During my time as an undergraduate philosophy student at the University of Akron, I developed a love for critical thinking and the art of formulating an argument. It was one of my insightful professors who suggested that I take up law. It goes without saying that I heeded his advice and embarked on a career that has proven to be my life's purpose. I have a big heart for historically underutilized businesses (e.g., minority-owned, woman-owned, and veteran-owned businesses) and I'm excited to work with any sized company that could need my help.
But I also recognize that business isn't an end in itself—it's a means to an end. It's one among a number of tools that we use to create, produce, and provide. What we do with our business and our work that help define our impact on the world around us—on our communities, on our families. Indeed, our families are what all of this is really about—the end itself. Which is why I'm equally passionate about helping people protect and provide for their loved ones.
I have significant experience providing legal counsel to businesses of all sizes in some of the most complex transactions, including administrative and regulatory proceedings. I provide general business counsel to clients, including advising them on federal, state and local government procurement and business development programs. I also advise business owners and their families on estate and incapacity planning matters. My legal career began as an associate at Whitt Sturtevant LLP. I left the firm in 2014 to serve as Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and was appointed as the State of Ohio’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator. During my service with the State of Ohio, I oversaw several small business development and procurement preference programs, including the State of Ohio’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program. During my administration of the MBE program, the state achieved its procurement goals for the first time since the program began in 1980, making me the first State EEO Coordinator in Ohio’s history with this accomplishment. I went on to lead the state to achieve the program’s goals for the next two consecutive fiscal years, which represented over $830 million in contracts and thousands of jobs created for minority-owned businesses.
I also oversaw the successful administration of the state’s Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity (EDGE) Business Development program, through which over $981 million in state contracts and subcontracts were placed with historically underutilized businesses. I also implemented the state’s first preference program for Veteran-friendly Business Enterprises (VBE). During law school, I completed clerkships with the Ohio governor’s office and the Ohio House of Representatives. I’m also active in Franklin County politics. I earned my J.D. from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and my bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Akron.
Above all else, I value time spent with family, loved ones, and improving local communities. These values are why my goal is for each of my clients to have an efficient business that has working policies and procedures and that’s avoided or mitigated legal risks. Helping clients create these kinds of businesses is my motivating passion because it helps clients experience the freedom and peace of mind that comes with having a business that serves them and their families, instead of the other way around. These are the kinds of businesses that free my clients to spend more time loving their families, supporting their loved ones, and improving their communities.
Awards and Honors
• 2018 Ohio MBE Publishers Award
• Judge Joseph M. Harter Memorial Award for Trial Practice
• OSU Moritz College of Law Lawrence Negotiation Champion
• CALI Awards as the highest scoring law student in Trial Practice; Law, History, & Philosophy; and Legislation Clinic
• Member of the Board of Directors (Secretary), Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
• Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
• Of Counsel, Whitt Sturtevant• Principal, The Nine Forty-Four Grou
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