Burnaugh Law Office, Mount Gilead, Ohio (2007)

• Attorney at Law. Practice involves all areas of general practice and litigation including, but not limited to, estate administration, Wills and advance directives, foreclosures, evictions, collections, and domestic law. 

Hickson Law Office, Mount Gilead, Ohio (2006)

• Associate. Practice involved all areas of general practice and litigation including, but not limited to, estate administration, collections, real estate transactions, tax preparation, and domestic law. 

Weston Hurd Curley Patterson & Bush L.L.P., Columbus, Ohio (2006)
Curley Patterson & Bush L.P.A., Columbus, Ohio (2000-2006)

• Associate. Practice focused on subrogation recovery on behalf of insurance carriers and their insureds, civil defense litigation throughout the state of Ohio, general insurance coverage analysis and litigation, and appellate advocacy work including oral argument and filing amicus briefs before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, Columbus, Ohio (1999-2000)

• Staff Attorney for the Honorable Judge James O’Grady and the Honorable John Bender. Managed the Court’s civil docket by: drafting civil decisions for both judges; preparing jury instructions in criminal cases; and conducting pretrial conferences.

Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Chief Legal Counsel, Columbus, Ohio (1997-1999)

• Legal Intern. Managed administrative claims filed against ODOT in the Ohio Court of Claims by determining defense strategy and settlement decisions; also researched issues and drafted documents on the Chief Legal Counsel’s behalf.

Attorney General of the State of Ohio, Transportation Section, Columbus, Ohio (1998)

• Legal Intern. Researched the implementation of policies being considered by ODOT and provided assistance to counsel litigating eminent domain cases.


Capital University School of Law, Columbus, Ohio (1996-1999)
Degree: J.D. 1999
Graduated cum laude with a g.p.a. of 3.216 out of 4.000

Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio (1992-1996)
Degree: B.A. in criminal justice and sociology 1996
Graduated with high distinction with a g.p.a. of 3.60 out of 4.00

Mount Gilead High School, 1992 graduate

Attorney Burnaugh previously worked for Robert C. Hickson, Jr. while studying criminal justice and sociology at Ohio Northern University.  The two remained in contact while Attorney Burnaugh attended Capital Law School and worked in the government sector as a legal intern in the Attorney General's Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Upon passing the bar, Attorney Burnaugh assisted Judges James O'Grady and John Bender as a staff attorney in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.  Having the responsibilities of preparing rulings for the court's consideration in both civil and criminal matters, this position provided Attorney Burnaugh with the opportunity to interact regularly with judges and court personnel.

From there, Attorney Burnaugh went to work for several years with a Columbus law firm with a statewide civil practice.  She not only tried cases as a civil litigator, but also became well versed in handling probate matters, evaluating insurance issues, and arguing appellate cases on a variety of issues at all levels of the judicial system.

In September 2004, Attorney Burnaugh had the honor of returning to Morrow County to argue before the Ohio Supreme Court during its off-site program.  The Morrow County Bar Association President at that time was Robert C. Hickson, Jr. who had coordinated the Supreme Court's visit to Mount Gilead.  However, it was pure coincidence that Attorney Burnaugh's case was one of the matters chosen to be heard.  The venue inadvertently gave Attorney Burnaugh a home field advantage since Hickson, family members, former teachers and members of the community were present in the courtroom showing their support.

Admitted to practice in Ohio and United States 
District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Jenifer Murphy Burnaugh
Attorney at Law

22 South Main Street
Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338
(419) 946-6055

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