Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Jacob M. Punch focuses primarily on general-prosecution cases – leading jury trials ranging from low-level drug cases to burglary and assault.
A native from the Lakeside Park, Punch graduated from Covington Catholic High School in 2008. Afterward, he attended the University of Dayton, where he majored in psychology and philosophy. After graduating from UD in 2012, Punch spent a year working at a litigation law firm to better understand the legal profession.
“When I was younger, I would always argue with my mother and she would call me a ‘lawyer,’” Punch said. “At that time, I wanted to be a surgeon when I grew up, but ended up enjoying law and decided to go that route.”
After his one-year sabbatical from school, Punch attended law school at the University of Cincinnati. While in law school, he interned in Rob Sanders’ office along with Joseph Hill, another Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney now working in the prosecutor’s office. After graduating from law school in 2016, Punch accepted a full-time position to join Sanders’ team of prosecutors.
Punch said fairness is one of the most important characteristics a prosecutor must have. Recognizing the need for fairness makes it easier to not take things personally while working on a case. The desire to be objective and fair allows him to work hard to pursue justice for victims and the Kenton County community as a whole, he said.
“One of the most rewarding cases I’ve worked on also was one of the first I was assigned,” Punch said. “We prosecuted a man who had assaulted a woman and tried to use her history against her. I remember thinking that nobody should have to be treated that way, and thankfully, we were able to bring justice and fairness to her in that case.”
Punch, who currently lives in Ft. Mitchell, said that his entire extended family lives in Kenton County, which makes the community he serves as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney that much more special to him.