As a trial attorney for more than 35 years, Carolyn has extensive jury and bench trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts. She has substantial experience in the areas of product liability, legal malpractice, complex commercial cases, and has defended youth organizations in cases involving child sexual abuse.

Carolyn has been recognized for her litigation skills through her induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers as a Fellow, and is also 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. Carolyn has been recognized among the top ten attorneys in Ohio and the top five attorneys in Cincinnati by Ohio Super Lawyers®. She was named in 2012 and 2017 as Best Lawyers® Cincinnati, Ohio “Lawyer of the Year” – Product Liability Litigation-Defendants.


  • 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®, Cincinnati, Ohio Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012, 2017
  • University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 5 Cincinnati Attorneys,” 2017-2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 10 Attorneys in Ohio,” 2017
  • 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


  • Cincinnati Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, 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
  • Product Liability Moot Court Competition Judge
  • Federal Court, Volunteer Mediator