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Minnillo Law Group Co., LPA

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Hyde Park, Eastgate, Fairfield, Covington : 513-723-1600

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James D. Ludwig

James D. Ludwig

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Law
  • Contract Law
  • Construction Law
  • Brewery Law
  • Collections


Jim attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering. In 1992, he moved to Cincinnati in order to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. After graduating in 1995, Jim began working at a local general practice firm where he cut his teeth litigating a variety of individual and insurance disputes in Hamilton, Warren, and Butler Counties. Looking for a new challenge, Jim began working for a nationally renowned commercial contractor in 2005. While there, he expanded his practice by litigating various types of construction, insurance, and employment matters throughout the country. In addition, he negotiated and enforced hundreds of contracts and helped the company maintain compliance with numerous state statutes and federal regulations. After moving back to private practice with Minnillo Law Group Co., LPA in 2014, Jim has continued to utilize his extensive construction contracting and litigation experience to service multiple clients throughout the tri-state area. Of note, Jim represents a multi-billion dollar corporate owner as it builds out its new corporate campus. In addition, Jim has expanded his practice to service numerous other businesses and industries. From the formation of a business to its ultimate dissolution, Jim can assist with the varying legal needs of your business. As your business is formed, Jim will counsel you regarding the most appropriate corporate structure and then customize the applicable corporate documents (i.e. Operating Agreement, Bylaws, Shareholder Agreement) to fit the specific governing needs of your new business. As your business continues to grow, Jim can assist with the inevitable legal issues which arise, including but not limited to regulatory, intellectual property, real estate, employment, and other business issues. Using his skills as a contract lawyer, Jim will help manage the relationship with your landlords, tenants, customers, contractors, vendors, and suppliers through the negotiation and enforcement of the contracts which govern those relationships. Looking to buy in or cash out of an existing business? Jim can help with the negotiation, review, and drafting of the necessary contracts and ownership transfer agreements. If a dispute arises, Jim will work diligently to resolve your claim by whatever means necessary. By way of example, Jim successfully navigated a small Ohio contractor through an OSHA investigation and complaint with the US Department of Labor, a corresponding safety investigation and hearing with the Ohio Industrial Commission, and a wrongful death lawsuit in Warren County, Ohio. Jim looks forward to helping you with the legal needs of your business!


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1995
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
    • B.S. - 1991
    • Major: Industrial & Systems Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1995
  • Kentucky, 1996
  • Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2010


Classes & Seminars

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Madisonville Education Assistance Center, 2014 to Present

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Lambda Chi Alpha

Representative Clients

  • Streetside Brewery
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Infinit Nutrition
  • Bear Car Care
  • Anginoli v. The Benenson Capital Company, et al., (Ohio App. 1st Dist. December 23, 1999), 99- LW-5687
  • Hofle v. General Motors Corporation, et al., (Ohio App. 12th Dist. December 23, 2002), 2002- Ohio-7152
  • Cleveland Construction, Inc. v. Ohio Pub. Emps. Retirement Sys., (Ohio App. 10th Dist. April 3, 2008), 2008-Ohio-1630
  • Gem Mechanical Services, Inc. v. DVII, LLC, et al., (D.RI. September 17, 2012), C.A. No. 12-93- M,cited in RI Lawyers Weekly as one of 10 Most Important Opinions of 2012

Representative Cases

Certified Legal Specialties

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association

Ancillary Businesses

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Past Positions

  • Cleveland Construction, Corporate Counsel, 2005 to 2013



  • English