Biography

Sophia is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, focusing her practice in areas of civil litigation, zoning and planning law, and real estate litigation.  Sophia uses her trial practice skillset to advise clients in avoiding litigation where possible, and seeking resolution through the courts where needed. She 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.

A majority of Sophia’s practice is focused in the real estate arena, representing clients in areas of land use and zoning issues, boundary lines and easement disputes, eminent domain, and real estate value reductions. She has obtained significant reductions for commercial property owners, as well as compensation for the taking of property well beyond the condemning authorities’ initial offers of compensation. She also regularly advises and represents clients in application processes through local agencies relating to variances and special use permits.

Sophia utilizes her trial experience to provide commercial litigation management services. She has assisted in the resolution of lawsuits as a retained “outside counsel” with litigation oversight, acting as an ally to in-house counsel to help resolve litigation in a cost-effective manner while appropriately assessing the risks of litigation.

Sophia is active with the Cincinnati Federal Bar Association and the firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee. She was formerly the 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 Cases

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

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

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

Publications

Blogs

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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