Education:

  • Stow High School 1981
  • University of Akron – Cum Laude 1985
    • B.A. Political Science
    • B.A. History
  • University of Akron, School of Law 1988
    • Juris Doctor

Licensure:

  • Ohio 1989
  • Tennessee 1994
  • Federal Court 1989

Professional Organizations/Activities:

  • Phi Sigma Alpha
  • Delta Theta Phi- Law Fraternity
  • Akron Bar Association:
    • Law Office Management 1986 to 1991
    • Investigative Sub A Committee 1989-90, 92-1995, 1997-1998
    • Fee Arbitration 1990 to 1993
    • Family Law Committee 1993 to Present
    • Grievance Committee 1995 to 2001
    • Western Reserve Legal Services Pro-Bono 1990 to Present
    • Volunteer Guardianship Program 1993 to Present
    • Akron Bar Association
    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Knoxville Bar Association
    • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Summit County Juvenile Court Mediatior 2005 to Present
  • CASA/GAL- Juvenile Court 1992 to Present
  • Guardian ad Litem- Domestic Relations 2000 to Present
  • Community Mediation Center- Stark Co 2006 to 2010

Areas of Practice:

General Practice, including but not limited to:

  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Guardianships
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Real Estate transactions
  • Contracts
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Workers Compensation

Lectures:

  • Women’s League of Stow, September, 1992. Estate Planning, Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney.
  • Prudential Insurance Companies, March 1993. Estate Planning, Living Trusts and Medicare/Medicaid law.
  • Close Up Forum, March 1998. Child Abuse Workshop.
  • Juvenile Court, Guardian Ad Litem Training Session- The Role of Defense Counsel, May 2, 2000.
  • Summit County Probate Court, Guardianships and Alternatives, September 26, 2002.
  • Summit County Juvenile Court, Mediation Update, June 28, 2006
  • Summit County Juvenile Court, Annual Seminar, June 27, 2008

Specialty Training:

  • Child Abuse Investigative Techniques, December 11, 1997.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training, S.C. Domestic Relations Court, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2000.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training, S.C. Juvenile Court, August 1989 and May 2003
  • Methamphetamine Abuse, Treatment and Production, S. C. Juvenile Court CASA/GAL Program 5/25/05
  • Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey – Financial Planning, May – July, 2005
  • Microsoft Certification, Portage Lakes Career Center, 2006
  • Improving Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Case Flow Management in Ohio Courts, The Justice Management Institute and Supreme Court of Ohio, November 30, 2006 to December 1, 2006.

Certified Mediation Training:

  • Better Business Bureau, Child Protection Mediation Training, December 17th & 18, 1999, 16 Hours.
  • University of Akron, Frank Motz & Norma Blank, Divorce Meditation Training, May 14-26, 2005, 40 Hours.
  • University of Akron, Frank Motz, Basic Mediation Training, June 17-18, 2005. 12 Hours.
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section, Domestic Abuse Issues, Training for Mediators and other Professionals, December 7-8, 2006, 14 Hours.
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Dispute Resolution Section, Child Protection Mediation Training, September 24-27, 2007, 32 Hours.
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Uniform Mediation Act Training (UMA), October 19, 2007 3.0 Hours.

Guardian ad Litem Training:

  • Child Abuse Investigative Techniques, December 11, 1997.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training, S.C. Domestic Relations Court, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2000.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training, S.C. Juvenile Court, August 1992 and May 2003
  • Methamphetamine Abuse, Treatment and Production, S. C. Juvenile Court CASA/GAL Program 5/25/05
  • Overcoming Trauma, The Recovery Process from Childhood Sexual Abuse, Bonnie Brazile-Davis, Akron Children’s Hospital & S.C. Juvenile Court CASA/GAL Program 11/12/09 3.0 hours.
  • What’s Up? Effective Communication Skills for Children of All Ages, Ann Anzalone, Ohio Casa Program 4/24/10 5.0 hours.
  • Youth Tattoo: Sporting Ink may mean more than you think. Casa Program 5/6/11 3.0 Rule 48 Cert.