Areas of Practice: Business, Civil and intellectual property litigation

Law School: University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1986

Undergraduate: Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, magna cum laude


Dan Donnellon joined Faruki Ireland & Cox as a partner in the Cincinnati office in October, 2010.  Dan is a 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he was a Law Review Editor.  For the past three years, Dan has returned to the UC College of Law as an Adjunct Professor teaching advanced Trial Practice and coaching the competitive mock trial teams.

Dan has devoted all 24 years of his practice to trial work concentrating on business and civil injunctions.  Dan spent 18 years of practice with  Keathing Muething and Klekamp in Cincinnati, 14 of those as a litigation partner.

He is the author of Ohio's most oft-cited treatise on the subject of Civil Rule 65 equity relief: Donnellon, D. J. Injunctions and Restraining Orders in Ohio (Anderson 1992).  The Supreme Court of Ohio has invited him three times to be a Faculty Member for the Common Pleas Court Judges Association continuing judicial education on the subject.  One southwestern Ohio appellate Judge literally referred to Dan as "the guru of injunctions in Ohio."

Dan Donnellon has been named among "Ohio's Top Lawyers" by Ohio Super Lawyers®, a publication by Law and Media.  Dan has litigated actions for injunctions and other relief in matters involving trademarks, trade dress, trade secret, copyright and other business related issues and has tried complex business and product liability actions.

Mr. Donnellon’s notable representation matters have included:

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Defense judgment in trademark infringement action styled Comerica, Incorporated v. Fifth Third Bancorp, et al.

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Obtained injunctive relief and damages for plaintiff in patent, copyright, and trade secret action styled Bay Technologies, Inc. v. Yeggy, et al.

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Defense judgment in trademark infringement action styled SJI Wholesale v. American Western Cigar, et al. proving abandonment prior to plaintiff’s registration

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Obtained injunctive relief for the national restaurant chain Ruby Tuesdays on two occasions to preserve visability covenants in shopping mall leases

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Successful prosecution of trademark infringement claims protecting Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts® and related marks in more than ten actions throughout the United States and successfully obtained attorneys’ fees as part of final judgment or settlement in each of the actions

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Obtaining preliminary injunction and ultimately successful settlement in copyright infringement action involving valuable Pete Rose memorabilia in an action styled Kelly v. Locker Room Sports Memorabilia Inc.

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Successful pursuit of injunctive relief and royalties for trademark and copyright infringement of Batman® marks and artwork as part of national team of trial lawyers for Warner Bros.

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Successful defense through summary judgment and settlement of copyright infringement and trade secret claims involving software in an action styled Criterion Technologies v. Cincom Systems, Inc.

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Obtaining preliminary injunction and ultimately successful settlement in computer source code copyright infringement action styled Lucrum, Inc. v. Field Education Services, Inc.

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Representation of Cincinnati Reds® former ownership in successfully obtaining preliminary injunction, and subsequent settlement to prevent sale by former owner Marge Schott to competing interests

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Assistant trial counsel for the defense in an action styled Noranda, Inc., et al. v. The Penn Central Corporation, asserting counterclaims for fraud and non disclosure resulting in favorable settlement

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Successful defense of trademark and trade secret claims and successfully prosecuted copyright claims achieving favorable settlement on all issues in action styled Durr Environmental, Inc. v. Crawford Industrial Group LLC

Mr. Donnellon is admitted to the state bar in Ohio, and the federal bar in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to the text, Injunctions  and Restraining Orders in Ohio, Mr. Donnellon’s has also often authored articles for Bar Association publications such as "RIAA v. Mom & Dad? Parents Could Be Liable for Children's Illegal Music Downloads," The CBA Report, September, 2003 (co-author) and is a commentator on intellectual property issues for WCPO the Cincinnati ABC TV affiliate.

Within the Cincinnati community, Mr. Donnellon is an active member of the Hamilton County Democratic Party and a member of Catholic Democrats of Ohio.  He continues to serve as a Children’s Liturgy Minister at Good Shepherd Church and as a teacher of elementary school Catholic Curriculum.  He was a Board Member of St. Rita School for the Deaf and he is fluent in American Sign Language.  He is a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do which he previously taught for six years and has conducted free self defense classes for downtown women and members of the Deaf community.

Email: Daniel Donnellon



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