Meet Our


Eleni A. (“Eleana”) Drakatos

I am committed to helping injured victims. I am licensed to practice law in Ohio (State and Federal Courts), the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2003, I earned my law degree from Capital University School of Law, where I met my husband and law partner Dennis Yacobozzi, II. In 2014, I joined my spouse’s law practice, which became Yacobozzi | Drakatos, LLC. I represent people that have been injured due to someone else’s fault. My clients are people and families hurt in car accidents, motorcycle collisions, slip-and-falls, and due to medical negligence.

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent my entire childhood in Greece. I came to Columbus, Ohio, in 1996, to attend Ohio Wesleyan University, where I graduated in 2000 with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. My science background helps me understand the medicine when reviewing, negotiating, and trying injury cases.

My commitment to the practice of law extends beyond my work at the office. I enjoy working with legal organizations that help attorneys do better for their clients. In 2018, I was elected to serve as the President of the Ohio State Bar Association for the term of 2019-2020. I served as president of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and have served on the Boards of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio Association for Justice, and the Central Ohio Association for Justice.

Dennis and I enjoy spending time with our daughter. We enjoy biking on the beautiful trails of Ohio, exploring the Ohio food scene, and visiting with family and friends.

Dennis V. Yacobozzi, II

In 2006, after practicing with one of Columbus’s most pre-eminent personal injury firms, I decided to bring my expertise to my own law firm, the Yacobozzi Law Firm. After my spouse and current law partner, Eleana Drakatos joined the Firm in 2014 the name was changed to Yacobozzi | Drakatos LLC.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance from Capital University in 1999, and am a member of Tau Pi Phi National Honor Society in Business and Economics. I graduated cum laude in 2003 from Capital University Law School where I was recognized for excellence in trial advocacy.

I was born and raised in Columbus, where I lived my entire life. Columbus is a great community with endless possibilities, which is why I continue to call it home.

I am a member of the Ohio State and Arizona Bar Associations, and the Franklin American Inns of Court. I am admitted to practice law in both Ohio (2003) and Arizona (2016), in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2004) and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005).

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing the guitar, and spending time with my family.


Cheryl L. Botkin

I have been a paralegal working in downtown Columbus for 36 years. I have always loved to organize things, which is a skill that has served me well. My first position (1985) was with a well- known large defense law firm in Columbus, with offices in several other cities and states, in the litigation department. I was the youngest and greenest of a team of 4-5 litigation paralegals in their Columbus office who taught me what they do not teach you in school. I primarily worked on files in litigation, defending physicians against claims of medical negligence.
I also have always had a natural affinity for the underdog and in 1992, I was ready for a professional change. Several attorneys were leaving the large structure of the defense firm, joining existing smaller Plaintiff’s firms, representing persons who had been injured by the negligence of others. I followed one such attorney over to a much smaller Plaintiff’s law firm, working on medical negligence and personal injury matters.
Unfortunately, economic changes in 2008 led to many personnel changes over the next several years. In early 2010 it was my turn to be downsized. I had been occasionally freelancing for several Plaintiff’s attorneys, in anticipation of being downsized. I accepted a temp job working for a very impressive younger attorney working at another well-known and successful Plaintiff’s law firm. Little did I know it was a 2-week interview to see how I fit in with the rest of the staff and if I had the experience and work-ethic to become the paralegal for one of the firm’s named partners. I accepted and became essentially a case manager for a large number of medical negligence cases for 6 years.
The very impressive younger attorney who hired me in my position above, was Eleana Drakatos. She since joined her husband’s existing practice and when she heard I too was making a change, made me an offer. Mid-year 2016 I joined Yacobozzi | Drakatos. I was born and raised in the Village of Ottawa. Ohio. I graduated magna cum laude from Wittenberg Univ., Springfield OH the Spring of 1984 with a political science major and music minor. The Fall of 1984 I completed a residential 13 week, 5 days a week, AMA approved paralegal program with the National Institute for Paralegals, Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with honors. Mid-January 1985, I accepted my first paralegal position. Outside joys are yoga, Boston Terriers, good friends, and good food, and last but not least my son, born in 1988.
I have had the pleasure of working with many fine attorneys, paralegals, and staff over the years, many of whom became lifetime friends, Eleana and Dennis included. They practice law and approach each case as if the client were a close friend or relative. I am proud to be a member of their team. As lawyers, they are exceptional; as bosses they are extraordinary; and as human beings, they are compassionate and caring.

Rebecca B. Sharayera

I am delighted to be on the team as a paralegal at Yacobozzi Drakatos! I grew up in Tiffin, Ohio, and was the daughter of a local business owner. My mother is from Germany, so I spent many childhood summers in Germany visiting relatives and traveling other parts of Europe. I held onto the travel bug during my early adult years, touring, and studying in Europe and the Middle East, and North Africa.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in German Language and Literature and International Studies from Heidelberg University in Tiffin Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Arab Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I began my professional career working for the city government in New York City, and later in Washington, DC at a political advocacy organization for Americans of Arab descent. I then took on the challenge of being a stay-at-home parent for 10 years, moving back to Ohio, in the meantime.
Wanting to reenter the workforce, I enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate Program at Capital University in Columbus. I worked as a paralegal intern for Yacobozzi Drakatos before joining the team in January 2021. I am grateful to have been chosen to work with this group of legal professionals, as they are committed to attaining justice for their clients while being dedicated to ensuring an instructive and supportive working environment for their staff. I look forward to extending that sentiment to our clients and guide them through the legal process, as Eleana and Dennis work to obtain the remedies our clients deserve.
I live in New Albany with my husband and our daughter, and we have a cat and a dachshund. When we are not traveling overseas or to the East Coast, we are avid homebodies and enjoy doing minor home-improvement projects and transforming our yard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat; watching movies and documentaries (mostly about space and nature); and I plan to take up watercolor painting, and to return to learning Spanish. I speak German and Arabic, though I am rusty with the latter. My family also enjoys sledding and being active outside in the Winter, and biking, fishing, kayaking, and taking advantage of the fabulous metro parks in Columbus and those in New Albany, during Spring and Summer.