I grew up in central Ohio and spent most of my life in Columbus. I attended the Ohio State University for my undergraduate education. I then obtained a Masters in clinical psychology from the University of Dayton. I received my juris doctorate in 2004 after graduating from the Martz College of Law at the Ohio State University.
I have been practicing law in the Central Ohio area for over 16 years, focusing my practice on litigation in the fields of personal injury, probate litigation, business litigation, securities litigation, and Vaccine Act claims. My dual degrees in law and clinical psychology help not only in persuading juries to view a case favorably to my client, but also in understanding and addressing the psychological and emotional impact physical injury and the process of litigation can have on my clients. My team and I strive to provide excellent legal representation while simultaneously maintaining open lines of communication so my clients can have their case-related questions answered quickly.
What I Do
Throughout my career, I have dedicated time to creating systems and procedures to increase efficiency and effectiveness in handling my clients cases as well as help my clients better understand the law and how it relates to their case. I find that by taking away surprises, you take away some of their fear, and that’s certainly what I strive to do. When questions do arise, I make myself available to answer them. Although my practice keeps me busy, my staff and I update my clients as often as possible, and we strive to make ourselves available whenever our clients need us.
You simply can’t effectively represent clients in litigation without listening to their fears and concerns and getting to know them on a personal level . Or rather, you shouldn’t. These are incredibly challenging situations for everyone, and they must be treated delicately. This is because you are not only guiding clients through a difficult time today — you are helping them achieve outcomes that could affect both them and their families for years to come.
When you are involved in litigation, many aspects of your life can be drastically changed. I meet people when they are experiencing a great amount of stress. Although I realize it is unlikely I will be able to solve all of my client’s problems, I try to decrease the stress and anxiety that accompanies litigation. For most people, litigation is a very unfamiliar experience. My staff and I work to explain the process and eliminate surprises as much as possible for our clients.
What Keeps Me Going
An unusual part of my job is that I meet people after something bad is happening to them. People don’t sue unless they absolutely have to. Although I would rather have met my clients under happier circumstances, I am grateful for the opportunity to try to help them when they are in a time of need. I have represented many people who needed my assistance because they have had something bad happen to them. It is nice that I am given an opportunity to try to help them in such a time of need. That provides me energy keeps them motivated to continually do the best I can for my clients.
Beyond my clients, I owe much of my inspiration to my family. I have a loving wife and two young children who motivate me to do my best in all areas of life. When I come home from a long day of work to cook dinner with my wife while our kids run around the house, I am reminded of why I do what I do at my practice each and every day. I merely wish to provide a nice life for my family and enjoy the simple moments between us. Likewise, I want my clients to have the same opportunities with their own loved ones. So, I will advocate tirelessly until they do.
U.S. Northern District
U.S. Southern District
Juris Doctorate - Mortiz College of Law at The Ohio State University, 2004
Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology - University of Dayton, 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - The Ohio State University, 1996