Summary

Businesses and individuals turn to Julia for counsel and advocacy in their most important matters.

Julia is a partner in Taft's Litigation, Health & Life Sciences and Private Client groups and heads the firm's Wealth Transfer Litigation practice. She has first chair bench and jury trial experience and has represented clients in appeals and in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. Julia has prevailed for the plaintiff and for the defense in challenges to estate planning documents and fiduciary conduct. She counsels clients and represents them in business, class action, commercial, estate, guardianship, trust and fiduciary matters and professional ethics and discipline matters before courts, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Julia’s health care practice includes privacy, risk management, statutory compliance, and decision making. She handles disciplinary proceedings and investigations before licensing boards and professional societies.

Julia oversaw administration of the settled wrongful death and personal injury claims in the litigation against DuPont, featured in the movie "Dark Waters," which documented Taft’s two-decade long representation as counsel for the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in multi-district litigation involving toxic chemical PFOA claims.

Julia has been named Cincinnati Litigation - "ERISA Lawyer of the Year" twice and Cincinnati Litigation - “Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. She is recognized in five categories by Best Lawyers (Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - ERISA; Litigation - Trusts & Estates; and Trusts and Estates).

Julia is an elected fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a frequent author and instructor at programs for attorneys, judges, and magistrates. She is consistently rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as one of Cincinnati's top 25 Women Attorneys, one of Ohio's top 50 Women Attorneys, and named a Super Lawyer for Business Litigation each year since 2012. She is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and recognized by Cincy Magazine as a “Leading Lawyer” for Litigation. Julia is a co-chair of Probate & Fiduciary Litigation of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. She serves as a “Settlement Week” mediator for cases in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. She also serves as an appointed member of the Ohio State Bar Association's Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council and served on the Ohio Supreme Court's Summit on Aging, combating elder abuse.

Julia was named one of the Cincinnati Business Courier's “Forty Under Forty” emerging leaders. She was selected to participate in class 41 of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati, a premier leadership development program. In 2016, she received the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Warrington Community Service Award, and in 2015, she was honored as a “Woman Making a Difference” by Notre Dame Academy. Julia was recognized by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement as a Rising Star and currently serves as a member of the YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee. She is active in several legal and community organizations, including:

  • Vice president, executive committee member and trustee of the Cincinnati Opera Association
  • Trustee of the Legal Aid Society Board
  • SoleMate Fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Awards Committee (past member)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee (member)
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Admissions Committee (member and past chair)
  • Scholarship Committee for The Cincinnati Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund, administered by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Cincinnati Area Senior Services Board of Directors (past member and chair)

Julia graduated with honors from Xavier University and the Notre Dame Law School. She served as an editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy and received the A. Harold Weber award for Excellence in Legal Writing. She worked in administration at the Notre Dame Law School and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Law.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School (1995)
  • Xavier University (1991)

Admissions

  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - U.S. Tax Court
  • Federal - 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications

Selected Speeches

“Wrapping Up the Estate, Dealing with Claims and Distribution,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE, June 4, 2020

“Guardianship/Conservatorship Trends in Uniform Laws and Case Law,” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) 2019 Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Dec. 13-15, 2019

“Protecting Your Organization’s Assets and Gifts: A Litigator’s View,” Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – Development Professionals, April 2019

“The Probate Omnibus Bill: HB 595,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, Columbus, OH, April 2019

“Ethics for Newer Taft Attorneys,” Taft Associate Training, Nov. 2018

“Protecting Your Gifts and Assets – A Litigator’s View,” Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council Conversation & Coffee, Oct. 2018

“Intelligent Case Evaluation in Light of New Trends in Probate Litigation,” Moderator, Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Law Section - Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar, Columbus, OH, Sept. 2018

“Involuntary Hospitalization Overview,” TriHealth Department of Psychiatry, May 2018

“The Estate Plan in Litigation,” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) 2017 Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Chicago, IL, Dec. 2017

“High Stakes Litigation: When to Bring in the Expert to Win Your Case,” American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 29th Annual Spring Symposia, Denver, CO, April 2017

“Will Contests: Direct and Cross in Action,” Cincinnati Bar Association’s 34th Annual Advanced Estate Planning Institute Seminar, March 2017

“Every Little Thing You Do is Magic… and Ethical,” Taft Associate Training, Jan. 2017

“Our Elder Law Committee and a Possible ACTEC Foundation Project,” Ohio American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) Summer Meeting, June 2016

“Judges and Litigants Address Elder Abuse in Probate Courts: Trends and Reporting Obligations,” National College of Probate Judges 2016 Spring Conference, Point Clear, AL, May 2016

“One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Ethical Warnings for Attorneys Working with Charitable Gifts,” Panelist, American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estate Law 28th Annual Spring Symposia, Boston, MA, May 2016

“The Trustee's Duty to Inform and Report,” Moderator, Ohio State Bar All-Ohio Legal Forum, April 2016

“Rule 66.09 - Responsibilities of Guardian to Ward,” Ohio State Bar Association Guardianship CLE, Sept. 2015

“Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues Affecting Our Clients and Their Families,” Ohio American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) Fellows Meeting, April 2015

“Silver Hair and Fighting Heirs: Contested Guardianships,” Panelist in the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law CLE Webinar, May 2015

“Contested Estates, Trusts & Guardianships,” Cincinnati Bar Association’s 32nd Annual Advanced Estate Planning Institute Seminar, Feb. 2015

“Best Practices for Development Professionals: The Litigator’s View,” Cincinnati Zoological Society and Botanical Gardens – Office of Development, Aug. 2014

“Ohio Legacy (Asset Protection) Trusts,” Ohio State Bar Association Health Care Law Seminar, Aug. 2014

“Current Issues Under the Ohio Trust Code,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, July 2014

“Silver Hair and Fighting Heirs: Contested Guardianships,” American Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, May 2014

“Ohio Legacy Trust Act and Amendments to the Receivership Statute,” panelist, 2013 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Aug. 2013

“Uniform Transfer of Guardianship Act,” Probate Court Course of The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, Aug. 2013

“Ethical Issues in Representing Elderly Clients,” Teleseminar co-presenter, Professional Education Broadcast Network, April 2013

“Ohio Legacy (Asset Protection) Trusts,” Taft Health & Life Science Practice Group, Oct. 2013

“Opera and the Law,” panel co-producer, Cincinnati Opera Program, March 2013

“Expert Witnesses in Fiduciary Litigation,” Cincinnati Bar Association, Nov. 2012

“Digital Asset Issues in Estate Planning and Administration,” Dayton Bar Association Elder Law Seminar, Oct. 2012

“Review of Ohio Advance Directives and Proposed Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Legislation; Organ Donation; Involuntary Probate for Drug and Alcohol Treatment,” Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar, Sept. 2012

“Expert Witnesses in Probate, Estate, Trust and Fiduciary Litigation,” Ohio ACTEC Fellows Meeting, April 2012

“Expert Witnesses in Trust and Estate Litigation,” University of Miami’s 46th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Jan. 2012

“Statutory and Case Law Update: The Procedural and the Substantive in Ohio Adult Guardianships,” Ohio State Bar Association Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar, Sept. 2011

“I (Might) Get By With a Little Help from My Expert: Expert Witnesses in Trust and Estate Litigation,” American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 22nd Annual Spring Symposia, April 2011

“Ohio Case Law and Statutory Update,” Cincinnati Bar Association 28th Annual Advanced Estate Planning Institute, Feb. 2011

“Trust Modification & Termination Under New Law,” Atrium Medical Center Foundation 2009 Tax & Estate Planning Professional Seminar, Nov. 2009

“Educational and Q/A Session,” TriHealth – Risk Management Team, Oct. 2009

“Litigation Get Together,” Taft Estate, Trust & Fiduciary Litigation Practice Group, Oct. 2007

Selected Publications

Co-author, “Beware of Hasty Estate Planning Amid COVID-era Concerns,” April 2020

“New Ohio Guardianship Rules & Requirements,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May 2019

“Ohio Legislature Provides for Obtaining Decedents’ Medical Records for Limited Purposes without Opening Estate Administration,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2019

“Prioritize Your Estate Plan Now,” co-author, Cincinnati Business Courier, Sept. 2018

“Here's What You Can Learn From Buzz Aldrin's Family Disputes,” Cincinnati Business Courier, July 2018

“Adjunct Anecdotes,” American Bar Association Litigation Section, The Woman Advocate, June 2018

“Media Reports of Guardianship Abuse Highlight Need to Plan for Incapacity,” co-author, Taft Law Bulletin, Nov. 2017

“In Debate Over Electronic Wills, Fraud Protection Should Be Top of Mind,” Cincinnati Business Courier, July 2017

“Three Questions with Julia Meister,” Cincy Magazine, June 2017

“Here's How the Ohio Supreme Court's New Decision Could Affect Your Business,” Cincinnati Business Courier, April 2017

“Ohio Supreme Court Rejects 'Substantial Compliance' Theory and Rules That Claims Against Decedents’ Estates Must Be Presented in Strict Accordance With Statutory Language,” Taft Law Bulletin, April 2017

“7 Ways to Plan a Winning Case: 'The End Is Where We Start From,” American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, The Woman Advocate, March 2017

“Changes Coming This Spring to Ohio Estate Administration and Health Care Law,” Taft Law Bulletin, Jan. 2017

“New Federal Legislation Impacts Mental Health, Protected Health Information and Research Reforms,” Taft Law Bulletin, Dec. 2016

“New Ohio Guardianship Rules,” (co-author Brian Morris), Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Jan./Feb. 2016

“Cincinnati Attorney Weighs in on Apple, FBI Feud's Implications for Your Data,” Cincinnati Business Courier, Feb. 2016

“Are Game Changers in Lawsuits Always What We Expect?” American Bar Association's Litigation Section, The Woman Advocate, Nov. 2015

“Powers of Attorney and Living Wills,” Taft Law Bulletin, Oct. 2015

“Ohio Enacts Transfer of Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2013

“Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate And Estate Planning Seminar,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, July/Aug. 2012

“Involuntary Probate for Drug and Alcohol Addicted Persons: §§ 3793.31-39,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2012

“The Fiduciary Exception: What the United States Supreme Court is Saying about the Attorney-Client Privilege Between Trustees and Their Counsel and What it Means in Ohio,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Sept. 2011

“Transfer of Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act Introduced in Ohio as HB 27,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2011

“Guardians, Granny Snatching, and Geography: Recent Ohio Supreme Court Guardianship Decisions and the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA),” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, May/June 2009

“Nonresident Next of Kin and Standing in Guardianships: The Santrucek Decision,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Jan./Feb. 2009

“Case Law Develops under Ohio’s Intentional Interference with Expectancy of Inheritance Tort,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2008

“Ahmed v. Ahmed: The Ohio Slayer Statute, Common Law, and ERISA Preemption” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Nov./Dec. 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Co-Chair, Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (2020)
    Member, Probate Trust and Real Property Section
    Member, Litigation Section
    Former Chair, Litigation, Ethics & Malpractice Committee (2015–2019)

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

    Elected Fellow
    Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee
    Member, Legal Education Committee
    Member, Elder Law Committee

  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL)

    Graduate (2004)

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Past Member, Awards Committee
    Member, Certified Grievance Committee
    Past Chair and Current Member, Admissions Committee
    Past Member, Confidential Judicial Evaluation Committee (2012)

  • Leadership Cincinnati

    Member, Class 41

  • Litigation Counsel of America

    Fellow, 2016 - present

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Member, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Council 
    Member, Litigation Section

  • Ohio Trust Code Joint Bar/Bankers Committee

    Member

  • One Hundred Wise Women

    Wise Woman (2007)

  • Professional Women's Resource Group

    Member and Chair, Breakfast Forum Series

Community Involvement

  • Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc.

    Past Board Chair and Member

  • Cincinnati Opera

    Vice President
    Executive Committee Member
    Trustee

  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

    Past Board Member
    Past Member, Executive Committee

  • Girls on the Run of Cincinnati, Inc.

    SoleMate Fundraiser

  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation

    Member, Scholarship Committee, The Cincinnati Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund

  • Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati

    Member, Board of Trustees

  • Xavier University Alumni Association

    Member

  • Xavier University Executive Mentoring Program

    Mentor

  • YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement

    Rising Star

  • YWCA

    Member, Racial Justice Committee