As a litigation associate at Coolidge Wall, Sasha M. VanDeGrift represents clients in a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. This entails extensive research and writing as well as court appearances to best effectuate client goals.
In addition to her active practice, Sasha is the Chairperson of the Dayton Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division and maintains an active presence on several other DBA committees. Sasha has written several articles for the DBA's Bar Briefs. Sasha is a member of the Boonshoft Associate Board. She also served her alma mater as an adjunct faculty for UDSL's Academic Success Program for six semesters. Sasha is a member of the Carl Kessler Inn of Court and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Prior to joining the firm, Sasha served as Staff Attorney for Judges Mary L. Wiseman and John W. Kessler. As a Staff Attorney, Sasha researched and wrote on numerous procedural and substantive issues, from post trial motions, complex business tort cases, motions in limine, Robinson v. Bates issues, evidentiary standards governing summary judgment motions, Ohio CSPA claims, electronic and paper discovery issues, motions to compel, motions to dismiss, and zoning law, to name a few. Sasha has also worked for the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals and Ohio Twelfth District Court of Appeals, as well as the Federal Public Defender's Office.
Sasha has a long history of academic excellence. As a student at Purdue University, Sasha earned the coveted Outstanding Senior award for scholarship in history. Sasha graduated from Purdue with distinction and was also inducted into the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. As a law student at the University of Dayton School of Law, Sasha earned several scholarships for her academic achievement and community involvement. Sasha also founded the Criminal Law Association, a student organization dedicated to the study of criminal law and its application, serving as the group's first President. Most recently, Sasha was recognized as an Influential Woman of the Miami Valley when she was selected as one of the "Top 25 Women to Watch in 2011" by Women in Business Networking, a Miami Valley based organization.