William (“Bill”) E. Santen, Sr. announced his retirement from Santen & Hughes after 60 years of service on June 14, 2015, but remains affiliated with the firm as “Of Counsel”. Bill continues to occasionally practice law in the areas of eminent domain, corporate, commercial, negligence, estate planning, and malpractice, and is available for consultation with members of the firm.

Bill will continue to mediate eminent domain cases for appropriating authorities and private property owners. His experience in this area spans 40 years during which he served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio and counsel for the City of Cincinnati. He has handled over 90 jury trials involving jury determinations of properties taken in eminent domain proceedings, including cases in Hamilton County, Butler County, Clermont County, Franklin County, Lawrence County, Montgomery County, and Cuyahoga County. He has written legal articles and lectured on the law of eminent domain.

Bill was appointed by the late federal court Judge Carl Rubin with two other mediators to assist in determining the value of property taken by the federal government in various lake cases in the State of Ohio.

Bill has been involved in the community throughout the course of his career. He served on numerous boards and in leadership positions with non-profit organizations, including Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, Tender Mercies, the Health Resource Center, the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Gertrude Conference of St. Vincent DePaul, the Cincinnati, Ohio USO Committee, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, and the St. Xavier church in downtown Cincinnati.

In 2010, Bill was honored for his philanthropic work with the Cincinnati Bar Association’s John W. Warrington Community Service award. Since 2009, Bill has served as Chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association Senior Lawyer’s Committee. Bill also received the John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law award in 2013.

Bill has been married to his wife Nancy for 61 years. They have three children: Bill, a trial lawyer with Santen & Hughes, Tom in the advertising business, and Libby in retail. They have 8 grandchildren.