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Patrick C. McGee

Managing Attorney

Patrick graduated from Ohio University in 1974 and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1978. He initially worked with Northeast Kentucky Legal Services in Morehead, KY, taking cases concerned with environmental issues, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil litigation. After transferring to Athens, OH in 1980, he practiced family and consumer law before serving as a local public defender for over 13 years. After acquiring a record number of jury trial acquittals, he earned himself the nickname “Set ‘em Free McGee.”  Pat joined CSLS in January 2000 as a Staff Attorney and became the Managing Attorney in 2004. Pat plays a variety of musical instruments, including Irish harp, concertina, and bag pipes. He has been serving Athens as a City Councilman since January 2016.


kimberlee J. Francis

staff attorney

Kimberlee completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her Juris Doctor at the University of Dayton School of Law in Dayton, OH.  With expertise in Criminal and Domestic Law, as well as representing clients in General Civil cases, Kim has been serving the Appalachian community since 2008. Before joining CSLS, Kim worked for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and Sowash Ferrier. In 2011, she went into private practice and opened The Law Office of Kimberlee Francis, LLC. Kim takes a personal, problem-solving approach to her clients’ needs by acting as advisor, counselor, and advocate.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.  She also enjoys taking advantage of all that Athens has to offer, and has volunteered her time to coaching the Mock Trial at Federal Hocking and mentoring the young women of Athens.


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Elizabeth M. Howell

office manager

Elizabeth has spent most of her life in Appalachia. She grew up in Eastern Kentucky and has been living in Athens, OH for going on two years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY in 2014. While at GC, she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and served for a term as the chapter's Vice President of Philanthropic Service. Elizabeth has been with CSLS since June 2016. She joined the staff as a Legal Assistant and was promoted to Office Manager in August when her predecessor left to finish nursing school. When not managing the office at CSLS, she enjoys cooking and baking for her coworkers and friends, redecorating her apartment for the holidays, and binge-watching Netflix with her husband, Corey, a Master of Fine Art student at Ohio University.