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Trina  N. Goethals

Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Suite 2400
Columbus, OH 43215


K.C. Klusty

A courtroom advocate, Trina is a general litigator who understands clients need exceptional representation both inside and outside the courtroom. She represents clients in a broad scope of civil and criminal litigation matters in both state and federal court and in all facets of pre-and post-trial litigation, encompassing pre-suite investigations and discovery, mediation, motion practice, and collecting on judgments.

A committed counsel, Trina regularly defends private companies that have been named in lawsuits including:

  • Breach of contract
  • Negligence
  • Property disputes
  • Debts
  • Fraud
  • Other civil counts

Founder of the Ohio Chapter of Women’s White Collar Defense Association and a mentee of the Criminal Justice Act Panel, Trina has experience representing parties who are under investigation from a federal investigatory body, persons who have been charged with federal crimes, such as drug crimes and white collar crimes, sentencing phase of a plea or finding of guilt, and representing potential witnesses. In addition, she has counseled several college students who have been accused of student misconduct, either because of criminal charge, hazing, or sexual assault.

Professional licensees also turn to Trina for representation to defend charges filed against them by their regulatory body. She is well versed in defending licensees in all phases, including:

  • Drafting and appropriate response
  • Assisting in cooperation through investigation phase
  • Mediating or setting charges
  • Defense in hearing stage
  • Overseeing body

Outside the courtroom, Trina enjoys running with her dog Kili, and adventure travel where she finished the Great Wall of China Marathon, the original Greek Marathon, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Ranier, and Mt. Whitney.

Representative Matters

  • Assisted in representing a company that was investigated for possible Medicaid fraud in which a no charge letter generated.
  • Defended a legal malpractice case as second chair in a bench trial in which no liability was found against the defendant.
  • Represented a student against a Title IX charge that proceeded to a hearing and was appealed by the Complainant in which no violations were found against the student.
  • Represented a debtor on appeal in which the appellate court found grounds to remand the case to the trial court level for damages evaluation.
  • Assisted in representation of licensee in front of the Ohio Department of Education in which the hearing examiner found no violation after multiple day hearing.

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Alternate biographies





  • J.D., Capital University Law School, 2005
  • B.S., Journalism, University of Central Missouri, 2000

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio State Courts
  • Missouri State Courts
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit