Michele McBride Simonelli


With more than two decades of experience practicing law in both the private and public sectors, Michele McBride Simonelli has the knowledge necessary to handle highly personal client matters with honesty, discretion, and zealous advocacy. Her background as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the Ohio District Courts of Appeals for both the Eleventh and Seventh Districts as well as managing her solo practice has provided her with unique experience and insight into the administration and practice of law in a broad scope of matters.

Michele’s experience includes researching, analyzing, and drafting judicial opinions for a three-judge panel in a variety of legal matters such as defamation, criminal menacing, and breach of contract disputes, which required her not only knowing the current law in these areas but where they may be headed. With the quickly changing laws and judgments addressing internet defamation, the ability to pivot quickly and cautiously anticipate future trends has been an invaluable skill. In her private practice, Michele has ten years of experience handling highly sensitive and emotionally charged matters including online defamation, revenge porn, highly contested divorces, custody matters as well as LGBTQIA issues.

Michele handles each client matter with careful skill and experience without judgment. She understands that her clients come to her during what may be a highly sensitive moment in their lives. Her background in psychology and counseling help her to effectively communicate with clients as well as with those whose harmful conduct has caused her clients emotional distress, financial burden, and issues with job and family relationships.

In addition to practicing law, Michele teaches courses on First Amendment and Privacy Law at Kent State University. Michele’s outside interests include cycling, gardening, and hiking.

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Bar Admissions


Notre Dame College (B.A)

  • Major: Psychology

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D.)

  • Editor, Cleveland State Law Review
  • Awarded Outstanding Student in the Law of Evidence

Civic Involvement

  • League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown, President
  • The Legal Creative, Board of Directors
  • Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium, Board of Directors
  • Youngstown Film Festival, Founder & President
  • Kent State Poynter Media Symposium, Coordinator
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  • “Copyright Protection for the Emerging Artist,” Youngstown State University School of Fine Arts
  • “Privacy in Five: Managing Your Online Data,” Kent State University Poynter Media Symposium

Publications & PR

  • Landmark Supreme Court Decisions on Privacy and Free Speech, Grey House Publishing,
    Contributing author
  • Landmark Supreme Court Decisions on Privacy and LGBTQ Issues, Grey House Publishing,
    Contributing author