Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that J. Rita McNeil Danish joined the firm as a partner in July 2017.
Specializing in municipal law, women- and minority-owned small businesses, crisis management, government affairs, personnel and human resources, and economic development, Danish brings an extraordinary depth of knowledge to public and private sector clients.
Prior to joining Taft, Danish served as judge and magistrate of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic and Juvenile Divisions; city attorney for the cities of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, and Greensboro, N.C.; vice president of government affairs for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; section chief for the Civil Rights Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Commerce; and assistant deputy legal counsel for Governor George V. Voinovich.
Danish began her law career at age 12, when she started helping out in the Chicago firm of her father, a legendary criminal attorney and civil rights advocate. Danish’s extensive experience enables her to create smart strategies for her clients. As she notes, “It’s not good enough to identify the problem, it's about providing the client with a real solution.”
Whether she’s advising minority business owners on launching a new enterprise, assessing the progress of an economic development project, collaborating with a human resources department to do an investigation or refine its hiring practices, or guiding an organization through crisis, Danish ensures that not only does the project succeed, but her clients do, too. “For me, it’s about going above and beyond to achieve a winning outcome.”
A longstanding advocate for positive change, Danish also contributes her legal experience to the community. She is chair of the Women in the Profession Section for the Ohio State Bar Association. She is a board member of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA) and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which provides supportive services for abused and neglected children. She is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., which promotes leadership development and gender equity for black women and girls. Danish previously served as vice president and board member of Ohio's Minority Development Finance Advisory Board, which assists in creating employment opportunities and wealth in the minority business community. As the first president of the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy Board in Cincinnati, Danish led an organization that provides a safety net for those who have no other way to access their prescription medication.