Overview

A trial attorney for more than 35 years, Carolyn has substantial experience in the areas of product liability, legal malpractice, and complex commercial cases. She is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and has extensive jury and bench trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts.

Evidence of Carolyn’s exceptional litigation skills is her induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers and her service as a past president of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. She is a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She has been recognized among the top ten attorneys in Ohio and the top five attorneys in Cincinnati by Ohio Super Lawyers®. In 2012 and 2017, Carolyn was named as Best Lawyers®, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, “Lawyer of the Year.”

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 1978)
  • Miami University  (B.S., cum laude, 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Board of Professional Conduct
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Grievance Committee, past Chair
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Vice Chair, Business and Commercial Litigation Committee; past President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Honors & Awards

  • Cincinnati Bar Association, John P. Kiely Professionalism Award, 2018
  • Best Lawyers®, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012, 2017
  • Best Lawyers®, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2003 – present
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 5: Cincinnati Super Lawyers
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Top 10: Ohio Super Lawyers
  • University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Excellence in Advocacy Award, 2015
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award, 2013
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism, 2007
  • Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Award, 2003-2004

Community

  • Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Melanoma Know More, Board Member
  • Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, Member, Personnel Committee and past Board Member
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Board of Visitors
  • Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, past Board Member