Alexander Petraglia is a licensed criminal defense and family attorney who views his relationship with clients as a sacred bond. He passed his bar admissions in 2015 and has been vigorously defending his clients’ rights ever since. In a pursuit to perfect his trial skills and client care, he has graduated from Gideon’s Promise Trial Program for public defenders, one of the top trial training courses in the country.
Mr. Petraglia currently works at Deters Law Office, where he has participated in medical malpractice trials, class action suits, and successful wrongful injury settlements. He is devoted to zealously protecting his clients’ health, wealth, and liberty.
Our team recently had the opportunity to interview Alex Petraglia about his commendable work in the legal field.
Alex, thank you so much for your time. For an attorney, every single day throws new challenges. To start things off, please tell us about your best and worst days at work.
My best days are when I get a good result for a client, be it a courtroom victory or a successful settlement. Some of the worst times at work are telling folks who have been seriously injured with a strong case that our firm cannot help them because a statute of limitations has filed. It is always important to seek out the advice of an attorney if you think you have been wronged.
Who are the clients you most enjoy working with?
I became a lawyer to fight for the people. I am most comfortable when I am “fighting the good fight.” I love my job because I am given that opportunity every day.
What was your biggest ‘a-ha’ moment?
The first criminal case I took after passing the Ohio State Bar I refused to take a bad deal for my client. I filed every reasonable motion possible and did not stop pushing the Prosecution to give my client the greatly reduced charge that he deserved. The Prosecutor refused to move off what my client felt was an unreasonable offer. I spent countless hours preparing for what was to be my first jury trial, only to have the Prosecutor give my client the deal he wanted the day of trial.
That day I knew that I only got the positive outcome because the Prosecutor knew they would have to fight to get a conviction and that even though I was a new lawyer, I knew my file and was loaded for bear on the day of trial. I have taken that intensity to each of my subsequent trials. The attorney-client bond is one of immense trust, and when a client puts their trust in me, they deserve nothing less than my absolute best.
What has been the most important part of your professional journey?
I have been blessed to learn from some of the best litigators in the Cincinnati area. I have been blessed to be mentored by Eric Deters and Alan Statman, who are both legendary in Cincinnati for both their verdicts and courtroom prowess.
What risks is your company or the legal industry facing?
Medical Malpractice is an inherently risky area of practice. Cases take a long time to prosecute, the experts are expensive, and we are often squaring up against some of the largest law firms in the tri-state area. If you are hurt, you need an experienced litigator who is willing to fight on your behalf, not a billboard lawyer who will settle your case at the first opportunity.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I am working from home! But when I am not taking my motion practice from home, I spend time with my mini Goldendoodle Smaug.
How do you feel you make a difference in the world?
One client at a time. Whether I am representing a client for a traffic ticket, a major felony, or a serious medical malpractice issue, I know that they are depending on me. When I get good results for my clients, I know that I am making a difference in their lives.
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