I began my legal career in 1998, starting out as a paralegal. I went on to law school and upon completion in 2006, continued practicing in Ohio. In 2009, I purchased my own firm with a partner. In 2016, I moved to Florida and began to practice in Manatee, Hillsborough and Sarasota Counties.
I have a holistic approach to the practice of law. When a client comes to see me, they are most likely facing a stressful legal matter, which can affect many areas of their lives. My goal is to try and solve the legal issue you are facing and reduce the stress that comes with the issue.
I believe in spending quality time with a potential client from the very first consultation. My first consultation is FREE and I will spend the time to gather all the information I need and answer every question that arises. Every client deserves respect. I will promptly return phone calls and emails keeping high levels of communication with my clients regarding their case.
My years in the legal field, combined with continued legal education and seminars, have provided me valuable experience in the areas of probate law, estate planning, bankruptcy and general litigation. I believe that a lawyer never stops learning. I represent all of my clients' needs to the best of my capabilities and I always take time to research new matters.
I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. I moved to southern Florida to join my high school sweetheart, reconnecting after 20 years. I absolutely love the sun and warmth Florida has to offer. During my free time I enjoy traveling, scrapbooking, reading, cross-stitching, golf and spending time with my family and friends. I recently became a certified diver and have enjoyed spending time taking in the sea life under the water. Anna Maria Island is currently one of my favorite local beaches! I have two children, both of who stayed in Ohio. My daughter recently had a baby boy, making me a first time grandma, and my son is enjoying his first year of college.
I received my associates degree in paralegal studies at North Central Technical College in 1998. I then began working in a law firm while attaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Akron in 2002. I continued at University of Akron and received my juris doctorate in law in 2006. In March 2017, I completed my master's degree in Forensic Psychology at Walden University.
I became licensed to practice law in Ohio in November 2006 and was sworn into the Ohio Northern District Federal Court in 2007. I purchased my law firm in 2009 in Stow, Ohio, concentrating in the areas of worker’s compensation, bankruptcy, estate planning, probate, medical malpractice, real estate, corporations and general litigation.
In 2016, I relocated to Florida. I took the Florida Bar Exam in February 2016 and was admitted to practice to the State of Florida in July 2016. I was sworn into the Southern District of Florida Federal Court in September 2016 and the Middle District of Florida Federal Court in November 2016. I am also licensed to practice in the Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court and the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court.
I am an active member in the Florida Bar Association, Sarasota Bar Association, Hillsborough Bar Association, Manatee Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and Akron Bar Association. I invested many hours with the Summit County Legal Aid Pro Bono program and won Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. I served on the Akron Bar Association Grievance sub-committee from 2015 to 2016. I have been honored by inclusion on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for consumer bankruptcy law in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In Ohio, in addition to my legal affiliations, I served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Stow Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce from 2011 to 2013 and again from 2014 to 2016. I also served as Vice President for the Cloverleaf Music Associates from 2013 to 2015.