Lisa Wenzel Wells
A graduate of NKU in 1999 with a degree in Political Science, Lisa went directly on to law school. There she published two articles and was on law review and moot court at the same time, a rare accomplishment. Her internships included several insurance defense firms, but in her last semester she was asked to work for the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney's Office. It was at this time that Lisa established her favorable work ethic which ultimately led to being hired as a felony prosecutor soon after her graduation in 2003.
Her criminal law training began with the Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute. But working side-by-side with seasoned prosecutors was the most gainful experience for Lisa Wenzel. She learned about the innermost strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution; what gives them the greatest victories and the worst problems. Essentially, Lisa Wenzel learned how to practice criminal law by the very people who are trying to put her current clients in jail!
Lisa Wenzel Wells later accepted an offer to work for the Governor but, in time, longed for her true calling -- handling criminal cases. So instead of going back to the Prosecutor's office, she decided to work on the opposite side of the fence in criminal defense. After working for a local firm, she realized that she could open her own solo practice. In 2006, the Law Office of Lisa Wenzel was established.
Since that time, Lisa has spent countless hours at training seminars and conferences, keeping up to date and honing her skills as a criminal defense attorney. As a matter of fact, her participation in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) far exceeds the minimum standards set by state law. She is driven by a relentless passion to protect the rights of others and does whatever it takes to meet each challenge. This includes getting specific training for the defense of a single case!
For example, in 2007, Lisa took on the case of a client who had already been charged in federal court with possession of child pornography. He was facing five years for each image he had and there were a few thousand! Before his sentencing, Lisa went to a special training in Phoenix, Arizona, which specifically addressed this client's sentencing memorandum. As a result, instead of receiving a five-year sentence multiplied by a few thousand (nobody even lives that long!), he got one single five-year sentence.
The ultimate challenge in criminal defense comes with clients facing the death penalty. Due to the serious nature of death penalty cases, Ohio law mandates certain requirements that are considered much too time-consuming for most attorneys. But Lisa's extreme dedication to protecting the rights of others prompted her to take the extensive training and is now certified by the Ohio Supreme Court as co-counsel for death penalty cases.
Lisa's caring and devotion to her clients has led to an unprecedented expansion in just a few short years. She now offers two locations to better serve her clients in the greater Cincinnati area. The original location is in Covington, Kentucky, and the newest office has opened in West Chester, Ohio.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
Certified Legal Specialties
- Rule 20 Certified in Death Penalty Cases (Co-Counsel), Ohio Supreme Court
- NKU - 1999
- Major: Political Science
- Annual Death Penalty Seminar (Credits: 6.25), Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 11/17/2010
- Guardian ad litem Training Seminar (Credits: 5.25 and Ethics Credits: 1), Kentucky Court of Justice, 5/07/2010
- Annual Death Penalty Seminar (Credits: 6.25), Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 11/18/200
- Balancing the Scales of Justice (Credits: 6.00 and Ethics Credits: 1), Hamilton County Public Defenders Office, 11/11/2009
- Online(LS): Take the Ethical Challenge-Survivor (Credits: 3 and Ethics Credits: 3), Kentucky Bar Association, 7/01/2008
- Death Penalty Seminar (Credits: 42.75), Trial Lawyer's College, 6/16/2008
- Challenging Inertia (Credits: 10.25), Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 11/14/2007
- Capital Defense Training (Credits: 22 and Ethics Credits: 1), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 7/19/2007
- CD: Ethical Issues in ADR and Mediation (Credits: 1 and Ethics Credits: 1), Kentucky Bar Association, 7/01/2007
- Federal Bar Exam Seminar (Credits: 2.5), Federal Bar Association, 05/23/07
- Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (Credits: 15.5), Administrative Office of the US Courts - DSD, 3/08/2007
- Legal Writing 201 - Writing to Persuade (Credits: 5.5), Cincinnati Bar Association, 12/19/2006
- New Lawyers Program (Credits: 12.5 and Ethics Credits: 11), Kentucky Bar Association, 4/27/2005
- Trial Advocacy Training (Credits: 24.5 and Ethics Credits: 2), Kentucky Prosecutors Institute, 6/07/2004
Past Employment Positions
- Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney's Office