Katie Moscarino DeFino

Of Counsel | Cleveland

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About Katie:

My practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice defense and business litigation, and I also enjoy the other various litigation matters that the Firm serves. I am most proud of the fact that our Firm aggressively serves the needs of each client with integrity, efficiency, and ingenuity.

I am looking forward to continue developing and applying my legal knowledge to real world practice both in and out of the office, and about seeing the benefits of that experience. I have extensive trial experience having sat second chair for more than eight trials and have successfully litigated and counseled clients in county, federal and appellate courts. My current defense-oriented practice is enhanced by prior experience on the other side of such matters. This provides me with a unique perspective, used to anticipate issues strategies on the other side, to best serve our clients’ interests.

As a Cleveland native, I am passionate about exploring what the revitalized city has to offer as it continues to develop.


  • Joined Buckingham in 2022
  • Moscarino & Treu, LLP,  Associate Attorney
  • McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman, LPA, Associate Attorney
  • United States Department of Justice, Office of the Pardon Attorney, Intern - Washington D.C.
  • United States Department of Justice, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, Intern - Washington D.C.
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio, Criminal Division Intern
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Law Clerk

  • Case Western Reserve University (J.D. 2012)
  • University of Richmond (B.A., cum laude, 2009)


  • Ohio

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2023), as voted by peers

Past Affiliations

  • Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Young Leaders Board, Former Member


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Litigation Council, Former Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA)


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