Ms. Patel is a 1988 graduate of the University of Bridgeport School of Law. She was admitted to practice in Florida that same year and was subsequently admitted in Connecticut and Ohio.
From 1989 to 1991 she worked as a trust officer in a bank in Bridgeport Connecticut. Following the demise of that bank, she headed west to pursue a long time dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney. She maintained a private law office in Cincinnati, Ohio with an emphasis on criminal defense from 1992-1997. In 1997 Ms. Patel joined the Law Office of the Hamilton County Public Defender as a full time attorney.
Since joining the Law Office of the Hamilton County Public Defender, Ms. Patel has been assigned to represent clients in the Common Pleas Drug Court in Hamilton County. During that time she was on the startup committee for the Ohio Association of Drug Court Professionals and the collaborative to form the Off the Streets program.