W. Joseph Scholler

West Chester
T 513.870.8226
F 513.870.0999
9277 Centre Pointe Drive
Suite 300
West Chester, Ohio 45069-4866

Joe is the leader of the firm's Government Services Practice Group.  Joe spends a majority of his time as general counsel, litigation counsel and labor and employment counsel.  Joe serves clients in both the private and public sectors, including municipalities, townships, and school districts.  Joe represents clients of various sizes with annual budgets exceeding $270 million to less than $5 million.

Joe was selected to the 2012 Ohio Super Lawyers® list and was named to the Cincinnati Business Courier list of Forty under 40, which recognizes professional success and community involvement.  Joe is the only Ohio attorney on the executive board of the National Council of School Board Attorneys.  Joe is also Vice Chair of the executive committee of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys.  He was also recently named to the inaugural Multiple Sclerosis Leadership class in the Cincinnati area.  In 2004, Joe was named Volunteer Lawyer of the Year along with two colleagues from Frost Brown Todd.  Joe is former Chairperson of the Miami University, Middletown Campus, Citizen advisory Council and remains on the board today.  Joe is also past chairperson of LifeSpan Inc., a charitable non-profit that annually serves the needs of over 10,000 Southwestern Ohio citizens.


Miami University
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Level School Law (Fall 2011-2015, Spring 2006 and Summer 2004)
The course focuses on the First Amendment, Collective Bargaining, Employee and Student Rights, Discrimination, and other issues important to all public employers 

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2012-2014 and Rising Stars® 2010
  • Cincinnati Business Courier's Forty Under 40 Class of 2010
  • Humanitarian of the Year (Legacy Society Members) LifeSpan 2010
  • Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Member
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Member

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Coaches vs Cancer, Board Council Member. The Coaches vs Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and have raised more than $87 million to help the American Cancer Society’s mission.
  • Citizen's Advisory Council, Miami University, Council Member, The Citizen's Advisory Council serves as a channel for community interaction with the campus. The Council was formed to represent the community's expectations and needs to the campus, and provides the campus with a direct means of communication to the community
  • LifeSpan, Chairman of the Board, LifeSpan is a private, nonprofit organization serving the residents of Butler, Warren and northern Hamilton counties. LifeSpan's mission is to provide support and self-help to people in difficult situations who are seeking to improve the quality of their lives. LifeSpan offers innovative, cost-effective programs for individuals, families, groups and schools serving people from birth to old age
  • Butler County Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, Co-Winner in 2004, Mr. Scholler shared this honor with three other Frost Brown Todd Attorneys
  • Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission. Columbus, Ohio, Commissioner, Appointed by President of Ohio Senate to serve as one of seven commissioners responsible for overseeing and directing the Ohio Legal Rights Service. That state agency is responsible for advocating for the rights of disabled Ohio citizens
  • Mid-Miami Valley Leadership. Middletown, Ohio, Graduated May 2003 from area leadership seminar focusing on leadership skills and how to effectively use those skills to improve Ohio’s Mid-Miami Valley

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Speaker: "Employee Discipline"
City of Cincinnati Seminar, November 4, 2014

Speaker:  "Cloud Computing Issues"
School Law Seminar, October 14, 2014

Speaker and Co-Author:  "The Battles in the Courts and Legislatures over Collective Bargaining and Teacher Tenure"
NSBA Council of School Attorneys' 2014 School Law Practice Seminar, October 9, 2014, with Michael Julka, Jay Fernow and Nancy Hungerford

Speaker:  "Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure"
School Law Seminar, October 24, 2013

Speaker:  "Clarifying the Commonly Misunderstood Notion of "Past Practices": Are They Binding Or Not?"
Public Employment Seminar, April 26, 2013

Speaker: “Evaluations: Rules to Remember”
School Law Seminar, August 8, 2012

Speaker: “Human Resources Issues”
Presented with Julie E. Byrne, National Business Institute’s Current Challenges in Local Government Law Seminar, June 2012

Speaker: “Employee Discipline: Effective Process and Strategies”
School Law Seminar, August 12, 2011

Speaker: “Where are we Now?: Collective Bargaining Reform Senate Bill 5, House Bill 153, and Others”
Senate Bill 5 Seminar, August 13, 2011

Speaker: "Handling Student Records"
National Business Institute, Student Liability Issues Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio

Speaker: "Understanding Student Rights"
National Business Institute, Student Liability Issues Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio

Speaker: "A Refresher on Due Process”
Public Sector Employees, Public Labor Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio

Speaker: "Current issues Regarding Foreign and Migrant Students”
Ohio School Board Association Seminar

Speaker: "Treating Sick Leave Abuse Disorder"
Public Sector Employers, Public Sector Labor Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio

Speaker: "Collective Bargaining in the Real World"
Guest Presenter, Master’s Level Collective Bargaining Course, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Speaker: "Introduction to Harassment and What You Should Do If You Witness Harassment"
Middletown Adolescent Achievement Group, Middletown, Ohio

Speaker: "Harassment in the Workplace"
Southwest Ohio Business Teacher Association, Cincinnati, Ohio

Speaker: "Using the Consumer Price Index Effectively in Collective Bargaining Negotiations"
Public Sector Employers, Public Sector Labor Seminar, Cincinnati

Speaker: "A Public Employee’s Right to Remain Silent During an Administrative Investigation:  How Should You Handle It?"
Public Sector Employers, Public Sector Labor Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio

Speaker: "Employment Law Considerations: Ten Common Mistakes of Employers"
Medical Practice Management Program, Grandview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

Author: "Classifying Public Safety Administration Under The New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations"
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association Update

Co-Author: "Desegregation in the 1990’s,” The Principal’s Legal Handbook"
Second Edition, 2000 Education Law Association, co-authored with Dr. Charles J. Russo

Co-Author: "Desegregation in the 1990’s:  The Supreme Court Pulls Back"
School Business Affairs, August 2000, Volume 66, Number 8, co-authored with Dr. Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D.

Co-Author: "Court View, Update on School Desegregation"
Updating School Board Policies, July 2000, Volume 31, Number 3, with Dr. Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D.

Other Contact Info


Beth Everage
T 513.870.8224