Meet Michele

Michele Young is the daughter of two New York City public-school teachers who taught immigrants and the poor. She arrived in Cincinnati on a Greyhound bus 27 years ago to interview as a law clerk to a U.S. Circuit Judge. She is a mom of five who helped build the family firm and a family with her husband Greg in this community she proudly calls her home.  

In her youth, she worked numerous minimum wage jobs including Burger King and Howard Johnson.  She started Georgetown University Law Center evening school at night,taking out loans and working as a temporary secretary during the day to make ends meet.  Michele knows what it is like to struggle to pay rent and to work hard for little pay and respect.


A Georgetown University Law Center graduate and former adjunct law professor, she has written editorials and articles and co-authored a 728 page book for the American Bar Association on the Affordable Care Act and medical malpractice. Her legal work involved clients ranging from political and human rights figures to the poor and powerless.  She  developed the respected "no-text" zone campaign bringing in leaders across the community to join her in saying, "I just don't do it."

A close brush with death in 2009 led Michele Young to refocus her priorities on giving back to the community by providing legal counsel to clients ranging from prominent political and human rights leaders to the poor and powerless. Young managed the 2012 landslide campaign victory of Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco—the first Hindu, first female, and first Indian immigrant to be elected as Hamilton County Coroner. She also co-chaired the successful campaign of Judge Nadine Allen that year.  The Cincinnati Women’s Caucus honored Young as an Outstanding Woman of Achievement in 2014.  She was the Democratic candidate for OH-1 in 2016. Although she never ran before, in a whirlwind campaign, Michele swept the Democratic precincts in the primary and then ran an energetic campaign that came so close to winning Hamilton County that the pundits now view this race as a a potentially competitive one.

Noted for reaching across political and demographic lines, she has developed bipartisan coalitions in support of public-safety initiatives, including Coroner Sammarco’s efforts to secure a state-of-the art forensic crime laboratory for Hamilton County. She continues to work with interfaith leaders to make our community welcoming to all.

In the past year, Michele  has increasingly focused on children as a founding member of the board of Kids4Peace and the Immigration Dignity Coalition's Subcommittee on Bullying. In her spare time, she raises money for children's charities. She works to bring justice for Gabriel Teye, the 8 year old who committed suicide after he was bullied: Michele is the counsel to the father of Gabriel Teye and co-counsel to the estate. She dreams of a day where every child belongs, has food on the table, medical care when ill, and a chance to reach his or her dreams.  


  • Chosen as the Endorsed Democratic Candidate for Congress in OH-1 , 2016
  • Chosen As Community Leader for FireOps, 2014
  • Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus Outstanding Achievement Award, 2014 

Published Works

  • Michele Young, Local Crime Lab is Safest Bet , Cincinnati Enquirer, June 1, 2014
  • 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)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Potter Stewart Inn of Court, Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Advisory Board Member, Crime Stoppers
  • Member, Cincinnatius Association 
  • Founding Board Member, Kids4Peace
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Keep Hamilton County Safe
  • Leader, "I just don't do it " anti-texting and driving campaign
  • Board Member, Cincinnati American Jewish Committee
  • Former Advisory Board Member, Health Care Connection
  • Former Planning Committee Member, Foreign Policy Leadership Council and 500 Club
  • Former Co-Chair, Cardozo SocietyFormer Indian Hill Recreation youth soccer coach
  • Member, Cincinnati Citizens Police Association
  • Honorary Member, Fraternal Order of Police #84
  • Member, Kindervelt 50
  • Member, Indian Hill Mothers Grou