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 Doreen Canton Doreen Canton

Doreen began law school at the University of Cincinnati College of Law when her youngest child started kindergarten. Her colleagues in the Labor and Employment Practice Group noted her entry into the “protected age group” a month after she began working at Taft. Her many years working as a teacher and reference librarian and her “mom” experience have proved invaluable in her role as an advisor, investigator, negotiator and when necessary, litigator in her work as an employment attorney—work which Doreen describes as “dynamic… never a dull moment, and ultimately very rewarding.” Her perspective has often proved to be a key resource for her colleagues in a number of areas.

Photo of Jeanne M. Cors Jeanne M. Cors

Jeanne joined Taft in 1999 and is a partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of antitrust, criminal defense and complex commercial litigation. Jeanne joined Taft after spending several years serving as a legislative aide in the Washington office of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl. She is an active member of the Board of Governors of the Antitrust Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and serves as Editor of the Section's newsletter. Jeanne is also an active member of St. Mary Church in Hyde Park.

Photo of Anne L. Cowgur Anne L. Cowgur

Anne focuses her practice in the areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Labor & Employment and Media Law. She has been named one of the Top 25 Women and Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers in the area of Appellate Law and is also honored as a Best Lawyers in America for 2013 for Appellate Law. Anne has argued cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court and various United States Courts of Appeals.

Photo of Julie A. Crocker Julie A. Crocker

Julie is an associate with the firm and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation cases. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and then returned to Cleveland to attend law school and be closer to her family. Julie currently lives in an eastern suburb of Cleveland with her husband and son.

Photo of Carolyn A. Davis Carolyn A. Davis

Carolyn began working as an associate at Taft in 2014 upon returning to her hometown of Columbus. Carolyn has always been committed to community activity. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Young Professional Board, and the United Way Women's Leadership Counsel.
 

While attending Case Western Reserve University for her undergraduate degree and law school, Carolyn volunteered as a Big Sister for the Big Brother, Big Sisters of Cleveland, Ohio. She also served as the secretary for the Case Law School Big Brothers, Big Sisters Chapter. In addition, Carolyn served as founder and two-term president of the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While at Case Western, Carolyn was a member of the Women’s Varsity Fencing Team, vice-president of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, a member of the Undergraduate Student Government and on the executive board of Phi Mu Sorority. While practicing in Toledo, Carolyn was a board member for the Northwest Ohio YWCA, where she served on the planning committee for the “Milestones, A Tribute to Women” Luncheon. The Milestones luncheon honors seven exceptional women each year for their contribution to their professions, the community and the empowerment of women. She was also a board member and the vice president of community relations for the Toledo Area Human Resource Association. An advocate for animal welfare, Carolyn has recently become involved in rescue and has adopted a pug named Mr. Butters. Carolyn is an associate in Taft's Labor and Employment practice group.

Photo of Barbara A. Duncombe Barbara A. Duncombe

In 1974, when Barbara graduated with a bachelor's degree in cross-cultural communications, it was much more difficult for a woman to find a job other than as a mom, a secretary, a teacher or a nurse. After a brief career as a secretary, Barbara became a paralegal and, a year later, was admitted to George Washington University Law School as a night student. By taking night classes year round Barbara graduated just three years later. A dozen years after her graduation from law school, Barbara was able to use both her undergraduate and legal degrees when she began training UN personnel worldwide in public buying. She has been able to combine her passion for cross-cultural communications (and her dual US/Irish citizenship) with her government contract law practice by working with international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies worldwide to achieve greater buying power and ensure the funding goes to those who need it most, the beneficiaries of these organizations.

Photo of Erin T. Escoffery Erin T. Escoffery

Erin joined Taft’s Labor and Employment group in 2014. While in law school at Notre Dame, Erin was a solicitations editor for the Journal of College and University Law and a member of the Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law. Erin also worked as a legal intern for both Rolls-Royce North America and the Notre Dame Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic. Eager to get involved in campus life, Erin served as an assistant rector in Walsh Hall, an all-female residence hall, and joined the Graduate Women’s Group. Before law school, Erin worked for HarperCollins Publishers in New York City.  

 

Photo of Amelia Workman Farago Amelia Workman Farago

Amelia is an associate with the firm and practices primarily in litigation. During law school at Case Western Reserve University, Amelia served as a president of the Women's Law Association and was a member of the Ault Mock Trial Team. Amelia resides in Lorain County and has been a trustee of the Southern Lorain County Historical Society for several years.