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Ralph A. Skilken

Attorney at Law

I began my legal career as an Assistant Attorney General representing Ohio in trial and appellate work. I have served three different Attorneys General and served as Special Counsel to two of them. I am an A-V Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney, rated by my peers at the highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. I am a past President of the Dayton Bar Association and a member of the American, Ohio State, and Dayton Bar Associations. I serve as a Mentor as part of the Ohio Supreme Court's mentoring program for young attorneys.

"Most legal problems and disputes can be resolved in a significantly more cost effective way through mediation without having to litigate. When litigation can’t be avoided, all the resources necessary to be successful need to be fully understood and committed."

Early in my career, I did trial work and represented bargaining units for police and fire departments in Dayton and Montgomery County. For the last 35 years of my legal career, I have focused on litigation and transactional matters for individuals and closely held businesses.

I have lived in Dayton most of my life. My wife Patty and I have three adult children. Melissa and Adam are attorneys in Cleveland. Jennifer is a fitness specialist and Ironwoman tri-athlete. When I'm not in the office, I enjoy hot-rod cars, motorcycles, rowing, skiing, squash, and my five grandchildren.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • J.D. - Ohio Northern University College of Law

  • B.A. - Purdue University

Professional Associations

  • Dayton Bar Association

    • Former President

  • Ohio Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association

  • Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program


  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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