Jeff has been trying business cases for more than 35 years. He has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Increasingly, his trial practice focuses on competition, meaning that many of his cases involve conduct among competitors and relate to issues such as antitrust, distribution, false advertising, trademarks, trade secrets and intellectual property. These cases often involve restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.
He has served as lead defense counsel in class actions involving products liability, securities and employment. He served as defense liaison counsel in a multidistrict litigation case involving more than 100 class actions filed in the United States and Canada related to the recall of pet food products. He served as lead defense counsel in twelve consumer class actions related to consumers sales practices relating to diapers.
Jeff has handled a variety of false advertising cases. He has litigated Lanham Act cases as a plaintiff and defendant. As a plaintiff, he has obtained temporary restraining orders to enjoin false advertising. He has handled numerous cases involving trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements and covenants not to compete.
Jeff has argued cases to the Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as several Districts in Ohio and the Ohio Supreme Court.
A native of Dayton, Jeff has been recognized each year since its inception as an Ohio Super Lawyer, a statewide recognition as a result of a survey conducted by Cincinnati magazine. He has been recognized annually as one of the Best of the Bar based on a survey conducted by the Dayton Business Journal. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark. He has written articles for publication, and is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs on various subjects relating to commercial litigation. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Antitrust Section of the Ohio State Bar Association.
He was selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is a member of the University of Dayton School of Law Advisory Council. He is also a member of the American, Ohio, Dayton and Cincinnati Bar Associations.
He has been very active in the local community as a Master of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. He has served as an officer and President (2011-2012) of the Dayton Bar Association. The University of Dayton School of Law awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award for his service to the community and profession. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio for his career achievements. He also served ten years as the Mayor of a local suburb, and he has been involved in numerous charitable and not-for-profit activities.