Additional Information

Admissions

Supreme Court of Ohio

U.S. District Court - N.D. Ohio

U.S. District Court - S.D. Ohio

U.S. Disctrict Court - D. Colorado

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit

Representative Matters

  • Strategic general counsel and lead transactional attorney for an international commodity trading firm that sources and supplies personal protective equipment

  • Lead plaintiff’s counsel in a multi-million-dollar shareholder dispute involving alleged financial impropriety and misappropriation of intellectual property

  • Lead counsel in Delaware Chancery Court litigation between joint venture partners in a technology start-up involving alleged claims of trade secret misappropriation, breaches of contract and fiduciary duty, and unfair and deceptive acts and practices

  • Lead defense counsel for medical marijuana cultivator in multiple litigation matters challenging Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program structure and administration

  • Lead defense trial counsel in a consumer lawsuit against three financial services providers arising from the use of pre-foreclosure asset preservation services

  • Lead plaintiff’s trial counsel for the claimant in a FINRA arbitration that resulted in full recovery of the claimant’s direct economic loss

  • Lead plaintiff's trial counsel in a complex personal injury case that resulted in an $850,000 jury verdict, one of the largest in Franklin County, Ohio in 2017

  • Lead counsel, for both plaintiffs and defendants, in employment discrimination cases involving race, age, national origin, gender, and disability claims

  • Lead counsel for a corporate joint venture partner that resulted in the return of $5.5 million, which represented a full recovery of its capital investment

  • Lead plaintiffs’ trial counsel in a real estate fraud case that resulted in the third-largest plaintiffs’ jury verdict in Franklin County, Ohio in 2012

  • Lead plaintiffs’ trial counsel for a group of shareholders in litigation filed against a closely held company and its board of directors involving the alleged intentional devaluation of company shares and a punitive forced buy-out at below fair value

  • Lead trial counsel in a complex commercial contract and trade secret dispute for an international office equipment company that resulted in full recovery of the company’s damages

  • Lead counsel for a group of defrauded investors in litigation filed against a real estate investment firm that fabricated financial information as part of a private placement memorandum to solicit investment capital

  • Defended an investment company sued as a co-defendant in a securities fraud case arising from a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by another entity, which used a single herd of cattle as collateral (instead of the multiple herds it falsely represented it owned) for sequential multimillion-dollar loans; the investment company raised capital for the loans by selling private security interests in the herds it believed the other entity owned

  • Lead trial counsel for the trustee and health care attorney-in-fact in a probate court matter involving allegations that the principal was incapacitated and subject to undue influence at the time of executing the trust documents and health care power of attorney, and allegations of elder abuse, false accounting, and theft of trust assets

  • Lead plaintiffs’ trial counsel for minority shareholders in lockout/force-out/buyout cases involving privately held Ohio companies

  • Lead defense counsel in a case brought by the Internal Revenue Service against a company accused of obtaining federal tax refunds through unlawful, unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices

  • Co-trial counsel in a $30-million commercial contract arbitration involving the construction and performance of an oil and gas well and the alleged theft of confidential geological and seismic surveys

  • Co-counsel in a multimillion-dollar natural gas contract dispute involving the transmission of natural gas through Ohio pipelines

  • Directed litigation related to a $75-million fraud perpetrated on the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, resulting in more than $12 million (of approximately $20 million in remaining unrecovered funds) being returned to the State of Ohio in a 12-month period

  • Defended the chief financial officer of a large insurance company in a federal criminal tax and insurance fraud prosecution that originally alleged a loss of more than $50 million but ultimately resulted in a plea agreement to one count of the superseding indictment, a loss calculation of less than $300,000, and a significantly reduced term of imprisonment

  • Defended a financial advisor in a parallel administrative investigation involving alleged claims of unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts and practices arising from the sale of securities and other investment products, resulting in no finding and closure of the case

  • Defended an investigation by the Ohio Department of Insurance into allegedly fraudulent sales acts and practices by an insurance brokerage firm, resulting in no finding and closure of the case

  • Defended an investigation by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Securities, and FINRA into embezzlement claims made by a bank against a registered representative, resulting in no finding and closure of the cases

  • Defended FTC and state attorneys general investigations and litigation arising from a data breach involving the theft of credit card, debit card, and checking account information from a national retailer

  • Lead counsel for the State of Ohio in high-profile and politically sensitive litigation during a one-year appointment in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; directed the operations of the Criminal Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which had the largest operational budget of any of the office’s divisions

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • “Using Your Strengths to Grow Your Business in Uncertain Times: Strengths for Maximizing Your Purpose,” GoDaddy Community on LinkedIn (Fall 2020)

  • “Aligning Strategy and Culture to Hack Growth,” Zell Lurie Institute, University of Michigan (Fall 2020)

  • “The Power of Definite Optimism: Strategies for Success in a VUCA Time,” Innovate New Albany Tiger Talk (Fall 2020)

  • “Strategies for Entrepreneurs: Dealing with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA),” Zell Lurie Institute, University of Michigan (Spring 2020)

  • “Business Divorce Litigation Strategy and Tactics,” Presenter, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH (June 2019)

  • “Booze, Bullets, and Bingo,” Presenter, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH (April 2019)

  • “Qualified Opportunity Zones – Columbus Region,” Organizer/Presenter, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Columbus, OH (December 2018)

  • “Accounting & Valuation Issues in Closely Held Companies,” Organizer/Presenter, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH (September 2018)

  • “An Effective Alternative to Courts,” Panelist, American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (September 2018)

  • "Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives Affecting Investment Professionals," Keynote Speaker, Wealth Management of Northwest Ohio Quarterly Meeting, Toledo, OH, (November 2017)

  • "Who's on First? Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities for the Trump Administration Affecting Investment Professionals," CFA Society Cleveland, Cleveland, OH (September 2017)

  • "Preparing In-House Counsel and External Lawyer Advocates for Effective and Good Faith Mediation of M&A and Other Business Disputes," American Bar Association Business Litigation Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (September 2017)

  • "Drafting Organizational Documents to Avoid Litigation," Business Law Conference, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, OH (May 2017)

  • "Quick Expert Cross-Examination," Ohio State Bar Association webinar (December 2016)

  • "Top 10 Employment Law Risks," Hot Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law, Tucker Ellis LLP, Columbus, OH (November 2016)

  • "The Business Trial Lawyer’s Tool Kit – Practical Steps for Preparing and Filing a Case Under Exigent Circumstances," Ohio State Bar Association webinar (2016)

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Ohio Chapter, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Investigations and Litigation: Preventing and Defending Whistleblower Claims Seminar, Organizer, Columbus, OH (2015)

  • "Trial Evidence and E-Discovery," Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio (2015)

  • "Criminal Health Care Fraud Enforcement," 2015 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Symposium, Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, OH (2015)

Representative Publications

  • “Building a Business and a Community During a Pandemic,” Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly (Summer 2021)

  • “The Art of the Pivot,” Columbus Business First/Columbus Bar Association Legal Connection (January 8, 2021)

  • "Litigation Cropping Up as Losing Applicants Scrap for Handful of Medical Marijuana Cultivator Licenses in Ohio," American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Newsletter (Summer 2018)

  • "Chapter 19 – Topics in Business Divorce Litigation" and "Chapter 24 – Financial Institutions Litigation," Business and Corporate Litigation, Chapter Editor and Contributor, American Bar Association (2018)

Education

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business – Columbus, OH

Master of Business Administration – 2020

Case Western Reserve University School of Law – Cleveland, OH

Juris Doctor – 1999

 

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Communications – 1996