Russell S. Sayre - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Russell S. Sayre

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 513-357-9304

RUSSELL S. SAYRE is a partner in the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he serves as co-chair of the firm's litigation practice group, concentrating his practice on litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Since 1990, Mr. Sayre has represented corporate, business and individual clients in federal and state courts, in arbitrations, and before state administrative boards. Mr. Sayre is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts, in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio and the Southern District of Indiana, and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and the recipient of the Roger and Madeline Traynor Prize. Mr. Sayre is active in the Cincinnati Bar Association and has served as a lecturer in continuing legal education programs. Before attending law school, he was an economist with the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2005, Mr. Sayre has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc.

University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1990

Client Comments

"Russell is a very thorough lawyer. He understands the client's overall business objectives in litigation and never loses sight of the business goal."

"Russell is a very thorough, very responsive attorney who expresses his views and arguments with clarity and persuasiveness. He also has the gift of being able to master complex facts quickly and effectively."

"Russell is truly one of the best I have worked with in my time. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and has the client's best interest in mind. I would recommend him every time."

-Tim Sutherland
Associate Directror
Merrill Lynch

"Russell Sayre represented me and my team in a very complicated and difficult employment litigation matter that lasted for over two years. He was diligent and dedicated to working for and with us until the job was done. Russell was easy to work with, patient, kind, resourceful, professional, thorough, organized, responsive, and successful! Over this time period, there were many instances where his personal life was disrupted, and we all appreciated the fact that he sacrificed as he did. We know that our case was time-consuming and at times very frustrating for him and the other attorneys with his firm, but they maintained composure and did their job very well. Aside from the obvious reasons for not being upset when things resolved, we were all sorry to say goodbye to Russell and our almost daily communications with him. We respect and truly like Russell and are so appreciative of what he did."

-Mary Arena Hagan
Investment Associate
Merrill Lynch

"I have known and worked with Russell and his firm for approximately five years now and find him to be one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. Russell is extremely bright, hardworking, conscientious, and creative. He is able to comprehend and synthesize extremely complex information and to present such information in a comprehensible and effective manner. He is a zealous advocate for his clients, an aggressive litigator, and a formidable adversary. He's an excellent and effective writer and communicator, is extremely responsive, and works harder than anyone I know. To top it all off, he is a great person and extremely easy to work with. In short, Russell has it all."

-Imogene Hughes
Rubin Fortunato & Harbison

"Mr. Sayre handled a matter for our team that was significantly complicated and contentious. In this effort, he was able to accomplish objectives that we could not have imagined possible when we first came together. He did this with a calm and steady demeanor in all situations. His experience, intelligence, and intuition, particularly in matters of strategy, paid off in a big way for us. Working with Russell was made easier by his honest and open communication style. We just trusted him. This was helpful in our dealings with the new firm, the broader legal team, and also opposing counsel. He is smart, genuine, and intellectually curious -- all good attributes in any person, but particularly in counsel. As someone who works closely with many outstanding litigators, Russell stands out among them for all of the aforementioned reasons. Based on his skill, engaging style, and (importantly) result, he is deserving of my strongest recommendation. "

-Michael Duckworth
Merrill Lynch

"Russell Sayre was focused on what I as the client defined as a win; he was not focused on beating the other attorney. He spent significant time helping me understand the law, the facts, and how the judge would view the facts in context of the law. He guided me in making my decision and argued for my value, he did not make decisions for me."

-James Dennedy
Managing Partner
Hamilton-Madison, LLC

"Russell is an intelligent lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of the law. He has an innate ability to communicate complex concepts and ideas into winning strategies. He is trustworthy and is timely in responding to requests and inquiries. I am glad he is my lawyer."

-William Hillenbrand
WPE Holdings & WashPro Express

"Russell offers very practical and solid advice in a timely fashion. He is not your typical lawyer who only thinks about the legal perspective of the issue at hand. The opinions he offers are based on solid legal thinking and also reflect the business aspect of the matter under review."

-Michael Rice
American Heritage Insurance Group, LLC

"I have found Mr. Sayre to be very knowledgeable and accessible. I have used him three times in the past year and all were very good working experiences. He has always been honest about where we stand and our chances to prevail. I highly recommend Mr. Sayre and the Taft Law firm. "

-Ron Williams
Palisades Holdings, Inc.

"I have worked with Russell as co-counsel on numerous matters over the years. He is a smart and highly experienced litigator, who is an absolute pleasure to work with. Russell has an excellent reputation among members of the bench and bar in his community. He is a pragmatic strategist, who understands the need to chart a course that balances pure strategic preferences against business and financial realities. Russell has the interpersonal skills and litigation capabilities that allow him to segue smoothly from a pure local counsel role into a more substantial lead counsel role, and then back again to a less active role, as the demands of the case and client require. He interacts constructively and collaboratively with both co-counsel and clients in formulating and implementing case strategy. I unqualifiedly recommend Russell to anyone having needs in his area."

-Christopher Stief
Fisher & Phillips LLP

"I have worked with Russell Sayre for over three years and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an aggressive, thoughtful, and determined litigation attorney. Russell is not only responsive and pro-active, but he is also personable, funny, and a good dinner companion. In other words, he combines excellent legal skills with good people skills. He is particularly effective in sensitive legal matters that require finesse, imagination, and business acumen."

-Timothy Games
Rubin Fortunato, P.C.

"Over the years, I have found Mr. Sayre to be an extremely capable litigator, one who grasps the business strategies involved in any litigation, with whom it is easy to work, and who is responsive to requests for information. He has never disappointed. I would gladly recommend him."

-Mark Hanket
Deputy General Counsel
Eastman Outdoors, Inc.

"Russell Sayre is a superb attorney who works tirelessly on behalf of Local 12. In the news business, our first amendment needs are frequent. Russell is always there."

-Elbert Tucker
News Director
Local 12 WKRC-TV

"Mr. Sayre takes the time to get to know us as a client and how we like to work. He also invests in learning our business and the legal matters we encounter. As a result, he is able to marshal the right resources within his firm to deliver the most efficient guidance and work product we need in a highly responsive manner. We need and he delivers on an exceptional knowledge of the law. Moreover, his keen insight on the business impact of legal decisions helps guide our decision making. This allows us to address and act on more opportunities. We consider Mr. Sayre and his firm a valuable partner in our business success."

-James Dennedy
President & CEO
Engyro Corporation

"Russell is my first and only choice when I need counsel anywhere in the state of Ohio. Not only is he a pleasure to work with, but when I work with him, I can rest assured that I am receiving timely, accurate, and first-rate advice and representation. I have also benefited from the respected reputation he has earned in front of the judges before whom he practices. Simply put, Russell knows how to get the job done, and he does so efficiently and effectively."

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Cincinnati Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Cincinnati Metro Area
Russell S. Sayre has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Russell S. Sayre has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice (Arbitration, Defendants, Federal, Fiduciary Duties, Litigation)
Commercial Litigation (Appellate, Bankruptcy and Creditors'-Debtors' Rights, Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Covenants Not to Compete, Defendants, First Amendment, Securities)
Litigation - Banking and Finance

Other Information

Gender: Male