Thomas M. DiCaudo

Thomas M. DiCaudo graduated from Walsh High School in 1979. He then attended the University of Akron where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on Accounting. Mr. DiCaudo attended the University of Akron School of Law graduating at the top of his class and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1988.

After being admitted into the practice of law, Mr. DiCaudo accepted a position with the City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office.

Mr. DiCaudo was an Assistant Prosecutor from November 1988 to January 1990. He was promoted to the position of Police Legal Advisor in January 1990.

Mr. DiCaudo served the jurisdictions of Akron, Bath, Fairlawn, Springfield, Richfield, Lakemore, Mogadore and the University of Akron police departments.

Mr. DiCaudo was promoted to Assistant Chief Prosecutor in 1991. Mr. DiCaudo supervised courtroom prosecutors, was in charge of liquor enforcement and advised police departments on murders and other high-level felonies.

In June 2008, Mr. DiCaudo took his vast experience and knowledge of the law and joined Attorney Reid Yoder. Together they formed the law firm DiCaudo & Yoder LLC, which then became DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, with the addition of Attorney Marshal Pitchford.

Mr. DiCaudo presently focuses his practice on criminal defense and specializes in handling OVI and DUI cases.


Marshal Pitchford

Mr. Pitchford received his Juris Doctor from The University of Akron, School of Law in 1999 and his Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in 1996.

Mr. Pitchford has over a decade of experience in the practice of public law, government relations and litigation. His regional practice primarily focuses on representing public entities and in transportation litigation, including broker/carrier arrangements, cargo claims, freight charges collection and transactions and commercial litigation. He has a wide range of experience working for clients in both the private and public sector. He counsels clients in both contract preparation and strategic planning and also represents numerous large and small manufacturers and businesses.

Mr. Pitchford has significant experience in counseling municipalities and counties in the areas of civil rights, employment, discrimination and constitutional law. He has successfully litigated numerous matters on behalf of municipalities regarding zoning and planning matters. He represents and advises major transportation and logistics companies as to various transactional issues, including transportation-related service agreements, cargo claims, freight claims, and regulatory compliance, and serves as counsel in related litigation throughout Ohio and the U.S.

Mr. Pitchford’s experience includes jury trials, mediations and arbitrations in federal, state and local courts, appeals in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous appellate courts throughout Ohio.


J. Reid Yoder

J. Reid Yoder graduated from Firestone High School in 1996. He attended University of Miami and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science in 2000. Mr. Yoder attended the University Of Akron Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 2003.

He accepted employment with the City of Akron Prosecutor’s Office after graduating, where he honed his skills as a trial attorney for over four years. He has lectured at the Akron Police Academy on numerous topics including criminal procedure and police testimony.

In 2007, Mr. Yoder left the Prosecutor’s Office and began his career in private practice. Mr. Yoder has excelled while in private practice and in 2008 expanded his firm joining forces with Thomas DiCaudo.

Mr. Yoder has tried numerous high profile cases and is certified by the Ohio Public Defenders Office to handle Capital Murder cases. Mr. Yoder’s practice is focused on personal injury, criminal law, collections, and Juvenile/Domestic Relations work. He is a member of the Charles Scanlon Inn of Courts and the Akron Bar Association.

Attorney J. Reid Yoder has been included in the selection of Rising Stars ℠ by Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers® is one of the most recognized attorney rating services in the nation that is used by lawyers, law school libraries and judges throughout the United States. Each year, candidates are evaluated based on 12 indicators of peer recognition including professional achievements, verdicts and settlements, transactions, experience and credentials, honors and awards, community service and pro bono work as an attorney, education and employment background as well as other outstanding measures of achievement. While up to 5 percent of lawyers in the state are listed as Super Lawyers®, not more than 2.5 percent of attorneys are listed as Rising Stars ℠.


Benjamin R. Sorber

Related Practice Areas

  • Local Government
  • Criminal Defense
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights / Gov’t Liability
  • Landlord-Tennant

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Ben Sorber joined DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder as an associate attorney in 2014. Since joining the firm, his practice focuses largely on criminal defense. His areas of representation include misdemeanor and felony charges, pre-charge representation, trials, and appeals. In addition to his criminal practice, Mr. Sorber also represents municipalities, corporations, and individuals in litigation matters ranging from civil rights violations to contract disputes.

Prior to joining DiCaudo, Pitchford, and Yoder in 2014, Mr. Sorber served as the judicial clerk for Judge Jerry K. Larson, Presiding Judge of the Akron Municipal Court. As a judicial clerk, he assisted the court with criminal cases, traffic violations, and civil matters.

Mr. Sorber graduated from the Akron University School of Law in 2014 and received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Binghamton University in 2011. Throughout law school, Mr. Sorber competed on the University of Akron’s nationally ranked trial team where he succeeded in national and regional competitions, receiving top honors at the National Trial Advocacy Competition.

Mr. Sorber is an active member of the Ohio Bar Association and is licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio, United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

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Representative Matters

  • Represents municipalities, corporations, and individuals in civil litigation in matters ranging from contract disputes, personal injury, and collections.
  • Represents individuals who have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies in state and federal court. Advocates for clients whose constitutional rights have been violated in regard to wrongful arrests, baseless traffic stops, and illegally obtained evidence.
  • Represents commercial and residential property owners in eviction proceedings and lease disputes.

Education

  • 2014 J.D., University of Akron School of Law
  • 2011 B.A., Binghamton University

Professional Affiliations

Community Affiliations

  • Special Olympics New York – Broome-Tioga, Past Member of Board of Directors

Kathryn A. Vadas, Associate

PUBLIC LAW

  • Local Government
  • Civil Rights / Gov’t Liability
  • Land Use / Zoning

BUSINESS LAW

  • General Counsel & Business Planning Services
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy / Creditor’s Rights
  • Probate / Wills & Trusts

LEGAL DEFENSE

  • Retail / Transportation
  • Labor / Employment
  • Criminal Defense

Related Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers Compensation

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Ms. Vadas has fifteen plus years of experience handling complex causes of action arising out of medical malpractice, intentional torts, wrongful termination, violation of non-compete clauses, employment discrimination, premises liability, shareholder derivative, and other commercial issues. She has a wide range of experience representing employers in administrative hearings and judicial litigation. Ms. Vadas also counsels clients on proper retention, handling and termination of employees.

Representative Matters

  • Experience includes jury trials, mediations, and arbitrations in federal, state and local courts, and numerous appellate courts throughout Ohio
  • Successfully handled numerous matters before the Ohio Industrial Commission, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Education

  • 1999 J.D., Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law Community Service Award (1998 – 1999)
  • 1996 B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, Magnum Cum Laude YSU Pin for Outstanding Graduating Senior Vice President, Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice National Honor Society

Professional Affiliations