Attorney at Law
I am excited to be a part of the team at Willis, Willis & Rizzi Co., L.P.A. where I can bring my enthusiasm and skills to the practice of personal injury law. For nearly five years, I proudly served the indigent community of Portage County as an Assistant Public Defender. During that time, I worked hard to change the negative perceptions associated with working as and being represented by a public defender.
I represent and advocate for clients who are oftentimes in their darkest hour, which is why it is so important to me to treat each client with respect and compassion. Since the beginning of my practice as a lawyer, I have represented clients facing charges ranging from felony Drug Possession and Attempted Murder to OVI and Driving Under Suspension. I successfully argued in the 11th District Court of Appeals and received a favorable decision which resulted in the dismissal of my client’s felony indictment. As an Assistant Public Defender, I was a permanent fixture in the courtroom representing clients in motion hearings, trials, and at sentencing.
My family is the foundation of my success and support. I am a wife and mother of two wonderfully creative teenagers. My husband and I are huge supporters of the Music and Arts Programs at Lake Local Schools. Our son is a member of the marching band and the jazz band. Our daughter is a writer, an actress and singer in her school and camp productions, and a member of the dance team.
I grew up in Stow, Ohio. After graduating from college, I worked as a writer and media planner at a local advertising agency. Later, I began a career in auto finance. After my office was closed, I decided to make my lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer come true. I began my first year of law school as my daughter began the first grade. It was through hard work, perseverance, and family support that I was able to attend the University of Akron School of Law full time. Now I have the privilege of serving my community as an attorney and advocate.
The University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2013
Kent State University, Bachelor of Science in Advertising, cum laude, June 1998
Member, Ohio Association for Justice, 2018-present
Member, Summit County Association for Justice, 2018-present
Member, Ohio State Bar Association, 2010-present
Member, Akron Bar Association, 2010-2013
President, Lake High School Band Boosters, 2018-2019 school year
Member and Volunteer, Lake High School Band Boosters, 2017-present