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Jerry Shade is an experienced negotiator and litigator, practicing law since 2001. Mr. Shade concentrates his practice in the areas of Civil litigation, Small-Mid Sized Business Representation, Domestic Relations (family law) and Mineral Rights’ Issues.

He is licensed in all Ohio courts and in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.   Mr. Shade has also represented clients in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the Federal District Court in St. Louis, Missouri. He has taken cases to trial in Hamilton County, Butler County, Warren County, Montgomery County, Clermont County, Darke County, and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Ohio Court of Claims, as well as several municipal courts.

Mr. Shade grew up in Thornville Ohio, and has lived in Cincinnati since 1997. Prior to law school, Mr. Shade received his bachelors in Speech Communication and his bachelors in Business from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, graduating Cum Laude in 1993. He received his Master’s in Business Administration in 1994 from Ohio University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. At the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law, Mr. Shade was awarded the Jacob Cox Honors Scholarship, and the Negotiations Book Award.  Mr. Shade graduated a member of the Dean’s Honor’s List in 2001.  While in law school he worked as a law clerk for General Electric Aircraft Engines, in the Government Contracts division, and also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sandra S. Beckwith, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.          

Mr. Shade is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Warren County Bar Association, the Butler County Bar Association, and the Ohio Association for Justice, the Knights of Columbus and the North East Chamber of Commerce. He is an affiliated attorney with the Thomas More Law Center.  Mr. Shade is married with five children; he attends St. Gertrude’s Church in Madeira as well as St. Suzanna in Mason and volunteers his time in several areas. He is board President of Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori School (formerly Queen of Angels Montessori School in Cincinnati), and Board Secretary of Royalmont Academy is Mason.   He advocates for the unborn by working with and supporting groups such as the Thomas More Law Center, the Sanctity of Life Foundation, Family First PAC, and Northern Kentucky Right to Life.   He has served as an arbitration judge in Hamilton County, a judge at University of Cincinnati Law School for Negotiations competition, and he has served as a mentor. He is also an Assistant Coach for Moeller Kids Club Wrestling.

Mr. Shade has also founded the Southwest Ohio Landowners Group, which is dedicated to negotiating the best possible O&G lease for Utica Shale drilling on the south western aspect of the Utica Shale, as well as creating and sustaining a strong and organized landowner group, and providing ongoing O&G related resources to the members of the group.  


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    12 years, 200 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    14 years, 100 cases
  3. Oil & Gas: 20%
    5 years, 30 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
    14 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($165-240/hour)

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Shade Law Group, LLC

5181 Natorp Blvd.
Suite 110
Mason, OH, 45040


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Sword & ShieldThomas More Law Center2007
Mulligan-Moeller Book Award For NegotiationU.C. Center For Dispute Resolution2001
Academic Distinction - Honors Four of Six SemestersUniversity of Cincinnati2001
Jacob Cox, Honors ScholarshipUniversity of Cincinnati1998
M.B.A. Magna Cum LaudeOhio University College Of Business1994
Graduate Cum-LaudeMuskingum College1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWhitaker & Shade, LLC.2003 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Arnold S. Levine2001 - 2003
Judicial Ex-tern, Honorable Sandra S. BeckwithU.S. District Court Southern Dist. Of Ohio2000 - 2001
Law Clerk, Government & International TransactionsGeneral Electric Aircraft Engines, Legal Operation1999 - 2000
Vice PresidentP&S Sales Co., Inc.1989 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Warren County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Butler County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Cincinnati Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Better Business BureauN/AN/A
Northeast Chamber Of CommerceN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cincinnati College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mt. Perry LandownersMineral Righs2012
Glenford LandownersMineral Rights2012