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Michele L. Young - Cincinnati, OH

600 Vine StreetSuite 402 Cincinnati, OH 45202 - 2426

Updated: 12/20/2023

Cincinnati Appellate Advocacy Lawyer


Michele Young is a 2020 Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year and the 2020 Cincinnati Bar Association's Julia A. Stauberg Honoree "in Recognition of an Outstanding Female Counselor for her Exemplary Service and Accomplishments."

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, a former adjunct law professor at two law schools, a law clerk to three federal judges, including the Hon. George Edwards Jr. of the U.S...

Michele Young is a 2020 Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year and the 2020 Cincinnati Bar Association's Julia A. Stauberg Honoree "in Recognition of an Outstanding Female Counselor for her Exemplary Service and Accomplishments."

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, a former adjunct law professor at two law schools, a law clerk to three federal judges, including the Hon. George Edwards Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and an author of articles and co-author of a law book for the American Bar Association, Ms. Young considers it an honor and pleasure to redress each and every injustice and to serve the legal needs of each individual in need of help. Her lawyering is distinguished by an emphasis on innovativeness, integrity, non-stop hard work, and heart. She takes great pride in solving what appears to be, at first blush, an unsolvable legal problem. She has spearheaded successful political, public interest, civic, and media campaigns, serving as an advocate in whatever capacity is needed.

Michele Young is working with an all-star team of legislators and scientists so every Ohio woman will have a chance for early screening of breast cancer through the passage of HB 357.

She is the lawyer who speaks for those who do not have a voice, who have been bullied, forgotten, left behind, or counted out. Her efforts have borne fruit in terms of giving rise to new leaders and giving a voice to those who previously did not have a voice.

"I tend to look at the person and say, ‘What if it was me?' And then I say, ‘What will it take to break down the walls so they can get where they want to go?'" Michele said.

Ms. Young represents the father as part of the civil team that brought justice to the family of Gabriel Taye, the 8-year-old boy who committed suicide after being brutally bullied. The case settled for 3 million dollars and requires changes in the way bullying is handled throughout the Cincinnati Public School system, which will protect many children's lives.

Michele was part of the pro bono effort to free Tyra Patterson on Christmas Day 2018 for a crime she did not commit after 23 years in prison.

Noted for reaching across political, faith, and demographic lines, Michele has developed bi-partisan support of public-safety initiatives. This includes bringing together leaders from all walks of life to support a year long "Don't Text and Drive" campaign that reached millions, bringing together students and young graduates to robustly support the Interfaith Workers Center's successful effort to bring healthy food to Cincinnati Public Schools through the adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program, bringing together civic and law enforcement leaders to support the Hamilton County Coroner's effort to build the first crime lab in 50 years, and the present effort of bringing together medical and legislative leaders to pass legislation that will save the lives of Ohio women from breast cancer.

Ms. Young's conviction to social justice goes deeper than her advocacy work; whether it is arranging for a single mother to have a new heater in her home or bringing holiday presents to an underprivileged child, she does what she can. She joins Patricia Collins and the Bootsy Collins Foundation to lift up the lives of local children, most recently at Operation Backpack at the Cincinnati Museum Center, joins AFTA to give out tickets to arts and sports to our veterans, and brings Cincinnatians together to support Asian American inclusion in our community through APAPA.

Ms. Young received the Outstanding Achievement Award by Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus for her pioneering work bringing minority women into the political realm, including recruiting and running for free the campaign for the first Asian American woman to be elected countywide and co-chairing the campaign of the first African American judge to be elected countywide.

Ms. Young is presently Advisory Chair for the Ohio Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), a board member of the Ohio Justice Policy Center, and a board member of the Cincinnati American Jewish Committee, who co-founded the Black Jewish Table of Understanding. She is part of the team of Interfaith leaders that founded Kids4Peace, the first summer camp where local Muslim, Christian, and Jewish children come together. She is also a member of the Cincinnatus Association and the Potter Stewart Inn of Court.

Ms. Young led the "Don't Text and Drive" campaign for Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, reaching hundreds of thousands of homes weekly, through television, featuring Cincinnati icons in partnership with CBS Local 12, CW, and Star 64.
In 2016, Michele was the endorsed Democratic candidate and the first mother to run for Congress for OH-1, her performance gaining the support of respected national leaders from Gloria Steinem to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and winning Hamilton County in early voting.

In 2022, Michele Young was named to the 30th anniversary class of fellows with Leadership Ohio.

Michele is of counsel at Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, a law firm entering its sixtieth year. She has her own law firm focused on social justice and advocacy, Michele L. Young Co., LPA.

    About Michele L. Young

    Practice Areas

    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Constitutional Law
    • Public Interest Law and Advocacy
    • Wrongful Death


    Bar Admissions

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

    Other Affiliations

    • 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, 2022 (Fellow)

    Classes and 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


    • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1989
      Law Review: Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Articles Editor, 1987 - 1989
    • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1981
      Honors: McGill Bursary
      Major: English-Communications & North American Studies


    Accepts Credit Cards


    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
    • Opinion: A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Story: Why Ohio Bill 371 is desperately needed, 2021

    Office Information


    600 Vine StreetSuite 402 Cincinnati, OH 45202 - 2426


    • 513-721-1919

    Office Hours

    9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday



    • Hamilton County Board of Commissioners - Proclamation Recognizing Michele Young as Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate, October 22, 2022
    • City of Cincinnati Resolution R/082-2022, October 19, 2022
    • 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

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