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Biography

Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Tonya’s business litigation practice is focused on complex commercial disputes, including a variety of contract disputes, securities fraud, construction, internal ownership disputes and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She also defends clients in insurance coverage disputes and bad faith claims.

In her employment practice, Tonya regularly defends employers in a variety of state and federal employment discrimination and other wrongful termination actions. She also provides advice and counsel to management regarding litigation-avoidance strategies and compliance with laws governing hiring, discipline, compensation, termination and other employment practices.

Tonya also maintains a general corporate practice working primarily with nonprofit organizations and veteran-owned small businesses. She focuses on advising and counseling these clients on the various regulatory and compliance issues affecting their qualifications and certifications. Her experience in corporate law includes consulting clients and preparing corporate documents and a variety of commercial contracts. She has also assisted with company acquisitions, prepared documents for company restructurings and for initial securities offerings, including private placement memoranda as well as assisted nonprofit companies with complete formation process.

Other Info About Tonya

Experience

Defended a claim of nuisance and trespass against an individual who claimed that our client’s operations, caused damages to his residence.  Through discovery and pre-trial litigation, we were able to obtain a voluntary dismissal with prejudice from the Plaintiff.

Education

Law School

University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2007
UD Law Moot Court, 2005-2006
Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, Individual “Best Oral Advocate”, Team Quarter Finalist
2005 Walter H Rice Moot Court Competition – Finalist
Volunteer Student Lawyer Project, 2005 – 2007
UDSL Student Ambassador, 2006 – 2007
Pro Bono Commitment to Community Award Recipient, 2007

Undergrad

University of North Alabama, B.A., 2004, Marketing
Marketing Department Top Graduate
Dean’s List
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Delta Mu Delta Honors Society, Secretary 2003 – 2004
Collegiate Legislature Participant, 2002
Student Government Association Senator, 2002 – 2003
Honors-Leadership Symposium – UNA, 2002 – 2003

 

Clerkship

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Hon. C. Lynwood Smith

Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office

 

Bar Membership

Tennessee, 2015

Kentucky, 2008

Ohio, 2007

Recognition

2011 Emerging Leader Award, LEGACY of Northern Kentucky

Affiliations

American Heart Association, Go Red for Women – Executive Leadership Team, PULSE Board Member, Heart Walk Team Captain, 2015-present

HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energy) – Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Talent Development Committee Member 2010-2011

LEGACY of Northern Kentucky Inc., Business Engagement Committee Co-Chair 2008-2012, Next Generation Leader Awards Planning Commitee Co-Chair/Member 2011-2013, Steering Committee Member 2008-2012

NAMI Northern Kentucky, Inc., Board Member/Chair of Nominating Committee 2009-2011

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Annual Dinner Focus Group Leader 2012

 

Firm Committees

Women’s Initiative Committee, Member