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Meet Our Attorneys – Mark W. Napier and Laura Welles Wilson

Freking Myers & Reul

Meet Our Attorneys

The attorneys of Freking Myers & Reul are a cohesive team with decades of experience helping individuals with legal advice and representation. Diligent, empathetic, passionate, approachable, are just a few words you could use to describe us. We would like you to get to know more about us by following our series “Meet Our Attorneys” to learn about our professional achievements and experiences as well as our passions, hobbies, and interests outside the office.

Mark W. Napier

Mark Napier concentrates his practice in wrongful death, nursing home abuse, and car/truck/pedestrian accident cases. Mark is licensed to practice law in Ohio, KY, and the local federal courts. Mark has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer – Plaintiff Personal Injury for ten consecutive years. He has the highest attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skills and ethics. He is a former President of the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association and a former Trustee of the Ohio Association for Justice. His is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for attorneys who have achieved million dollar recoveries.

In his community activities, Mark serves as a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul’s Phone Center returning calls from neighbors who seek rent or utility financial assistance or other services. Mark is also a former Board President of the non-profit association IKRON, which provides services to the developmentally disabled.

In his spare time, Mark is part of the Black Widow Top Sportsman class drag racing team beginning in the spring 2021. The team will race its dragster at various drag racing tournaments in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, and Texas.  Also, Mark is a part-owner of six thoroughbreds headquartered in Ocala, FL who have or will primarily race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.  Mark’s wife of 40 years is Maureen Napier, and they have two children, Shannon, who is a MA degree social worker in Columbus, and Sean, who is a CPA in Boston, MA.

 

Laura Welles Wilson

Laura is an Attorney with Freking Myers & Reul, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio, and concentrates her practice in Employment Law and Litigation. Laura received her A.B. in French Literature from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Following graduation from law school, Laura began her legal career in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio as a law clerk to The Honorable Robert A. Steinberg, then a United States Magistrate Judge. Following Judge Steinberg’s retirement, Laura continued to serve the Court and served as a Career Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hogan for fourteen years, until his retirement in 2010.

As a private practitioner, Laura has experience on both the defense and plaintiff’s side of employment litigation. Since entering private practice, Laura’s work has focused on a wide range of employment law matters, with special emphasis on litigation and motion practice. She has successfully briefed numerous cases, overcoming motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions filed against her clients, positioning the case for trial and/or settlement. Her accomplishments include successfully briefing and arguing employment discrimination claims before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and briefing before the Ohio Supreme Court, as well as work on numerous cases that have resulted in successful outcomes for firm clients at trial and through pre-trial settlements.

Laura is an active member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Professionalism Committee, member of the Admissions Committee, and former member of the Nominating Committee. In addition, she is a member of NELA, OELA, and CELA, as well as the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association, John Weld Peck Chapter.

Laura also volunteers in her community as a member of the Cincinnati Nature Center Board of Directors, former Board member and current member of the Nominating Committee for the Indian Hill Winter Club, and member of the Mariemont City Schools Finance Committee.

When she is not working on a legal brief, she enjoys a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, orienteering and nature walks, which she pursues when travelling both near and far. She aspires to improve her skills on a mountain bike and loves to explore local craft beer options in any destination, especially if there is a side of live music.

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