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DJ Young, III

The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP - Delaware
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DJ Young, III
The Law Firm for Truck Safety, LLP - Delaware
Delaware,
 OH

“When trucking corporations cut corners, everyday drivers pay. Through our lawsuits, we make irresponsible trucking corporations pay and deter them from cheating on safety.”

D.J. Young primarily researches, writes briefs and other court documents and argues motions and appeals. He has extensive litigation experience, having spent more than 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 give 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 trucking cases and trial strategy, including a 2019 lecture on theories of liability applicable to truck accident cases.

Career Highlights

Lead Appellate Lawyer in preserving Ohio’s largest trucking verdict ($42.4 million) on appeal.

20+ years of trial and appellate court experience, much of it in transportation, development, and business law.

Successfully argued in trial to hold trucking company’s accountable for corporate-level, managerial negligence in a wrongful death case, resulting in a $7.65M recovery for a family who lost their two young boys.

Active Class A Commercial Driver’s License holder with experience operating forklifts, agricultural tractors, and eighteen-wheelers.

Former Assistant United States Attorney—prosecuting drug and alien smuggling cases on the U.S-Mexico border.

Regional speaker and presenter and nationally published author on trucking law topics.

Member of the American Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Association for Justice.

Regular volunteer attorney for at-risk persons and Christian churches and charities.

Select Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group

Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Association for Justice

Education, Bar Admissions and Certifications

Bar Admissions

Ohio

Virginia

Texas

U.S. Supreme Court

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

Education

University of Notre Dame Law School

J.D. magna cum laude

Law Review: Notre Dame Law Review, Articles Editor

Ohio Wesleyan University

B.A. summa cum laude

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Select Published Works

“Strategies for Defeating the Business Immunity (aka McHaffie) Rule,” AAJ TLG Journal of Trucking Litigation (Summer/Fall 2021), 16-32.

Featured Speaking Engagements

“The Business Immunity Rule: Avoiding Pitfalls that Lead to Bad Law,” Oklahoma Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Intensive, Oklahoma City, OK (Sep 2022)

“The Dean Team: Trial Verdict, Case Analysis, and Breakdown,” North Dakota Association for Justice, 2022 Annual Seminar, Trucking Breakout Group, Fargo, ND (May 2022)

“The ‘Dependent Contractor’ Doctrine,” Columbus Bar Negligence Committee, Columbus, OH (Jan 2021)

“Identifying Direct Negligence Claims in Truck Crash Cases,” Ohio Association for Justice, Columbus, OH (Mar 2019)

Personal Info

Member of Lifepoint Church—Delaware, Ohio; Member, Gideons of Delaware, Ohio. In his free time, D.J. enjoys BBQ cooking, playing cards, jump roping, home-improvement projects, and co-leading Bible studies through his church and in his community, and watching Notre Dame and Ohio State football. D. J. and Melissa, his wife of 25 years, have three children who are now young adults, and a dog.

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