July 29, 2011
An Interview with Columbus Bar inc Attorney, Brian Ballinger
Brian Ballinger, new lawyer and graduate of Capital University Law School, has opened his solo practice in Suite 1050, under the auspices of the Columbus Bar. (The incubator program has now reached full capacity.) When asked about his hopes and expectations, he was generous with time for remarks and plans.
Why did you decide to be a solo attorney participating in Columbus Bar inc?
I had a good experience at Capital working as a licensed intern in their Legal Clinic where I helped underrepresented persons with legal issues and gained valuable practical experience handing cases in a broad array legal areas. The Columbus Bar inc program was a natural expansion upon that training, it being designed to help new attorneys such as myself gain legal experience in a supportive environment. Their network of highly experienced mentors available to draw upon, the collegial atmosphere of new attorneys, the training in small business administration, and downtown location were ideal for the planned evolution of my legal career.
What areas of law does your solo practice focus on?
I plan on pursuing criminal defense, domestic relations, estate planning, landlord/tenant concerns, and small business formation. As I did previously in the Legal Clinic, I will be practicing general law with a focus in the areas of criminal defense and domestic relations. I hope to discover a primary interest after working in a variety of areas and, in time, focus on it as a specialty.
What will make your law firm unique?
I have a strong desire to help people, with a great attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done. I am skilled in efficient communication and will always devote time and steady patience to ensure a client feels comfortable understanding the information about his/her case or situation.
Summary of previous employment.
Prior to law school, I worked in IT consulting for the national firm Ernst & Young, LLP (now Capgemini), and then locally in Columbus at Paros Business Partners. Following this, I worked in commercial banking Internet application development for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I enjoy playing the piano, hiking in the woods near my Westerville home, and spending time with my wife and twin seven-year-old daughters.