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C. Joseph McCullough

Managing Partner

After graduating from law school and passing the Ohio Bar, Joe joined the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, assigned to the Civil Division. Rather than handling criminal matters for the Prosecutor’s Office, he represented Hamilton County, its elected officials, and employees in civil lawsuits filed against the County, both in State and Federal Court.

In 2001, Joe served as in-house counsel for Sheriff Simon L. Leis and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. While he enjoyed the opportunity to experience the practice of law from a completely different perspective, Joe missed being in the courtroom and the experiences associated with being a trial lawyer.

Joe joined White, Getgey & Meyer in 2002. Back in the courtroom and working at one of the area’s premier civil litigation firms, Joe found the perfect opportunity. While his practice has transitioned from the public to the private sector and grown substantially over the years, Joe still finds himself enjoying litigation and the courtroom environment now more than ever. “The most satisfying part of it all is helping clients, both individuals and businesses, navigate difficult times but finding resolution through aggressive, efficient and practical solutions. The courtroom is the last place any client wants to be, but when the need arises, I am pleased to be trusted with the opportunity to help.”

After starting at WGM as an Associate in 2002, Joe became a Partner in 2007.  As his practice expanded and continued to grow, he became more involved in the firm’s leadership, taking on an expanded administrative role while maintaining a robust, active caseload.  In 2019, Joe became the firm’s third Managing Partner in almost 60 years, following in the footsteps of Alvin E. White and David P. Kamp.

On a personal level, Joe and his wife, Shannon, are the proud parents of six wonderful children: Jack, Sam, Will, Charlie, Andie and Grant. They are members of St. Columban Church and their children attend Moeller High School and St. Columban School. When he’s not working, Joe is coaching the kids on the baseball field, or the soccer field or the basketball court, or he’s at home helping to manage the controlled chaos that he and Shannon have created. And loving every minute of it.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense Litigation

  • Business & Commercial Litigation

  • Personal Injury

  • General Civil Litigation

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • Cincinnati

  • Columbus

  • Dayton

  • Toledo


  • University of Dayton, Juris Doctor

  • Butler University, Bachelor of Science

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

  • Kentucky

  • U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio

  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • Supreme Court of the United States

Legal Team

Tina O’Leary, Practice Manager

Tiffany Johns, Paralegal

Jodie Papp, Paralegal

Megan Ricketts, Case Manager

Maura Holscher, Paralegal

Shannon McCullough, Paralegal

Professional Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association

  • Cincinnati Bar Association

  • Columbus Bar Association

  • Warren County Bar Association

  • Kentucky Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys

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