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About me


  • Case Western Reserve University, cum laude (Cleveland, Ohio)

  • University of Cincinnati, Departmental Honors, International Human Rights Certificate (Cincinnati, Ohio)

  • North Canton Hoover High School, with Honors (North Canton, Ohio)


  • CALI Award, American Legal Profession

  • Student Leadership Award (Peer Award), CWRU School of Law

  • Legal Writing and Research Fellow

  • OSBA 2012 Bar College Member

  • 2013-2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

Memberships/Volunteer Programs

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Columbus Bar Association, LGBT Committee Co-Chair, 2013-2014

  • Central Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Secretary 2014-2015

  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member of Criminal Law and Family Law Committees

  • Equality Ohio

  • The National LGBT Bar Association and Family Law Institute

  • Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce

  • AmSpirit Business Connections, Columbus Chapter


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    8 years
  2. Divorce: 25%
    7 years
  3. Family: 25%
    7 years



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Holly Patricia Regoli

    Ms. Bowers is widely respected and an excellent attorney and I certainly endorse her as an attorney to meet your legal needs.


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  • Yousef Mazen Faroniya

    Merisa is a consummate professional with a detailed and thorough approach. I endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Merisa K. Bowers Attorney At Law LLC

400 S 5th St. Ste 101
Columbus, OH, 43215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40National LGBT Bar Association2016
Ohio Bar CollegeOhio State Bar Association2013
CALI Award for performance in course: American Legal ProfessionCALI2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ClerkFriedman & Gilbert2008 - 2009
Judicial ExternU.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio2007 - 2007
Worker's Compensation Administrative AssistantDinsmore & Shohl2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2016 - Present
National LGBT Bar AssociationFamily Law Institute2014 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2012 - Present
Central Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationLGBT Committee Co-Chair2013 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. v. KeysNot Guilty Jury Verdict
State v. FinnObtained plea to misdemeanor on day of trial, misdemeanor subsequently expunged
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Springfield Human Resources Managers Association Monthly Luncheon (May)Legal Issues for Transgender Students and Employees2016
Moyer Inns of Court May MeetingObergefell v. Hodges - Same Sex Marriage2015
LGBT Diversity and Inclusion ConferenceInclusion in the Workplace2015
Lavender Law ConferenceBi Law2015
Women's Defense Network CHL CourseConcealed Handgun Laws and Issues2013
First Annual Secular Summit, Columbus, OhioAlternative Relationships and Secularism2013