- University of Cincinnati , J.D., graduated 1978
- University of Virginia, B.S. Finance, graduated 1975
- Ohio, 1978
- Cincinnati Bar Association - Member
- Ohio State Bar Association - Member
- Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Trustee
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Member
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Collaborative Law: Family Law
- American Jurisprudence Award: Agency and PArtnership
- American Jurisprudence Award: Family Law
- Henry Gustavus Wald Award: Contracts
- Martindale Hubbell Preeminent AV Peer Review
- Super Lawyers
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Division of Marital Property
- Grandparents' Rights
- Parenting Time
OSBA Certified Family Law Specialist
The OSBA "specialization program" was created to give licensed Ohio attorneys the ability to become certified as specialists in particular areas of law. The Ohio State Bar Association is proud to be accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists (CCAS).
Tell us a little bit about your practice and what makes it unique.
- As a Cerified Family Law Specialist my practice is devoted to Collaborative Practice and Mediation Services. My educational background in law and finance combined with my business experience and 41 years of practice help me provide the highest level of representation in my chosen fields to my clients.
What common questions are you asked by clients, and what are your answers?
- The difference between Mediation and Collaboraitve Law is based primarily upon the role of the attorney. Both processes offer "bottom-up" solutions where all substantive decisons are left to the clients, as oppsosed to "top-down" lawyer dominated solutions without meaningful client participation. The lawyer's role in Mediation, however, is that of a neutral facilitator, who does not provide legal advice to either client; a single lawyer cannot represent two clients. All issues are covered, the clients are educated about their choices and then they make their decisions on their own. In the Collaborative Process each client is represented by a Collaborative Lawyer and the lawyers are hired to provide legal advice, evaluation of options and help with negotiations. The lawyers advocate for the Collaborative Process and insure that each client's voice is heard.