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Joseph Bradford Jaap

also known as Joseph B. Jaap

About me

Practicing law for over 25 years, Joseph Jaap assists clients with a wide range of legal issues, whether personal, family law, or business, to develop and implement legal strategies that achieve client goals and that avoid or resolve disputes. 


Joe advises clients about their family legal matters, including wills, probate, estate planning, divorce, child custody and support, guardianship, and otherfamily issues.


His real estate practice includes both commercial and residential real estate, representing and counseling clients regarding purchases, sales, leasing, condominium development and conversions, condominium management and homeowner associations, construction contracting and construction project management, construction dispute resolution, and mechanic's liens.


Joe also provides general business representation to entrepreneurs and businesses advising clients about business formation, incorporation and joint ventures, contract negotiations, asset purchases and sales, and public bidding.


He also helps clients resolve issues related to trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property, including clearance and registration of state and federal trademarks, copyright registrations, trademark and copyright infringement claim resolution, intellectual property asset transfers and licensing, trade secret protection, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and electronic commerce including Internet and domain name issues.


A Cincinnati native, after graduating from Purdue with B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering, Joe served on active duty as a Navy officer and engineer on Navy nuclear-powered ships. His Navy service was aboard a submarine, cruiser, and aircraft carrier, and he remains active with other local Navy veterans, serving on the executive board of the Cincinnati Council of the Navy League. After leaving the Navy, Joe worked for several years as an engineer and was licensed as a professional engineer in Ohio before obtaining his law degree from the University of Michigan. Joe is married, with three children.


Practice areas


  1. Contracts & Agreements: 30%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  4. Probate: 15%
  5. Trademark Application: 10%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph Michael Ferraro

    Joseph is always willing to share his wisdom and expertise with others. I endorse him as he is a highly respected attorney in the profession.


    Joseph Ferraro Estate Planning Attorney
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  • Evan Tyler Engler

    Mr. Jaap gives practical and sound advice. I endorse this lawyer.


    Evan Engler Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co LPA

3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH, 45209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co. LPA2004 - 2013
AttorneyGraydon Head & Ritchey1989 - 2004
Advanced Controls Design EngineerGeneral Electric Aviation1985 - 1986
Lead Engineer - Tomahawk Missile System IntegrationMcDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.1984 - 1985
Nuclear Operations EngineerCincinnati Gas & Electric Co. - Zimmer Station1980 - 1984
Navy Nuclear-Power Surface Warfare OfficerUnited States Navy1974 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
BNI - Cincinnati Rookwood ChapterVice President2011 - 2013
Navy League of the U.S. - Cincinnati CouncilSecretary2009 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
USS Cincinnati - Cold War MemorialProject Coordinator2000 - Present
Cincinnati Partners in EducationTutor2000 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
HENDERSON ELEC. v. ELAN CONSTR. MGTSuccessfully argued and appeals court affirmed decision of trial court
THE HERMITAGE CLUB CO., INC. v. POWERSSuccessfully argued and appeals court affirmed decision of trial court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ohio AppRegistered Land Real Estate Case1995
Ohio AppBriefed and Successfully Argued to the Ohio First District Court of Appeals: Mechanic's Lien Case1993
Northern Kentucky Law ReviewPrivate Cost Recovery under CERCLA for Hazardous Substance Cleanup: A Last Resort1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Purdue UniversityEngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1974
Purdue UniversityEngineeringMS - Master of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NBIUnderstanding the Basics of Mechanics’ Lien Law2014
Cincinnati Eastside LawyersUnderstanding the Basics of Mechanics’ Lien Law2013