Justin S. Greenfelder
I am a trial lawyer with a focus on complex civil litigation. I represent businesses from Fortune 500 companies to local start-ups on matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights and other intellectual property disputes. Additionally, my background in the sciences enables me to successfully litigate matters on behalf of healthcare providers where science, medicine and the law converge.
I believe that clients are best served by a lawyer who takes the time to generate creative resolutions, both in and out of the courtroom, and has the experience to win trials when necessary. My experience in the courtroom allows me to guide my clients through complex disputes in a way that lessens the ambiguity of litigation and offers them a sense of assurance.
My ability to formulate and execute legal strategies, in consultation with my clients, allows us to obtain positive results. I know how hard clients have worked to create and grow their businesses, and so I will work just as hard to protect yours.
- Focuses on complex business and commercial litigation
- Represents clients in civil litigation in federal and state courts, including unfair competition, false advertising, non-compete, trade secret litigation; patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress litigation; medical malpractice defense; products liability defense; defense of civil rights cases against prison medical providers; residential and commercial property and title disputes; commercial landlord/tenant disputes; and complex probate matters, including will contests, guardianships, and breach of fiduciary duty issues
- Serves as an appellate practitioner and has advocated on behalf of clients in nearly every appellate court in Ohio
- Joined the firm as an associate in 2004; was elected partner in 2012
- RECENTLY REPORTED CASES
- Bailey v. Manor Care of Mayfield Hts., 4 N.E. 3rd 1071, 2013-Ohio-4927 (8th Dist.) – involving privilege of nursing home incident reports.
- Kirshner v. Fannie Mae, 969 N.E. 2nd 340, 2012-Ohio-286 (6th Dist.) – lien priority dispute involving judgement creditor’s attempt to levy upon debtor’s equitable interest in property.
- Georgopoulos v. Humility of Mary Health Partners, 195 Ohio App.3d 133, 2011-Ohio-3123 (11th Dist.) – obtaining summary judgement for hospital on physician’s claims of antitrust and unfair competition.
- Education & Admissions
- The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio (J.D., cum laude, IP certificate program, 2004)
- Denison University, Granville, Ohio (B.A., 2001)
- Ohio Bar (2004)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- Awards & Honors
- Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars™ (2009-2017), as voted by his peers
- Professional & Civic
- Councilman: Meyers Lake Village, Ohio
- President: Shelter Cove Association, Inc.
- Member: Jackson Township Rotary
- Member: University of Akron Intellectual Property and Trademark Law Association
- Member: Defense Research Institute
- Member: Denison University “Varsity D” Society
- Member: Jackson Friends Church
- Legal Advisor: Jackson High School Mock Trial Team
- Board of Directors, Member and Coach: Jackson Youth Basketball Association (2005-2010)
- Coach: Jackson High School Baseball (2000-2004)
- Coach: AAU Youth Basketball
- Coach: Glen Oak High School Basketball (2010-2012)
- Coach: Doylestown Chippewa High School Basketball (current)
- Member: American Bar Association (Sixth Circuit reporter: ABA TIPS Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter, General Committee Vice Chair)
- Member: Akron Bar Association
- Member: Stark County Bar Association
- Presentations &
- <strong>Presentations:</strong> <ul> <li>“Legal Concerns for Coaches,” Wooster Community Hospital (2015)</li> <li>“Avoiding Fraud in Business Transactions,” Stark County Bar Association (2013)</li> <li>"How to Wrongfully Compete and Steal Trade Secrets: A Primer," Stark County Bar Association (2011)</li> <li>“Legal Concerns for Coaches,” Wooster Community Hospital (2011)</li> <li>“Legal Concerns for Coaches,” Wooster Community Hospital (2010)</li> <li>“Legislative Update,” Tri-County Restaurant Association (2007)</li> </ul> <strong>Publications:</strong> <ul> <li>“Fraud Detection and Prevention: What it Means for Your Practice,” <em>MD News</em> (2015)</li> <li>Contributor: “Is EP Liable if Patent Fails to Disclose Substance Abuse?” <em>ED Legal Letter</em> (2014)</li> <li>“Current Trends in Business and Commercial Litigation: How to Protect Your Company from Unfair</li> <li>Competition,” Book chapter co-authored with Mark Skakun, published by ExecSense, Inc. (2012)</li> <li>Contributor: “Did a Patient Threaten to Sue You? Don’t Panic or Argue,” <em>ED Legal Letter</em> (2011)</li> <li>Contributor: “Skeletons in Your Closet? Not Much Off Limits in Deposition,” <em>ED Legal Letter</em> (2011)</li> <li>Contributor: “What Can You Do About a Frivolous Lawsuit?” <em>ED Legal Letter</em> (2010)</li> <li>“The Medical Records Hangover: The Party’s Over,” <em>MD News</em> (2010)</li> <li>Contributor: “Can Another Provider’s Action Reduce Your Liability?” <em>ED Legal Letter</em> (2010)</li> <li>Contributor: “What’s Discoverable – and what’s not – in ED Medical Malpractice Cases?” <em>ED Legal</em></li> <li><em> Letter</em> (2009)</li> <li>Contributor: “In Danger of Being Sued? Don’t Go In To Denial,” <em>ED Legal Letter</em> (2009)</li> </ul>