Joseph E. Zeis, Jr.


Phone: 937.222.2053


Joe is a member of the Litigation Department. He has a strong background in aviation and aerospace applications of law, most notably in the area of drones and unmanned aeronautical vehicles.

Joe is a retired United States Air Force Colonel, with over 26 years of service, having flown the venerable F-111, F-4, F-15E and B-2. He is a certified Acquisition Program Manager, having presided over advanced technology contracts of the F-117 and other major aircraft systems. He is a Master Navigator and a 1987 Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School. He has accumulated over 1800 flight hours in more than 26 different types of aircraft. In his last active duty position in the Air Force, he commanded the 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Since retirement from the USAF, Joe has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategist of the Dayton Development Coalition from 2007 to 2013. Joe was responsible for the identification, facilitation, and implementation of aerospace and technology-related opportunities to support business development and expansion in the Dayton Region. He leveraged his technical, academic, and government service to help guide the development of the Dayton Region in Aerospace and advanced technology sectors.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He holds Master’s Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was the Paul McGreal Dean’s Fellow and an Editor of the University of Dayton Law Review.

Joe’s community involvement includes his service as a Trustee of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Foundation Board, a board member of Gem City Ballet, and a member of the Executive Committee of TechSolve, a non-profit business development company in the Cincinnati area. He recently served on the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University, as well as former Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Composite Center in Dayton, and a past Vice President of the Dayton Chapter of the Society of Flight Test Engineers. In 2011, Joe was named Chair of the Ohio Aerospace and Business Aviation Advisory Council, guiding Ohio aerospace industry legislative and attraction strategy for two years.

Joe is a member of the American, Ohio, Federal, and Dayton Bar Associations. Joe has been published in both technical and legal journals.

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