring Way, Apt. 506
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Compensation
$250/hr


Areas of Practice
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Real Estate
School/Education


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
New Mexico Bar Association


Background
Don Mooney practiced business litigation and labor and employment law in state and federal courts for more than 40 years. After retiring from the Cincinnati office of Ulmer and Berne in 2017, he has remained active in the Cincinnati community and has served as an arbitrator with the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel. Mr. Mooney was a member of the Cincinnati Planning Commission for more than 20 years, and has frequently lectured on the subjects of land use law and urban planning.

Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
312 Walnut St., Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$375/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Real Estate
Probate


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Union Internationale des Avocats
CPR Institute
London Court of International Arbitration


Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience
Over his forty-five year career, Pinney has served as counsel or as mediator or arbitrator in scores of cases. As a mediator, Pinney started as a volunteer mediator with U.S. District Court and, in 2004, was formally trained as a mediator in a comprehensive program presented by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution at The Hague. Pinney also served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court arbitration program in the 1980s and 1990s. He was named a Fellow of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2017 upon passing its rigorous course and also has been trained as an arbitrator by FINRA and the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section. Pinney is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and was named as Arbitration Lawyer of the Year in 2014 by Best Lawyers of America.


Background
Pinney served as a law clerk for Judge Philip Pratt of the U.S. District Court, E.D.Mich.–1972-74. He has been active in the Cincinnati, Ohio State, American, Federal and International Bar Associations and has been a frequent speaker and program participant on federal procedure, international litigation, enforcement of foreign judgments, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution at many venues in the United States and abroad. Pinney has regularly been named both an Ohio Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America for business/commercial litigation and international arbitration, including being names as Arbitration Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2014. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, as well as serving as coach of the law school’s Vis International Arbitration Moot Team. Lastly, Pinney serves as member of the CBADR Committee and was one of the drafters for the CBADR Arbitration Rules.

Thompson Hine LLP
312 Walnut St., Suite 1400
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Mediation Capability


Compensation
$390/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
American Arbitration Association
National Arbitration & Mediation
Ohio Mediation Association


Background
Richey had a first career as a teacher and member of the American Federation of Teachers Union. After law school, he clerked with the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Since 1995 he has practiced commercial litigation and counseling with the emphasis on labor and employment law. He had a national litigation practice as lead counsel in state and federal courts, from California to New York. He has successfully litigated numerous complex class actions. He now focuses his practice exclusively on mediation, arbitration, negotiation and counseling.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience
Richey has litigated, mediated and arbitrated over a hundred cases as an advocate. He is a panel member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM) and Ohio Mediation Assn. (OMA). He has been appointed to mediate cases by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Oho and Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas.

Ulmer & Berne LLP
600 Vine St., Suite 2800
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$420/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Construction


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Indiana Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Fellows of the American Bar Association


Background
As Group Leader of Ulmer & Berne's Construction Litigation Practice Group, Fritz brings more than 30 years of litigation experience and the knowledge of a degreed engineer to his much-honored practice representing parties in construction, environmental, product liability, and toxic tort litigation.


Recognized by Chambers USA as one of Ohio's leading commercial litigators and given Martindale-Hubbell; highest ranking (AV Preeminent), Fritz is consistently acknowledged for his excellence in construction and product liability litigation. Since 2009, he has been named annually to The Best Lawyers in America's list of top lawyers in those fields, and was named Best Lawyers 2019 Construction Law;Lawyer of the Year; in Cincinnati. American Lawyer Media also named him a top-rated lawyer in construction law, for his representation of both plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of construction-related disputes, including those involving claims of defective construction, defective design, fraud, and negligence, as well as Fair Housing Act cases.


Fritz has substantial experience in environmental litigation, toxic tort litigation, and the defense and prosecution of personal injury claims, including his work securing the largest known, single victim, personal injury settlement in the history of Kentucky or Ohio for a plaintiff who suffered burns from a spontaneous explosion of pool chemicals.

Frost Brown Todd LLC
Great American Tower
301 E Fourth St., Suite 3300
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$475/hr


Areas of Practice
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial


Background
Experience: Began legal career assisting Judge S. Arthur Spiegel in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio as law clerk for two years. After spending a couple of additional years doing general litigation, came to Frost Brown Todd in 1995 to concentrate in employment law. Now spends all of professional time in employment law. Devotes significant portion of practice to representing employers and employees in non-competes, trade secrets, employment contracts, and duty of loyalty issues. Also represents wide variety of employers in wrongful discharge, discrimination, and harassment cases.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience: Has served as an arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association and in attorney-fee disputes through the Cincinnati Bar Association for more than 15 years. Has mediated a number of cases (primarily employment cases), appointed by the United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Has been an advocate in a large number of cases using all forms of ADR.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Training: American Arbitration Association’s Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators, 2010.

Robert Steinberg Co LPA
9050 Ambercreek Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45236


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$525/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Construction
School/Education
Healthcare


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association


Background
Bob Steinberg has a wide range of legal experience as a mediator, arbitrator, trial lawyer and trial judge. Prior to forming his current law firm in 2012, Mr. Steinberg engaged in private law practice in a Cincinnati, Ohio law firm for 16 years, consisting primarily of national complex litigation as well as professional mediation services. Before entering private law practice, Mr. Steinberg served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Federal Court, where he presided over the trial by consent of the parties and settlement of hundreds of civil cases for 18 years. During the preceding 10 years, he supervised the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio, prosecuting federal criminal cases and defending the U.S. government in civil litigation. Mr. Steinberg has participated in the trial of hundreds of cases as a trial lawyer and as a trial judge.


Mr. Steinberg's firm provides professional services of mediation, arbitration, expert witness, settlement administration, employer consultation, and selected civil litigation. From 1996 to the present, Mr. Steinberg conducted hundreds of professional mediations in addition to his litigation practice and his service as an expert witness. In virtually all of these cases, Mr. Steinberg was able to resolve the dispute and arrive at a settlement agreement signed by the parties and enforceable in court. The vast majority of mediations were resolved within one day. Mr. Steinberg has also been selected as the arbitrator to decide legal disputes in a confidential manner.


Mr. Steinberg is active as a “Master Emeritus” in the American Inns of Court Potter Stewart Chapter in Cincinnati, Ohio, leading numerous presentations to attorneys on a wide variety of topics. Mr. Steinberg is an AV Preeminent rated attorney, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He has been awarded the Ohio Super Lawyer designation every year that award was made, from 2004 through 2020.


Mr. Steinberg was Chair of the Federal Courts and Practice Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association for 2014 through 2016. He organized and participated in the Committee’s presentation to the Annual Convention of the Bar Association in April 2016. He also organized and participated in the Committee's biennial Bench Bar Conference, where federal court practitioners and Magistrate Judges, District Judges and Sixth Circuit Judges from Ohio participate in an intense two-day session discussing topical legal issues.

Stich ADR Services
3922 East St.
Cincinnati, OH, 45227-3331


Compensation
$450/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial

John E. Stillpass, Attorneys at Law
4901 Hunt Rd., Suite 103
Cincinnati, OH 45242


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$295/hr


Areas of Practice
Business/Commercial
Construction
Probate
Healthcare
Real Estate


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Palm Beach County Bar Association


Background
In my 38 years of practice, I have had extensive experience in representing clients in various types of disputes, including representation of defendants in product liability defense, nursing homes and health care providers, marine equipment leasing, financing disputes and an array of real estate, construction, commercial transactions and general contract matters. My practice also includes the formation and representation of small businesses, auto dealers, real estate transactional matters, land use and development, and estate planning and probate. I have represented parties in State and Federal jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, and have participated as an advocate in many arbitration and mediation proceedings.


I have served for many years on the Joint Committee of the CBA and the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors and helped design and implement the Joint CBA/CABR Earnest Money Arbitration Program. I have served as Chair of Arbitration Panels for many of these Arbitrations; and I have also participated as an Arbitrator and Panel Chair in numerous Common Pleas Court Arbitrations. I have also lectured on use of ADR at the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, the University of Cincinnati DAAP, and the NIADA/NABD (Independent Auto Dealers).


I am the past Treasurer of the Cincinnati Bar Association and a past member of its Board of Trustees. I have also actively served on The CBA’s Administration and Finance Committee, Solo Practice and Small Firm Committee, and the Joint Committee of the CBA and the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors.

Jedson Engineering
1 Centennial Plaza
705 Central Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$350/hr


Areas of Practice
Business/Commercial
Construction


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Foundation
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Defense Research Institute Construction Law Committee
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorney
Construction Lawyers Society of America


Experience
Forty years of experience as a civil trial attorney, specializing in architects and engineers' professional liability and construction claims. Practice in construction law, primarily representing architects, engineers, contractors and owners (90%). Claims involve public and private projects ranging in value up to $50 million. Litigation involves differing site conditions, change orders, design defects, delay claims, acceleration claims, fees, surety issues, product selection, material selection, estimating, landslides, security systems, and scheduling.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience
Chair panelist in many construction arbitrations for Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and Clemont County Common Pleas Court. Construction arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1981. Private mediations.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Training
ACE20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; ACE18 Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor- Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA Dealing with Difficult Attorneys in Arbitration ACE13, 2017; AAA Arbitrator Subpoenas: Are They Worth the Paper They're Printed On?, 2016; AAA The "Eyes" Have It: Optimizing Your Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Arbitration, 2015; AAA Avoiding Ten Common Missteps Arbitrators Make ACEIO, 2015; AAA Exercising Arbitrator Discretion: A Look at Some Best Practices ACEl 1, 2015; AAA Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing ACE06, 2013; AAA Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration, 2013; AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards ACEOl, 2009; AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties ACE02, 2008; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration ACE04, 2006; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics ACE05, 2005; AAA Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure ACE03, 2004; AAA Arbitrator Update, 2003; AAA Construction Arbitrator II Training, 2002; AAA Fast Track Training, 1997; AAA Construction Arbitrator Training, 1996.

McCaslin Imbus & McCaslin
600 Vine St., Suite 800
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Virtual Arbitration Capability


Compensation
$275/hr


Areas of Practice
Negligence/Tort
Labor/Employment
Business/Commercial
Construction
Real Estate
Healthcare
Probate


Professional Affiliations
Cincinnati Bar Association
American College of Trial Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
Butler County Bar Association
Warren County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association


Background
Mr. Winters practices with McCaslin, Imbus & McCaslin, LPA in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served as President and Managing Shareholder for twenty years.


He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he obtained his B.A. in 1970, M.A. in 1972 and J.D. in 1976. Mr. Winters was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1976 and to the Kentucky Bar in 1995. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.


Mr. Winters is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (National Chair, Law School Mock Trial Committee), a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Cincinnati Chapter President, 2018-2019), and is listed among Ohio;Super Lawyers. In 2012 he completed the mediator training program at the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the KBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the CBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.