New assistant prosecutor takes oath of office

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Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello (right) administers the oath of office to Michael Klamo, a new assistant prosecuting attorney with the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office.

(Posted Nov. 19, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office welcomed a new addition to its staff.

On Nov. 15, Michael Klamo took the oath of office as an assistant prosecuting attorney. Klamo joins Nicholas Adkins, Rachel Price and Emily Mayer, who also serve as assistant prosecutors under Prosecutor Stephen J. Pronai.

“Michael’s work ethic and integrity definitely stood out. I’m excited for the impact he’s going to have on this community,” Adkins said.

Earlier this year, Klamo graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Since August 2018, he has served as a legal intern at the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office. He was admitted to the practice of law by the Ohio Supreme Court on Nov. 12.

“Everyone in the Prosecutor’s Office has been wonderful,” Klamo said. “I have so much to learn as a new attorney, and I couldn’t have better supervisors.”

He said he looks forward to building on those working relationships, as well as connections he has made outside the office, including with law enforcement officials.

“Everyone has been kind and caring and supportive of my endeavors,” Klamo said.

(From left) Madison County Common Pleas Court Judge Eamon Costello and Madison County Prosecutor Stephen Pronai, along with Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Adkins (far right), congratulate Michael Klamo, new assistant prosecutor.

Adkins said the plan is for Klamo to get experience in as many facets of the Prosecutor’s Office as possible, though his primary focus will be criminal prosecution in the municipal and common pleas courts.

“That’s where his interests lie, and that’s where we need the most help,” Adkins said.

Klamo graduated from Pickerington North High School in 2011. He received a bachelor’s degree from Muskingum University in 2015, majoring in history and political science.

At Muskingum, he served as treasurer of the Student Senate executive board, worked as a history department assistant, played varsity basketball, and authored a research paper selected for presentation at Pittsburgh University’s East and West Undergraduate Symposium.

At Case Western, he earned recognition for performing pro bono work while enrolled, served as an associate editor on the Journal of International Law, and mentored first-year law students in their legal writing course.

In addition to his internship at the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office, Klamo served as a law clerk at Manning & Clair, a private firm focused on domestic relations, and as a legal extern in the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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