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Shawn P. Davisson ’06 was elected of counsel in Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. He is a member of the firm’s White-Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Litigation & Enforcement groups. His practice focuses primarily on white-collar criminal defense matters, government investigations, securities litigation and enforcement, internal investigations, and foreign corrupt practices (FCPA).
Heidi Johnson-Wright ’89 spoke to students in an architecture design and theory class at the University of Miami School of Architecture about the importance of the school’s commitment to an inclusive built environment. In the past, people with disabilities were expected to “become normal people” and negotiate an inflexible environment or isolate themselves from society, she said. Today, social discrimination in the form of inadequate support services, plus attitudinal, sensory, cognitive, economic, and architectural barriers are recognized as the most significant problems experienced by those with disabilities. Johnson-Wright, who has used a wheelchair for 40 years, is an ADA compliance professional, attorney, and author. She has published more than 1,000 articles on universal and inclusive design and the built environment.
Suzana K. Koch ’01 has joined the Financial Litigation Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. She has also been named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Koch was a partner in the Brouse McDowell Akron office where her practice focused on bankruptcy and commercial law.
Ronald R. Petroff ’06 was recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in 2015. The organization publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the list must pass AIOFLA\'s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. Petroff is a managing partner at Petroff Law Offices, LLC.
David DeVita ’78 has rejoined Dinsmore & Shohl’s Cincinnati office as a partner in the firm’s corporate department. He has more than 30 years’ experience advising clients on corporate matters, as well as governance, contracts, and succession issues.
Paul W. Flowers \'90 was recently invited to join the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He was a charter member of the Ohio State Bar Association Appellate Specialty Board and has been certified as a specialist in Ohio since 2010. He has been listed regularly in Ohio Super Lawyers for the last thirteen years.
Courtney (Cook) Scheff \'07 and Matthew Scheff \'07 welcomed their second child, Andrew Michael Scheff, on January 26, 2015.
Anthony M.Sharett \'02 joined BakerHostetler as a partner in the firm\'s Litigation Group in the Columbus, Ohio office. Sharett is a former attorney-examiner with the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Financial Institutions, where he regulated the banking, mortgage, small loan, and credit union industries. He comes to BakerHostetler from Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Susan S. Box ‘85 was named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of personal injury products: defense. She is a partner in the Akron office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA, where her practice focuses on product liability defense.
Kristin L. Watt ’89 was named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of environmental law. Watt, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and chair of the firm’s environmental group, focuses her practice on environmental compliance and counseling, enforcement defense, environmental audits, and permitting issues.
David Swift ’78 was named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of estate planning. He is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the firm’s tax group. His practice handles matters that include estate planning, estate and trust administration, and representation of tax-exempt organizations.
Elizabeth T. Smith ’84 was named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of litigation. She is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office where she focuses her practice on business, commercial, contract, employment, occupational disease, intentional torts, and probate litigation.
Carl Smallwood ’80 was named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of litigation. He is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office where he represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation of employment-related injury, wrongful termination, and toxic tort disputes.
Richard Schuster ’81 was named to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of class actions/mass torts. He is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and chair of the firm’s toxic tort group. He represents clients in toxic tort actions, tort reform, and appellate work.
Martha Brewer Motley ’08 was named a 2015 Rising Star in the field of litigation by Ohio Super Lawyers. She is an associate in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, where she focuses her practice on complex business, commercial, and contract litigation.