Lecturer in Law
Faculty BiographyTim Duff’s areas of interest are teaching methods, legal writing, experiential learning, and litigation—with a focus on appellate matters.
Duff has been practicing law for more than 27 years. He started his career clerking on the Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District, for the Honorable John V. Corrigan and then the Honorable Leo M. Spellacy. Duff eventually became a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, before transitioning to being a member of Berns, Ockner & Greenberger, LLC, a nationally recognized boutique land-use and litigation law firm.
Duff has experience providing counsel on matters in diverse areas, including appellate practice, zoning, land use, construction law, employment law, business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy, tax litigation, real estate litigation, public law, and local government issues.
Duff is an Ohio State Bar Association Appellate Law Certified Specialist and has been recognized as an Ohio SuperLawyer in Appellate Practice.
Duff has taught Core, Appellate Practice, LLEAP 1, and LLEAP 2. He currently teaches LLEAP 3 – Litigation—Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy, and Professionalism—an advanced writing and skills course that exposes students to different types of legal writing and in which they learn the full spectrum of litigation, from meeting a prospective client through appeal.
In addition to various bar associations, Duff is actively involved in the Association of American Law Schools. He is an AALS Fellow—Founders Circle—and is particularly active with the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research and the Section on New Law Professors. Duff is also a life member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth District Judicial District.