A rich history
33 years in the

Markesbery & Richardson is a Legal Professional Association comprised of attorneys licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and New York. We work diligently to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

Each attorney adds a unique background of professional experience and education to the firm, allowing us to competently handle many different types of cases and to adapt to each client’s situation.

A client-first approach that ensures satisfaction.

Our broad client base includes insurance companies of all sizes, ranging from small regional companies to international insurance carriers, as well as self-insured companies, businesses of various sizes, and individuals.

Markesbery & Richardson maintains a very diverse civil practice with emphasis on insurance defense, insurance coverage, construction litigation, and personal injury.


A versatile team with over
142 years of cumulative
legal experience.

Glenn A. Markesbery
Partner, Founder

A senior partner and a founding member of Markesbery & Richardson Co., L.P.A., Glenn received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University, cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he appeared on the Dean’s list. Glenn began his legal career with G. Richard Wilson and Associates in 1988 and later was a founding member of Wilson & Markesbery Co., L.P.A and its successor firm, Markesbery & Richardson Co., L.P.A.

Glenn’s practice includes construction litigation, insurance defense including commercial and personal lines, insurance coverage, wrongful death, premises liability, and other facets of civil litigation.

David G. Richardson
Partner, Founder

Our other senior partner and founding member, Dave received his Bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. Dave then worked for the Cincinnati law firm Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chesley working on complex class action litigation before joining Wilson & Markesbery Co., LPA in 1994.

Dave’s practice includes civil litigation, insurance defense litigation involving both commercial and personal lines, insurance coverage, uninsured and underinsured motorists litigation, bad faith litigation, premises liability, product liability, personal injury and wrongful death claims, trucking litigation, liquor and restaurant liability, defamation, employment intentional torts, utility defense, and workers’ compensation.


Samuel A. Gradwohl

Samuel A. Gradwohl graduated from the College of Wooster in 1995 with a B.A. in Political Science. Samuel graduated from Capital University Law School in 1999 and was class representative for the Student Bar Association. Upon graduation from law school Samuel spent three years in Columbus, Ohio, practicing law throughout the State of Ohio. He relocated to Dayton, Ohio, where he worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County.

Samuel has been with Markesbery & Richardson since December 2002 and his practice includes civil defense work, as well as Workers’ Compensation defense. He is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, Southern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michael E. Lively

Michael E. Lively is a local product, born and raised in the greater Cincinnati area. After graduating from Princeton High School, he majored in accounting at the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration and was a Vorheis Scholar. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1993 with his BBA, he returned to U.C. the following fall to begin his studies at the College of Law.

Mike joined Markesbery & Richardson in 2002 where his practice primarily includes personal injury, automobile liability, premises liability and insurance coverage along with some construction defect. Since coming to the firm, Mike has additionally been admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Kentucky and Indiana.

Barry A. Rudell, II

Barry is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law (2000), and the University of Kentucky (1996, cum laude, with honors) where he majored in Political Science and History. He joined Markesbery & Richardson and has since continued to focus his litigation practice on all aspects of construction law, insurance defense and insurance coverage issues. In addition, Barry handles a variety of matters pertaining to premises liability and small business representation.

Barry has also successfully argued matters in Ohio’s First, Fourth, Tenth and Twelfth Appellate Districts, as well as the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He is also active in the representation of clients and contractors through numerous mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Hope LeMaster

Originally from Eastern Kentucky, Hope has spent the past several years in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. Hope studied Political Science and Communications at the University of Kentucky. After graduating from the University of Kentucky she attended Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where she served on the Student Bar Association as Vice President and American Bar Association Representative. While in law school Hope interned with the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and worked as clinical student at Children’s Law Center. Hope joined Markesbery & Richardson in July of 2020. Her practice includes insurance defense.

Kristen Smith

Originally from a small eastern Kentucky town, Kristen has spent the last three years practicing law in Kentucky. She obtained her bachelors of science in Psychology from the University of Pikeville in her home town. After graduating college Kristen attended Salmon P. Chase college of Law, where she taught street law classes to juveniles enrolled in the community diversion program as well as assisted the Legal aid of the bluegrass in helping indigent clients seeking legal counsel. While in law school Kristen also clerked for the law firm of Braden, Humfleet, and Devine located in Florence KY. Kristen joined Markesbery and Richardson this year in April of 2021. Her practice areas include personal injury, medical malpractice, subrogation, and insurance defense.

Zachary Straub

Zachary P. Straub was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating with honors from St. Xavier High School, he majored in Communications with a minor in Political Science. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2016 with his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Kentucky. He moved to the Northern Kentucky area and attended Salmon P. Chase College of Law. While in law school Zachary gained valuable experience working with in-house legal departments as well as law firms providing insurance, civil and criminal defense litigation. Zachary joined Markesbery & Richardson in June of 2021. Zachary is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Kentucky. His practice areas include insurance & subrogation defense, personal injury, medical malpractice defense, criminal defense and construction litigation.


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