Kathleen Brinkman

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

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Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Cincinnati, OH
Phone 1: 513-369-4258




Kathy joined the Cincinnati office of Porter Wright after 24 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Her prosecution specialties were complex white-collar and other major economic crimes, public corruption and environmental crimes. She also investigated and prosecuted health care fraud matters, including False Claims Act cases. She is a recognized authority in asset forfeiture and has taught the subject throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Kathy represents corporations and individuals who face investigation or charges by federal authorities, or whose property the government seeks to forfeit. She has recently defended clients in environmental, public corruption, gambling and fraud criminal investigations and prosecutions. She defends victims and witnesses in criminal matters.

Kathy is a retired adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she taught Trial Practice. She is the author of Federal Criminal Procedure Litigation Manual and a coauthor of Sixth Circuit Practice Manual. Among her many honors are the 2018 John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 John P. Kiely Professionalism Award, both from the Cincinnati Bar Association, the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award of the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus, and the 2005 Nettie Cronise Lutes Award from the Ohio State Bar Association.  She has been recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers® for Criminal Defense: White Collar, and is listed as one of the "Top 25 Women Cincinnati Super Lawyers®,” "Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio " and “Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers®” by Ohio Super Lawyers®. In addition, Kathy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Kathy is Chair of the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission. She is a member of the Board of Friends to the Indigent who raise money to fund top-notch trial training for public defenders and other appointed counsel in Hamilton County.

Kathy is the secretary of the Board of Advocates of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. The OIP has obtained the exoneration of 30 innocent prisoners in Ohio since its founding in 2003. She is also a member and immediate Past-president of the Board of the Holocaust & Humanity Center (formerly the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education). In 2019 HHC significantly expanded its reach into the community. It is now located in the Cincinnati Union Terminal complex which houses the Cincinnati Museum Center. In this historic point of entry by train for many Holocaust survivors to a new life in Cincinnati, HHC will more than double its exhibit space and be accessible to more than 1.4 million visitors each year.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Edgecliff College  (B.A., magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers

Honors & Awards

  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation, John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award, 2018
  • Pro Seniors, "Seniors Who Rock," 2017
  • Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, Diamond Award, 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 25 Women Cincinnati Super Lawyers,” 2012-2017, 2019
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 50 Cincinnati Super Lawyers,” 2013, 2014, 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers,” 2012-2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, “Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers,” 2013-2014


  • Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, former Board Chair and current Strategic Planning Committee Member
  • Planned Parenthood Cincinnati Region Foundation, Board Member
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, Board Member
  • Ohio Innocence Project, Board Secretary
  • The Holocaust & Humanity Center, Board Member
  • Friends to the Indigent, Board Member
  • Hamilton County Public Defender Commission, Chair

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Asset Forfeiture/Restitutio
  • Corporate Crime
  • Environmental
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar Crime