Dedicated and Knowledgeable

Angel joined FDAR in 2015 and became a partner in 2022.  Recognized as a Super Lawyer – Rising Star® and Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch®, Angel is an engaged litigator. Her practice is largely devoted to the representation of law enforcement agencies and their officers in civil rights litigation, as well as labor and employment matters. Angel is well versed in governmental liability and immunities, having worked as an assistant prosecutor before joining the firm.

Angel makes it her goal in every case to secure a favorable outcome in the most efficient way possible. She has won summary judgment for clients in numerous cases, on claims ranging from constitutional violations to state torts. But Angel truly thrives in the courtroom.

Angel is not afraid to try a case. She recently obtained a defense verdict in a federal jury trial. In June 2018, she completed the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) National Trial College held at Yale Law School. Angel is now an ABOTA Trial College Fellow.

On top of her experience at the trial court level, Angel is lead counsel on multiple matters pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She also appears before state courts of appeals, including the Ohio Supreme Court.

On the Personal Side

Angel was a four-year member of the University of New England Women’s Lacrosse team; however, her interest in sports runs the gamut. From hockey to hiking, she enjoys it all. She’s even been known to run a marathon or two. Angel also donates much of her free time to local political campaigns, having served as a campaign manager in Common Pleas and Municipal Court races.

Professional Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Content Advisory Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Franklin County Republican Party Judicial Salute Committee, Chairperson

Presentations

Angel leads presentations and trainings on topics including legal updates for corrections and road patrol, sexual harassment, and Ohio’s Sunshine Laws. She has presented to the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, among other notable organizations. Angel was also a featured presenter for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “Basics of Employment Law.”

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Labor and Employment

Credentials and Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star® 2020 – 2022
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® 2021 – 2022

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D.; Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, Articles Editor; Constitutional Law Moot Court Team
  • University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College, Summer Law Program
  • University of New England, B.S. in Sport Management, summa cum laude; Minor in Business Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Reported Cases

  • Downard v. Martin, 968 F.3d 594 (6th Cir. 2020)
  • Bard v. Brown Cty., 970 F.3d 738 (6th Cir. 2020)

Defense Verdict Following Trial

  • Cannon v. Licking County, et al., Case No. 2:17-cv-4, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
  • Bard v. Brown County, et al., Case No. 1:15-cv-643, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division