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.
Licensed since 1989
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2002|
|Partner||Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co. LPA||2004 - 2013|
|Attorney||Graydon Head & Ritchey||1989 - 2004|
|Advanced Controls Design Engineer||General Electric Aviation||1985 - 1986|
|Lead Engineer - Tomahawk Missile System Integration||McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.||1984 - 1985|
|Nuclear Operations Engineer||Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. - Zimmer Station||1980 - 1984|
|Navy Nuclear-Power Surface Warfare Officer||United States Navy||1974 - 1980|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|BNI - Cincinnati Rookwood Chapter||Vice President||2012 - 2013|
|Navy League of the U.S. - Cincinnati Council||Secretary||2009 - Present|
|Cincinnati Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|USS Cincinnati - Cold War Memorial||Project Coordinator||2000 - Present|
|Cincinnati Partners in Education||Tutor||2000 - 2012|
|HENDERSON ELEC. v. ELAN CONSTR. MGT||Successfully argued and appeals court affirmed decision of trial court|
|THE HERMITAGE CLUB CO., INC. v. POWERS||Successfully argued and appeals court affirmed decision of trial court|
|Ohio App||Registered Land Real Estate Case||1995|
|Ohio App||Briefed and Successfully Argued to the Ohio First District Court of Appeals: Mechanic's Lien Case||1993|
|Northern Kentucky Law Review||Private Cost Recovery under CERCLA for Hazardous Substance Cleanup: A Last Resort||1991|
|University of Michigan Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Purdue University||Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1974|
|Purdue University||Engineering||MS - Master of Science||1974|
|NBI||Understanding the Basics of Mechanics’ Lien Law||2014|
|Cincinnati Eastside Lawyers||Understanding the Basics of Mechanics’ Lien Law||2013|