Nick Ziepfel (it’s pronounced Zip-fel) developed his ability to focus from doing 170 miles an hour on two wheels in straightaways, then leaning so far into turns his leather-reinforced knee scrapes the asphalt. He says you don’t know how fast you’re moving until something goes wrong.
"People think you have to be some kind of daredevil or adrenalin junkie to do what I do. That’s not it at all. It’s more about precision. It’s very on the edge, but very precise. You have to be very much in control."
The bikes he races bear passing resemblance to the motorcycles you see on the street, but they’re way more muscled up and powered by, essentially, jet fuel. Nick was drawn to the sport of motorcycle road racing through his dad, Bob, who owns a shop in Hamilton. During Nick’s last year at Miami University, he and his dad were racing nearly every weekend. Nick would total a bike almost as often. Good thing for his Dad’s repair shop. Nick has competed on tracks throughout much of the eastern U.S. and as far flung as New Zealand.
Nick’s dad also got him involved in volunteer firefighting. Bob has been with the Ross Volunteer Fire Department for 20-some years. He’s known for being one of the best firefighters in the department. Nick took night classes his freshman year at Miami University to get his certification as an emergency medical technician. He volunteered alongside his dad until his final semester of law school.
These days, he’s focused on his work at the Firm, his wife, Emilee, and their four young children, Lilee, Liam, Leighton, and Lane. They recently bought a “mini-farm” in Liberty Township so he and his family could spend more time outdoors. Sadly, the move put an end to his volunteering.
"I miss it," he says. "I feel great when helping people. Sure, I grumbled when the pager went off at 2 a.m., but there was real satisfaction to it. No matter what it was, it was an emergency to that person, and I was pulling them out of it, restoring them to their world. It was a feeling of true gratification."
His mother, Terri, taught him the value of education. She and Nick’s brother, Chad, both work downtown, so the three of them catch lunch from time to time. Nick says his father was the major influence in his life.
"He can do anything with his hands. If there’s something he doesn’t understand, he’ll get a book and figure it out. He knew nothing about motorcycle road racing. Next thing I know, we’re competing with some of the best riders in the country. My Dad never backs away from a problem.
"I think that will help me as an attorney. My Dad has taught me you can’t be afraid to start. You see a problem, you study it, you find out what you need in order to deal with it, then you move forward. Contingencies will arise – you can count on it. But you keep moving forward. You can’t let anything intimidate you.
Nick’s practice focuses on client counseling, litigation, and dispute resolution to businesses and individuals out of Graydon’s Labor & Employment Group. Nick often advocates clients’ interests in federal and state court, and before governmental agencies such as the DOL and EEOC. Nick also routinely trains and counsels human resources staff, supervisors, and employees on employment-related topics and works closely with employers to resolve workplace disputes.
In addition to his client counseling and litigation experience, Nick has represented local governments, school districts, and numerous entities in a variety of matters, including public records requests, Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, public funding procedures, real estate disputes, and zoning drafting and compliance. Nick currently serves as the appointed City Attorney for the City of Trenton, Ohio.
While earning his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Nick was selected to participate on both the moot court and trial advocacy teams. Nick also earned a B.S., in Business and Economics from Miami University. For the last five years, Nick has been selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list for his work in Employment and Labor Law.
Nick enjoys helping others in his native town of Hamilton, Ohio. Nick has served on the boards of various non-profits in the Hamilton community aimed at enhancing others’ lives, and volunteers his time each year to organize and implement the Butler County United Way Campaign.
Nick lives in Liberty Township, Ohio, with his wife, Emilee, and their four young children, Lillien, Liam, Leighton, and Lane. Their family spends their weekdays outdoors on their “mini-farm” and almost every sunny weekend on their boat on Lake Cumberland.