As co-chair of Taft’s Employment practice, Justin handles a wide range of labor and employment matters. His experience includes noncompetition and trade secrets litigation; lawsuits and administrative charges involving race, sex, age, disability and religious discrimination; wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws; National Labor Relations Act claims, union elections and labor arbitration proceedings; military leave; employee handbooks and workplace policies; electronic discovery and recordkeeping issues; and other issues relating to employment relationships.

Justin is passionate about helping employers navigate the daily challenges of compliance and mitigation of the risks that employment law creates for all organizations. When disputes do end up in court or in other proceedings, Justin’s extensive litigation experience — including multiple jury and bench trials — enables him to provide effective counsel to Taftʼs clients.

Justin speaks regularly on longstanding and emerging issues affecting labor and employment policy, compliance and best practices for management. He has published numerous articles on a variety of labor and employment topics and has been quoted on employment law matters in prominent newspapers and other media.

In addition to his practice, Justin is chair of the steering committee for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamberʼs Leadership Cincinnati program. He also serves on the board of directors of OneSource (formerly known as ReSource), a nonprofit organization that supports other nonprofits with consulting services and the distribution of donated goods. Justin was also a founding co-chair of ProKids Young Professionals, served on the board of directors of the Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati and is a past president of the board of trustees of The Friends of the William Howard Taft Birthplace.

Justin graduated cum laude from Miami University and earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review.


  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Labor & Employment Law (2015-present)

  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2005-2006, 2010-2011, 2013-2014)

  • Graduate, Class 36 – Leadership Cincinnati (2012-2013)

  • Member, Class XV – Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) (2011)

  • Member, Class 3 – C-Change Leadership Program (2008)

All Service Areas


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law (1999)
  • Miami University (1996)


  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL)

    Class XV (2011)

  • C-Change Leadership Program

    Class 3 (2008)

  • Leadership Cincinnati

    Class 36 (2012-2013)

  • Leadership Cincinnati

    Former Co-Chair, Steering Committee Experiences Subcommittee (2015-2017) and Leading for a Just Community Subcommittee (2014-2015) 

  • Hamilton County Law Library Resource Board

    Board Member (2016-present)

  • Cincinnati Law Library Association

    Board of Directors (2016-present)

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

    Member, Grievance Committee (2014-present)

Community Involvement

  • OneSource

    (formerly known as ReSource) Board Member

  • Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

    Member, Executive Committee, Chamber Alumni Network (2017-present)