I knew I wanted to become an attorney at an early age, but it took me a while to find my niche. After law school, I handled a variety of cases, including bankruptcy and other civil matters. Yet criminal law has always been my strong suit. If you want to do something well, it’s important to be focused. So when I opened my own practice, I decided to center it around criminal defense and appeals. After all, while with Cooper & Pennington, I had ample learning opportunities from prominent Columbus criminal defense attorneys Christopher Cooper and Crysta Pennington. During this time, I gained extensive trial experience ranging from simple traffic offenses to high-profile murder cases, all of which are invaluable to my practice today.
When people ask “Why criminal defense?” there is one particular case that always comes to mind. It was the first “not guilty” verdict I received for a client after trial. The fact that we won is not what is significant. What matters is that my client was charged with the rape of a child that he truly did not commit. His entire life was on the line because of this case, and he could’ve lost everything for something he was not even a part of.
In that moment, I knew why I was passionate about criminal defense. Unlike what the general public often thinks, criminal defense attorneys regularly protect the innocent from convictions they do not deserve. Even when clients are guilty, good attorneys will strive to uphold their rights when everyone else has turned their back. For this reason, I have always found that criminal defense attorneys help people in a unique way.
The satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped someone improve their life makes everything worth it.