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Kathleen M. Trafford

Columbus
p +1 614.227.1915
f +1 614.227.2100
  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215

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Kathleen concentrates her practice in the area of governmental and regulatory litigation, business disputes and constitutional law. She handles cases involving constitutional challenges to state and local laws or orders, First Amendment claims, rate making and price discrimination, contract disputes, trademarks, professional ethics, public records, injunctions, and special writs in the Ohio Supreme Court. She is the chair of the firm's Energy practice. In addition to representing parties in federal and state courts, Kathleen also has experience arbitrating disputes. She was selected by the Private Adjudication Center at Duke University to serve as an arbitrator in the Dalkon Shield products liability class action settlement and in the Smith Barney employment discrimination class action settlement.

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Kathleen was deputy chief counsel to the Ohio Attorney General. She had primary responsibility for defending the state of Ohio in litigation resulting from the Ohio savings and loan crisis. She argued before the United States Supreme Court in Ohio Civil Rights Commission v. Dayton Christian Schools, 477 U.S. 619 (1986).

Kathleen is fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and currently serves on the ACTL Board of Regents. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is recognized among the top 50 women attorneys in Columbus by Ohio Super Lawyers®. Kathleen also has been recognized as a “Leader in their Field” for Commercial Litigation in Ohio by Chambers USA every year since 2006.

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