Biography

Known for her calm demeanor and fierce advocacy, Lori has established a reputation as one of the most revered women trial lawyers in the state. She represents companies in complex business and consumer disputes, and in defending individual and collective employment claims. Having tried cases in state and federal courts, both inside Ohio and elsewhere, Lori has an indomitable competitive spirit and an intellect to match. The industry recognition she has received tells us others agree:

  • 2014: Lori was ranked as one of the “Top 50” women attorneys in Ohio by Law & Politics magazine
  • 2014: Lori was ranked as one of the “Top 50” attorneys in Columbus by Law & Politics magazine
  • 2014, 2013: Lori was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • 2014, 2013, 2011: Lori was ranked as one of the “Top 25” women attorneys in Columbus by Law & Politics magazine
  • 2013: Lori was one of only four women nationwide to be selected as a finalist in the ‘Up and Coming Litigator’ category for the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards
  • 2013: Chambers USA reported that Lori is quickly establishing a fine reputation in the state bar. Sources describe her as “smart, extremely diligent and hard-working,” and note that “she is good with witnesses and in the courtroom.”
  • 2012: Chambers USA reported that, “In the heat of litigation, [Lori] maintains a very good sense of objectivity and a resolve to find a solution.”
  • Lori is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and is a co-founder of its Complex Commercial Litigation Institute

Smart, creative, focused and fun to work with. That’s how our clients describe Lori. Whether trying mortgage-backed securities, breach of contract, business tort or other complex business cases, or defending discrimination or wage and hour claims, Lori packs a punch.

Firm Leadership

A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Lori also chairs the firm’s Practice Management Committee. She previously served as chair of the Recruiting Committee and was instrumental in the creation of the firm’s Women Lawyers’ Initiative in 2000.

Practice Areas

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1997)
    • With Honors; Order of the Coif
  • University of Toledo (M.A., 1990)
  • Mount Union College (B.A., 1988)

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • 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 Northern District of Illinois
  • Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, member
  • Columbus Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Institute, co-founder and technology chair
  • Federal Bar Association, member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, fellow
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member

Special Honors

  • Recognized as one of the "Top 25" women attorneys in Columbus by Law & Politics magazine
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50" women attorneys in Ohio by Law & Politics magazine
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50" attorneys in Columbus by Law & Politics magazine
  • Selected as one of four women in the nation in the ‘Up and coming Litigator’ category for Chambers USA Women in Law Awards 2013
  • Honored by Chambers USA for expertise in Litigation (Up & Coming)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics magazine

Charitable + Civic Involvement

  • Behavioral Healthcare Partners, Inc., Board of Directors, former president
  • Granville Education Foundation, trustee
  • The Sheryl L. Kraner, Esq. Youth and Family Behavioral Health Campus, Board of Directors, former president

Presentations

  • "Winning Oral Argument Strategies," presented at the NBI Seminar Ohio Appellate Workshop, September 18, 2013
  • "Social Media + the Workplace," presented to the Women's Presidents' Organization, August 14, 2013
  • "Working with an Expert Witness," co-presented at the Litigation Counsel of America Fall Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, October 26, 2012
  • "Dealing with Former Employees of the Corporate Defendant," presented to the Ohio State Bar Association at the "Business Litigation During Economic Distress" conference, June 11, 2009

Career Highlights

  • Inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Recognized by the Institute for Conflict Management as a certified mediator
  • Served as law clerk to the Honorable David A. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1997-1998