Biography

Sophia is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Real Estate Groups, representing clients in areas of land use and zoning, lease disputes, commercial and residential property sale disputes, boundary lines and easements, eminent domain, and real estate value reductions. As a litigator, Sophia uses her trial practice skillset to advise clients in avoiding litigation where possible, and seeking resolution through the courts where needed. 

Land Use & Zoning, Real Property Tax & Eminent Domain
A majority of Sophia’s practice is focused on land use and zoning, including representation related to zoning approvals and administrative appeals.  She has successfully represented clients before zoning boards and planning commissions, obtaining approvals before administrative bodies throughout the region for variances and conditional uses.  This includes successfully assisting clients in response to notices of zoning violations.  Sophia has also obtained significant reductions for commercial property owners, as well as compensation for the taking of property in eminent domain matters well beyond the condemning authorities’ initial offers of compensation.

Litigation & Trial Practice
Sophia has extensive courtroom experience, with successful first chair trial and judgment victories before the jury, bench, and the American Arbitration Association. This includes complete plaintiff’s victories and the award of attorney’s fees. Sophia also has broad experience in defending and prosecuting temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, with first-chair successes on both sides, and success in early resolution of litigation through motion practice.

Sophia is active with the Cincinnati Federal Bar Association and the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee. Prior to the practice of law, she supported veterans in the housing arena as a founding member of the inaugural Executive Committee of Louisville’s first Stand Down/Homeless Connect.  Sophia is the former president of the University of Kentucky Taekwondo Club, and fenced left-handed foil with the University of Kentucky Fencing Club. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and twin sons.

Representative Work

Land Use & Zoning Success

  • Approval from Wyoming City Council to remove restrictive covenant on deed, permitting the subdivision of property.
  • Approval of variance before Ohio Township, notwithstanding inadvertent violation of existing zoning ordinance.
  • Approval from Wyoming Board of Zoning Appeals for sign variance.
  • Successful opposition to conditional use permit for parking lot in residentially zoned area before Sycamore Township Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • Approval of variances for additional parking, buffer, and fencing from City of Cincinnati Zoning Hearing Examiner for large commercial property.
  • Approval from City of Hamilton for conditional use application for operation of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Clinic & Facility dispensing methadone and/or buprenorphine (Suboxone) to help fight the growing opioid epidemic. 

Litigation & Trial Practice Success

Fern Exposition Services, LLC v. Transplant Life Foundation, Case No. CV-17-883170 (Cuyahoga Cty.)

  • Plaintiff’s first-chair victory in a 3-day jury trial relating to commercial dispute
  • Jury award exceeded what was requested by Plaintiff and permitted under law, requiring a remittitur

Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc. v. Mike Albert Leasing, Inc., et al., Case No. A1806024 (Hamilton Cty.)

  • Defense first-chair victory in 3-day bench trial on motion for preliminary injunction

Johnnie D. Cook v. Woodard et al., Case No. 1:17-cv-532 (S.D. Ohio)

  • First-chair argument and success with numerous motions in limine

Security Systems Equipment Corp. v. Alarm Services Network, Inc., AAA Case No. 01-17-0002-0340

  • First-chair representation of plaintiff in AAA matter relating to contract dispute
  • Plaintiff’s victory, including award of attorneys’ fees

DXP Enterprises, Inc. v. Blackwelder, Case No. A1801995 (Hamilton Cty.)

  • First-chair success in drafting, arguing, and obtaining temporary restraining order

Union Home Mortgage Corp. v. Filjones, Case No. A1702799 (Hamilton Cty.)

  • Defense victory in defending motion for preliminary injunction before the bench

Worldwide Equipment Leasing, Inc. v. Allen Paving, Case No. 16-CI-00037 (Breckinridge Cty.)

  • Successfully argued summary judgment, motion granted for client from the bench

Keller Williams Advisors v. Sinclair Building Group, LLC, et al., Case No. A1603830 (Hamilton Cty.)

  • Successfully argued motion to dismiss, motion granted from the bench

Kenton County Airport Board v. Bell, et al., Case No. 17-CI-00020 (Boone Cty.)

  • Successfully drafted and argued motion to reconsider partial summary judgment

Neyer/Columbia Square, LLC v. Sidekix Saucy Asian Grill, Case No. A1704879 (Hamilton Cty.)

  • Successfully argued and obtained default judgment against Defendant, despite opposition, obtaining $95,672 judgment

Professional and Community Involvement

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Membership Committee, 2022-Present

American Planning Association, Ohio Chapter, 2022-Present

Cincinnati Federal Bar Association, Gender Equity Committee, 2018-Present

Cincinnati Federal Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2018

The Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, 2018-19

United Way BOLD Leadership, 2017

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincy Next, Class 1

Cincinnati Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Economic Empowerment Committee, 2010

AmeriCorps Disability Accessibility, Bluegrass Area Regional Development District, 2009

Awards & Recognition

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2022

Promoting Lawyer Excellence & Driving Gender Equality (PLEDGE) Honoree, John W. Peck Cincinnati-NKY Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2019

YWCA Rising Star, 2018

  • 2022 Best Lawyers One to Watch

News & Resources

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Education

J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2013, Order of the Coif, Law Review Executive Board

B.A., University of Kentucky, 2008, magna cum laude

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