YEARS OF PRACTICE:47 years
I became an attorney in order to make sure the current laws are applied equally and fairly to all persons; and to change laws I believe are not consistent with the Ohio and United States Constitutions.
Serving as a board member of the Legal Aid Society, and on committees at the Cincinnati Bar Association, and developing both personal and business relationships with other lawyers has made me a better attorney. In addition, because I have tried numerous cases, I know the value of a claim and am able to advise clients properly as to whether they should settle a claim or pursue the claim to trial.
I became active in civil rights law and discrimination law due to being descriminated against because of my religion and my strong opposition to the Vietnam War.
My firm is unique because of my experience, my willingness to meet with clients on a limited fee basis and to represent individuals who have limited funds.
My ideal client is a client who keeps appointments, returns phone calls, works with me in order to win his/her claim and is reasonable in accepting the advice I give them.
My personal interests are supporting the Cincinnati Reds, tennis, exercise, family (three children, four grandchildren) and serving on non-profit boards, such as the Greater Cincinnati Epilepsy Council, Interfaith Hospitality Network for the Homeless and the Community of Mt. Auburn.
My charitable interests are the Valley Temple, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, Mount Auburn Health Center (25 years), Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, Employee Rights Institute, Greater Cincinnati Epilepsy Council and the Cincinnati Human Relations Committee.
- Employment Agreements
- other employment issues
- Wrongful Termination
- Buying/Selling Property
- Federal Subsidized Housing Rights
- Foreclosure Defense
- Mold Issues
- Public Housing
University of Cincinnati
Juris Doctor (JD), 1967
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
All Ohio Courts
US District Court
6th Circuit Court of Appeals
US Supreme Court
Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
CBA Labor and Employment Law Committee
CBA Real Property Law Committee
Ohio (1967), #0025468
I have been involved in numerous significant cases that resulted in changing the law. I changed the law with regard to workers compensation retaliation in the case of Boyd v. Winton Hills. I have been involved in numerous race discrimination class actions, and other class actions, namely, against General Electric, Armco, City of Cincinnati and other major corporations. I have had three jury verdicts against the City of Cincinnati for discriminatory treatment, and also obtained verdicts against other companies in litigation or the claims have settled.
I have represented individual clients in over 200 individual discrimination claims regarding race, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation; over 30 claims where the employee was subject to a hostile environment or harassment due to their age, sex, race, national origin or disability; over 20 claims regarding Family Medical Leave Act and several cases regarding employment related issues regarding non-compete, severance packages, Fair Labor Standards Act and Breach of Written Contracts; over 300 personal injury claims; over 300 Domestic Relations cases; and over 50 claims against government entities and corporations for civil rights violations, false arrests, and malicious prosecution.
I have been involved in civil rights employment discrimination, real estate, personal injury and domestic relations for 44 years.
After law school, I worked as a law clerk for the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since 1969, I have been self-employed with an office in downtown Cincinnati and, generally, a virtual office in the suburbs.
I do offer free phone call consultations, but will charge for a face to face meeting in the office or at the client's home.
Typically, I charge $180 to $500 for an employment case to investigate the claim. If I pursue the claim, the fee is on a percentage basis. The average retainer for hourly work is $500 to $1000.
I will offer flat fees on some matters.
My hourly rate for divorce work is $180 per hour; landlord/tenant work is $150 per hour; real estate work is $200 per hour.