Frantz Ward Adds Two Associates to Firm

Frantz Ward is pleased to announce the additions of Mia L. Garcia and Justin W. Younker as Associates to the firm. Both Mia and Justin served as Summer Associates for the firm in 2016.

Mia L. Garcia earned her J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While there, Mia advised and represented small businesses on a broad range of matters in the Community Development Clinic as a Certified Legal Intern. Among other experiences, she established a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and advised a small social enterprise on various compliance issues including environmental, zoning, and wage and hour requirements. In 2017 she was selected as a national member of the Order of the Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy and contribution to her law school’s moot court programs.
 
Mia also served as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Ohio where she assisted both the criminal and civil divisions in ongoing investigations and cases. With her research and drafting skills she helped Assistant U.S. Attorneys secure civil settlements for affirmative claims brought under the False Claims Act, affirm convictions for major fraud and corruption crimes, and achieve guilty pleas for environmental crimes and crimes against children. She also participated in a full mock trial in front of a federal magistrate judge, interacted with federal agencies such as the FBI, Bureau of Prisons, Ohio and Federal Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service, participated in a stream evaluation establishing federal jurisdiction after an oil spill, and visited Federal Correctional Institution Elkton and the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Justin W. Younker received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. Justin was a legal writing tutor, recipient of the Law Justice Scholarship, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review.  
 
During law school, Justin worked in a small plaintiff's firm in the greater Cleveland area where he gained experience requesting and answering discovery, drafting complaints, and writing motions. Additionally, Justin served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge John Russo, Administrative Judge to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
 
Prior to law school, Justin taught secondary English in rural Alabama through Teach for America. In Alabama, Justin served as a kicking coach for his school's football team, chaired the school's chapter of the National Honor Society, initiated the District's AP program, and co-founded Higher Academics Summer School, an intensive summer boarding school for college-bound students. After his time in Alabama, he worked as a Dean of Students in a Breakthrough Charter School in Cleveland. 

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