Subashi & Wildermuth

Subashi & Wildermuth

Subashi & Wildermuth is an AV-rated law firm of attorneys specializing in civil litigation.

Firm Overview

Our primary practice areas include personal injury defense, employment law, and school law. In fact, Subashi & Wildermuth has been nationally recognized as the preeminent law firm for school law in southwest Ohio.

With a diverse knowledge base, big-firm resources, and a tireless work ethic, our attorneys strive to solve whatever legal problem our clients may face.

Who We Are
Subashi & Wildermuth is a small firm of civil trial attorneys concentrating primarily in the defense of individuals, corporations, school districts, insurers, and governmental entities.

We handle a wide variety of litigation including employment law, civil rights, school law, insurance coverage, professional liability, commercial litigation, product liability, nursing homes, employer intentional torts, and insurance defense.

S&W is a goal-oriented organization dedicated to promptly resolving the cases that should be settled and aggressively trying the cases that should be tried.

Our firm holds an AV-rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell.

Based in Dayton, Ohio, we represent clients involved in litigation in most of Ohio's major cities and counties in both state and federal court.


Why Subashi & Wildermuth
We are passionate about what we do providing exceptional service in a personalized setting. And that's something you probably won't find at one of the large, downtown firms.

We handle our cases from start to finish, through every stage of the litigation process. Whether the case begins in small claims court or ends up in the United States Supreme Court, we have the necessary experience, which we combine with an innovative and practical approach to litigation.

Our attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge to your case, and our trial experience runs the full gamut of litigation. We are diligent, we are persistent, and we are thorough. There is no matter too big or too small for us to handle. Every case deserves specialized, detailed attention.

Possibly the central characteristic of S&W that sets us apart from other law firms is the fact that we do not balk at the opportunity to present our client's case to a jury. Over the years, we've noticed that some firms tremble at the prospect of trial. We are not one of those firms.

That said, we also recognize that the best litigators know when to settle a case for their clients. In those circumstances, we are able to use our reputation and advocacy skills to obtain the best possible settlement. We pride ourselves in producing the best results for our clients, both in and out of the courtroom.
Main Office
Main Office
50 Chestnut Street, Suite 230
Dayton  OH  45440
Phone
  • 937-427-8800
Websites
Business
Business Litigation
The attorneys at Subashi & Wildermuth adeptly navigate even the most complex commercial litigation. Our experience ranges from defending major, national corporations embroiled in local litigation to helping small businesses protect their business interests.

Nicholas E. Subashi

Biography

Nick began his career as a Deputy District Attorney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he prosecuted major felonies, including four murder trials. During his 2 and years in the DA's office, he tried over 30 jury trials. After leaving the DA's office, Nick began his civil litigation career, serving the next 13 years as a trial division attorney for Nationwide Insurance Company in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and in Dayton, Ohio, and as a litigation attorney for the former civil litigation firm of Jenks, Surdyk & Cowdrey. Leading to the day, Nicholas E. Subashi Co. L.P.A., now known as Subashi & Wildermuth, opened its doors on October 13, 1997.

As a civil trial attorney, Nick has represented individuals, school districts and their employees, municipalities and other governmental entities, police officers, physicians, and insurance companies and other corporations. He has argued cases in the Supreme Courts of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the United States District Courts, and the Sixth and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals.

One of his primary areas of concentration and expertise is school law. Nick has represented over 50 different boards of education in southwestern Ohio. In this capacity, he has handled cases touching on almost every facet of school law and is a well-known member of Ohio's "school law community."

Nick currently serves as General Counsel to the following boards of education: Beavercreek City School District, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School District, Brookville Local School District, Greenville City School District, Jefferson Township Local School District, and Mad River Local School District. The firm regularly represents dozens of other school districts in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Darke, Butler, Warren, Hamilton, and other counties. Nick is the only lawyer in Ohio who has been recognized as one of America's Best Lawyers in Education Law and who is also a board-certified Civil Trial Advocate.

Nick is also a former member of the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, during which time he chaired the Outreach Commission. He is a past president of the Board of Trustees of The Miami Valley School and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Five Seasons Sports Country Club. Nick and his wife, Debbe, have two children, Juliana and Alexander.

Education
-J.D., Dickinson Law School (1980)
-B.A., University of Delaware, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Phi (1977)

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-Supreme Court of the United States
-United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio
-United States District Court Northern District of Ohio

Memberships
-Dayton Bar Association, Member
-American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
-Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow
-Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Executive Committee Member
-Council of School Attorneys, of the National School Boards Association, Member
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Former President and Executive Committee Member
-Defense Research Institute, Member
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, Master
-Dayton Claim Adjusters Association, Associate Member
-International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
-The Supreme Court of Ohio's Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, Mentor
Education
  • Dickinson Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Brian L. Wildermuth

Brian is a litigation attorney experienced in a wide range of topics. He regularly represents individual companies, school districts, and insurers. The diverse nature of his practice can sometimes require him to be arguing a teacher termination appeal one day and investigating the scene of a vehicular accident the next.

Brian handles complex litigation ranging from the defense of automobile accidents to representing agricultural cooperatives after a catastrophic grain dust explosions. His experience includes complex insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation.

Also very active in the legal community, Brian has served on the boards of the Dayton BarAssociation and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and participates in other legal associations. He has chaired the Dayton Bar Association's Certified Grievance Committee for the past two years.

Brian is a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Miamisburg with their two daughters.

Education
-J.D., University of Toledo, magna cum laude, (1996) Order of the Coif
-B.A., Miami University (1992)

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-Supreme Court of the United States
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio

Memberships
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Dayton Bar Association
-- Chair of Certified Grievance Committee, 2010 2012
-- Vice-Chair, 2008 2010
-- Member-at-large, Board of Trustees, 2003-2005
-- Former Chair of Civil Trial Practice Committee
-Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
-- Board of Trustees, 2009 - 2012
-- Chair of OACTA Amicus Committee, 2009 to present
-Defense Research Institute
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
-The Supreme Court of Ohio's Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, Mentor
Education
  • University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate , 1996

Anne P. Keeton

Anne enjoys a diverse civil litigation and appellate practice focusing on personal injury defense, product liability defense, fire and arson claims, defense of mental health organizations, employment discrimination, and insurance coverage issues. She also advises several school districts on various education law matters.

Anne thrives on the challenges of defense litigation. Her trial experience includes the defense of a national corporation on remand of a multi-million-dollar punitive damage award, and the successful defense of a young woman sued on a six-figure claim by an insurance company after a fire broke out at her apartment complex, as well as other personal injury litigation. In addition to her success in the courtroom, Anne has extensive experience briefing dispositive motions, achieving favorable decisions in numerous cases, among them a multi-million-dollar products liability suit. Anne has also conducted successful appeals and oral arguments in the Ohio Supreme Court, and Ohio's First, Second, Third, and Twelfth District Courts of Appeals as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Anne holds an AV Preeminent Rating. The "AVPreeminent Peer Review Rating" is given to less than 5% of all attorneys across the United States and means that Anne "has been rated by Judges and fellow attorneys as having the highest level of professional ethics for legal ability and ethical standards." One Judge described Anne as "a superb litigator" and a "fierce advocate [whose] legal knowledge, both substantive and procedural, is broad and deep." Local attorneys described Anne as "outstanding." Anne was also named as an Ohio Rising StarSuper Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2010-2013. The award is peer nominated, and only 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Ohio are named. Anne is an active member of the Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and Defense Research Institute. She is President of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court in Dayton and serves on its Executive Committee. Anne also co-chairs the Dayton Bar Association's Solo/Small Practice Committee and is honored to serve as co-chair of the DBA's 2013 Bench Bar Conference. Anne is a member of The Lawyer's Club of Dayton.

Community commitment is important to Anne. She is a member of the Associate Board for the Dayton Art Institute, planning the Art Institute's annual Oktoberfest and Art Ball fundraisers.

When not serving her clients, Anne revels in time spent with her husband, Mark, and their two sons, not to mention the family's Airedale Terrier. The Keetons are avid UK and UVA fans, and make regular treks to Virginia and Kentucky to visit family and friends.

Education
-J.D., University of Kentucky (2003)
-B.A., University of Virginia (2000)

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-Supreme Court of the United States
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio

Memberships
-Dayton Bar Association
-- Solo/Small Practice Committee, co-chair
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
-- Executive Committee Member
-- Programming Committee Chair
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
-Defense Research Institute

Community Involvement
-Dayton Art Institute, Associate Board
Education
  • University of Kentucky
    Juris Doctorate , 2003

Tabitha Justice

Tabitha Justice is an "AV Rated" attorney with a broad range of experience in civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Her practice primarily emphasizes representation of schools, municipalities, and insurance entities.

Before joining Subashi & Wildermuth and while still in college, Tabitha served with the Ohio Army National Guard for eight years and interned with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

After law school, Tabitha became an associate at Subashi & Wildermuth, where she represented individuals, political subdivisions, and corporations in defense of a broad spectrum of claims. Her first, substantial trial experience was a three-week multi-claim discrimination jury trial that ended with a defense verdict. She also argued numerous state appellate cases and several important arguments before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In May 2008, she moved to Washington D.C. to accept a position as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice. While with the Department of Justice, Tabitha tried a major medical malpractice case in federal court in addition to handling a wide variety other litigation-related matters, including work on the now-infamous Iqbal case.

She recently returned to the firm of Subashi & Wildermuth after her successful stint with the federal government essentially taking up where she left off litigating a wide spectrum of cases ranging from Section 1983 and political subdivision liability to Title VII and other employment law.

Tabitha is also actively involved in a number of legal and professional organizations. She has written articles on litigation topics, including governmental liability, federal and state immunities, and electronic discovery in addition to speaking at seminars on related topics. She also serves as a mentor in the Ohio Supreme Court's Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program and works with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in her spare time.

Education
-J.D., University of Dayton School of Law (2002)
-B.A., Ohio University (1998)

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-Supreme Court of the United States
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio
-United States District Court Northern District of Ohio

Memberships
-American Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association (Committees: Federal Practice, Judicial Administration and Legal Reform, and Education Law)
-Dayton Bar Association (Committees: Labor and Employment)
-Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
-Defense Research Institute (Committees: Transportation Law)
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court

Activities
-Board of Directors Dayton Regional STEM School
-Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2012 Graduate
-The Supreme Court of Ohio's Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, Mentor
-Five Rivers Metro Parks Volunteer
-Dayton's 40 under 40 Winner - 2013
-Ohio State Bar Foundation Inductee - 2013
Education
  • University of Dayton School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2002

Andrew E. Rudloff

Drew Rudloff is a trial attorney and appellate advocate. He focuses his practice on the defense of serious personal injury claims, first- and third-party insurance matters, insurance coverage, education and employment law, and other complex litigation. He represents individuals, businesses, and political subdivisions in state and federal courts, and before state and federal agencies. He has significant first chair trial and arbitration experience, and extensive experience authoring briefs and arguing before state and federal courts of appeals.

The types of cases Drew handles run the gamut. They range from defending a Dayton-area school district from seven-figure exposure stemming from delays and disruptions in the construction of a school, to obtaining a not guilty verdict for a rancher prosecuted after his cattle damaged neighboring properties, to securing an appellate decision affirming summary judgment on an employee's novel claims of disability discrimination.

In addition to his practice, Drew is active in the Ohio legal community. In 2011, the Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court re-appointed him to the Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists. He is also involved in several local, statewide, and international legal associations, including the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, and the Defense Research Institute.

Before entering private practice, Drew clerked for then-Judge Robert Cupp and Judge Vern Preston at the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals. He also externed with Judge Gregory Frost at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In his experience as a clerk and extern, Drew drafted opinions and memoranda involving civil, criminal, probate, and domestic law issues. While a student at Ohio Northern, he was named by his peers as the law review editorial board member of the year in 2005, graduated third in his class, and was inducted into the Frank B. Willis Honor Society (top 10%) and Phi Kappa Phi (top 5%).

A native of northeast Ohio, Drew resides in Beavercreek.

Education
-J.D., Ohio Northern University, with high distinction (2005)
-B.A., Westminster College (2002)

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio

Memberships
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Dayton Bar Association
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
-Defense Research Institute
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
Education
  • Ohio Northern University
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Halli Brownfield Watson

Halli Brownfield Watson moved to Dayton, Ohio and joined Subashi & Wildermuth in 2009. She is a litigation attorney with a diverse practice area including representing school districts and risk management pools, insurance coverage disputes, the defense of government entities, public records litigation, personal injury defense, and general liability defense. Halli has handled a broad range of cases ranging from car accident cases to Lanham Act false advertising claims and professional licensure issues.

Prior to joining Subashi & Wildermuth, Halli practiced with a litigation boutique firm in Cleveland specializing in the representation of plaintiffs in catastrophic injury litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, and products liability cases as well as class action, employment, and insurance coverage cases.

Halli has handled cases across the state of Ohio in state and federal court.

She has trial experience and has appeared and argued before several of Ohio's Courts of Appeals.

Halli graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2007. At Cleveland-Marshall, Ms. Watson was a member of the Cleveland State University Law Review and served on its Executive Committee and as a Managing Editor. She graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2004 where she majored in French, Economics, and Political Science (Honors Program) and minored in French Studies.

Halli is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She resides in Kettering with her husband, Chris, and their son.

Education
-J.D., Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, magna cum laude, (2007)
-B.A., Case Western Reserve University, cum laude (2004)

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio
-United States District Court Northern District of Ohio

Memberships
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Dayton Bar Association
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
-Defense Research Institute
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
Education
  • Cleveland State University
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Lauren K. Epperley

Lauren Epperley is a litigation attorney adept at dealing with a vast array of cases. She handles lawsuits ranging from the defense of ordinary automobile accidents to defending local school districts. She has been involved in numerous cases involving political subdivision immunity.

Prior to joining Subashi and Wildermuth, Lauren clerked for Judge Dennis J. Langer of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Lauren is also proud to have served as an intern for the Ohio State University Football Team during their 2002 National Championship season.

Lauren is a native of Dayton, Ohio, although she graduated high school in Lewisville Texas. She currently resides in Englewood, Ohio.

Education
-J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, cum laude (2007) Law Review
-B.A., The Ohio State University, summa cum laude (2004) Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Bar Admissions
-Supreme Court of Massachusetts
-Supreme Court of Ohio
-United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
-United States District Court Southern District of Ohio

Memberships
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Dayton Bar Association
-- Participant in Leadership Development Program, 2010-2011
-- Member of Civil Trial Practice Committee, 2011
-Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
-- Member of Governmental Liability Committee, 2010-present
-- Member of Young Lawyers Committee, 2012-present
-Defense Research Institute
-Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court
-- Team Captain, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Education
  • University of Dayton School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
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