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130 West Second Street, Suite 1500
Dayton, Ohio 45402Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 937-224-9291
Fax: 937-224-8977
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Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Fire
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Fraud
  • Property Damage
  • Coverage Issues
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Construction Claims
  • Homeowners
  • Automobile
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Toxic Torts
  • Asbestos
  • Mold Litigation
  • Subrogation
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About Us
Y&A defends self-insured companies and insurance companies against liability and coverage claims in state and federal courts. We conduct arbitrations, mediations, and provide timely research and opinion letters. We litigate in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and all federal courts in those States.


We are one of the oldest law firms in Southwest Ohio. Our roots go back to 1931. The named partners in the firm, Robert F. Young and Robert C. Alexander, were influential leaders in the Dayton legal community for over half of the 20th century.


Robert C. Alexander was the founder of the firm’s litigation mission which focuses on aggressive court room skills when representing insurers, businesses and employers. Robert F. Young was the founder of the firm’s business law mission, which focuses on timely, cost effective advice to businesses and individuals.


We believe technology is one of the best methods for achieving our clients’ goals. The firm has a fixed-rate contract with LexisNexis, which means our clients do not pay an additional hourly rate for online research. We use award-winning case management software for speedy case handling, improved communication, and accuracy.

Wireless Internet

All firm offices and meeting spaces offer wireless access to broadband internet and firm intranet portals for attorneys and clients alike.


Document management is largely digitized, reducing paper-handling and postage expenses for our clients.


Attorneys provide active udpates about their qualifications and accomplishments to current and potential clients via social networking on Linkedin, a free and online resource which anyone can access.
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Additional Locations
Cincinnati, Ohio
One Sheakley Way, Suite 125
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Telephone: 513-326-5555
Fax: 513-326-5550
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Insurance Clients
Central Mutual Insurance CompanyState Farm Insurance Company
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Personnel Information
Firm Members
Steven O. Dean
Dayton, OH
  • Ohio, 1983
  • American, Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Ohio Northern University, B.A. (with high distinction), 1980
  • Ohio Northern University, J.D. (with high distinction), 1983
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Thomas P. Erven
Dayton, OH
  • Ohio, 1983
  • Kentucky, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1997
  • Butler County Bar Association (Co-Chair, Civil Litigation Committee; Member, ADR Committee)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (Board of Directors; Chairperson, ADR Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Miami University, B.A. (cum laude), 1980
  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1983
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Jonathon L. Beck
Dayton, OH
  • Florida, 2002
  • Ohio, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2005
Additional Biographical Details:
2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys; 2014 Super Lawyer (Litigation); Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Ohio State and Dayton (Chairman, Attorney Grievance and Discipline Committee) Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1999
  • University of Dayton, J.D., 2002
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