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Shannon Villalba was born into an entrepreneurial family and always knew she wanted to have her own business. After working several years as an artist in the entertainment industry and managing her family’s business, she went to law school with the notion of fulfilling her dream of opening her own practice. That dream became a reality in 2013. In 2015, after two years of working with another attorney, Shannon shut down her practice to fight cancer. Now in remission, Shannon’s newfound perspective on life has prompted her to fulfill the requirements to offer fully comprehensive legal services, leading to creating more dynamic relationships with her clients to accomplish their needs.

In 2017, The Villalba Firm re-opened its doors, with the addition of seasoned attorneys Stephen Murphy and Nancy Wagner, who serve of counsel. Our firm is unique in the aspect that we believe our clients are on the same team; we listen, we understand, and we strive to find the best solutions together.  We encourage you to sit down with us over a cup of coffee so we may get to know you.  Together we can accomplish great things.

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Shannon Villalba

What doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger. Go the extra mile to see how far you can really go. You’re never too old to try something new. Live, love, and be merry.

These sayings describe me, and they are all beliefs I have for myself and my practice. Lawyers are called counselors for a reason; we counsel clients in a variety of ways. I’ve gone the extra mile myself- I have my life/health insurance and securities licenses in addition to my law license, so I can counsel my clients not only with their legal issues, but also in best business practices.

I’ve traveled all over the world, lived in five countries and four states. I’m a Floridian transplant in Ohio now. In my previous career, I was a multimedia designer and video editor in the music industry. After that, I ran a multi-million-dollar property management company. Currently I am involved with my own wellness company that provides resources to cancer survivors. So, I know a lot about business. But most importantly, I offer a unique perspective to every client and every case.

My over twenty years of experience in a variety of industries helps me understand the nuances every business owner faces, whether it’s negotiating a deal, adding ownership interests, or planning for future growth and succession. As an artist, I fully comprehend the importance of protecting your brand identity, creative expressions, and ideas. I can advise clients on Intellectual Property strategy, portfolio management and vetting, as well as prosecute copyright and trademark applications. Some of the contracts I can draft for clients include license agreements, confidentiality and release agreements, e-commerce agreements, Web site terms and conditions, independent contractor agreements, band agreements, and copyright/trademark assignments. 

My representation includes business owners, small and mid-size companies, musicians, artists, videographers, and inventors to name a few.

I’m a cancer survivor, love music, my son, the beach, and warm, sunny days.


LLM, Intellectual Property, 2011
Juris Doctor, 2010, IP concentration honors

B.F.A., Art with emphasis in Electronic Media, 1997

Activities & Affiliations

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court Southern District of Ohio


  • Series 6 and 65 Securities
  • Ohio Life and Health Insurance


Stephen T. Murphy

Steve focuses his practice on small business, family estate counseling, intellectual property, as well as equine law. He prides himself in aiding the growth and success of all of his clients, no matter what the size of the project.

A Chemical Engineer for 17 years in industry, including the Proctor and Gamble Company, Steve was offered a chance to move into the P&G Patent Division. Steve attended Chase College of Law, while continuing his career, and raising his family. He then moved into the legal group. In his tenure at Procter and Gamble, Steve practiced intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), contract, and business law.

Personal attention is a priority. He will take the time to focus on individuals unique needs and help individuals, families, and businesses simplify the complex legal issues of everyday life. Whether it’s forming a new LLC, filing for federal patent or trademark protection, preparing estate documents, drafting or receiving contracts, Steve works with every client individually.  Steve has his own practice, Stephen T. Murphy Law LLC.


Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1999

Engineering/Industrial Management, 1986

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, 1980

Activities & Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, Ohio
  • Registered U.S. Patent Attorney


Nancy Wagner

Nancy Wagner has 20+ years of experience, much of it representing Fortune 50 firms. Her commitment is to bring her experience, knowledge and passion to small businesses in her community. Her goal is to bring her experience and passion to the “little guy” in her community. Ms. Wagner is an experienced attorney with a practice focused on business transactions, estate planning and probate. She is passionate about educating her clients on the need to plan ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones. Nancy is able to provide to her clients comprehensive Estate Planning – Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney et al. as well as Probate – Estate Administration; guardianships. Nancy has her own law firm, Wagner Law LLC.


Juris Doctor, 1995

B.A., English, 1988

Activities & Affiliations

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Mason Deerfield Chamber of Commerce
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, member

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Licensed in Ohio + Kentucky

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The Villalba Firm LLC is a boutique business and intellectual property law practice that provides legal advice to innovative creatives and emerging companies in the arts, entertainment, digital media, tech, as well as other small businesses. We offer comprehensive legal strategies from inception to fruition.