November 08, 2011 // Franchising.com // CINCINNATI, OHIO – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Julia B. Meister, a partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office, was recently elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”). ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers, each of whom has been invited to join the organization by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Its members work to teach those who aspire to enter the field and to improve and reform laws, procedure and standards while working with their peers and other professional organizations.
Susan Wheatley, co-chair of Taft’s Private Client group, said of the honor, “As a trial attorney working on fiduciary matters, Julia has an invaluable combination of substantive trust and estate knowledge, courtroom skills, and deep commitment to our clients.” Stuart Dornette, co-chair of Taft’s Litigation group, said, “This is an extraordinary honor to be elected to membership by the top trust and estate attorneys in the country; Julia’s expertise and her unwavering dedication to our clients and to the profession make her an outstanding addition to the ACTEC organization.”
Meister is a member of Taft's Litigation, Health and Life Sciences, and Private Client practice groups, and she heads the firm's Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Litigation practice. She counsels clients and represents them in commercial and estate, guardianship, trust and fiduciary matters and professional ethics and discipline matters before courts, administrative tribunals, and arbitrators. Meister advises clients on a variety of health care issues, including privacy, statutory compliance, and decision making by health care surrogates. In addition, she represents health care clients in disciplinary proceedings and investigations before licensing boards and professional societies.
Meister is currently recognized in Best Lawyers in America in four practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking & Finance, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, and Trusts and Estates, and she has a peer rating of "AV" in Martindale-Hubbell. She was named one of the Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under Forty emerging leaders and has been recognized in multiple years by Cincinnati Magazine as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement as a Rising Star. She is past chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Admissions Committee and is active in several legal and community organizations, currently serving as vice president and trustee of the Cincinnati Opera Association and president of the Cincinnati Area Senior Services Board of Directors.
At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates its more than 300 attorneys and legal professionals every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Northern Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including: Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring; Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate and Tax law. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective, helping its clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, in reaching their goals.