Marilyn Crisafi graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 with a BSN and from Cleveland-Marshall Law in 1992. She applied her nursing experience defending health care professionals and hospitals. She tried numerous medical malpractice defense cases to verdict before departing to clerk part time for Judge David D. Dowd, Jr. United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In 2010, Marilyn began the journey as a full-time mother to her twin boys and two girls. She is currently raising her children and is active in church and her community activities.