Melvin S. Shotten

Of Counsel Cincinnati
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Mel has advised and represented financial institutions and borrowers in complex loan and work-out situations; he represents the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati in its commercial relationships with its 725 financial institution members. He is also a prior co-chair of the firm's Health and Life Sciences practice and deals regularly with private practice providers, hospitals, universities and other health care and medical device development institutions on a variety of complex  contractual, regulatory and bioethical issues related to health care and life sciences.

Mel is among those chosen for listing in Best Lawyers in America in the separate categories of Corporate Law, Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Health Care Law and in the European Guide to Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers, and he is recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers. Mel also previously served on the board of and as past president of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation.

Mel received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan College of Law, graduating from both programs with honors. He was an editor of the Michigan Law Review while in law school.


All Service Areas


  • University of Michigan Law School (1968)
  • Michigan (1965)


  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Member, Health Care Law Subcommittee
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation Past President and Board Member

Community Involvement

  • Bankers Club Member
  • Children's Hospital Medical Center Corporate Leadership Council
  • Cincinnati Art Museum Member
  • Cincinnati Athletic Club Member
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Business Committee Member
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation Member