John S. Stith - Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
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John S. Stith

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993

Mr. Stith’s career of almost 50 years in the Cincinnati legal community includes advising clients on matters of general business and corporate law; business structure, organization, and governance; securities law; fiduciary responsibilities, indemnification, and insurance coverage of directors and officers; mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions; capital formation, including venture capital; and complex contract issues. He has long been a leader in both the legal profession and the Cincinnati business community and has substantial involvement with the nonprofit sector. He has extensive experience in working with public companies as well as with entrepreneurial businesses.

Mr. Stith served as outside general counsel for the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce (now the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber) for nearly 20 years. In addition, he has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America® since 1993 in the area of Corporate Law.
Mr. Stith has been the recipient of numerous awards for professional excellence and community service.  As president of the Ohio State Bar Association in 2006-2007, Mr. Stith is credited with overseeing that organization’s transformational strategic plan and initiating an in-depth review of its Constitution and other governance issues. He has been a key advocate of several measures, including entrepreneurial activities, that have enabled the OSBA to continue as one of the most effective professional organizations in the United States.

Princeton UniversityAB 1961University of CincinnatiJ.D. 1964
Ohio Bar Liability Insurance CompanyWorld Choir GamesOhio State Bar FoundationOhio Lawyers Assistance ProgramGreater Cincinnati FoundationOhio State Bar AssociationOhio Supreme Court Commission on ProfessionalismCincinnati Bar Association

Client Comments

"Jack Stith has demonstrated broad and deep knowledge and experience in a variety of areas of law over the course of a lengthy relationship. At the same time, he is quick to acknowledge the need for and has the ability (and humility) to find the appropriate expertise when conditions dictate. He is loyal and persistent to a fault. His integrity is beyond question by all who know him."

-Ted Robinson
Managing Director
River Cities Capital Funds

"Jack Stith is a consummate lead attorney at a highly-respected firm. He has been our corporate attorney for nearly 20 years. As CEO, I have relied on Jack for everything from drafting complex legal documents to advising us on matters of organizational judgment. As a large, complex not-for-profit organization, we are often faced with unique matters of contracting, liability and public relations. Not only does Jack understand the vagaries of our work, but offers tremendous insights about how to address them. Despite his very busy legal practice, leadership within the profession, and generous community work, he is always accessible, friendly, and effective. Partnering with Jack Stith on our legal matters is a true pleasure."

-Jim Mason
President & CEO
Beech Acres Parenting Center

Office Location

250 East Fifth Street, Suite 2200
Cincinnati, OH 45202-5118
United States

Practice Areas

Corporate Law (Business Planning, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, General Corporate, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving, Professional Ethics and Responsibility, Securities, Transactions, Transportation, Venture Capital)

Other Information

Gender: Male