Kate Pruchnicki

Kate brings to the firm relentless effort and determination to solve our clients’ problems. She provides personal attention the clients appreciate.

 Katelyn Pruchnicki, Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Kate joined Milano Attorneys in 2015 – initially as a law clerk, and then as an attorney upon being admitted to practice in the State of Ohio.

Kate’s practice focuses primarily in criminal defense, though she also represents individuals involved in juvenile/domestic relations and civil proceedings in various courts across Northeast Ohio. She is presently licensed in the State of Ohio and in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Kate has successfully represented clients against various charges that range in severity – from DWI/OVI and low-level felonies, to violent and/or drug-related crimes, to murder.

Within the field of domestic relations, Kate has developed a specific focus in fighting for, and defending, fathers falsely accused of abuse and/or neglect and deprived of their parental rights. She has also been successful in post-conviction and appellate cases, having recently secured a reversal (holding that insufficient evidence was presented at trial) of a client’s Sexual Battery and Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor convictions through direct appeal to the Ninth District in 2019.

Kate earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs Journalism from The Ohio State University in 2012, graduating as a member of the Politics, Society, and Law Scholars Program. She then graduated cum laude in 2016 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she was Editor-In-Chief of CMLaw’s monthly publication, The Gavel, and received numerous awards for her academic performance and pro bono community service contributions.

Kate was elected as Treasurer of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) for calendar years 2020-21, is involved in the OACDL's Women's Initiative Committee, and regularly presents on various criminal defense topics at OACDL seminars across Ohio. Kate has previously served as co-chair of OACDL's Public Policy/Technology Committee, and she has authored several publications that have appeared in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s (CMBA) Bar Journal, as well as the OACDL’s bi-annual publication, The Vindicator.

Kate was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for years 2019 through 2022, and received the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch award for calendar years 2021-2022.

Both inside the courtroom and out, Kate is a fierce advocate for our clients. You can reach Kate directly by calling (440) 356-2828 or emailing kp@milanolaw.com.


"Simply Amazing; Kate is the best in the Cleveland area. Kate is strong, intelligent, passionate and personable. I could not have asked for better legal representation through trying times. Kate fights hard for her clients and has always made the time for my case, even on weekends or after hours. If you need legal representation, don’t look any further. Kate will get the job done. I be can’t say enough good things" — Anonymous, December 21, 2021

"Milano Law were incredibly helpful to me during several difficult times in my life. I have at all junctures appreciated the tenacity and the support that they provided; Jay has incredible legal acumen and Kate was absolutely great at explaining things to me in a way that made sense. I cannot recommend their services enough; you will get a supportive, helpful legal team that won't sugar coat things but will fight for you at every step of the way. - Jason, February 2020

"This is by far the best law firm out there they helped me nonstop especially Kate. Thanks for the attorneys at Milano Law without them my life would really be in shambles. - Eugene B., April 2020

“Let me begin by saying that I would have written a positive review of Kate regardless of the outcome of my case; that being said, she was able through her incredible skill to attain an even better results than I ever could have ever hoped for. Her attention to detail and thorough consideration of my case were far beyond expectations. I have a tendency to excessively worry and through Kate’s informative and frequent contacts, I was able to relax with peace of mind that everything was being taken care of. I would recommend this firm to anyone and in particular the stellar abilities of Kate Pruchnicki. Thank you Kate and thank you Milano Attorneys at Law!David, July 2019

“Milano Law Attorney’s Jay Milano and Katelyn Pruchnicki are amazing. They helped my girlfriend and myself through a very difficult time. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing legal help or advise. They are the best.” — Adam, July 2019

“Very professional, without a doubt vey clear on what is taking place. I was well informed every step of the way. My results were pretty much right on target with what my attorney Kate Pruchnicki had informed me of. I would refer to Kate without hesitation. Reasonable priced compared to others that I contacted. Thank you for your services.Sherri, July 2019

“I highly recommend Milano Attorneys at Law. Kate Pruchnicki represented my daughter. Kate was extremely knowledgeable, professional, direct and responsive. She worked hard for us to obtain a result that was more than we expected." Nicol, December 2018

“So far everyone within the firm has been exemplary.” Patrick, February 2019

“I’ll start by saying that I spoke with several lawyers over the last 6 months and Kate is by far the very best! She is very straight forward and does not mess around with getting your case resolved. I enjoyed meeting with her and she always made me feel very comfortable in the way things were explained and didn’t give me everything in “lawyer” talk. Highly recommend to anyone in need of an attorneys assistance in the Cleveland area.” — Toni, January 25, 2019

“Kate was amazing! She is very knowledgeable and great at what she does. She takes the time to listen to your questions and concerns, and then answers them leaving you feeling comfortable and confident going through “our situation “. She is very confident, direct and to the point, but also very personable and approachable. A very good combination for a successful attorney. Kate always keeps you up to date if something arises and in reverse, Kate has also responded back after hours and even on the weekend when I had some unexpected issues arise. Unbelievable!!! I can’t say enough good things about Kate and the Milano Law Firm. Overall, I felt comfortable and confident with her and things came out in our favor!! Couldn’t ask for anything more!!” - Justin, November 21, 2018

“I highly recommend Milano Attorneys at Law. Kate Pruchnicki represented my daughter. Kate was extremely knowledgeable, professional, direct and responsive. She worked hard for us to obtain a result that was more than we expected.” - Nicol, October 29, 2018

“I recently hired Kate to represent my son in a drug paraphernalia charge and a very difficult family situation that resulted in obtaining a restraining order. Kate and her firm was not only professional and extremely competent, but severely successful in settling both intense situations with satisfying results. Kate was kind, professional, and extremely comforting during a most difficult time. She was always available and quick to respond to all of our calls and questions. As great as a lawyer Kate is, she's even an even better compassionate person. I can't imagine what we would have done without her and am extremely happy we didn't have to find out. I can't recommend her and her firm high enough.” — Chuck, October 29, 2018

“I recently needed legal representation with a Juvenile Court case and retained Katelyn Pruchnicki as my legal counsel. I was very impressed with her, her firm and felt she was professional and honest. I will use her in the future and highly recommend to anyone going through the Juvenile Court System.” — Kathleen, October 17, 2018

“Ms. Pruchnicki represented me on an OVI case; a friend of mine recommended her. She was kind, understanding, professional, and super responsive. I felt she definitely took a vested interest in my case, and it was extremely comforting at such a bad time. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for representation.” — Anonymous, June 26, 2018

“Ms. Kate Pruchnicki represented me in a personal injury case. Kate ensured that I was fully compensated for my injuries as a result of malpractice. She made herself available to answer a myriad of questions, ensuring I completely understood my rights and protected my interest against a major insurance carrier represented by multiple attorneys. I found Kate Pruchnicki to be ethical, hard-working, extremely knowledgeable regarding the expected outcome of my case and very hard-working. She was prompt in answering my phone messages, was always professional in person and on the phone, and I found her to be very impressive when engaging with defendant attorneys. Kate does not hesitate to aggressively argue her points and portrays a self-confidence that I found impressive. Should the need arise, I would not hesitate to secure the services of Ms. Pruchnicki and I would recommend her without reservation.” — Tammy, June 25, 2018

“Ms. Katelyn Pruchnicki is a very passionate and energetic litigator who will leave no client behind in the pursuit of achieving a just outcome. Kate possesses profound characteristics that define her as an expert attorney. She is eager to get herself deeply involved by getting to know your case individually, permitting her to make personalize and sound decisions in advocating for your rights. Kate acknowledges the importance of keeping her clients informed every step of the way. She consistently displays great knowledge and skill set promptly with a direct and detailed approach. I am pleased with how accessible she is in responding to any matters that pertain to any of your questions or concerns. Her work ethic enables her to deliver firm representation with trust. I highly recommend Kate Pruchnicki and Milano Attorney at Law.” — Anonymous, June 20, 2018


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