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Julia B. Meister
Partner

Ranked by Super Lawyers

Businesses and individuals turn to JULIA B. MEISTER for counsel and advocacy in their most important matters.

Julia is a partner in Taft's Litigation, Health & Life Sciences and Private Client groups and heads the firm's Cincinnati Fiduciary Litigation practice. She has first chair bench and jury trial experience at the trial level and has represented clients in appeals and in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. Julia has prevailed for the plaintiff and for the defense in challenges to estate planning documents and fiduciary conduct. She counsels clients and represents them in business, class action, commercial, estate, guardianship, trust and fiduciary matters and professional ethics and discipline matters before courts, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Julia’s practice includes health care issues, such as privacy, statutory compliance and decision making by health care surrogates. In addition, she represents clients in disciplinary proceedings and investigations before licensing boards and professional societies.

Julia has been named Cincinnati Litigation - “ERISA Lawyer of the Year" twice and Cincinnati Litigation - “Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. She is recognized in four categories by Best Lawyers (Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - ERISA; Litigation - Trusts & Estates; and Trusts and Estates).

Julia is an elected fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”). She has consistently held a rating of "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers for Business Litigation every year since 2012 and as one of Cincinnati’s top 25 Women Attorneys. She is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and has been recognized in multiple years, most recently 2017, by Cincy Magazine as a “Leading Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation. Julia co-chairs two American Bar Association committees: Litigation, Ethics & Malpractice and Professionalism, part of the ABA’s Real Property, Probate, Trust & Estate Section. She serves as a “Settlement Week” mediator for cases in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Julia was appointed to the Ohio State Bar Association's Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council and serves on several committees of the Section Council, including periodic revisions to Ohio’s Trust Code and related statutes. She has published numerous articles and is frequently invited to instruct at continuing legal education seminars. Julia chaired the OSBA's Pliskin Advanced Seminar and served on the Ohio Supreme Court's Summit on Aging Planning Committee, raising awareness of financial and other forms of elder abuse.

Julia was named one of the Cincinnati Business Courier's “Forty Under Forty” emerging leaders. In 2016, she received the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Warrington Community Service Award, and in 2015, she was honored as a “Woman Making a Difference” by Notre Dame Academy. Julia was recognized by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement as a Rising Star and currently serves as a member of the YWCA’s Racial Justice Committee. She is active in several legal and community organizations, including:

  • Vice president, executive committee member and trustee of the Cincinnati Opera Association.
  • Trustee of the Legal Aid Society Board of Directors.
  • SoleMate Fundraiser for Girls on the Run of Greater Cincinnati.
  • Cincinnati Bar Association Admissions Committee (member and past chair).
  • Scholarship Committee for The Cincinnati Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship Fund, administered by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
  • Cincinnati Area Senior Services Board of Directors (past member and chair).

Julia graduated with honors from Xavier University and the Notre Dame Law School. She served as an editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy and received the A. Harold Weber award for Excellence in Legal Writing. She worked in administration at the Notre Dame Law School and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton Law School.