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Our 2016 “Associates”

We invite you to learn about our firm’s associates, who are second- and third-year law students enrolled in our class.

     Marisah Ali has had the opportunity to gain legal experience in several diverse capacities, including public defense and employment law internships, as well as political campaign volunteer experience. These experiences have given Marisah a multifaceted look at legal work; however, more recently she is cultivating her interest in technology and Intellectual Property law, both of which she hopes to gain experience with in the future. Marisah is excited to be an associate and committed to using her experience to help clients resolve cases in the most favorable way possible, she looks forward to working with you.

     Jim Barbiere is a Cincinnati native and alumnus of St. Xavier High School. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He is currently a third year law student at the University of Cincinnati. At school, Jim is a member of the U.C. Moot Court Team. Jim has interned with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for two years where he had experience helping attorneys in the practice of foreclosure and government entity law. He is interested in criminal law and would like to do litigation. Additionally, Jim has an athletic background and is also interested in the practice of sports law.

     Catherine A. Carney is a third-year law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Upon graduation this coming spring, she hopes to stay in the Cincinnati area and pursue a career in litigation. Catherine has been a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the City of Cincinnati’s Prosecutor’s office, where she gained practical experience working on criminal, civil, and appellate matters.  Catherine is currently a legal extern for Macy’s, where she continues to refine her legal research and writing skills in a variety of areas of law including employment, real estate, employee benefits, corporate governance, and general litigation matters.  In law school, Catherine is Notes and Comments Chair of the University of Cincinnati Law Review, a veteran member of the College of Law Trial Practice Team, and is President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Club.  She is a student member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, and the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Catherine earned her B.A. in Mathematics and Political Science, Magna cum laude, in 2014 from Youngstown State University, where she was a University Scholar and President of the student body. Catherine can be contacted at carneyce@mail.uc.edu.

     Matt Gioiello is currently an associate at the law firm of Hirsh, Kemen & Associates. He recently attended the University of Cincinnati School of Law where he was able to develop his lawyering skills through different classes, internships, and extracurricular activities such as Moot Court Competition. Through Matt’s previous experience as an intern at the Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office and his obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University he developed a strong interest in criminal law, specifically criminal prosecution. As an associate Matt strives to ensure that the legal needs of his clients are met by taking advantage of current legal technology and utilizing any legal resources that are available and beneficial to the case at hand. No matter how difficult the task, Matt will continue to fight and work hard to try and get the best results possible for his clients.

      Andrew Grillo is a J.D. Candidate in his third year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  He has been exposed to and has become familiar with the legal profession his entire life as Andrew has followed in his father’s footsteps to become an attorney.  He has been a law clerk for a single-attorney firm, C. Michael Moore, Attorney at Law, in Jackson, Ohio for the past three summers.  That firm specializes in Criminal Defense, particularly Traffic and DUI Law, as well as in Family Law, namely Divorce and Child Custody.  As an undergraduate student, Andrew attended Capital University and obtained degrees in Accounting and Financial Economics.  While at Capital, he played outfield on the Varsity Baseball team for four seasons.

     Ean Harris has over 20 years of experience in corporate transactions as well as serving his fellow man. Since a young age, Ean has been stimulated by the joys of learning and discovery and has channeled that joy into a successful legal practice by learning, discovering, and mastering the seemingly limitless depth of law for the benefit of his clients and the firm. There is no one he is afraid to speak with or get to know and no challenge he will not face head on.  He has the unique ability to find common ground with virtually anyone he comes across and find the inherent solution in any given problem.  Ean consistently provides an unyielding willingness to learn, an enduring balance of compassion and assertiveness, and a humble determination to serve his clients the best way possible. He is a servant leader, one who uses their gifts and experiences to not only be a leader in the field, but to also serve, improve, and empower the lives of others.

     Clarence Ling is a second-year law school student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in political science. Clarence is interested in labor law, employment discrimination, healthcare law, and criminal law. He is especially interested in various facets of the litigation process, including pre-trial work, arbitration, mediation, negotiations, and trial. He enjoys fishing in his spare time.

     Alyssa Miller is a 2L at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University in 2011, where I minored in Pre-Law and Mathematics. Although mathematics has always been a passion of mine, my desire to be an attorney was even stronger. I hope to one day be a prosecutor and help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault be safe from their perpetrators.

     Donielle Robinson is a third-year student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She has worked for the Ohio Innocence Project and investigated claims from inmates of wrongful convictions. Donielle also worked for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio doing juvenile immigration work and she is a fellow for the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry, where the law and mental health intertwine. Currently Donielle is a member of the Indigent Defense Clinic, which gives students an opportunity to represent their own clients in Hamilton County Municipal Court. She enjoys criminal law and working closely with clients.

     Mallorie Thomas  is a third-year student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She has worked for the Ohio Innocence Project and investigated claims from inmates of wrongful convictions. Mallorie also worked for the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio doing juvenile immigration work. She is a fellow for the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry where the law and mental health intertwine. She is currently a member of the Indigent Defense Clinic, which gives students an opportunity to represent their own clients in Hamilton County Municipal Court. Mallorie enjoys criminal law and working closely with clients.