Who I AmI graduated Chaminade High School and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. My law degree is from the Ohio Northern University College of Law. After two years as an Assistant Attorney General representing Ohio in trial and appellate work, I began in private practice in Dayton in 1970.
I have been rated by my peers at the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards as an A-V Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney. I am a past President of the Dayton Bar Association. I am a member of the American Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations and the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association.
Early in my career, I did trial work and represented bargaining units for police and fire departments in Dayton and Montgomery County. For the last 35 years of my legal career I have focused on litigation and transactional matters for individuals and closely held businesses.
I have lived in Dayton most of my life. My wife Patty and I have three adult children. Melissa and Adam are attorneys in Cleveland. Jennifer is a fitness specialist and Ironwoman tri-athlete.
When I'm not in the office, I enjoy hot-rod cars, motorcycles, rowing, skiing, squash and my five grandchildren.
The primary focus of my law practice over the last 30 years has been in representing individuals and closely-held and family business owners in transactional and litigation matters related to business. I have successfully litigated claims relating to the negligence or misconduct of individuals, business owners, public officials, scientific-researchers, manufacturers, lawyers, doctors, and fiduciaries. I have successfully resolved numerous cases involving business misconduct and business ownership disputes.
What Clients Say
"I have known Ralph for nearly 40 years. I have used his legal services in my business and personal matters. Ralph is always knowledgeable, professional and of great help in resolving whatever problem I was encountering. Our Company employees have used Ralph's legal services. It is difficult to find a highly competent attorney who you can rely on to care about you and your outcomes. If you have legal or business problems or need to prevent them, Ralph's the guy." - John Riley, President, Burger Master Corp. (Restrauteur & Film Producer)
"I am the Chairman of the Committee of Legal and Technical Experts on Nuclear Security at the International Atomic Energy Agency of the UN. When I needed an advocate, Ralph was there for me. His skill, conscientiousness and creativity in representing me and getting my story told were truly outstanding. I will never forget all that Ralph did for me." - Professor Theodore Matikas (Scientist)
"Ralph, Thanks for the opportunity to describe how important you have been to our company and to us personally. Your legal representation and advice on business matters has been invaluable to our home construction division and to our mining operation. For the past 25 years your focus on the big picture, on prevention and planning for the unexpected has been a huge factor in our growth. We think of you as one of our family. We truly could not have gone this far without you." - Martin J. Coates, President, M.J. Coates Construction Co. (Construction Professional)
"Our trucking company has been represented by Ralph for more than 20 years. The transportation business is a leading business activity indicator. Ralph was there to help guide us and keep our company thriving when things were going well and has been there to protect us individually when the transportation industry contracted and we were forced to close our business. Ralph was there through all of it and knows how to navigate. I consult with Ralph on just about everything business and personal." - Walt Horvath, President, Bullet Trucking Inc. (Logistics Professional)
"I am a lawyer and have opposed Ralph in court. I have first-hand respect for Ralph's legal and business skills. As I focused my professional activities on my business ventures, I knew that I wanted Ralph as my legal counsel. He has represented my family and my business interests for more than 20 years. Ralph preaches prevention and asset protection and the big picture. I consult with Ralph about a lot more than my legal needs." - William Hemmert (Lawyer and Businessman)
"I have known Ralph for nearly 40 years. I have used his legal services in my business and personal matters. Ralph is always knowledgeable, professional and of great help in resolving whatever problem I was encountering. Our Company employees have used Ralph's legal services. It is difficult to find a highly competent attorney who you can rely onto care about you and your outcomes. If you have legal or business problems or need to prevent them, Ralph's the guy." - John Riley, President, Burger Master Corp. (Restaurateur & Film Producer)
"Ralph has been more than an attorney over the years; he is a true business and legal knowledge center. He has assisted me in working through business and legal issues in a manner unmatched in the legal industry. I recommend Ralph to everyone I meet!" - Robert M. Calhoun, CEO, Progressive Skill (IT Professional)
"I've known Ralph for over 15 years and I've had the opportunity to rely on him for advice in matters both professional and personal. He has become my most valued counselor. His wisdom reaches far beyond the legal implications or concerns of a situation. I have a deep appreciation for the advice he provides and our friendship which has resulted from our professional relationship." - Karl Seebacher, CEO, Advocate Advisors, LLC (Financial Professional)
"I was involved in a lawsuit with my former business partner. I lost the case and was hit with legal fees that were more than three times what I had expected and budgeted. Ralph represented me in an arbitration of the resulting legal fee claim and the award was substantially less than the claim. The outcome was very satisfying. I strongly recommend Ralph as an attorney who will look out for your business and financial best interests, and who is not afraid to take on another attorney. If you want an attorney who is a 'pull-no-punches' guy, a good advocate and a good advisor who will look out for your best interests, you won't be disappointed." - Paul Ginsburg (CFP - Retired)
How I can help you
My law practice has grown from helping my clients organize, govern, operate and succeed in the business world. A critical element of business success involves proper planning for the succession of the business and there are valuation techniques that provide advantageous ways to pass the business to the successors.