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No one expected I would become an attorney. I earned my master’s in clinical psychology and began a doctoral program in the same subject before realizing that I should become a lawyer. Let me explain…

The mind fascinates me. It always has. So, when pressed to select a field of study, of course, I chose psychology. Later, I realized that the only practical application of psychology which interested me was research, and really, that would not affect the world at large. I would simply be writing academic journals for the pleasure of other psychologists, and I thought, “What’s the purpose of understanding psychological theories if they don’t impact real lives?” 

I needed a concrete outlet for the knowledge I had gained, and I ultimately found it through examining my father’s own profession: the law. Suddenly, I recognized that there were many commonalities between litigation and psychology that I had never noticed before. First and foremost, understanding how the brain works allows you present more effectively in trial. It also allows witnesses to more easily open up to you during cross-examinations and gives you the power to better guide your own clients through the process. I saw that being an attorney would grant me the freedom to continue doing the research I loved, while also providing a pragmatic way to solve real-world problems. Needless to say, the decision I had to make was clear: leave my Ph.D. program and apply for law school. 

My Practice Today

Not once have I ever regretted my decision. Throughout my career thus far, I have dedicated time to creating systems to help my clients better understand the law. I find that by taking away surprises, you take away some of their fear, and that’s certainly what I strive to do. And when questions do arise, I make myself available to answer them. Although my practice keeps me busy, I update my clients as often as possible. Once we establish a professional relationship, I give out my personal cell phone number and do my best to be there whenever they need me. 

You’ll find me texting my clients throughout the weekend. I’m definitely not just a 9 - 5 attorney.


You simply can’t represent clients in matters of personal injury or probate litigation without being there for them emotionally. 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. There is one particular case that always comes to mind when I am illustrating this point. 

Three sisters had sued their fourth for will contest action. After two years of litigation, we were finally able to resolve the dispute in mediation. At the end of the session, the four sisters came together again. I watched them hug, cry, and then plan to get together for dinner. Probate litigation can tear families apart, but an attorney who handles the case professionally and respectfully can help facilitate resolutions that allow for healing.

When you sue someone, many aspects of your life can end up broken. I meet people when they are in the middle of this distress and work to bring them together with the opposing party once again. The ability to mend relationships is one of my favorite parts of trial. It sounds backward, but attorneys are in the business of dispute resolution, and anytime I can bring relief and release into a client’s life, it is meaningful and memorable. 

What Keeps Me Going

It’s these resolutions that inspire me to spend 14 hours straight at my desk preparing for trial. I work tirelessly to gather and organize evidence so that I can advocate for my clients effectively in the courtroom. I maintain good relationships with the opposing counsel for the same reason. Every good attorney will tell you that negotiations will go further if you conduct yourself with class and dignity. There’s simply no reason to be hostile when you can make your point through proven facts and tactics alone. 

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. 

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Northern District
  • U.S. Southern District
  • Ohio

Education

  • Juris Doctorate - Mortiz College of Law at the Ohio State University, 2004

Professional Associations & Membership

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice