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I concentrate my practice in the areas of business and commercial law, representing clients in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, real estate and real estate development, construction law and commercial transactions.  My experience has focused on a wide variety of commercial transactions and solving business problems for clients. Representation of business clients also includes estate and succession planning.

I am a member of the Cincinnati, Ohio and Kentucky Bar Associations, and served on the Cincinnati advisory board to the American Youth Foundation from 1989 through 1996, serving as its Chairman from 1991 until 1994.  I am also a member of the board of trustees of the Madeira and Indian Hill Joint Fire District having served since 1992.  I served as Secretary from 1995 until 1999 and as the Vice President of the Joint Fire District from 1999 to 2006. From 1992 to the present, I have also served as an officer and a member of the board of trustees of the Madeira and Indian Hill Fire Company, an Ohio not-for-profit organization.

In 2008, I was named by Cincinnati Magazine as an “Ohio Super Lawyer”.  Again, in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, I was named by Cincinnati Magazine as an “Ohio Super Lawyer”. In addition, for 2008, 2011 and 2012 the Cincinnati Business Courier placed me in the "Top 25" List of Who’s Who in Law (in Cincinnati).  

I was a senior attorney at Santen & Hughes handling the case of Taylor Building Corporation of America vs. Benfield, recently decided by the Ohio Supreme Court.  In its decision, the Supreme Court entered a landmark decision regarding the rights of Ohio contractors and businesses to arbitrate disputes pursuant to a contractual arbitration clause.  The Taylor decision protects the enforcement of arbitration contracts and provides for a quick and efficient procedure for removing contract disputes to alternative dispute resolution.

I am admitted to all courts of the State of Ohio and Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as the Federal Courts for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern District of Kentucky, and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
  2. M & A: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Corporate: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%


Payment types:

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Contact info

Santen & Hughes, A Legal Professional Association

600 Vine Street
Suite 2700
Cincinnati, OH, 45202-2409


KYAuthorized to practice law199207/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ohio Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2013
Ohio Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2012
Top 25 List of Who's Who in LawCincinnati Business Courier2012
Ohio Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2011
Top 25 List of Who's Who in LawCincinnati Business Courier2011
Ohio Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2010
Ohio Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2009
Top 25 List of Who's Who in LawCincinnati Business Courier2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSanten & Hughes1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Madeira & Indian Hill Joint Fire DistrictSecretary1999 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Madeira & Indian Hill Fire CompanyTrustee1992 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Cincinnati Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Youth FoundationChairman1991 - 1994
American Youth FoundationMember1989 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Taylor Bldg Corp. of America v. BenfieldThe decision protects the enforcement of arbitration contract
Taylor Building Corp. of America V. BenfieldAn arbitration clause in a residential construction contract was found to be enforceable. The Court preserved the rights of Ohioans to enforce arbitration clauses in their contracts
Stutler v. T.K. Constructors, Inc.An arbitration clause in residential construction contract was found not to be unconscionable and would be enforced by the Court. The Court ordered the lawsuit held in abeyance while the mandatory arbitration clause was enforced.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of CincinnatiBusiness AdministrationB.B.A1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mechanic's Lien SeminarMechanic's Liens2009
Ohio, Kentucky and Federal Mechanic's Lien SeminarMechanic's Liens2002