The Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) is the only statewide, non-profit association of attorneys whose mission is to preserve the constitutional right and protect access to the civil justice system for all Ohioans as provided for in the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The association seeks to inspire excellence among members of the trial bar in such specialty areas as workers’ compensation, personal injury, medical negligence, products liability, consumer law, insurance law, employment and civil rights law, and general negligence.


The Ohio Association of Justice has been an organization based on passion, protection and a common set of goals. This has been the core which has kept OAJ moving forward, always working hard to protect and provide for the citizens of Ohio. Whether continuing the ongoing battle against tort reform or taking on cases that resulted in decisions which protected the lives of Ohioans, OAJ has a fiery passion within the hearts of its members to uphold the Constitution and give voice to Ohioans who have been wronged.

Milestone years for the Association

1954
OAJ founded as the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Claimants' Counsel. Its original purpose was to educate claimant attorneys so they would be better able to help workers injured on the job receive the benefits they deserve.

1962
The name of the association was changed to the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. The OATL became an organization of claimant and plaintiff attorneys, but its primary purpose remained education. The first office was established in Columbus.

1968
The Academy became officially affiliated with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The first newsletter, The Advisory, was created.

1979
The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Education Foundation was formed, further emphasizing the importance of continuing legal education in the mission of the organization. 

1982
Blankenship v. Cincinnati Milicron Chemicals Inc. The Ohio Supreme Court held that employers were not immune from tort liability to employees who are intentionally injured, and that when an employer knows that an injury is substantially certain to occur, the employer has acted intentionally.

1989
The first edition of a scholarly magazine, Ohio Trial, was published.

2004
The association celebrated its 50th anniversary.

2007
The name of the organization was changed to the Ohio Association for Justice to align with the new name of its national affiliate, the American Association for Justice.

2014
The OAJ celebrated its 60th anniversary.


  • Friends of OAJ OAJ thanks the following companies for their support,

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  • Barkan Meizlish LLP
  • Brian G. Miller Co., LPA
  • Bordas & Bordas, PLLC
  • Charles E. Boyk Law Offices
  • Christian R. Patno
  • Crandall & Pera Law
  • Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers
  • Elk & Elk
  • Garson Johnson, LLC
  • Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty, LLC
  • The Gervelis Law Firm
  • Grieco Law, LLC
  • Kisling Nestico & Redick
  • Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co.,. LPA
  • Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC
  • Leeseberg & Valentine
  • Leizerman & Associates, LLC
  • Meyer Wilson Co., LPA
  • Nager, Romaine, & Schneiberg
  • Nilges Draher LLC
  • Nurenberg Paris Injury Lawyers
  • O'Connor Acciani & Levy, LPA
  • Rittgers & Rittgers
  • Robert J. Wagoner, Co., LLC
  • Rourke & Blumenthal
  • Slater & Zurz, LLP
  • Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, LLP
  • Tittle & Perlmuter
  • Tzangas Plakas Mannos, Ltd.
  • Young & McCarthy