women and minority attorneys

Taft is committed to creating an inclusive culture of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We are proud of our ongoing efforts in this area and of our growing diversity, and we invite you to contact any of our women and minority attorneys to discuss what it is like to practice at Taft.

Below are informal profiles for some of our women and minority attorneys. To see a full list, click on “View by Last Name” or “View by Practice Area.”

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Photo of Caitlin Graham Felvus Caitlin Graham Felvus

Caitlin is a Cincinnati native and an associate at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. She studied journalism at Ohio University where she also worked as a Recruiting Assistant for the Bobcat football team. Before returning to her hometown for law school, Caitlin spent time working in Washington, DC for U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich and U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot. During law school, Caitlin was the editor of the inaugural UC Law Review Blog and represented local small businesses in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Caitlin is the Chair of Taft/ Women 360, an initiative focused on recruiting, retaining, and promoting female attorneys to leadership positions at Taft. She is also a high school mock trial coach at her all-girls alma mater, St. Ursula Academy, and a member of United Way LINC. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys cheering for the Bengals, the Reds, and FC Cincinnati as well as supporting the Cincinnati Arts, including the CSO through CSO Encore. 

Photo of Melissa A. Gardner Melissa A. Gardner

Melissa is an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment and Litigation practice groups. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Valparaiso University where she was a member of the Valparaiso University Law Review and served as a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant. She also received Course Honors Awards in eight different classes for achieving the highest grades in those classes. Before law school, Melissa graduated from Marquette Universtiy, cum laude, with a B.A. in economics and political science. Melissa has always had a passion for helping underprivileged youth. While at Marquette, she volunteered as a tutor for high school students in the Milwaukee Public School system. One student she tutored for three years became the first in his family to attend college and graduate with a college degree. She now volunteers for L.I.F.E. Beyond Shortridge, a program dedicated to helping high school students learn the interview process and obtain internships in the legal field and serves as chair of the board of directors for the Marion County Commissionon Youth (MCCOY). She is also a member of the Indy Bar's Executive Committee for the Environmental Section.

Photo of Monica L. Gearding Monica L. Gearding

Monica honed her time management skills by juggling parenting and full-time work and school, ultimately graduating cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She is a partner in our Real Estate Practice Group and she focuses her practice on commercial and corporate law, with an emphasis on real estate matters, commercial lending and consumer finance. Monica is active in the community; she serves on the board of directors of Advanced Industrial Measurement Systems, Inc. and is in her sixth term as a member of the Wilder, Kentucky City Council. Monica was recently honored at The Ohio Conference for Women as one of twelve recipients of the Glass Ceiling Award, which honors individuals for their commitment to their profession, their achievement of personal success, and their examples of leadership. When not working or volunteering, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband and wonderful children.

Photo of Graham C. Grady Graham C. Grady

Graham practices government relations, zoning land use and public law primarily in the city of Chicago. A native Chicagoan, Graham has deep roots in Chicago, including a 12 year career in municipal government as zoning administrator and commissioner of the Department of Buildings, ex-officio member of the Chicago Plan Commission, acting commissioner of economic development and chief executive of the Chicago Housing Authority. Graham’s civic portfolio includes immediate past chair of the African-American Legacy of the Chicago Community Trust, chair of the Trustees Subcommittee of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Donors Forum of Chicago, member of the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago and trustee of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. He was featured in Ebony magazine’s “30 Under 30” and Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Leaders Under 40.” Graham was a featured speaker at the Aspen Institute, and he is a faculty member of the Land Use Institute of the American Law Institute and vice president of the Realty Club of Chicago. Graham is a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Council of the Office of the Illinois Comptroller, appointed by Illinois Comptroller; the Charitable Advisory Council of the state of Illinois, appointed by Illinois Attorney General; and the Economic Development Committee of Cook County, appointed by the president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Graham has twin college-age daughters.

Photo of David L. Guevara, Ph.D. David L. Guevara, Ph.D.

David attended the University of Notre Dame Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of College and University Law and recipient of the Graham Law Fellowship. While at Notre Dame, David received a Dean’s Award for achieving the highest grade in Trial Advocacy. Before law school, David received a Ph.D. in philosophy and a M.A. in religious studies. David is a member of Taft’s Environmental Law and Litigation Practice Groups and his background in analytic studies has provided a successful foundation for recognizing clients’ problems and finding solutions. David is also a published poet, was a guest actor at the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and is a recipient of the Indiana Careers Award.

Photo of Vivek R. Hadley Vivek R. Hadley

VIVEK HADLEY is an associate in Taft’s Litigation and Environmental groups. Prior to joining Taft, Vivek clerked for Judge John G. Baker of the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Vivek graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and summa cum laude from Ball State University with a B.S. in economics and history. During law school, he was an extern for Judge Mark S. Massa at the Indiana Supreme Court, a managing editor of the Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality and a participant in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition.

Photo of Ann Hancock Ann Hancock

Ann Hancock serves as a board member for The Ohio Art League, a non-profits arts organization that provides exhibition and professional learning opportunities to Ohio visual artists. Recently, Ann orchestrated the organization’s annual fundraiser event, launched a partnership with another local arts organization and spoke at an artists’ workshop regarding copyright and contract law. She also volunteers with the Greater Columbus Arts Council/Columbus Bar Association pro bono arts program and is a member of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County.  Ann is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and is an active grant reader for the Women's Fund of Central Ohio.

Photo of Darrin Wesley Harris Darrin Wesley Harris