Jeff has tried business cases throughout Ohio and the United States for more than 40 years.  Clients appreciate his ability to develop and implement strategy, his aggressive pursuit of the client’s objectives and thoroughness at trial.  His most recent trial experience involved claims for breach of contract and fraud.  He successfully prosecuted both claims resulting in a $1.7 million judgment, plus attorney’s fees and costs for the firm’s client.  Other trial experience includes competitive litigation (trade secrets, antitrust, covenants not to compete, unfair competition and false advertising); employment discrimination; class action defense; environmental; intellectual property; and securities.  Jeff has been a very successful mediator.

Representative Matters Include:

  • Harris, et al. v. Sunsong Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 2016-cv-05530 (Montgomery Cty. Common Pleas Ct., Ohio) (7 day trial – represented counterclaimants on fraud and breach of contract claims)
  • Rikos, et al. v. The Procter & Gamble Company, Case No. 1:11-cv-226 (S.D. Ohio) (defense of consumer class action alleging consumer fraud)
  • Operation: Heroes, Ltd. v. Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:12-cv-00214 (D. Nev.) (defense of breach of contract claims)
  • Front Porch Entertainment LLC, et al. v. Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc., Case No. A1209043 (Hamilton Cty. Common Pleas Ct., Ohio) (7 day trial – defended claims based on licensing and royalty agreements)
  • Digestive Specialists, Inc., et al. v. Ramesh K. Gandhi, M.D., et al., Case No. 2012-cv-06849 (Montgomery Cty. Common Pleas Ct., Ohio) (5 day trial – defended enforcement of non-compete and related employment agreements)
  • George, et al. v. Cargill, Inc., et al., Case No. 10CV028536 (Preble Cty. Common Pleas Ct., Ohio) (defended Cargill in class action for alleged groundwater contamination – class certified by trial court and reversed by court of appeals)
  • In Re: Pet Food Products Liability Litigation, Case No. MDL-1850 (D.N.J.) and Case Nos. 08-4741 and 08-4779 (3d Cir.) (MDL of 90 class actions in two countries based on consumer fraud, breach of warranty and products liability – elected member of four person steering committee representing approximately 50 defendants)
  • Florida Lift Systems, Inc. v. Crown Equipment Corporation, Case No. 04-CA-02293 (Cir. Ct. Hillsborough Cty., Fla.) (3 day trial – resisting enforcement of non-compete agreement)
  • Steel, et al. v. PNC Bank, N.A., et al., Case No. 2016-cv-03666 (Montgomery Cty. Common Pleas Ct., Ohio) (represented Plaintiffs in breach of fiduciary duty and trust claims)
  • Haro, et al. v. NCR Corporation, et al., Case No. 3:04-0328 (S.D. Ohio) (class certification hearing and 5 day trial – defeated class certification and defended Title VII claims for age and race discrimination)

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D. Jeffrey Ireland

(937) 227-3710

110 N. Main St., Suite 1600
Dayton, OH  45402

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Competition and Business Litigation


False Advertising




Employment Discrimination

Class Actions




Trade Secrets/Covenants Not to Compete


Intellectual Property

Selected in 2018 by The Business American City Business Journals as one of the Top 100 Attorneys Influencing Business Coast to Coast


America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2017-2019


The Best Lawyers in America (Advertising Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation), 2009-2019


Lawyer of the Year: Intellectual Property Litigation, 2016


Benchmark Litigation, Ohio, Local Litigation Star, 2008-2019


Chambers USA 2005-2019 — America’s Leading Lawyers for Business


Distinguished Service Award, Miami Valley Access to Justice, 2015

Ohio “Super Lawyer” designation — Cincinnati Magazine (2004-2018) — Top 50 lawyers in Cincinnati and top 100 lawyers in Ohio


“Best of the Bar” designation — Dayton Business Journal (2004-2017)


Lifetime Achievement Award, YWCA (with Ellen Ireland), 2005


Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court (Dayton) — Emeritus


“Up & Comers” Award (Law Category) (1989)


Who’s Who in America (Marquis Edition)


The University of Dayton School of Law, Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)


AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Supreme Court of Ohio, 1980


U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit – 1980


U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio – 1980


U.S. Supreme Court – 1988


U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit – 1992


U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit – 1996

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit – 1997


U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio – 2005


U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit – 2009


U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit – 2011


U.S. District Court, Nevada – 2012

Fellow, International Society of Barristers


Member, Litigation Counsel of America


Fellow, American Bar Foundation


Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation


Dayton Bar Association


Various Offices 2009-2013


President 2011-2012


Cincinnati Bar Association

Antitrust Section Council, 2000-Present


Federal Bar Association


American Bar Association

Corporate Litigation Section

Business Section

Environmental Section

Antitrust Section

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section


Dayton Lawyers Club

University of Dayton, College of Law, J.D., 1980

Special Projects Editor – University of Dayton Law Review

Distinguished Alumni Award (2010)

Denison University, B.A., 1976

Chair, Friends of Levitt Pavilion, Dayton, 2015-present


CET/Think TV, Board Member, 2018-present


Co-Chair, Access to Justice Gala, 2013


Dayton Business 2 Business Advisory Panel, 2009–2010


Dayton Opera Association, Trustee, 2004–2012

Board President, 2008–2010

Vice President, 2006–2007


Co-Chair and Chair, Access to Justice Campaign for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Legal Aid of Southwestern Ohio and Volunteer Lawyers Project (2006–2007)


The Salvation Army

Advisory Board, 1993–Present

Board President, September 2004–September 2006

Co-Chair – $7.2 million Kroc Center Development Campaign, 2006–2007


Miami Valley Regional Transit Authority, Board of Trustees, 1998–2003


Planned Parenthood of the Miami Valley

Advisory Board, 1994–2003

President, 2000–2002


Planned Parenthood Foundation Board, Member, 1998–2003


Montgomery County Community Action Agency

Board of Trustees, 1995-1997
Chairman, 1996–1997


Wright Library Levy Renewal, Co-Chair, 1995


Mentor, College Promise, 2013–2017

Montgomery County Leadership Network, 1990–1993


Oakwood Planning Commission, 1986–1995


Mayor, City of Oakwood, 1985–1995


Oakwood City Council, 1983–1995


The Affordable Housing Fund, 1989–1999 (Chairman, 1997–1999)


President, Mayors & Managers Association of Montgomery and Greene Counties, 1988–1989


Ohio Municipal League, Environmental Committee, 1986–1995


Regional Transit Authority in 2000 Committee, 1990–1991


Leadership Dayton, 1987


Southminster Presbyterian Church
Deacon, 1986–1988
Session, 1998–1999


Community Cooperation Task Force, 1988–1993


Board of Contributors, Dayton Daily News, 1989


President, Denison University Alumni Association, 1982–1984


Ohio Foundation for Independent Colleges, Team Captain, 1989–1996


City of Oakwood, Athletic/Recreation Master Plan Committee, 2009

University of Dayton School of Law, “Ethical Considerations with Social Media,” June 6, 2014


Cincinnati Bar Association, Arbitrator Tips & Trends, “Commercial Law Perspective,” June 3, 2014


Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Basics Seminar, October 31, 2012 “Opening Statement/Closing Arguments”

“Easing the Burden: Recovery of Damage Control Costs After Balance Dynamics Corporation v. Schmitt Industries, Incorporated,” Spring 2005 addition of the Consumer Protection Update, a publication of the Consumer Protection Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law (with Brian Wright)