Overview

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 authorities, or whose property the government seeks to forfeit. She has recently defended clients in environmental, public corruption, gambling and fraud criminal investigations and prosecutions.

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 and her recognition in 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. In addition, Kathy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Kathy is 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 25 innocent prisoners in Ohio since its founding in 2003.

Kathy is also 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 Cincinnati 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.

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude, 1975)
  • Edgecliff College  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1964)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • 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

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers

Honors & Awards

  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation, "John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award," 2018
  • Pro Seniors, "Seniors Who Rock," 2017
  • Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Diamond Award, 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, "Top 50 Cincinnati Super Lawyers®," 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, "Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio," 2015, 2017

Community

  • Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region, Board Committee Member
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, Board Member
  • Ohio Innocence Project, Board Secretary 
  • The Holocaust & Humanity Center, Board President
  • Friends to the Indigent, Board Member