Welcome to my website. I am admitted in the state of Ohio and United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. My practice concentrates primarily on the field of legal ethics and consists of representing lawyers on ethics and disciplinary matters, bar applicants in admissions matters, non-lawyers in unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”) matters, and providing representation and expert witness services in legal malpractice actions.
I have written hundreds of private advisory opinions for clients from solo practitioners to international law firms, I have defended hundreds of attorney grievances, and I have appeared as counsel on numerous occasions before Panels of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline and the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, as well as before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
I've been published by Columbus Bar Briefs, which is published by The Daily Reporter, I was a contributing author to Reflections on Life and the Law, published by the Columbus Bar Association, and I frequently teach CLE courses on legal ethics, professionalism, and substance abuse to various bar organizations and government agencies, including: The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA); The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College; The Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Ohio Lawyer’s Assistance Program (OLAP); The Supreme Court Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law; The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association; The Stark County Academy of Trial Lawyers; Central Ohio Association for Justice; The Ohio Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL); and, continuing education sponsors such as Lorman, PESI, and NBI. I have also taught and am available for private CLEs to law firms and their invited guests.
I am member of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, APRL, and the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations. I also currently serve as the Ethics Chair for the Central Ohio Association for Justice and serve on the Columbus Bar Association Professionalism Committee.
Peer voted 2010-2013 for inclusion in Best Lawyers for Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law.
Peer voted 2012 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus for Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law.
Peer voted 2011 Top Lawyers in Columbus Business First.
Peer voted 2012 Top Lawyers in Columbus CEO.
AV Preeminent Peer Rated in Martindale Hubbell 2011-Present.
Capital University Law School, (1997-2000): Juris Doctor
Recipient: Deans Scholarship
Elected to Beta Court of the Order of the Curia National Honorary Legal
Ohio University (1994-1996) Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Criminology)
Graduated Cum Laude
Member: Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor’s Society
The Ohio State University (1991-1994) No Degree/Transferred to Ohio University
Member: Honors Program