Katy’s practice includes a broad scope of legal services including education, employment, estate planning, trusts and probate administration.

In the education space, Katy counsels school boards on a variety of education law issues, including special education matters, Title IX compliance, labor negotiations, contracts, board policies, employment matters and student discipline. She regularly conducts seminars on Title IX and other civil rights laws. She advises higher education institutions with respect to operational, employment and student matters. In addition, Katy works with individual clients to develop and implement a comprehensive estate plan tailored to meet their unique needs. Katy is a CPA (inactive) and worked in public accounting for 10 years prior to practicing law.


University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D.), 1994

University of Kentucky (B.S. in Accounting), 1991


  • Award, Eiler Award for Mock Trial Coaching Excellence, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, 2018

Professional Activities

  • Co-Founder and Director, Springfield High School Mock Trial/Moot Court Program, 2011–present
  • Member, Springfield City School District Business Advisory Council, 2015-present
  • Secretary, Junior Achievement of Mad River Region Board, 2015–2022
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association, 2005–present
  • Member, Clark County Bar Association, 2005–present


Presentations & Publications

Additional Items

  • Speaker, "Title IX Level 3 Trainings for Investigators and Informal Resolution Facilitators," Bricker & Eckler K-12 Title IX Training, November 2021 - Present
  • Speaker, "Title IX Level 1 General Training," Bricker & Eckler K-12 Title IX Training, August 2020 - Present
  • Speaker, "Level 2 Title IX Trainings for Coordinators, Investigators, Decision-Makers, Report Writers, and Informal Resolution Facilitators," Bricker & Eckler K-12 Title IX Trainings, July 2020 - Present
  • Speaker, "Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973," SST10 Presentation, November 2021
  • Speaker, "A Day in the Life of a School Administrator – Title IX Edition," OSBA Capital Conference, November 2021
  • Speaker, "Student Discipline and Title IX," SST10 Presentation, September 2021
  • Speaker, "OCR Q&A TIX Guidance," Bricker & Eckler Webinar, July 2021
  • Speaker, “What you missed over the summer – Title IX Update," Bricker & Eckler Wednesday Webinar, July 2021
  • Speaker, "Dyslexia Act," BASA Regional Meeting, May 2021
  • Speaker, "Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973," SST11 Presentation, December 2020
  • Speaker, "Child Find, Evaluations, and Eligibility Under the IDEA," SST11 Presentation, October 2020
  • Speaker, " Proposed Changes to Operating Standards," Bricker & Eckler Wednesday Webinar, September 2020
  • Speaker, “Compensatory Education and Recovery Services," BASA Presentation, September 2020
  • Speaker, “Proposed Changes to Operating Standards," BASA Special Education Virtual Conference, September 2020
  • Author, “Five Things School Administrators Need to Know Before a Title IX Complaint Arises," Bricker & Eckler Publication, September 2020
  • Speaker, "ADA/504 Post-Secondary Student Issues," In-Service Training, August 2020
  • Speaker, "Surveillance Devices and Service Animals," BASA Regional Meeting, September 2019
  • Speaker, "Confidentiality and Documentation for School Guidance Counselors," In-Service Training, August 2019
  • Speaker, "The State of Civil Rights: Website Accessibility," Ohio Associate for Career and Technical Education, July 2018
  • Speaker, "Bricker Blitz: Custody Matters," BASA Special Education Conference, April 2018

Outside The Office

Katy and her husband Mike, who is also an attorney, enjoy traveling and visiting their two children, Grant and Caroline. 

Katy is the founder of the Springfield High School Mock Trial/Moot Court Program. In her spare time, you will find her working with high school students to help them prepare for intense competitions. In addition to participating in the statewide Ohio Center for Law Related Education Programs, her students have competed at Empire International Mock Trial Tournaments in San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago, and in the one-on-one Gladiator Mock Trial Competition.

Karen "Katy" Osborn, Bricker Graydon LLP Photo

Karen "Katy" W. Osborn

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  • 312 North Patterson Blvd.
    Suite 200
    Dayton, OH 45402 -1800


  • State of Ohio, 1995
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1994
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