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I was born and raised in the Mahoning Valley, Youngstown, Ohio. I am a proud graduate of South Range High School in North Lima, Ohio. I attended
John Carroll University (B.S., cum laude, 1995) where I played baseball
and was a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society. I received my law degree from the University of Akron (J.D.) in 1998 and was the
recipient of the CALI Excellence for Trial Advocacy Award. I am admitted to practice in all Ohio courts and the United States
District Court, for the Northern District of Ohio.
My practice areas include criminal defense of all level and types of crimes in both State and Federal Court, juvenile defense, and many types of personal injury litigation. I have successfully litigated numerous civil and criminal cases to jury verdict. I have been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2012 and 2013 and Ohio Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. I have also received the Clients' Choice Award from Avvo for 2013, 2014 and 2015. I have been certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to represent indigent defendants in death penalty cases as trial co-counsel.
I am a past President of the Mahoning County Bar Association (2013-2014), past Grievance Committee member, and past co-chairperson of its Young Lawyers Committee. I am a member of the Ohio Association for Justice, National Trial Lawyers of America, and the Mahoning County and Ohio State Bar Associations. I am also a member of the Facility Governing Board for the Mahoning County Community-Based Correctional Facility.
I travel all over Northeast Ohio representing clients in multiple counties representing individuals charged with all levels of crimes and victims of personal injury.