James A. Dyer

James A. Dyer

Dayton, Ohio
(937) 222-2521

Jim chairs SS+D’s Litigation Department. He has almost 30 years of experience resolving complex disputes through litigation and other alternative methods. His practice focuses on the following areas:

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Employment and Covenant Not to Compete Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Healthcare, False Claim Act, and Qui Tam Litigation
  • Policyholder Rights
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Jim has served as lead trial counsel for a variety of companies, including Fortune 500 corporations and small family businesses. His individual clients have included corporate executives, inventors, shareholders, investors, and victims of discrimination and clergy abuse. Jim has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine and was selected by his peers to the Best of the Bar list published by The Dayton Business Journal. He has tried matters to courts, juries, administrative judges, and arbitrators involving trademark infringement, false advertising, contracts, leases, asset purchase agreements, trade secrets, fiduciary duties, interference with contracts, conspiracy, insurance coverage, wrongful discharge, fraudulent transfers, corporate veil piercing, consumer protection statutes, unjust enrichment, healthcare regulatory matters, sexual harassment, covenants not to compete, administrative rule making, and other commercial and employment matters.

Jim received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1977 and his J.D. with distinction in 1980, both from Duke University. In law school, he earned Order of the Coif honors. Jim is admitted to the Ohio and Georgia bars. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Prior to helping found Sebaly Shillito + Dyer in 1986, Jim was an associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. Jim is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation, Antitrust, Tort and Insurance, and Intellectual Property Committees); the Ohio State Bar Association; the Georgia Bar Association; the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association; the Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys; and the Dayton Bar Association. Jim also serves as a Mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Dayton.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Government Contract Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1980
  • Georgia, 1985
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1977

Representative Clients

  • Copeland Corporation
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lima, Ohio
  • The Dartmouth Hospital
  • Western Ohio Health Care

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Corporate Counsel Super Lawyer (Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio and Top 50 in Cincinnati) by Law & Politics Media, Inc., 2006 - 2009
  • Dayton Business Journal Who’s Who in Law and Best of the Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Committee on Antitrust & Litigation
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Law, Litigation, & Forum Committees on Health Law
  • Georgia State Bar
  • American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, Member
  • Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys, Member
  • American Society of Association Executives, Member, Legal Section
  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Dayton, Mediator

Past Employment Positions

  • King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia, Associate