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I knew from an early age that I was meant to practice law. I’ve always thrived when the stakes were high and performed well under pressure. Bobby Kennedy was my childhood idol and he inspired me to pursue a career with purpose, something that would make the world a better place. For those reasons, public service always appealed to me, and I went on to establish myself as not only a lawyer but also as a judge. 

At the age of 29, I was the youngest person to ever serve as a judge in the state of Ohio. During that time, I assisted in the establishment of night court and family law mediation to make the law more accessible to everyday citizens. I also lobbied to streamline the judicial system and helped enforce laws related to church and cemetery vandalism. Although my time on the bench was quite rewarding, I missed advocating for clients directly. Anyone who’s been to my office has seen the suit of armor I keep beside my desk. I’d say it sums up what I was created to do: fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. 

Now that I am back to serving the community as a lawyer, I reap the benefits of both worlds. I again get to passionately deliver justice for my clients but now with the insight of a former 12-year judge. I continue to concentrate in family law and criminal defense as those are the areas I know better than any.  Due to the high percentage of students in Hamilton, I have presided over many cases involving alcohol-related crime, such as DUI charges, vandalism and underage drinking. This experience gives me the ability to anticipate challenges and strategies from the defense and prosecution’s point of view. Furthermore, I now know how particular judges think and when it is in your best interest to fight or settle.

But that’s not all. I am also experienced in handling bankruptcy, estate planning, probate and estate administration. I do some collaborative law as well, and I am happy to offer it as a service if it may be advantageous to your case. 

I now know how particular judges think and when it is your best interest to fight or settle.


Yet no matter how much I learn, I continue to seek out new sources of education. In the past, I attended the National Judicial College, a special seminar for judges all over the globe. Since then, I have continued to make a special effort to stay abreast of legal trends. I  frequently attend lectures on topics such as family law, general jurisdiction and financial statements as evidence in the courtroom and also share my knowledge with other attorneys and political officials by teaching seminars of my own.

Most importantly, I share my knowledge with my clients. I will counsel you on everything from the details of your case to how to dress and behave in the courtroom. When you partner with me, your wishes are always respected, but that doesn’t mean I won’t use my professional background to steer you in the right direction. I have over 30 years of experience, and my previous clients will vouch for my sound judgment.  

Many of my former clients have come back to thank me years later, and nothing could mean more to me than that. Some have even sought out my representation after watching me as a judge. Believe me when I say that I am honored to have built my practice almost solely on word-of-mouth referrals alone. It is deeply satisfying not only to receive clients by means of referral but to see them understand the big picture and be pleased with the outcomes of their cases as well. Those moments are what keep me going. They’re why I continue to practice law.

Outside of the firm, my competitive spirit lives on. I enjoy a good competition, and I win nearly every trivia contest I join. The winnings are always donated to charity because, much like in my legal practice, I care most about helping those in need. In my downtime, I will admit that I watch a little too much TV. However, I am also a movie buff and that definitely gives me an edge in trivia competitions. The rest of my life revolves around my family. I have four daughters, and I love them each dearly. 

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1983

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • J.D. - 1983
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • B.A. - 1980
  • Major: Political Science
  • Major: History