Jud Scheaf
O. Judson Scheaf III

65 East State Street
Suite 2500
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Primary Practices

O. Judson Scheaf III is a partner in Hahn Loeser’s Columbus office with 30 years of experience in civil litigation, including trial and appellate work. He handles complex commercial litigation matters, including construction, antitrust, oil and gas, unfair competition, patent, copyright, trade secret, investment banker malpractice, and land use disputes. Prior to joining Hahn Loeser, Jud was a founding member of Welin, O’Shaughnessy & Scheaf LLC, a Columbus-based boutique law firm specializing in complex business and oil and gas litigation.

Jud previously practiced commercial litigation and energy law at an Am Law 200 law firm, where he was vice chair of the business litigation practice group and focused on construction law, complex business and oil and gas litigation. In addition, Jud worked at CGAS Exploration, Inc. as vice president and general counsel. Earlier, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Alan E. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Jud has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation, Construction, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Land Use Litigation for the past 12 years. He also maintains an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell.



Capital University Law School, J.D., valedictorian, summa cum laude, 1988


Utah State University/Franklin University, B.P.A., summa cum laude, 1985

Awards & Distinctions

AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell


Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2004-07, 2009-23; Top 50 Columbus, 2014-18, 2022


The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2010-23; Litigation-Construction, 2011-23; Construction Law, 2021-23; Litigation-Intellectual Property, 2011-23; Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, 2011-23, Oil and Gas Law, 2023; Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, 2019, 2022


Who’s Who In Energy Columbus, Columbus Business First, 2013-14


Central Ohio’s Best Lawyers, Columbus Business First

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio


U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the Eastern District of Wisconsin


U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth and Federal Circuits


U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

Ohio Oil and Gas Association


Energy & Mineral Law Foundation


Independent Petroleum Association of America


Ohio State Bar Association


Columbus Bar Association


Delaware County Bar Association