Who We Are

Who We Are

The Meade Law Group is a small law firm consisting of two attorneys and their staff. Attorney Darren Meade relies on a small client base to keep their work focused and dedicated. Each client’s issues, whether they be in Family Law or Criminal Defense, become the focus of activities.

Darren Meade is committed to working with his clients to ensure an experience that alleviates the anxiety and pressure that comes with navigating the courts and legal system. Your problem isn’t “just another case” to us–we know it affects your life, and we’ll give you the best legal representation available to solve it.

meet our Team

Darren Meade - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH

Darren L. Meade


A veteran of Criminal Law, Darren’s career spans nearly 30 years as Prosecutor, Public Defender and Criminal Defense Attorney. His energy, tenacity, intelligence, quick-wit and experience give him an edge over most attorneys. He has tried hundreds of jury trials and even argued (successfully!) in front of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Attorney Dan Gurtner - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH



Attorney Dan Gurtner is our domestic relations and family law attorney. He has over 14 years experience serving his clients who then send their friends and family based on his knowledge of the law tempered with his patience and tenacity. He keeps abreast of the most recent changes and updates by not only attending but by serving as a presenter at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Attorney Jacob Becker - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH


Since earning his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, Attorney Becker has acquired the knowledge and expertise necessary to effectively fight for his clients, even in the face of the numerous advantages our legal system provides to prosecutors. As a former prosecutor, who had already handled hundreds of cases before becoming a defense attorney, Attorney Becker understands how prosecutors think, the tactics they use, and how to defend against them.

Our Legal Team

Heidi - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH

Heidi Steinke Meade

Office Manager

Heidi is our Law Office Practice Manager.  Heidi handles day-to-day operations of the firm and ensures that our clients have a pleasant experience in what is often the most challenges times of their lives.  As she says her opening letter to new clients, “remember, we are here to alleviate the stress of navigating the courts”.  Heidi can be reached at Contact Me Today.

Shawn Campbell - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH

Shawn Campbell

Intake Specialist

Shawn joined our Team in 2021 as our full time Intake Specialist. He is the one of the first people that you will meet when calling our firm. After working decades for the Attorney General’s Office, Shawn became our lead liaison to potential new clients.  With an empathetic ear, Shawn gathers the information needed to get you to the right attorney….right in time.  Shawn can be reached at Contact Me Today.
Barbara Velasco - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH

Barbara Velasco


Barbara Velasco, a paralegal in our Criminal Division, delivers upbeat professionalism in an area of law that is often filled with urgency and trauma. Her ability to quickly triage tasks, matters, phone calls and filings into action create a smooth running practice for the attorneys. Barb can be reached at Contact Me Today.
Robin Martin - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH

Robin Martin

Legal Secretary

Robin is our firm’s Legal Secretary and one of the first individuals that you will encounter when visiting or calling our firm. Her wide base of knowledge and her calm demeanor help you get to the right person in the right time. With a law firm that practices both Family Law and Criminal Defense, timeliness and the ability to maintain a peaceful, professional atmosphere are Robin’s strengths! She can be reached at Contact Me Today.

Christine Retherford - Meade Attorneys at Law | Columbus, OH

Christine Retherford


Christine Retherford is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Paralegal and is in our Criminal Division. With over 15 years of experience, Christine brings so much to the team: meticulous files, professional interactions with courts and clients and camaraderie to the workplace. She can be reached at Contact Me Today.


Rachel Lewinsky Young

Legal Secretary

Rachel is a paralegal in our Criminal Division and acts as our funnel for the constant influx of information which comes with this area of practice. Her ability to quickly decipher where information needs to be delivered makes her a key member of our team. She can be reached at Contact Me Today.


Kriss Galloway


Kriss is the dedicated paralegal for Attorney Daniel Gurtner. She is a Ohio State Bar Certified Paralegal, making her a valuable resource for both the clients and the Attorneys. She can be reached at Contact Me Today.

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