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 Cincinnati Fiduciary Litigation practice. She has first chair bench and jury trial experience at the trial level 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 practice includes health care issues, such as privacy, statutory compliance and decision making by health care surrogates. In addition, she represents clients in disciplinary proceedings and investigations before licensing boards and professional societies.
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 (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.
Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - ERISA; Litigation - Trusts & Estates; and Trusts and Estates (2007 - present)
"Lawyer of the Year" Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, ERISA Litigation and Trust & Estate Litigation
Honoree, Leading Lawyers, Litigation (2014 - present)
Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2012 - present)
Top 25 Women Honoree, Cincinnati Super Lawyers (2015 - present)
Top 50 Women Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers (2018 - present)
Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2005 - 2007)
Forty under 40" Honoree, Cincinnati Business Courier (2008)
Warrington Community Service Award Honoree, Cincinnati Bar Association (2016)
“Woman Making a Difference” Award Honoree, Notre Dame Academy
All Service Areas
- University of Notre Dame Law School (1995)
- Xavier University (1991)
- 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
"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," Author, 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, 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
“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
“The Probate Omnibus Bill: HB 595,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, Columbus, OH, April 2019
"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
“The Estate Plan in Litigation,” American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("ATEC") 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
"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
"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
“Current Issues Under the Ohio Trust Code,” Ohio State Bar Association CLE Seminar, Columbus, OH, July 2014
“Ohio Legacy (Asset Protection) Trusts,” OSBA Health Care Law Seminar, Columbus, OH, Aug. 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, Columbus, OH, Aug. 2013
“Ethical Issues in Representing Elderly Clients,” Teleseminar Co-Presenter, Professional Education Broadcast Network, April 2013
“Opera and the Law,” Panel Co-Producer, Cincinnati Opera Program, March 2013
- American Bar Association
Chair, Probate & Fiduciary Litigation Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Member, Probate Trust and Real Property Section
Member, Litigation Section
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee
Member, Legal Education Committee
Member, Elder Law Committee
- AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell)
- Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL)
- Cincinnati Bar Association
Member, Admissions Committee
- Cincinnati Bar Association
Past Member, Confidential Judicial Evaluation Committee (2012)
- Cincinnati Bar Association
Member, Certified Grievance Committee
- Leadership Cincinnati
Member, Class 41
- Litigation Counsel of America
- Ohio State Bar Association
Member, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Council
Member, Litigation Section
- Ohio Trust Code joint Bar/Bankers Committee
- One Hundred Wise Women
Wise Woman (2007)
- Professional Women's Resource Group
Chair, Breakfast Forum Series
- Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc.
- Cincinnati Opera
Member, Executive Committee
- Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Past Board Member
Past Member, Executive Committee
- Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Member, Scholarship Committee, The Cincinnati Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund
- Girls on the Run of Cincinnati, Inc.
- Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati
Member, Board of Trustees
- Notre Dame Club
- Xavier University Alumni Association
- Xavier University Executive Mentoring Program
- YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement
Member, Racial Justice Committee