In 1989, Darlene graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s of Art degree and felt inspired and ready to begin a teaching career. She first taught at Indian Hill Middle School and then settled in at McNicholas High School. In 1999, Darlene took advantage of the booming real estate market and became a real estate business owner. In 2005, Darlene left her successful real estate business and followed her dream of attending law school. She graduated law school, studied for and passed the Ohio Bar exam, moved back to Cincinnati, and began working in Hamilton County as a criminal defense attorney and then later the same year for the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office.
In 2013, Sheriff Jim Neil had just won the election and due to Darlene's real estate expertise and legal knowledge was offered an appointment as one of his Real Estate Appraisers for foreclosures. Darlene also began offering legal services as a solo practitioner, providing services for Real Estate issues, Wills and Trusts, Civil Actions, and Business Contracts.
In her spare time, Darlene is an active member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Cincinnati Lawyer’s Club, and other organizations.