A Conversation with Alexander Petraglia: Experienced Trial Attorney

Alexander Petraglia

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 pursuit of perfecting 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 got his B.A., J.D., and a Major in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland, Ohio.

He was a law clerk at the Legal Aid Society in 2013 and spent two years at Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office. He also worked at Kurt Law Office and as a trial attorney at Hamilton County Public Defender.

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.

He has strong interpersonal skills and experience in investigating cases through interviews and site visits.

When he’s not working, Alexander Petraglia likes hiking with his dog and volunteering with stray animal adoption programs and local food pantries.

Tell us about yourself.

I am a trial attorney based in the Greater Cincinnati area. I believe in client-centered representation and work primarily in medical malpractice and criminal defense.

What makes you different from other professionals in your field?

I was fortunate to be trained by some of the Country’s top trial attorneys at the Gideon’s Promise trial school.

Additionally, I have worked with some terrific legal minds, including Eric Deters and Alan Statman.

What was the most important part of your professional journey?

Going to trial. I realized early in my legal career that most attorneys are not prepared and do not want to go to trial.

I have always worked hard to be ready for my clients when the time for action comes, and typically that pays off in either trial or settlement negotiations.

What takes up too much of your time?

I spend too much time speaking with defense attorneys who are on an hourly retainer. They are obviously trying to bill every last minute they can to their clients.

One of the worst examples is that I had a 4-minute phone call with opposing counsel over a simple procedural matter on a case, and then he sent me a “letter” summarizing the phone call.

Ridiculous and clearly a ruse to use up that retainer! Sadly, many lawyers simply are not looking out for their client’s best interests.

What three pieces of advice would you give to law students/new attorneys?

I would advise any young attorney to:

  • Work Hard
  • Be honest
  • Put your representation of your clients before everything else

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

I work with Eric Deters, who has never stopped fighting for the victims of Dr. Durrani, the Butcher of Pakistan. I have never worked with someone who is so driven to accomplish their goals.

What drives you to keep going when it’s really tough?

Growing up, my father was a self-made man. He always worked hard and stressed to my siblings and me the importance of hard work and honesty. Whenever I am struggling, I think of how my dad would handle the situation.

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