Dayna is an associate in the firm’s product and general litigation group.
She received a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 1998. While attending Bowling Green, Dayna was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Womyn for Womyn. Dayna was the recipient of the Cleveland Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship in 1997.
After graduating from Bowling Green, Dayna spent 4 years working for the Head Start programs in Cuyahoga and Portage counties. She was responsible for providing family support services and advocating on behalf children enrolled in the program. Dayna ultimately decided to pursue a law degree because many of the families participating in the program did not have access to legal representation because they were ineligible or unable to obtain legal aid services or they could not find a local attorney willing to handle a case pro bono.
In 2002, Dayna was accepted into the evening program at The University of Akron School of Law. She continued working full-time throughout her law school career. She received a J.D. from Akron in 2006. While in law school, she was a member of the Student Bar Association and served as the graduate student representative on the Women’s Studies Advisory Council.
She was admitted to the Ohio bar in 2006. Since that time, she has represented both public and private corporate clients, locally and nationally, in product liability, environmental, toxic tort, and insurance recovery litigation.
She is a member of the Akron Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She was named an Ohio Rising Star in 2009.
Dayna is passionate about giving back to the local community. She served as a volunteer with the Summit County CASA/GAL program from 2006-2010. She is currently a member of the Charles F. Scanlon/Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court. She volunteers at advice clinics throughout the year with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid Services in Akron because she believes economic status should not be a barrier to legal representation. She is also a regular volunteer with Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio.
Dayna remains an active member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She has served as the Membership and Risk Management Advisor for the Gamma Kappa Chapter at Kent State University since 2006 and is the President of the Kent Alumnae Chapter. She is also a frequent workshop facilitator on the topics of membership and risk management for Delta Zeta chapters throughout Ohio. Dayna was recognized for her commitment and service to Delta Zeta in 2006 when she received the Lamplighter Award and in 2011 when she received The Olive McCune Loyalty Award.
In her spare time, Dayna enjoys traveling, reading, playing softball, and singing karaoke.