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James David Ruffner II

Tax Attorney at Dayton, OH

5.0   3 reviews

also known as J. David Ruffner

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - Ohio (active license)-
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Admissions:
  • Ohio State Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio-
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • Professional Memberships:
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants



Licensed for 28 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ruffner Law Offices LLC
2312 Far Hills Ave
Dayton, OH, 45419


5.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Eric | November 16, 2011
Trust with my own clients
Dave is a very knowledgable and passionate attorney, with high energy. I have and would again, recommend him to my own clients. His past tax experience gives an added level of knowledge that is hard to find.
Posted by George | November 14, 2011
Outstanding corporate and personal representation
David has represented our firm from start up through mergers for over a decade. He has been able to follow our growth and strategy through strategic support of numerous issues including, partnership matters, large insurance claims, banking issues, tax situations, purchases of assets, acquisition of other entities, formation of entities, as well as strong personal support of owners. His understanding of small business operations as well as specific financial matters has allowed us to grow from three to nearly 30 associates. From a single production facility to now three. His strength is in understanding our needs while simultaneously broad enough to obtain key support for areas requiring outside the box resolve. His reputation, character, and performance exceeds expectations. This is the opinion of an owner who really dislikes attorneys. David is an excellent attorney.
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Posted by Jane | November 8, 2011
Dave Ruffner-Great Attorney
Dave is always accomodating and very helpful in his advice. I feel comfortable talking to him which is very important. I feel like I can ask him anything and he knows about alot of different areas of the law and will direct me to other attorneys if need be. I have been working with Dave for a few years now and feel we have a great repor. He is part of our team in the corporation and I trust him wholeheartedly. Great attorney and will get back to you expediately.
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Taft, Stettinius, Hollister, Dinsmore, Shohl, Chernesky, Heyman, Kress, Green, Sebaly, Shillito, Dyer, Porter, Wright, Morris, Arthur, Turner, Granzow, & Hollenkamp
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Dayton Power & Light Company
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Senior Internal Auditor
  • Reynolds & Reynolds
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Tax Senior
  • Arthur Andersen & Co. Cpa's
  • 1983 - 1986
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  • University of Dayton
  • J.D. - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Wright State University/Miami University
  • B.S.
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Tax cases in US Tax Court and Ohio Board of Tax Appeals
  • Successful case and settlement outcomes
  • Business and shareholder disputes/dissolutions/breakups
  • Successful case and settlement outcomes on contract and monetary issues
  • Criminal IRS defense and investigation
  • Full No-Prosecution Decisions
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  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • N/A
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
  • Executive Committee of Board and Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Legal Aid of Western Ohio
  • Executive Committee of Board and Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Leadership Dayton Graduate
  • Dayton Chamber of Commerce
  • 2001
  • Accounting Excellence Award
  • Deloitte, Haskins & Sells
  • 1982

Speaking Engagements

  • Various presentations for professional or public conferences and events
  • Numerous Tax, Business and Entity Topics
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Business Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Attorney Ruffner has an excellent reputation in the legal community for his high level of knowledge and understanding of the law and his care and concern for his clients. If you need legal help with a business problem or just have a question, Attorney Ruffner is the one to talk to. I strongly recommend him to you."
Business Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this outstanding lawyer. David and I were associates at a Dayton firm and I was impressed by his high quality written product as well as his excellent professionalism. As a budding lawyer, I tried to model myself after his legal expertise and incredible attention to details."
Tax Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a practicing CPA before he became a lawyer, David has a unique ability to help clients and other attorneys with tax and business issues. In addition to the highest level of technical competence and years of practical experience, David has an easy-to-work-with personality that is ideally suited to counseling and assisting individuals and businesses."
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James David Ruffner II
Tax Attorney
Dayton, OH
Licensed for 28 years