Joseph J. Dehner

T 513.651.6949
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Joe counsels a wide variety of companies, domestic and foreign, on issues confronting global business, including cross border investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, global personnel matters, tax, customs and trade issues, structures, distribution and agency agreements and the resolution of international disputes. He is business counsel to emerging technology and other firms. He represents companies, owners, investors, securities brokerage firms, brokers and public customers in disputes involving the securities laws and claims involving takeovers, fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence and securities statutes, and is a nationally recognized expert in structured settlements. In 1975 Joe joined Kyte Conlan Wulsin Vogeler in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a two-year federal appellate clerkship. That firm merged into Frost & Jacobs LLP in 1978, and became Frost Brown Todd LLC in 2000. Joe has chaired the firm's International Services Group for over 20 years.


  • Global merger and acquisition work examples:
    • Represented management team in $200 million second round of private equity purchase of legal support company.
    • Purchase and sale of America’s largest spirits distillery by Trinidad company.
    • Sale of U.S./U.K./Irish robotic monitoring business.
    • Formation of first Ukraine/U.S. offshore reinsurance company.
  • International counseling and commercial advice for  multinational software businesses, automotive parts suppliers, global candy maker, laser inventor, angel and development stage entrepreneurs.
  • Reorganization of multiple European entities of U.S. company for tax and operational efficiency.
  • Management of domestic and global distribution/agency/licensing agreements for medical products, software, machinery, food products and other goods and services.
  • Formation of U.S. entities for businesses from over 30 countries.
  • Joint venture and strategic alliance structuring in more than 30 countries.
  • Global personnel counseling, including tax aspects for U.S. and non-U.S. persons and entities.
  • Resolution of FCPA, USAID, Customs and OFAC claims against U.S. companies and company policies, procedures and training to prevent corruption.
  • Limited liability company formation and operating agreement negotiation.
  • Defense of hostile takeover battle (including litigation over constitutionality of Ohio corporate statutes).
  • Recovery of multiple $ millions in Ponzi scheme, boiler room and other securities class and group actions.
  • Trial and settlement of over 200 securities disputes, including more than 100 FINRA arbitrations.
  • 30-year representations in structured settlement industry; including service as expert witness for U.S. Government in successful structured settlement criminal prosecution.
  • Several Advisory Boards.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2005-2020, International
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2008-2020, International Arbitration- Commercial; International Trade and Finance Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year 2018, International Trade and Finance
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (International Law Section), 1975-2019
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Japan American Society of Greater Cincinnati, Board Member, President 2019-present
  • Union Internationale des Avocats
  • PrivacyRules Ltd., Chairman
  • Adjunct Lecturer (International Business Transactions) University of Cincinnati Law School, 1993-96
  • Multilaw (multinational association of 75+ independent law firms) – Executive Council member (2005-2012), Chairman of Business Development (2006-2011)
  • ABA Task Force on Litigation and the World Wide Web, 2000, Co-Chair
  • ABA International Litigation Committee, Vice-Chair, 2002-04
  • Founding Chairman, Ohio State Bar Association International Law Committee; Member
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Member, 1996-2005
  • Southern Ohio District Export Council, Chairman (2001-2010), Member
  • Founding President, Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister Cities Project
  • Founding Chairman, Foreign Policy Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati
  • Co-organizer of Ohio-Ukraine Rule of Law Program
  • Chairman, India-US Business Network, 2010-2014
  • Founding Chairman, European-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati (2007-08), Board member
  • French-American Business Association of Greater Cincinnati, President (2006-07)
  • Chairman, Advisory Committee on Model Ohio Jury Instructions for Securities Law (2010)
  • Chancellor, Diocese of Southern Ohio (Episcopal) 1998-present
  • Cincinnati/Hamilton County Public Library Foundation Director, Past President, 2009-2019
  • Cincinnati Ballet, Trustee
  • Music Hall Revitalization Company, Trustee, VP Finance Committee
  • Co-Founder, Summer Camp Reading (
  • Princeton University, Trustee,1970-74
  • Ohio Historical Society, Trustee, 1974-78
  • Cincinnati Planning Commission, 1982-83
  • Charter Committee of Cincinnati, Chairman, 1982-86
  • The Literary Club, President, 2019-2020
  • The Writers' Circle, Member
  • DeToqueville Society/United Way, Member
  • OMID USA - Board Member
  • SolerCool Ltd. - Chairman
  • Past Civic Charitable Boards - Cincinnati Preservation Association, Miami Purchase Preservation Fund, Queen City Housing Corporation, Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association, Princeton Club of Southern Ohio, Queen City Foundation, Episcopal Community Services Foundation, Xavier University Williams College of Business, Center for International Business Advisory Board

FBT Publications

Press Releases

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Protecting People from the Dark Side of ‘Smart’ Devices,” co-authored with Michael Nitardy. Published by Bringing Together the World's Lawyers (August, 2019). 

Presenter to NKITA on USMCA, March 2019

Impermanent partnerships: evaluating JVs, Financier Worldwide, November 2018 - quote included in article

Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments, ALM Media (First published in 1986 and updated every 6 months since)

Equity-Based Crowdfunding Outside the USA, 83 University of Cincinnati Law Review No. 2 (2014)

United States chapter of Joint Ventures, a Global Guide from Practical Law, Thomson Reuters (2015-17)

United States chapter of India Unleashed, Legally India, Global Legal Media Ltd. (2017)

United States chapter of International Disputes, Legally India, Global Legal Media Ltd. (2018)

Equity Crowdfunding and Crowdlending in the United States, Current Trends in Start-Ups and Crowdfunding, UIA LexisNexis Publications

Joint Ventures in United States, Practical Law/Thomson Reuters (2015-2017)

"UIA Project: Training for the Kurdistan Bar Association CLE Programme." Fachteil Andere Rechtsgebiete 45 (May 2013)

"UIA LexisNexis Publications: Compliance - Challenges and Opportunities for the Legal Profession" US Trade Sanctions: How the Complicated Regime of US OFAC Sanctions and The SDN Lists Work Together. pp 141-143

“Roundsourcing,” a chapter of International Law for CEO’s, 2013, published by ExecSense, available at

Lecturer on international business topics (once a month average)

Over 50 posts at

Other Contact Info


Susan K. Niece
T 513.651.6423