Rhian has litigated over a hundred cases in Monroe County Family Court, representing individuals accused of child abuse, child neglect, and domestic violence. She has vast experience in child custody proceedings and in representing persons who are incarcerated in visitation and child custody matters. As of counsel to ETKS, Rhian has served as co-counsel on the bulk of the firm’s integrated domestic violence cases.
While most of her independent practice has been dedicated to family law, Rhian has a growing practice in criminal law. Most recently, she has handled multiple criminal contempt matters and crimes of assault against children. She has also second chaired several murder trials, including a multiple murder trial, and other criminal trials.
Rhian began her legal career in the United Kingdom. She graduated with high honors from the University of Wales, Swansea, in 1998 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. Rhian trained as a Barrister, completing the Bar Vocational Course, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 1999.
Seeking to litigate more extensively, Rhian relocated to the United States and passed the New York State Bar Exam in 2002. She worked for the Legal Aid Society of Rochester until 2003, at which time she joined the Monroe County Conflict Defender’s Office. Rhian launched her independent practice in 2009. She continues to maintain that independent practice in addition to her work with ETKS.
Rhian has lectured at Continuing Legal Education programs for both the Monroe County Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association, and the New York State Defender’s Association on various topics, including defending sexual abuse allegations in family court, derivative neglect, child protective proceedings, and use of documentary evidence in family court. She has also instructed criminal attorneys on what they need to know about family court.