A Beacon of Light, Hope and Justice for All
Photo of Attorney Michele Young

Michele Young

Contact Me:

Practice Areas:

  • Consumer Protection
  • Wrongful Death
  • Constitutional Law
  • Government Agencies & Programs
  • Toxic Torts
  • Education

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney


Michele Young is the first Cincinnatian to be chosen by USA TODAY as the Ohio Woman of the Year of 2024, a recognition of women who have made a significant impact in their communities and across the country. Michele is the third Ohio awardee, following former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Conner and former Health Commissioner Amy Acton.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1989
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: McGill Bursary
    • Major: English-Communications & North American Studies

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991

Published Works

  • Chapter 13: Medical Malpractice Considerations Under PPACA, Healthcare Rulemaking Guide , West, 2011
  • James T. O’Reilly and Michele L. Young, New Health Care Law Affects Medical Liabilities and Drives New Plaintiff Options, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Products Liability , Summer, 2011
  • James T. O’Reilly and Michele L. Young, Medical Malpractice: Avoiding Adjudicating & Litigating In The Challenging New Climate, ABA Press, 2014
  • Michele Young, Local Crime Lab is Safest Bet, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 1, 2014
  • Opinion: Ohio Court is not a safe haven for Asian Americans, 2021


  • The Enquirer’s 2020 Women of the Year
  • 2020 Julia A. Stautberg Award Women Lawyers Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association
  • 2019 Venue Women of Achievement Award
  • 2014 Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus Outstanding Achievement Award

Classes & Seminars

  • Legal Research & Writing, Former Adjunct Law Professor, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • Appellate Advocacy, Former Adjunct Law Professor, University of Dayton School of Law

Professional Associations

  • Ohio Advisory Chair, Asian Pacific American Pacific Affairs Association
  • Board Member, Cincinnati American Jewish Committee and Co-Founder, Black Jewish Table of Understanding
  • Board Member, Ohio Justice Policy Center
  • Board Member, Armed Forces Ticket Association
  • Member, Potter Stewart Inn of Court, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member, Cincinnatus Association, Inclusion Panel and Housing Court Task Force
  • Board Member and Co-Founder, Kids4Peace
  • Member, Cincinnati Citizens Police Association
  • Member, EquaSion
  • Member, Beacon Committee for Lighthouse
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Executive Committee
  • Leadership Ohio, Fellow, 2022 to 2022