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JOHN J. McCRACKEN became licensed as an attorney in the State of Ohio in November 1989. Mr. McCracken has maintained a private law office in Hamilton, Ohio since the early 1990’s. He has practiced almost exclusively in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Personal Injury and Criminal Law.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. McCracken received his undergraduate degree at the University of Evansville in 1986. While an undergrad, he received numerous honors and awards, most importantly graduating cum laude (with honors) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, an Associates Degree in psychology and a Certificate in security management and administration. Upon graduation, Mr. McCracken received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law where he graduated in 1989. He again was recognized for graduating cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree in law. John is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the United States District Court.
Individually, Mr. McCracken has been very involved and achieved many awards in the practice of law. He has been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Butler County Bar Association for many years. He serves as a mentor for younger attorneys in Butler County in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security. He has attended many seminars in his practice areas over the years. John was certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy from 1992 - 2010. He has also been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, which recognizes the top 5% of the attorneys in Ohio. He also serves as a magistrate for the Hamilton Municipal Court, hearing reviews and traffic cases.
Mr. McCracken has resided in Butler County since he began practicing law. He and his wife Deanna have two children, and he enjoys spending his time away from the office with his family.
KYLE D. MARTIN was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. Mr. Martin received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1985. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1989. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1989.
Mr. Martin began his legal career with the Springfield, Ohio law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper, where he practiced primarily in the area of insurance defense. From 1991 through 1999, he was a member of the Dayton, Ohio law firm, E.S. Gallon & Associates, where he was a shareholder in the firm, representing clients in workers’ compensation matters, including common pleas court appeals. Prior to forming McCracken & Martin, LLC in January 2008, he was an attorney with the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Lee M. Smith & Associates Co. L.P.A., where the firm served as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, providing legal representation to several state agencies and public universities. While there, he also represented self-insured employers including Fortune 500 retailers as well as state-funded employers, including counties, municipalities and townships, in addition to individuals.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Martin has successfully represented individuals and employers in every facet of administrative practice before the Industrial Commission of Ohio at every hearing level, including violation of specific safety requirement (V.S.S.R.) actions. He has successfully argued cases before hearing officers in all 16 statewide Industrial Commission district offices. Mr. Martin devotes a significant portion of his practice to litigation. He has been involved in common pleas court appeals in 63 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He has also appeared in various court of appeals throughout the state and before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Mr. Martin is a member of the Ohio State and Butler County Bar Associations. He is among the first class of attorneys to become a certified specialist
in the area of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law by the Ohio State Bar Association’s Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law Speciality Board.
He was named an Ohio Super Lawyer.
Mr. Martin is married to Sonja, is a proud parent, grandparent to two beautiful granddaughters and an animal lover. The Martins enjoy travel and are loyal Cincinnati Reds fans.
AMANDA R. LAURENS was raised in Hamilton, Ohio. Ms. Laurens received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 1999. Subsequently, she received her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2002 and was admitted to the practice of law in 2002.
Ms. Laurens began working for Gattermeyer & McCracken, LLC as a law clerk in September of 2002, and began practicing law there upon her licensing in November of 2002. She has been with the firm throughout her career, remaining with the office with the formation of McCracken & Martin, LLC. Ms. Laurens is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of Ohio, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Ms. Laurens has represented individuals in Social Security Disability claims throughout the administrative process and in Federal District Court. She focuses not only on disabled adults, but is also well versed in childhood disability claims. In addition, Ms. Laurens represents injured workers in workers’ compensation matters before the Industrial Commission and in Common Pleas Court. Ms. Laurens also practices in the area of wills and estates and personal injury claims. Ms. Laurens also assists disabled individuals whose claims have been rejected by the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and School Employee Retirement System (SERS).
Ms. Laurens is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Butler County Bar Association. Her husband is an attorney practicing as a public defender in Hamilton County in addition to representing private clients on bankruptcy matters. They are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter.