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Richard A. Talda







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Richard A. Talda has been practicing law for 30+ years serving as lead trial counsel in litigation and arbitrations. Rick has personally managed and tried Federal and State Court bench and jury trials, private arbitrations and administrative proceedings before various professional and industry regulatory boards.

Rick also serves as Chairman of the Firm's Litigation Department where he manages client service and professional development of Firm attorneys serving clients in adversarial matters. Rick also leads the Firm's business development initiatives.

- Best Lawyers in America (including Client Distinction Award) - Commercial Litigation
- Martindale-Hubbell Pre-eminent and AV rated 
- Ohio Super Lawyer - Business Litigation 
- Ohio Super Lawyer - Corporate Counsel
- Dayton Business Journal - Best of the Bar

- International M&A transaction arbitration (JAMS) - Represented Seller in contest proceedings concerning post closing purchase price adjustments. Recovered escrow of $17.5 million for Seller.
- Florida Arbitration Decision (AAA)- $8.9 million - Stock Purchase Acquisition Dispute 
- Federal Court judgment for copyright infringement concerning consumer goods catalogs.
- Defense Jury Verdict in wrongful discharge/stock redemption case (Plaintiff sought $1.5 million in damages)
- Multiple cases obtaining injunctive relief (including permanent injunctions) re enforcement of non-compete agreements; trade secret protection

Community Leadership Activities

  • Dayton Performing Arts Alliance - Board of Trustees; General Counsel
  • Dayton Ballet - Former Board of Trustees; General Counsel (2009-2013)
  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Dayton Class
  • Dayton Lawyers Club
  • Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence - Former Board of Trustees; General Counsel and Gala Chair
  • Centerville United Soccer Association - Youth Soccer Coach; General Counsel
  • Boy Scouts of America - Board Chairman Troop 530; Eagle Scout Candidate Coordinator, Centerville, Ohio
  • Culture Works - Annual Campaign Coordinator
  • Dayton Heartwalk - Executive Leadership Counsel
  • Serves as General Counsel to other Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Boy Scouts of America - Order of the Arrow Honorary (Adult)


  • Authored legal interest articles for The Dayton Business Journal, Columbus Business First, The Columbus Daily Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, as well as Dayton and Columbus Bar Association publications.


Rick Talda has lectured on a wide variety of litigation and business topics, including:

  • Plaintiff's Counsel - Dayton Bar Association Mock Trial Program (featuring "Superstars of the Dayton Bar")
  • Complaint to Verdict - Annual presentations to the Dayton Bar Association
  • Moderator, Federal Court Practice - Annual Federal Judges and Magistrates Dialogue with the Bar
  • Keynote Panelist for the Dayton Bar Association Bench/Bar Retreat
  • Protecting Business Trade Secrets, Columbus, Cleveland and Daton Bar
  • Hot Topics in Business Litigation, presented to Columbus and Cleveland Bar

Areas Of Practice

  • Business and Employment Litigation
  • Department Chair

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Wittenberg University
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association


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Dayton, Ohio 45402

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Phone: 937-608-9464

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