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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40||National LGBT Bar Association||2016|
|Ohio Bar College||Ohio State Bar Association||2013|
|CALI Award for performance in course: American Legal Profession||CALI||2009|
|Law Clerk||Friedman & Gilbert||2008 - 2009|
|Judicial Extern||U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio||2007 - 2007|
|Worker's Compensation Administrative Assistant||Dinsmore & Shohl||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||President||2016 - Present|
|National LGBT Bar Association||Family Law Institute||2014 - Present|
|Columbus Bar Association||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Columbus Bar Association||LGBT Committee Co-Chair||2013 - 2015|
|U.S. v. Keys||Not Guilty Jury Verdict|
|State v. Finn||Obtained plea to misdemeanor on day of trial, misdemeanor subsequently expunged|
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|Case Western Reserve University||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Springfield Human Resources Managers Association Monthly Luncheon (May)||Legal Issues for Transgender Students and Employees||2016|
|Moyer Inns of Court May Meeting||Obergefell v. Hodges - Same Sex Marriage||2015|
|LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Conference||Inclusion in the Workplace||2015|
|Lavender Law Conference||Bi Law||2015|
|Women's Defense Network CHL Course||Concealed Handgun Laws and Issues||2013|
|First Annual Secular Summit, Columbus, Ohio||Alternative Relationships and Secularism||2013|
Posted by Douglas
I had the distinct pleasure of having Merisa represent me in an OVI case (obviously a rather unfortunate occurrence in my life). My case was rather abnormal as I hadn't been drinking, but the prosecutors and police didn't seem to think this was a problem in pursuing extremely aggressive penalties against me, including jail time and fines in the thousands of dollars. When I first met Merisa, she was honest, up front and understanding. I've only had to hire an attorney one other time and that time I interviewed several potential attorneys before deciding on one. In this case, I was convinced within the first 10 minutes of our very first meeting that Merisa was THE attorney for me. Boy was I right! I was facing 2 counts of OVI charges, I lost my license and things looked incredibly gloomy. Merisa knows her stuff, she noticed a clerical mistake the government made in suspending my license and within 3 days of having it taken away, she got it returned to me, thus relieving me of a huge burden of having to find an alternative means of finding my way to work. Beyond that, she aggressively attacked the governments case against me in an extremely detailed oriented method. She found small mistakes that made big differences. While she is a ferocious attorney, she has the most friendly and easy going attorney. In the court room, both judges and prosecutors smile at her and this is certainly one reason she is such a successful attorney. That is, despite the veracity with which she defenders her clients, she never fails to be professional, friendly and understanding both to myself as the defendant, but also to the others involved in the case such as the judge and prosecutor. I noticed this went a long way. I also noticed that Merisa was well known in the court house and treated with respect. I think this is just another testament to her character, knowledge and expertise.
I'll finish my review by saying this, if you are ever in a position of needing an OVI attorney, or deciding between Merisa and another attorney, don't be silly, go with Merisa (you'll thank me later).
Thanks again Merisa. I am so happy I decided to retain your services. You're amazing!
Posted by Karen
Merisa was so helpful with me from the very beginning, giving me guidence & advise in a bad situation & before she even asked for any $. She was a lifesaver for my family! Thanks Merisa, I couldnt have made it through our ordeal without you!
Posted by anonymous
In August I was pulled over for an OVI. I was embarrassed and ashamed when I first visited her office, but Merisa empathized with my situation and gave the best legal advice and guidance. She was able to get me a lower tier plea and only 1 year of probation. Her professionalism is unmatched and I would highly recommend her.
Bryan Griffith, Transportation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Merisa brings honesty and integrity to every case. Her knowledge of the law is excellent, and she zealously advocates for her client's best interests, while remaining efficient and showing concern for the greater good. I gladly refer clients to Merisa, knowing they will receive excellent representation.
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