Guernsey County resident makes law a second career path

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, OHIO (Dec. 6, 2010) – After spending the first 15 years of her professional career as a registered nurse, Jacqueline Tresl put away her stethoscope and picked up a law book. At the age of 38, Tresl decided to enroll in law school. Today, she is a solo practitioner with a family law practice in Guernsey and Muskingum counties.

“I pinch myself every day because I can’t believe how fortunate I am to work with such compassionate, intelligent people in the legal profession,” Tresl says. “The best part is being able to help clients. I treat them like family; they can call me no matter what time of the day or night, and I’ll be there for them.”

Her most memorable case so far was a case in which she was able to help a grandfather keep custody of his eight-year-old grandchild. “The father wanted custody after being in and out of the child’s life,” Tresl explains. “It was a difficult case because of the rights of natural parents, but we were able to put together an unbeatable case that was upheld by the appeals court.”

Tresl graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2002. She does pro bono work at the Muskingum County Domestic Relations Court’s Family Law Clinic. She lives on a 230-acre property in western Guernsey County, where she is involved with land preservation efforts. “I want to do all that I can to protect our natural, scenic resources for future generations.” Tresl writes about her observations about life in a Sunday column, “Middle Earth at Middle Age,” for the Daily Jeffersonian newspaper in Cambridge.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.




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