Julia B. Meister - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Julia B. Meister

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 513-357-9330

JULIA B. MEISTER is a partner in Taft's Litigation, Health & Life Sciences, and Private Client practice groups and heads the firm's Cincinnati Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Litigation practice. She counsels clients and represents them in business, commercial, estate, guardianship, trust, and fiduciary matters and professional ethics and discipline matters before courts, administrative tribunals, and arbitrators. Julia advises clients on a variety of health care issues, including 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 is an elected fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”). She has been named 2015 Cincinnati Litigation - ERISA "Lawyer of the Year" and 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” Cincinnati Litigation - Trusts and Estates by Best Lawyers in America. She has been honored by Ohio Super Lawyers for Business Litigation (2012- 2016) and has been named one of the "Top 25 Cincinnati Women" by Ohio Super Lawyers 2015 and 2016. In addition, she is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in five practice areas: Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - ERISA; Litigation - Trusts & Estates; and Trusts and Estates. Julia has a rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell. She 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. She has published numerous articles and is frequently invited to instruct on fiduciary and litigation topics at continuing legal education seminars. Julia chaired the OSBA's Pliskin Advanced Estate Planning Seminar and served on the Ohio Supreme Court's Summit on Aging Planning Committee, raising awareness of financial and other forms of elder abuse. She also serves as a “Settlement Week” Mediator for cases in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Julia was named one of the Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under Forty emerging leaders and has been recognized in multiple years by Cincinnati Magazine as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star and by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement as a Rising Star. She is active in several legal and community organizations, currently serving as:

  • Vice president, executive committee member and trustee of the Cincinnati Opera Association.
  • Co-chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.
  • A member of the Legal Aid Society Board of Directors.
  • A member (and past chair) of the Cincinnati Bar Association Admissions Committee.
  • A member of the Cincinnati YWCA Racial Justice Committee.

Julia is also a past president of the Cincinnati Area Senior Services Board of Directors. 

Julia graduated with honors from Xavier University in 1991 and the Notre Dame Law School in 1995. She served as an editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law Ethics and Public Policy and was awarded the A. Harold Weber award for Excellence in Legal Writing. She has worked in administration at the Notre Dame Law School and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton Law School.

Xavier UniversityBA 1991University of Notre DameJ.D. 1995
Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc.Cincinnati Opera AssociationNotre Dame ClubXavier University Alumni AssociationXavier University Exec Mentoring ProgramYWCA Academy of Career Women of AchievementYWCA American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Legal Aid SocietyCincinnati Bar Association Admissions Committee

Client Comments

"Julia Meister is one of the most responsive and effective attorneys with whom we work. She is extremely knowledgeable about both Trusts & Estates and the associated litigation that arises occasionally. She takes on the toughest issues we face and does so with apparent ease. She is comfortable helping us make difficult decisions and uses her outstanding communication skills to our advantage. I would recommend Julia to anyone at any time without reservation."

"Julia Meister is an excellent practitioner, with experience both in trust and estate administration, as well as probate and trust litigation. She is very understanding and responsive to her clients. However, when circumstances require, she represents her clients' interests with the appropriate zeal."

-Steven Dauterman
Vice President
Fifth Third Bank

"Julia is an outstanding attorney with good interpersonal skills."

-Joseph Newton, M.D.
Treasurer and Director of Thoracic Surgery
Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic

"Julia Meister is one of the most diligent, hardworking attorneys that I know. No one surpasses her responsiveness. It gives me peace of mind to know that she is available to handle our most urgent issues."

"Julia Meister has the highest personal integrity and values. She is very responsive to client's emergent needs in every case. She is very involved in the community and lives up to her values every day."

"Ms. Julia Meister of Taft has provided our corporation with exceedingly insightful and thoughtful recommendations, well-structured arguments to support the advised legal position(s), and has proved to be masterful in her handling of litigation issues in our firm's association with her. She has our highest recommendation in all areas of evaluation solicited."

-Wayne Derkac, M.D.
Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic

"Ms. Meister assisted the University in a difficult employment case that involved complex statistical analysis. She performed at a very high level of competence, both in her mastery of the relevant statistics and in her ability as an advocate to express our view of what the statistics proved in a clear and persuasive manner. She was also very pleasant to work with, and has continued as a personal friend to this day."

"As an in-house attorney, I have been working with Julia for several years. Julia's legal skills are excellent, but what has most impressed me as a client is simply her understanding of what a business client requires in his or her outside counsel. Julia understands that prompt responses are not only a benefit, but a requirement in a fast-paced business environment - and her responses take into account business decisions. Her first response is "let's make this happens," as opposed to finding ways to not make something happen like too many lawyers are prone to do. For our company to succeed, we require an outside counsel who has superior legal skills, a mind for business, and excellent client service. Julia is that attorney!"

-Marc Harris
Senior Counsel
Encore Funding, LLC

Office Location

425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - ERISA of the Cincinnati Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - ERISA of the Cincinnati Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Trusts and Estates of the Cincinnati Metro Area
Julia B. Meister has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Julia B. Meister has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Julia B. Meister has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Business Disputes, Business Succession Planning, Civil Litigation, Closely-Held Businesses, Complex Litigation, Contract Disputes, Corporate, Covenants Not to Compete, Fiduciary Duties)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - ERISA
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates (Administration, Appellate, Corporate, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Businesses, Fiduciary Duties, Financial Institutions, Litigation, Mediation, Non-Profits, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving, Probate and Estate Administration, Succession Planning, Tax-Exempt Organizations, Trust Administration)

Other Information

Gender: Female