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Kathleen M. Brinkman

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  • 250 East Fifth Street
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    Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Kathy joined the Cincinnati office of Porter Wright after 24 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Her prosecution specialties were complex white-collar and other major economic crimes, public corruption, and environmental crimes. She also investigated and prosecuted health care fraud matters, including False Claims Act cases. She is a recognized authority in asset forfeiture and has taught the subject throughout the U.S. and abroad. Kathy represents corporations and individuals who face investigation or charges by federal or state authorities, or whose property the government seeks to forfeit. She has recently defended clients in environmental, public corruption, gambling and fraud criminal investigations.

Kathy is a retired adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she taught Trial Practice. She is the author of Federal Criminal Procedure Litigation Manual and a coauthor of Sixth Circuit Practice Manual. Among her many honors are the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award of the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus, the 2011 John P. Kiely Professionalism Award from the Cincinnati Bar Association, the 2005 Nettie Cronise Lutes Award from the Ohio State Bar Association, recognition by Ohio Super Lawyers® for Criminal Defense: White Collar. She was recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio" by Ohio Super Lawyers® for 2015 and recognized in Ohio as a Leader in Their Field in the area of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA. Kathy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Kathy is also the Secretary of the Board of Advocates of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, of which she is an alumna. The OIP has obtained the exoneration of 26 innocent prisoners in Ohio since its founding in 2003.

Kathy is president of the Board of The Holocaust & Humanity Center (formerly the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education). In 2019 HHC will significantly expand its reach into the community by moving to the Union Terminal complex which houses the Cincinnati Museum Center. In this historic point of entry by train for many Holocaust survivors to a new life in Cincinnati, HHC will more than double its exhibit space and be accessible to 1.4 million visitors each year.

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