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.