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What do you need to know about me as a professional? First, I am skilled at resolving disputes – nearly any type of dispute. Whether through litigation, arbitration, mediation or negotiation; in state or federal court --for plaintiffs or defendants. I have tried to conclusion and through appeals a wide variety of business and personal lawsuits. I am a Harvard trained mediator, and I bring this training to the aid of my litigation clients.

Second, I treat every case from its inception as though it were headed to trial, preparing from the outset a strategy that adapts to the facts and the developing law, communicates persuasive themes, and which is built on an exhaustive development of the factual record. Whether arguing a motion to dismiss, a motion for summary judgment, or to a jury, my goal is to provide a simple yet persuasive story that compellingly states my client’s position.

Third, I am a pragmatist. If a case should settle, then I advise settlement. If a case should go to trial, we will prepare accordingly. Every bit of advice is geared to maximize my client’s position. In my view, the key to ultimate success is starting from the beginning with a plan for trial. That preparation will dictate the outcome.


My practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on business disputes, real estate, construction, and municipal law. I am available to mediate disputes in these areas, as well. I routinely advise business owners and executives on legal issues and help them through the decision making process.



Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    25 years
  2. Banking: 20%
    25 years
  3. Government: 20%
    25 years
  4. Business: 15%
    25 years
  5. Real Estate: 15%
    25 years



Hourly ($240-290/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Hemmer DeFrank Wessels, PLLC

250 Grandview Drive.
Suite 500
Ft. Wright, KY, 41011


KYAuthorized to practice law198708/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Kentucky Superlawyers for Business LitigationSuperLawyers2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDressman, Benzinger & La Velle, PSc2003 - 2012
PartnerKohnen & Patton2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northern Kentucky Bar AssociationPresident2014 - Present
Kentucky Bar Association, Legislative CommitteeExecutive Committee2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bank FraudVictory after five day jury trial
Real EstateVictory in trial Court
InsuranceFavorable settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Civil Litigation blogDressman Benzinger LaVelle2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Mediation InstituteMediationCompleted Mediation Workshop2010
Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Centre CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Covington Latin SchoolN/AHigh School1979