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David Kulwicki ’98 formed Mishkind Kulwicki Law Co., L.P.A., a trial firm handling catastrophic injury cases. The firm\'s two principals have tried over 100 trials and recovered more than $200 million for their clients. It has been recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News.
Alicia M. Stefanski ’07 was named a partner in the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. She is a member of the firm’s litigation department where she handles everything from product liability and breach of warranty cases to commercial litigation matters, including non-solicit, breach of contract cases, and real property litigation. She also assists business clients in defending tort actions including premises liability, negligence, and wrongful death claims.
Jennie K. Ferguson ’06 was named a partner in the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. She is a member of the firm’s litigation department where she counsels public and privately held companies and individuals on civil and criminal matters, with a focus on civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Craig J. Wilson ’13 has been named a partner at the Columbus0based law firm of Emens & Wolper. His practice areas at the firm include oil and gas law, pipeline and other easements, natural resources, real estate, and corporate law. He represents landowners in pipeline negotiations, oil and gas law cases and negotiations, mineral rights disputes under Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act, and sales of business.
Sean E. Jacobs ’11 has been named a partner at the Columbus0based law firm of Emens & Wolper. His practice areas at the firm include oil and gas law, natural resources law, real estate law and corporate law. Jacobs is actively involved in counseling landowners in an array of oil and gas related issues, has experience representing landowners in oil and gas issues, and speaks regularly to groups of landowners about topics relating to oil and gas law.
Steven A. Abreu ’04 has been named a partner in the Boston intellectual property firm of Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP. Previously he was a senior trademark attorney counseling clients on trademark clearance and registration, as well as enforcement, to help a wide range of enterprises meet their intellectual property protection and business goals. Abreu’s clients include renowned institutions of higher learning, consumer and medical product companies, and specialty magazines. He also represents well-known manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology products.
Gerry W. Beyer ’80, the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law at Texas Tech University, was elected to the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estates Planners & Councils for his exemplary service to the field of estate planning. He also received several other awards this past year, including being named Professor of the Year by the Texas Tech University School of Law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta and the Hispanic Law Students Association. He also received the President’s Academic Achievement Award from Texas Tech University and the Gardener DeMallie Award from the Virginia Continuing Legal Education Committee for outstanding service to continuing legal education in Virginia. Beyer’s blog, “Wills, Trusts, and Estates Prof Blog,” was also named to the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.
David L. Landefeld \'76 was appointed by Governor John Kasich to serve as a judge on the Fairfield County Municipal Court in November. Landefeld served as the prosecuting attorney for Fairfield County from 1983 to 2011. Following his retirement, he joined Crabbe, Brown & James where his practice focused on government relations, general litigation, and legislative affairs.
Jack Louis Schreibman ’00 was one of 16 individuals selected for the initial cohort of the White House Leadership Development (WHLD) Program. The WHLD Program is a one-year program designed to develop the skillsets and networks that enterprise leaders need to deliver results on mission-critical priorities. Fellows meet each week for a variety of programming, which includes discussions with recognized experts in their fields, workshops to build skillsets in leadership and organizational performance, networking opportunities with colleagues across government, and situational mentoring and coaching sessions.
For his fellowship, Schreibman is working on a government wide placed-based initiative on behalf the Executive Office of the President and OMB to institutionalize best practices and lessons learned from place-based efforts to inform the way the federal government serves communities and their residents.
David Patton ’99 became a certified specialist in administrative agency law on Jan. 1. He is one of only six Ohio lawyers certified in this area and the only administrative agency law certified specialist in the Cleveland area. Patton owns The Patton Law Firm, LLC, where his practice is focused on litigation and appeals, administrative law, and professional licensure.
David Fitzgerald II ’08 has been named an equity partner at Wood, Herron & Evans L.L.P. He has worked in the firm’s Cincinnati office since graduating from Ohio State for the second time in 2008 (he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2005), specializing in patent and trademark prosecution. When he’s not working or hanging out with his three young daughters, Fitzgerald can be found writing about college sports on Talking10.com and podcasting on the shows Talking 10, This Week in Trek, and Current Geek.
Andrew J. Pullekins ’09 was appointed to the advisory council of Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County. He is an associate in Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs’ litigation group where his practice focuses on the representation of businesses and individuals in cases involving business disputes, shareholder derivative claims, contract disputes, and litigation regarding wills and trusts.
Katie M. Kalbacher ‘15 has joined Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell’s Warren, Ohio office as an associate. Her practice focuses on a wide range of matters from business law, taxation, and healthcare to real estate and affordable housing.
Devin A. Barry ‘06, a member of the environmental practice group in Thompson Hine LLP\'s Cleveland office, has been elected partner. His practice focuses on environmental counseling in business, regulatory, and legislative matters; environmental enforcement actions; and compliance with environmental regulations. His specific areas of concentration include Superfund matters, air and water pollution control issues, compliance counseling for hazardous waste, toxic torts, land use matters, and federal, state, and local permits and licenses.
Michael Jackson \'09 joined The J.M. Smucker Company as senior labor and employment counsel in June 2015. In this role, Jackson leads a team that provides both day-to-day and strategic support to the company\'s U.S. plants in the areas of employee and labor relations.