D.J. Young



D.J. Young, III, Attorney
Phone: (419) 627-1199
Fax: (888) 828-7371

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D.J. Young primarily researches, writes briefs and other court documents, and argues motions and appeals.  He has extensive litigation experience, having spent in excess of one-thousand hours in the courtroom representing private clients and the United States of America as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has successful jury trial experience both in criminal prosecution and civil cases.  His litigation experience includes, prosecuting smuggling cases, involving construction disputes, frauds, zoning and land-use disputes, breaches of contract, discrimination, and personal injuries. He particularly enjoys the more intellectual aspects of litigation, including Constitutional issues, complex questions of evidence and the nature and extent of legal duties.

D.J. Young is atypical of most other truck accident attorneys in that he has experience operating forklifts, agricultural tractors, and commercial tractor-trailers. He holds an Ohio Class-A Commercial Driver’s License and his license endorsements allow him to operate commercial vehicles with manual transmissions and air brakes, including doubles and triples, and tanker trailers.  At one time, he even was endorsed for hazardous materials vehicles. His experience and training gives him a unique understanding of the complexities of operating commercial motor vehicles safely and this view is valuable to him and the firm’s clients in litigation.

He has taught before the Ohio Association for Justice on theories of liability applicable to truck accident cases and he will be teaching again later this year, this time about the consequences of winning an eight figure jury verdict and how to defend it through appeals to conclusion.


Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Virginia, 1998
  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court


University of Notre Dame Law School
J.D. magna cum laude – 1998
Law Review: Notre Dame Law Review, Articles Editor

Ohio Wesleyan University
B.A. summa cum laude – 1995
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Delaware County Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys

Recent Presentations and Publications

  • Ohio Association for Justice, Presenter on Issue Spotting in Direct Negligence Trucking Cases, 2019
  • Columbus Bar Association, Negligence Committee, Presenter on the “Dependent Contractor” Doctrine, 2021
  • Author, “Strategies for Defeating the Business Immunity (aka McHaffie) Rule,” in the Journal of Trucking Litigation, 2021

Community Involvement

  • Lifepoint Church, Delaware, Ohio, Member
  • The Gideons International, Member
  • Delaware County Agricultural Society, Former Board Member
  • Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County, Ohio, Previous Board Member
  • BRIDGE Ministries of Laredo, Inc., Previous Board Member
  • Rotary, Past Member
  • Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware, Ohio, Past Board Member
  • Perkins Local School District, Past Board Member


In his free time, D.J. enjoys BBQ cooking, playing cards, jump roping, and home-improvement projects. D. J. and Melissa, his wife of 25 years, have three children who are now young adults, and a dog.

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