J. Steven Justice

J. Steven Justice

Partner since 2011
Troy, Ohio
(937) 339-0511
Mr. Justice was previously a partner with the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He practices in the areas of business/commercial litigation, employment disputes, construction matters, environmental matters, real estate litigation, personal injury, toxic tort, education law, product liability, probate litigation, and civil rights litigation involving police misconduct, municipal liability and corrections officer misconduct. Mr. Justice has extensive class action experience in single and multi-district litigation, and he has a wealth of experience with electronic discovery, having previously served as the chair of the electronic discovery committee for a large regional law firm. With respect to environmental matters, Mr. Justice has represented clients in civil and criminal litigation involving product liability, air emissions, waste water management, CERCLA cost recovery, disposal of medical/infectious waste, solid waste landfills, disposal of controlled substances and real estate transactions.

By virtue of his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Justice has expanded his practice to include alternative dispute resolution services. Mr. Justice serves as a mediator or arbitrator to resolve civil disputes and avoid the significant costs associated with litigation and trial. Mr. Justice received his mediation and negotiation training at the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He privately mediates both federal and state court lawsuits, and he mediates disputes that have not progressed to formal litigation.

Mr. Justice is a 1981 graduate of Anderson University, a 1987 graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1994. Mr. Justice served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1994-1995. Mr. Justice is admitted to the bars of the State of Ohio, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. Mr. Justice is a member of the Dayton and Miami County Bar Associations and the Sedona Conference (Electronic Discovery).

Mr. Justice resides in Troy with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

Areas of Practice

  • Business/commercial litigation
  • Employment disputes
  • Construction matters
  • Environmental matters
  • Real estate litigation
  • Personal injury
  • Toxic tort
  • Education law
  • Product liability
  • Probate litigation
  • Civil rights litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Law Degree - 1994
    • Law Review: Law Review, Published Member
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    • Master of Divinity - 1987
  • Anderson University
    • Undergraduate Degree - 1981
    • Major: Chemistry and Religion
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Mediation and negotiation training

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent
  • Lawyer of Distinction, 2016 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dayton Bar Association, Member
  • Miami County Bar Association, Member
  • Sedona Conference (Electronic Discovery), Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Dayton Chapter, National Coordinator for the FBA’s SOLACE program, President, 2016 - 2017
  • Ohio Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk, 1994 - 1995
  • Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Partner, 1995 - 2010