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Carol Lavonn Risk

Criminal defense Attorney at Ft Mitchell, KY

4.2   32 reviews

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About Carol

Learn Carol’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, traffic, DUI offenses, and appeals.

  2. Family
    45%
    Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Maintenance, Parenting time, Adoption, Paternity and Contempt.

  3. General practice
    10%
    Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Landlord and Tenant law.

I dreamed of being a lawyer from a young age. I feel privileged to practice in a profession I love. I also feel privileged to use my law degree and skills acquired in the education arena too, as I am also a former Adjunct Professor at the Univerity of Cincinnati and currently the Program Coordinator for the Paralegal Program at Gateway Community and Technical College. 

 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son, reading, hiking and otherwise being outdoors.  

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Licensed for 16 years
State KY
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 12/20/2022
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Risk Firm, PLLC
2008 Dixie Hwy
Ft Mitchell, KY, 41011

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Case
I had a great experience from my initial consultation to then retaining Carol to represent me in family court. She is very professional and informative with keeping me in the loop about court dates/times. I never felt left in the dark about what was to happen next! I highly recommend an initial consultation to use Carol.
Posted by Nickolas | May 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best in northern ky
Absolutely the best lawyer I’ve ever come across. She doesn’t only fight for clients she does it with a passion. I can honestly say hands-down she has the best lawyer in Kentucky. If you want a hard worker, a strong fighter, a up spoke and respected person to fight for you I would highly recommend her
Posted by Orlando | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very Sharp in Court
I had a court date today and this attorney not only looked beautiful and very professional, but when my case was called by her, it was very simple and fast. My charges nor a bond, was even brought up. Thus was an arraignment. All I heard was not guilty, preliminary hearing, and goodbye. I could not believe what I seen today. She was very professional and seems to get what she wants. If there is any negative reviews, I would have to say they are full of crap. From now on, I will go to Carol for any legal issues. Extremely responsive to all my calls and messages. Thank you so much because I really thought I was going to jail. I wish they had 10 stars.
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Posted by Scott | November 18, 2017
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Hiring Carol Risk was the best decision I made!!!!
From the first consultation, Carol has been excellent. She was very informative of every aspect of my case. I had a very long difficult custody battle, Carol was there with me all the way. I felt her passion toward the case, and that gave me confidence. To feel like she cared about the situation, and not just the job, made me feel so much better during a very difficult time in my life. After, a very long time and multiple trips to the court room, we walked away with everything that we were asking for. ( no one wins in a custody battle. It's an ugly thing for everyone involved). However, thanks to all the hard work of Carol and her team, I do believe that my kids benefited the best they could with the situation at hand. Thank you Carol!!!! My family can't thank you enough!!!
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Posted by T.M.B. | June 6, 2017
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Professional and Caring Advocate
In 2014 Carol represented me in a fairly straight-forward divorce where my ex-husband and I were able to quickly compromise on all issues - asset/debt division, custody, etc. After the divorce, while my ex and I weren't friends we did have a relationship in which we were able to discuss and compromise on any issues that arose, mainly because I would give in in the hope of maintaining a peaceful and positive relationship for our kids. In November 2016 my ex wanted me to give him the children 100% off the time (we had a true 50/50 parenting schedule), reduce his child support and asked me to pay 50% of a $12k debt from the time of our marriage that had already been divided in our agreement. I reached a point where giving in was not in the best interest of the children and denied his requests. That began a 6 month court process. I work in the legal industry but that didn't fully prepare me for the intense emotional roller coaster that followed. But throughout the process I had Carol Risk and thank goodness I did. Carol was knowledgeable about not only the issues of law involved in my case but also about the local rules and the court process. In the courtroom it was obvious that Carol was the more knowledgeable family law attorney as she raised objections, cited law and questioned witnesses. But beyond her knowledge and excellent courtroom ability Carol cared about my case. I understand she couldn't be there every time I had doubts and questions because I'm not her only client, but she was there when needed with excellent advice like how to communicate with my ex and the best way to position myself in light of the pending court hearings throughout the process. When I finally stopped trying to run my own case and listened to Carol and allowed the court process to unfold I actually felt better and my case progressed. We won on all issues and I am so thankful to Carol Risk for being such a zealous advocate for me and my children and for being the kind of woman that will tell me when to get out of my own way.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2016
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Perfection
Needed Carol's help to avoid a court date for a moving violation. Hired on a Tuesday and my court date was that Friday. She made a call and sent a couple of emails to the prosecutor and my case was dismissed!!! She is very thorough and professional! I will absolutely use her again if needed.
Posted by Mark | July 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
We won
Hello, my name is mark and for the past six years I have been in one of the most disguting and crazy custody battle. It started out as me just fighting to establish my rights and parenting time. During this time I dealt with 3 different lawyers that were pitiful and no more fought for me than a bug fighting a shoe that is squishing it. Needles to say one day after an extremely unfair decision in court while i was walking back to my car i saw ms. Risk law firm I walked in that door and my life has been better ever since. Im not going to say it was easy and Carol assured me it wouldnt be and continued to encourage me to not give up. Slowly but surely after 4 more years we gained little by little. Finally i almost have my son completely thanks to some awesome attorney work and some poor decisions by my sons mother. I couldnt recommend a better lawyer or person.
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Posted by Mike | March 15, 2016
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Highly recommend
Carol helped me get full custody of my daughter and was a constant professional as well as a great listener. I highly recommend Carol as a lawyer and feel very fortunate to have had her help me and my family.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2016
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Silebi V Cormier
I had a very unusual case with regards to an Ex Girlfriend. I was served on a thursday did some research and Carol was recommended through a family member. They vetted her and said she is the best one to go to in this geographical area. I talked to her and hired her after a phone consultation, She knew exactly the case and was through in her research of not only the facts she needed but sorted through all the extra I kept brining up. Carol could see I was a fish out of water and put me at ease while she reviewed the facts with me. This was all over Email and phone conversation since I live in California. The day of the case I arrived in Kentucky after Traveling all night and morning. We went over some final notes and looked over the evidence against me. She said this is easy to beat. We swore in and started the actual review of the case, Carol established the lines she needed to maneuver in and started diminishing the petitioners evidence, blowing huge chunks out of the case that was brought against me. By the time the Petitioner was done the judge had Already Ruled the Case Dismissed. All in all I spent 18 hours traveling for 20 minutes in a court room, to have the case dismissed by the skill and diligence of Carol. I can not recommend her enough to you if you have a case, that needs serious attention, this is the Lawyer you need.
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Posted by Traci | February 29, 2016
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Outstanding! Will highly recommend!
If I had to choose one word to describe Carol and The Risk Firm it would be phenomenal!! I retained Ms. Risk to defend me in a family court matter. Her confidence and comfort level in the courtroom is impressive to say the least. She was assertive, not the slightest bit apprehensive about speaking up, and had a no-nonsense approach in dealing with the other side. I desperately wanted to find an attorney that would make sure my voice was heard and fight for what I thought was right for me and my kids. Carol did exactly that. Carol’s confidence and grounded disposition outside of court helped calm my anxieties and fears. She was prepared and focused on getting the job done and she did it with ease. Very talented attorney who I hold in great esteem and would highly recommend.
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Posted by Lindsay D. | February 26, 2016
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Would recommend and use time and time again!
Carol and her firm team are professional, thorough, and care completely about not only your wants but your needs and she/they study, fight and work hard to get the case won and closed ASAP! You can tell she truly cares. And her or her team are always on call or are easy to contact at all times. Thank you guys for all you've done to help with my case! Life changing.
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Posted by Jennifer | November 20, 2015
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Amazing Attorney
Carol Risk not only an amazing attorney but she is an wonderful person as well. She stood right beside me through out my divorce and custody case. Defending me throughout an extremely stressful time in my life easing my fears and worries . She was always there with a kind word and exceptional knowledge of the legal system. As a mother herself she understood and sympathized with my situation. I highly recommend her !!!!!
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Posted by Elizabeth | July 29, 2015
Carol is wonderful!
Carol is professional and knowledgeable. She did a great job for me concerning my child support case. It's a great feeling to know that you have a lawyer that you can trust and that will go above and beyond to make sure the job is done and done right!
Posted by Kevin | July 21, 2015
Divorce Proceedings
I called Carol to discuss the divorce process on the recommendation from another client of hers. She was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful throughout the entire process. She was always very accessible and kept me informed. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for legal representation.
Posted by B. | July 20, 2015
She did awesome for me!
I had criminal cases in Kenton and Cambell county and Carol had my back. She was honest and explained things so I knew what was happening. If I need a lawyer again I'm calling her!
Posted by William | July 13, 2015
Professional Legal Services at a Fair Cost
There are several issues that a person needs to consider before selecting a law firm and lawyer to represent them in an important legal matter. You can take my recommendation that Carol Risk is the best value in the Northern, Kentucky area, or you can do the homework yourself. These are the areas that I feel are important and where Carol delivered the greatest value: 1. Carol was always correct in her legal analysis and conclusions. 2. Carol is adept at developing sound legal strategies. 3. Carol maintains excellent communication during the course of her representation. 4. Again, Carol will respond to phone calls, email and texts within a reasonable amount of time, always. 5. Carol was always on time and prepared to represent me in my legal affairs - 100% of the time. 6. The fees Carol charges are 1/2 of a downtown Cincinnati firm, without sacrificing quality representation. 7. Carol maintains good relationships with the local attorneys and judges. 8. Carol Risk delivered a good result in my legal case. 9. The Risk Law Firm and Carol Risk is the best value in the legal community. 10. The most important reason to select Carol Risk: "Carol Risk is HONEST". You will get the best result with The Risk Firm! William
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Posted by Nikki | April 30, 2015
Parenting Time
this was my first time ever going through anything like this and ever having to get a lawyer for anything. I was very pleased with everything carol had done and helped me with. She was extremely knowledgable and kept things pretty smooth as far as not having to end up in a court room in front of a judge. I highly recommend her if you are looking for custody/parenting time lawyer!!!!!
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Posted by Jeremy | February 17, 2015
Very satisfied Client!
I was facing 25 to life, my lawyer Carol Risk and her partner at the The Risk Firm fought tooth and nail to prove my innocence, and because of Carol I am a free man now. She is a great and very intelligent lawyer, and will fight hard for you. Also everyone at The Risk Firm are really nice and treat you like family. If your looking for a attorney, I highly recommend this law firm!
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2015
Quick and efficient help with a divorce
I spoke with several lawyers before Carol Risk. She returned my call promptly and her rates were within reason. She scheduled a time to meet several days later regarding my divorce. She was very thorough and explained how certain information would protect me in the future even if I did not see a need for it now. Better save now than sorry later. I really wanted to have the divorce completed by the end of the year. Carol Risk called me personally on the morning of Christmas Eve to inform me the judge had signed the papers and the divorce was final, giving me a new start with a new year. If you are in need of a lawyer, I would highly recommend Carol Risk and her firm.
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Posted by Lori V. | December 2, 2014
Nationally Ranked, Class Act Attorney
In a male-dominated industry, Carol isn't afraid to stand up and fight for her client. Carol's previous experience as a child support prosecutor is a huge advantage when litigating for support. The experience gave her the knowledge and understanding of what I could realistically anticipate to be awarded. My ex was voluntarily underemployed. With proper documentation Carol was able to prove his income potential and her estimate was spot-on what the judge awarded after imputing his wages. Carol had litigated in my judge’s courtroom many times prior so she knew exactly what the judge expected... organization and no drama. Carol was prepared and extremely organized, three copies of each exhibit already marked in order. She had thoroughly thought through my case, knowing exactly what to present and when. As hard-nosed as she is in the courtroom though, she is the exact opposite sitting in her office. She too is a mom, so she completely understood my concerns for my children. She is compassionate and very easy to talk to. On my last visit to her office I noticed a plaque on the wall. Carol is nationally ranked in the 10% percent of women attorneys under 40 years old. While I didn't notice the plaque previously, I was definitely not surprised when I read it. Carol is a nationally ranked, class act attorney!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Professor
  • University Of Cincinnati
  • 2013 - Present
  • Special Subject Instructor
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Busald Funk Zevely, PSC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Prosecutor
  • Kenton County Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Public Defender
  • Kentucky Department Of Public Advocacy
  • 2006 - 2008
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Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • law
  • 2006
  • Indiana University - New Albany
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Hughes
  • Assault 4th- Class A Misdemeanor
  • Estate of Dawson v. Dawson
  • Judgment Affirmed

Associations

  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Kentucky County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Kentucky
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
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Publications

  • North Carolina Central Law Journal
  • Carol L. Risk and Richard Bales, The Family Medical Leave Act: Standards of Proof and the Impact of Desert Palace on Retaliation Claims. he Family Medical Leave Act: Standards of Proof and the Impact of Desert Palace on Retaliation Claims. 28 N.C. Cent. L. J. 68
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Peace Office Training Academy
  • Offenses Against Public Administration
  • 2015
  • Ohio Peace Office Training Academy
  • General Provisions and Offenses Against the Public
  • 2015
  • Ohio Peace Office Training Academy
  • Sexual Assault, Prostitution & Obsenity
  • 2015
  • Northern Kentucky Paralegal Assoc. Convention
  • Kentucky Innocence Project
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Endorse Carol
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carol is a great lawyer with a proven track record of working diligently and getting the best possible outcome for her clients. I recommend her to anyone looking for superb representation!"
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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