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Bahjat “Bill” Abdallah was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. He immigrated to the United States at a young age and after a few years of relocation throughout Ohio, graduated from Fairview High School on the west side of Cleveland in 1996.
Bahjat attended The Ohio State University, where he and Joseph initially made acquaintances, graduating, with honors, in 2000. While he remains fluent in his native Arabic, Bahjat was twice a recipient of the “writing lives award” for his short story contributions at Ohio State. While at Ohio State, Bahjat Volunteered at Columbus City Schools helping prepare students for their State proficiency exams.
Following graduation from OSU, Bahjat enrolled at the University of Dayton School of Law where he was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship. He clerked with the Law office of Jennifer Peyton in Cleveland Ohio as well as working on multiple judicial campaigns.
Following Graduation from UD Law, Bahjat and a former partner started the law firm of Santiago & Abdallah focusing their practice on serving the immigrant community. Two years later, Bahjat merged his practice with Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman & Swaim where he would practice for the next 10 years.
As an immigrant himself, Bahjat prides himself on honesty, integrity and the utmost compassion for those in need. Based on his own personal and professional experience, Bahjat recognizes that individuals and companies need guidance in the highly regulated, often frustrating, legal field. Bahjat is well versed in all areas of immigration law, he has been chosen by his peers as a rising star in his field for the last 4 consecutive years. In addition, Bahjat has enjoyed success as a trial attorney in criminal litigation.
Outside the office, Bahjat remains connected with his community serving on the Stewardship Committee at his Church, Saint Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, and as a member of the Dayton Arab American Forum (DAAF). Bahjat and his wife enjoy music, sports and the outdoors with their children.
Joseph “Joe” Spring was born in 1978 in Lexington, Kentucky. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, graduating from Grandview Heights High School in 1996, where he ran on the Cross Country team. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for 10 weeks in 1999, immersing himself in the Spanish language and culture. While working at restaurants in college he became friends with several Mexican and Central American co-workers. By the time he graduated he spoke fluent Spanish.
After college, Joe worked for Catholic Social Services as a Career Developer in Columbus for two years. In 2002 he married his college sweetheart, and entered the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. During law school he clerked for lawyers Christian Patno at Garson and Associates, and for David Leopold. Leopold is the former President of the esteemed American Immigration Lawyers Association. Patno has won several multi-million dollar lawsuits as a personal injury lawyer.
A career opportunity brought Joe and his wife to her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2004. After passing the bar exam, he worked as an Associate at Webb and Pillich, LLC, and at Mark Godbey and Associates. During his three years working under the tutelage of Mark Godbey, he practiced alongside well-respected lawyers Jerome O’Dowd, Patrick Conway, Donald Jones, Bradley Berry, Blake Somers, and Zachary Smith.
Joe opened his own law office in Butler County, Ohio, in July of 2009 under the premise “Do Unto Others, as You Would Have Them Do Unto You”. Joe was raised with a wide variety of influences. His father was a hard-working dairy farmer for The Ohio State University, and a native of Flint, Michigan. His mother was a Registered Nurse from the Bronx, New York, that attended the same high school as United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Cardinal Spellman. Joe, his wife and children live in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Joe has had success in jury trials, bench trials, motions, general litigation, and administrative filings. He was nominated by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 as a Top Attorney in Ohio. His Office Manager, Margaret MacGregor, has been with him since October 2011. He enjoys representing individuals and small businesses in the areas of personal injury; immigration; OVI/DUI defense; criminal defense; civil litigation; and bankruptcy.