J. Stephen Wirthlin


J. Stephen Wirthlin was admitted to practice law in 1979. He is a graduate of The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University (1979) and the University of Cincinnati (B.A. 1975). Steve formerly served as the law clerk for the Honorable Judge Harry T. Klusmeier in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Steve has served for over a decade as an adjunct faculty member at Chase, teaching both the Pretrial Litigation and Trial Advocacy courses. He has also been a guest lecturer at the College of Law on Ohio Workers’ Compensation. Steve concentrates his practice in the area of workers’ compensation, including intentional tort and VSSR applications. He and his wife, Sherrie, reside in Union Township with their two children.

Email: swirthlin@fuse.net

Michael F. Wirthlin


Michael F. Wirthlin was admitted to practice law in 1982. He is a 1982 graduate of The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Mike received his A.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1977 and his B.A. in 1979. Mike served as a clerk in the Hamilton County Municipal Court and then served as the law clerk for Judge Thomas H. Nurre until 1982. Mike was on the Board of Trustees of the Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati for over a decade and served as its president in 2000-2001. Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security, small business matters, and estate/probate issues. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Western Hills along with their three children.


James A. Grant


James A. “Jay” Grant received his B.A. from Hanover College in 1981 before attending The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. While attending law school, Jay served three years as law clerk for Judge Ralph Winkler. After his admission into the practice of law in 1985, Jay was an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office, where he prosecuted a wide variety of cases from misdemeanors to serious felonies.

Since joining Beirne & Wirthlin over twenty years ago, Jay has concentrated his practice in the area of civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He has tried numerous personal injury and workers’ compensation cases in the courts throughout southwest Ohio. Jay’s AV Preeminent rating in the nationally recognized Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings signifies that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

A native Cincinnatian, Jay graduated from Western Hills High School where he met his wife, Nancy. They moved to Loveland, Ohio to raise their two sons and have since added a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren to their family. Jay’s interests include golf, Reds games, woodworking, and volunteering with People Working Cooperatively.

Email: jaygrant@fuse.net

Michael J. Schutte


Michael J. Schutte was admitted to practice law in 1994 after graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law and the University of Cincinnati. Mike has been with Beirne & Wirthlin since 1997 and previously practiced in such diverse areas as bankruptcy and tort liability defense. Mike currently represents employers in all phases of workers’ compensation matters, unemployment compensation claims, and employment issues, including successful outcomes at all levels of the Ohio court system, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Mike’s practice also includes personal injury, wrongful death, and general civil litigation in various courts throughout Southwest Ohio.

Mike is a graduate of Elder High School, and continues to be a “west-sider” in Bridgetown with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.


Jennifer L. Soellner

Legal Administrative Assistant

Jennifer has been our receptionist and legal assistant since 2008. She also serves as the docketing coordinator, working closely with clients regarding claim files and scheduling hearings at various offices of the Industrial Commission. Jennifer loves singing in the choir at her parish and enjoys watching birds. She resides in Loveland with her husband and son.