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Dirk Winkler

“We don’t simply provide exceptional legal services; we have the privilege and responsibility of representing and advising individuals and families facing difficult challenges – to be there when it counts most.” 

Dirken D. Winkler is the founder of Winkler Legal, LLC.  With over 22 years of legal experience, Dirk’s legal career has revolved around legal issues affecting individuals and families.  Dirk is passionate about making a positive difference for every client.  Whether it is creating an estate plan that provides care for a loved one with special needs, or a family struggling to arrange and pay for long-term care for an aging parent, Dirk will never stop until he finds the solution to a problem.  

Dirk is married to his wife Lora and they are raising three wonderful children.  In his spare time, Dirk likes to exercise, fly fish, play golf and watch the Buckeyes.  Getting out and staying active is one way he clears his mind and focuses on what is important.  Dirk believes that it is the responsibility of every employee to provide our clients with exceptional legal services, coupled with compassion and understanding. 

Heather Tope

“I truly enjoy working alongside our clients and helping them through whatever situation they are dealing with. I appreciate the fact that I work for a firm that sincerely cares for its clients and works hard to achieve a good outcome for each case.” 

Heather Tope obtained her Paralegal degree from Columbus State Community College in 2013. Heather joined the firm in the same year, starting off as a part-time receptionist. She has grown in her role in the past six years through invaluable case experience.  

She works closely with the clients gathering information for their case and making sure they understand the legal process that they will be facing.  

Heather is from Columbus, Ohio. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two children, cooking and being outdoors.

Emily Cobb

“It is great to get to work for a firm that cares first and foremost about its clients. Helping someone navigate such a confusing and stressful time in their life is so rewarding, and I am glad that we all genuinely want to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives each day.” 

Emily grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with her bachelor’s from the Ohio State University in the spring of 2018. She joined Winkler Legal in March of 2019 as a legal assistant and is working towards her Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Studies Certificate at Capital University.

She is the first point of contact for the office, assists with the firm’s accounting and billing, and manages the firm’s digital marketing. 

When she’s not at the office, Emily can be found spending time with her family and dog, hiking with her boyfriend, reading one of her many books, or traveling. 

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