D.J. Young


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.

While D. J. Young spends most of his time on truck crash cases, in his free time he enjoys BBQ cooking, playing cards, home-improvement projects, and small-scale organic farming. He lives on a farm in Delaware County with his wife, Melissa, and their three children, Andrew, Rebecca, and Julia.

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

Ohio Association for Justice, Presenter on Issue Spotting in Direct Negligence Trucking Cases, 2019

Community Leadership Experience and Involvement

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
Lifepoint Church, Delaware, Ohio, Regular Attendee
Rotary, Past Member
Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member
Stratford Ecological Center, Delaware, Ohio, Past Board Member
Perkins Local School District, Past Board Member

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