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John C. Greiner

Jack practices in the areas of commercial litigation and First Amendment law. His work has included litigation of disputes over a variety of contracts, First Amendment issues, non-competition covenants and intellectual property disputes. He has handled dozens of cases and helped establish a very favorable body of law requiring that records be available to the public. Jack's practice has also included libel and insurance defense litigation, as well as prebroadcast and prepublication review.  His clients have included The Cincinnati Enquirer, ESPN, Vogue Magazine, and television stations in 16 markets. More recently, Jack has written and spoken extensively on emerging legal issues in social media.

Jack serves on the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. Jack successfully argued a case before the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that prevented a title insurance company from denying coverage to a mortgage lender. Jack also argued a case in Ohio’s Eighth Appellate District that protected the rights of mortgage lenders in foreclosure actions. Both cases are leading precedents in the field.

Based on the grading and comments of his peers, Jack is recognized with an AV Rating, the highest rating given to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2005, Jack has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine and named the Best Lawyers in Southwest Ohio from 2007-2014 for his work in Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-First Amendment, and Litigation-Intellectual Property. In 2012, he was chosen as Best Lawyers' 2012 Cincinnati Litigation - Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year. In addition, from 2007 to present, Jack has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer for his work in Commercial Litigation and First Amendment Law. He was awarded the Ohio Society of Professional Journalist Award for Best Defense of the First Amendment for his contribution to "Lead's Dangerous Legacy." In 2012, Jack was chosen as the American Advertising Federation's (AAF) Ad Person of the Year.

Jack is a talented writer and in addition to serving as the editor of the firm’s e-newsletter, InfoLaw News, he is the author of "Imagine When You're Feeling Better," a children's book written to benefit "Josh Cares," a Cincinnati charity. Jack also maintains a very popular blog called "Jack Out of the Box." He enjoys Notre Dame football, Cincinnati Reds baseball, and XU basketball. He has donated about eight gallons of blood through Hoxworth, although not all at once. Guilty pleasures include LaRosa’s pizza, Graeter’s ice cream and Skyline Chili. (Did we mention Jack is a Native Cincinnatian?) His real passion, however, is his family – his wife, Kathy, and four children, Katie, Joe, Ben and Ellie, who he refers to as his “greatest achievement.”

 

Title:
Partner

Phone:
(513) 629-2734

Fax:
(513) 651-3836

Mailing Address:
1900 Fifth Third Center, 511 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Education:
Miami University, B.A., cum laude, Political Science/Economics, 1980

Law School:
University of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 1983
- Law Review

Affiliations:
Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
- Communications Committee, Chair
Ohio State Bar Association, Member
Media Law Resources Center, Internet Law Committee Chair
Ohio Coalition of Open Government, Member
American Advertising Federation, Cincinnati Chamber, Member
United Way, Volunteer
Fine Arts Fund, Volunteer
University of Cincinnati Law School, Adjunct Instructor
ProKids Resource Team, Leader
CBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee, Member
St. Mary Hyde Park Discipleship Commission, Chair
Ohio State Supreme Court Lawyers to Lawyers Mentoring
  Program, Mentor
WordPlay Cincinnati, Volunteer

Bar Admissions:
State of Ohio

Areas of Practice:
Appeals
Business Litigation
Commercial Litigation
E-Commerce
Intellectual Property
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Media, Communications & Information
Trademark & Copyright

John C. Greiner

Once upon a time, Jack Greiner’s dad had an offer to go to the Indians organization. The day he was supposed to go, he hurt his back. And that was that.

Jack was not a good athlete himself, he says, but he loved sports. He was a bookish kid. One book he remembers was “Winners Never Quit,” a series of stories about athletes who overcame this or that obstacle. He tried out for different teams at LaSalle High, but never made the cut.

His senior year, he got the lead role in the class play, “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.” He was on stage the whole time. Someone sitting next to Jack’s father later told Jack that his dad had a big smile on his face from the opening act to the curtain call. Years later, at his father’s funeral, Jack stood and said a few words.

“Dad never pushed me. He encouraged, but I never felt like I needed to be a baseball player or an athlete of any kind. He was really good at drawing the line between encouragement and pressure.”

He feels fortunate to have gone to Notre Dame Law School. He says it was more of a Catholic institution that had a law school rather than the other way around. One professor in particular had a big-time influence on him. He was a priest. Jack remembers him saying a mass before leaving for a bone marrow transplant, shortly before he died.

“He joked and was so at peace with what was happening ... one of my favorite parts of our mass today, right after the Our Father, is when the priest says, ‘And keep us free from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior.’ Of all the things you could pray for, we petition to be free of anxiety. That’s really the core, isn’t it?”

Jack believes in the notion that if a thing doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger. He also has little patience for hand wringers. He wants to be the best lawyer that a father and a husband can be.

He and his wife, Kathy, have four children. Four years ago, their youngest, Ellie, had her tonsils removed. For some reason, she didn’t bounce back. She lost 30 pounds from a frame that already was thin. It was difficult for Ellie emotionally. Jack did what his father would have done. He gave encouragement. It took the form of a poem that became a children’s book. He titled it “Imagine When You’re Feeling Better: A Workbook for Hope and Healing.” The proceeds go to Josh Cares, a non-profit that provides companionship to critical care patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Jack also writes a thoughtful, provocative column, always with a gentle lesson, called “Everyday Faith” for the St. Mary’s Bell, his church newsletter. An attorney specializing in media law, he endeavors to be a reporter’s lawyer. He knows how to make stories safe without sanitizing them. Knowing how to write, he knows how to keep a story readable.

“You could make a publication absolutely safe if you wrote it like a legal brief,” he says. “But no one would want to read it.”

 

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