I love board games, and I hate cheaters. In many ways, practicing law is a dream come true: I am given a complex set of rules that lets me hold cheaters accountable.
But we're not talking Monopoly money here.
Thanks to my law firm's work, we've changed the way pizza delivery drivers are paid in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. We've recovered over $20 million for low-wage workers. And, because my firm is willing to fight when others fold, we've received numerous precedent-setting decisions in the area of wage and hour law.
My practice is devoted almost entirely to representing employees in wage and hour lawsuits, usually in class actions. I have also had the honor of representing children who were abused in a detention facility and a group of women who were repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted by a serial abuser.
I love what I do, but most of all, I love how my firm does it. In the class action world, it is easy for lawyers to sell out their clients to make a quick buck, and it seems to happen too often. At our law firm, we have a saying: "always act as if our client is in the room." This means that we do not do what is expedient for us, the lawyers. We do what's best for our clients. We believe that our clients - typically low-wage workers - deserve the same quality of representation as the lawyers representing the CEOs and big companies we go up against. And that is exactly what we aim to provide in every case, no matter how big or small.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law–JD, 2005
University of Pittsburgh–BA in Political Science, minor in History, 2002
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit