I am a licensed attorney and small business owner. I own and operate an international sports agency that currently represents nearly 70 clients competing in over 30 countries on 6 continents.
LaSalle High School;
Universiteit of Maastricht (Netherlands - Study Abroad);
University of Dayton School of Law;
Sorrento Lingue (Italy - Legal Study Abroad).
Licensed attorney; Proven management experience; Effective communication skills; Ability to bridge cultural differences; Adept in identifying and designating individuals to responsibilities where they can thrive; Accustomed to working as a team.
Hamilton County GOP;
Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #69;
Ohio Right to Life.
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The first thing I would do as Clerk would be to organize a sit-down that included local politicians, judges, police, and community leaders in order to discuss ways to increase community involvement, provide access to information, and make the workings of the county more transparent. By opening the lines of communication and accessibility, we can better understand the concerns of ALL people and how best to remedy the current deficiencies plaguing our offices and communities.
I would address the office budget to determine existing redundancies and financial waste. The savings can then be put towards truly modernizing the office. Technology should supplement, not replace, the office employees. Technological modernization will enhance communication between official offices, simplify the filing process, and promote office transparency. The public's access to reliable information will help reduce costs while making the justice system accessible to everyone!
As Clerk, accessibility and transparency will go hand-in-hand. We will increase accessibility by providing affordable/free procedural and substantive information for a multitude of common legal issues (ie. small claims, evictions, moving violations, etc). By having a department dedicated to providing these types of resources to the public, not only will it help those seeking justice but also ensure justice isn't dependent on cost. No one should have to go broke defending their legal rights.
Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
BA - The Ohio State University, JD - University of Cincinnati
I worked for one of the largest law firms in the country, then moved home to Cincinnati to serve as a special assistant U.S. attorney, then became a lawyer for P&G and now I am serving as the Clerk of Courts.
Married to my wife Whitney, and we have a 10-month-old son Bodhi.
Equality Cincinnati, AFL-CIO, UFCW, SEIU, Mom's Demand Action to End Gun Violence, the Hamilton County Democratic Party, National Association of Social Workers, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, the Friends of the Sentinels, and Senator Sherrod Brown.
Political Party Affiliation
I got involved in public service because of justice reform. As the Clerk, we've added more services online to increase access to justice. We've also launched an award-winning Help Center to help people who can't afford an attorney. In my next term, I want to end cash bail and provide sentencing statistics to end implicit bias in sentencing.
As Clerk, we've made significant improvements in the office. We've modernized technology and added new services online, we created a new website for the first time in 20 years. We also invested in our employees, paying everyone a living wage of $15 an hour and offering paid family leave. We added protections for the LGBTQ community. And we did it all while saving taxpayers over $2 million. I will continue to invest in technology and to make customer service a top priority.
In 2017, we launched a Help Center to assist people without an attorney get legal guidance to represent themselves. The Help Center has won a national award and assisted thousands of people with their cases, including eviction cases. We also offer online help and more services online to help people get their business done who cannot afford a lawyer. Our courts should be accessible not just for some of us, but for all of us.