Joe Rouse focuses his practice on estate and succession planning, general corporate representation (including mergers and acquisitions), probate and trust administration and tax related services. He has lectured on several topics in seminars sponsored by various organizations in Greater Cincinnati. Joe serves on the Board of Trustees of several local private foundations and is active with other civic and charitable organizations.

Professional and Community Involvement

Cincinnati Bar Association, Estate Planning Committee

Ohio State Bar Association

The James E. Evans Foundation, Trustee

The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation, Trustee

Awards & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2024

Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2004-2016

Named to Ohio Leading Lawyers, 2024

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News & Resources


  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1970, Order of the Coif, Law Review, Phi Delta Phi

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1966, cum laude

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