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News from Graduating Classes in the 1980s...

1980

Douglas G. Haynam '80, partner in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of natural resources and environmental law by Chambers USA in 2013. He has extensive experience under CERLA and RCRA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other environmental statutes and regulatory programs. (September, 2013)

Frederick J. Caspar ’80, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Dayton, Ohio office, has been recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of trusts and estates in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He also was cited as a leader in corporate law, tax litigation and controversy, trusts and estate, and tax law. Caspar chairs the firm’s taxation practice group. (August, 2013)

Chris J. North ’80, a retired partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of employment law management and labor law management in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He was a member of the labor and employment law group. (August, 2013)

Steven H. Schreiber ’80, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Cincinnati office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of real estate litigation and real estate law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a licensed title agent and President of Mercantile Title Agency, Inc. (August, 2013)

Carl D. Smallwood ’80, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of appellate practice, commercial litigation, mass tort litigation/class actions, product liability litigation for defendants, and workers’ compensation law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a member of the firm’s litigation group. (August, 2013)

Michael C. Zellers ’80, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Tucker Ellis LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of product liability litigation for defendants in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He has tried to verdict numerous cases in the areas of antitrust, business, insurance, medical device, pharmaceutical, professional liability, trade secret and unfair competition. (August, 2013)

Douglas G. Haynam '80, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Haynam is an attorney at the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. (April, 2013)

Steven Pecinovsky '80, a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Executive Institute, was selected for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executive Fellow program. Pecinovsky is the chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Tampa, Fla. (April, 2013)

Chris North '80 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in employment and labor law, he is an attorney in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Carl Smallwood '80 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in civil litigation defense, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Carl D. Smallwood '80, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Smalwood's practice focuses on appellate, commercial litigation, mass tort litigation/class actions, and workers' compensation law. (October, 2012)

Chris J. North '80, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. North's practice focuses on labor and employment law. (October, 2012)

Douglas G. Haynam '80, a partner at the Toledo, Ohio firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been named a leader in the field of natural resources and the environment by the 2012 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers. In addition to having extensive experience in that area of law, Haynam has served as chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee and is a member of the National Resources Law and Litigation sections of the American Bar Association. (June, 2012)

Chris North ’80, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. North is a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice group. (January, 2012)

Carl Smallwood ’80, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers for his eighth consecutive year. Smallwood, who is with the firm’s Columbus office, specializes in civil litigation defense. (January, 2012)

Roger K. Quillen '80, managing partner and chairman of the management committee in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Quillen’s practice involves litigation covering a wide range of employment discrimination issues, employee welfare benefit plans, the Railway Labor Act, and issues arising before the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His special emphasis is in federal appellate litigation. For the past three years, Quillen has been named to the 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the United States by Human Resource Executive magazine. (September, 2011)

Richard Jacobs '80 was appointed general counsel of Pictometry International Corp., a leading provider of geo-referenced, aerial image libraries and related software. Jacobs oversees rights management and licensing of Pictometry's global image library and joins the Rochester, N.Y. company's executive management team. (September, 2011)

Richard Davies ’80 was named a 2011 Ohio Super Lawyer in workers’ compensation law. Davies is in private practice representing employers in workers’ compensation cases. In April 2012, Davies will compete in the 27th annual Marathon des Sables. The race, billed as “The Toughest Footrace on Earth,” is a seven-day, 155-mile, self-sufficiency race that takes place in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Davies is running the race on behalf of The Up Side of Downs, an Akron nonprofit organization which provides support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. (September, 2011)

Gerry W. Beyer '80 recently received the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award from Texas Tech University. The Chancellor's Award is the highest teaching award given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members and is the sixteenth teaching award won by Prof. Beyer since 2000. Prof. Beyer was elected to the American Law Institute and co-authored a book entitled Fat Cats and Lucky Dogs -- How to Leave (Some of) Your Estate to Your Pets. Prof. Beyer is also excited about returning to Moritz in January 2012 to teach Wills & Trusts and Property as a Visiting Professor. (May, 2011)

The Honorable Theodore R. Essex '80 and James Holbein have written a chapter for a forth coming ABA Monograph on ADR. The chapter covers ADR and the International Trade Commission. Judge Essex has also been appointed as an Adjunct Professor for the fall quarter teaching Enforcement of IP Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission. (April, 2011)

Luis M. Alcalde ’80 recently joined the firm Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter as of counsel. Alcalde brings to the firm more than 30 years of expertise in business, litigation, and international law. Alcalde previously served several years in supervisory and litigation roles for the Ohio Attorney General's Office as well as 20 years with Crabbe Brown & James LLP, where he was a partner. (January, 2011)

Joseph Pappalardo ’80 was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). A member of TIDA’s Board of Directors since 2004, Pappalardo also serves as general counsel and attends to contractual, insurance, liability, and other legal issues which may be encountered by TIDA. Founded in 1993, TIDA has become the organization of choice for more than 1,700 motor carriers, trucking insurers, defense attorneys, and claims servicing companies. Pappalardo is a partner of Gallagher Sharp in Cleveland. (January, 2011)

James Davidson ’80 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Davidson is partner and president at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn in Columbus. He also is coordinator of the firm’s Employment Litigation Practice Area. (January, 2011)

James E. Davidson ’80 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Davidson is a partner at Schottenstein, Zox, & Dunn Co., LPA. (September, 2010)

Roger K. Quillen ’80 has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011. Quillen is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He is the managing partner and chairman of the management committee. His practice involves litigation covering a wide range of employment discrimination issues, employee welfare benefit plans, the Railway Labor Act and issues arising before the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His special emphasis is in federal appellate litigation. (August, 2010)

Roger K. Quillen ’80 has been re-elected chairman and managing partner of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Quillen has served in the position since 1999 at the Atlanta-based labor and employment law firm. Quillen’s practice involves litigation covering a wide range of employment discrimination issues, employee welfare benefit plans, the Railway Labor Act, and issues arising before the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Quillen was also named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America. (June, 2010)

Carl D. Smallwood ’80, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was honored for his leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession at the Columbus Bar Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. reception on Jan. 21. Smallwood was elected the CBA’s first African-American president in 2000, at which time he led 22 firms to sign the Managing Partners’ Diversity Initiative (MPDI), a five-year action plan intended to address the lack of diversity in local law firms, focusing efforts on the recruitment, assimilation and retention of minority attorneys at participating firms in Columbus. (February, 2010)

Melanie Cavendish Braithwaite ’80 recently attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a delegate of the Sierra Club (US), the oldest environmental advocacy group in the country. She serves on the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter Executive Committee and is chair of the Ohio Chapter's Political Committee. She has been politically active in Ohio for more than 40 years. She is in private practice in Columbus, where she has three sons and five grandsons. (January, 2010)

Christopher Swift ’80 was named by Best Lawyers as the “Cleveland Tax Lawyer of the Year.” Swift is a partner in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler. He is a member of the firm’s Policy Committee and serves as the Tax Group coordinator. Swift focuses his practice on healthcare, tax-exempt organizations, and state and local tax matters. (December, 2009)

Carl Smallwood ’80 was elected president of the 11-member governing board established to guide the high school Law & Leadership Institute. The institute was formed last year as a pilot project in Ohio to improve diversity in the legal profession. Smallwood is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. (November, 2009)

James Davidson ’80 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Davidson is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. (November, 2009)

William Scott Lavelle ’80 has joined Shayne Nichols, LLC in Columbus as head of the litigation department, representing both individual and corporate clients. (November, 2009)

Glenn S. Krassen ’80 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of energy law, natural resources law, and oil & gas law. Krassen is currently a partner in the Cleveland office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Richard Davies ’80 was named a 2009 Ohio Super Lawyer in workers’ compensation law. In February 2009, Davies established his own law firm in Akron dedicated to the representation of employers in workers’ compensation cases. (November, 2009)

David K. Conrad ’80 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. Conrad is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Norman Nadorff ’80 recently received the Annual Eduacation Award from the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. The award goes to the member who has done the most to promote education among international petroleum negotiators and lawyers. Nadorff has been senior counsel for British Petroleum in Luanda, Angola since 2006. The award was in recognition of the Norman's efforts in the creation and implementation of a BP-sponsored oil and gas LL.M. program at the Agostinho Neto University College of Law, the first of its kind in Africa. Norman also serves as industry advisor and law instructor in the program which is currently in its second year. (October, 2009)

1981

Chester C. Christie ’81 was presented with the 2014 HR Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement by Columbus CEO magazine. Christie has served since 2000 as the City of Columbus director of human resources. The award was part of the magazine’s 2014 HR Excellence Awards for Achievements in Human Resour (July, 2014)

Garth Gartrell ’81 has formed his own consulting firm, StreeterWyatt Governance, in which he advises boards of directors of public companies on executive compensation matters. Gartrell previously worked at firms such as Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, Fenwick & West, and Heller Ehrman. Gartrell also has written three books on executive compensation for Thomson Reuters, including Executive Compensation for Emerging Growth Companies, which was cited by the Delaware Chancery Court in denying a plaintiff’s shareholder derivative suit for an alleged failure of the company to maximize its Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) liability (Freedman v. Adams). He and his wife, attorney (February, 2014)

Susan Tobin '81 accepted a position at JP Morgan Chase in September to assist the company with compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Tobin previously spent 32 years as an attorney with Ohio's Protection and Advocacy System for people with disabilities. (October, 2013)

Linda R. Mendel '81, of counsel in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation by Chambers USA in 2013. She works with employers and multi-employer plans on health and welfare benefit plan issues. (September, 2013)

Philip J. Halley ’81, a shareholder with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of trusts and estates by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He co-leads his firm’s trusts and estates and trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation teams. (August, 2013)

Brett L. Miller ’81, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Columbus office, has been recognized as a leader in the area of workers’ compensation law for employers in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He represents major manufacturing companies, interstate trucking companies, food processing, retail, and institutional clients. (August, 2013)

Daniel J. Minor ’81, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of real estate law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Minor represents developers and lenders in mortgage loan financing transactions and is a member of the finance, energy, and real estate group. (August, 2013)

Richard D. Schuster ’81, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He chairs the toxic tort practice group, and his practice includes serving as national coordinating counsel to several Fortune 500 companies. (August, 2013)

John F. Stock '81 has been named partner-in-charge of the Benesch's Columbus office. He will serve a three-year term, overseeing the operation and growth of the 29-attorney office while maintaining his legal practice, in which he focuses on business litigation, including disputes pertaining to labor and employment, intellectual property, software licensing, land use regulation, and ERISA/fiduciary liability. Stock also is vice chair of the firm’s litigation practice group. (August, 2013)

Philip J. Halley '81, a shareholder with the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., was recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year 2013 in Milwaukee for Litigation - Trusts and Estates. (May, 2013)

Rachel Geiersbach '81, was promoted to vice president, legal at Advance Auto Parts. Geiersbach will be responsible for all corporate governance and securities law for the company and will take on the responsibility for employment law and other claims oversight. (April, 2013)

Richard Schuster '81 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in class action/mass torts, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Daniel Minor '81 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in real estate law, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Richard D. Schuster '81, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Schuster's practice focuses on commercial litigation. (October, 2012)

Daniel J. Minor '81, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Minor's practice focuses on workers' compensation law. (October, 2012)

Linda R. Mendel '81, of counsel with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Mendel's practice focuses on employee benefits (ERISA) law. (October, 2012)

Daniel Minor ’81, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Minor is with the firm’s Columbus office where he specializes in real estate. (January, 2012)

David Borer ’81 was recently appointed as the new general counsel for The American Federation of Government Employees, the country's largest federal employee union. As general counsel, Borer will head the union's legal programs, providing strategic and policy advice to the elected leaders of the union. (October, 2010)

Carolyn Bell Phillips ’81 was quoted in a story published in Modern Healthcare magazine in December regarding possible changes to hospitals’ responsibilities under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Phillips is a deputy city attorney for the city of Los Angeles. (January, 2010)

Barbara F. Yaksic ’81 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. Yaksic is a member of McGlinchey Stafford’s Cleveland office, where she focuses her practice in civil litigation. (November, 2009)

Paul Skendelas ’81 was named chair of the Juvenile Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Skendelas is a Franklin County, Ohio, assistant public defender. (November, 2009)

Diane M. Signoracci ’81 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law. Signoracci is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

1982

Donald B. Leach Jr. ’82, a partner in the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of construction law by Chambers USA in 2013. Leach has assisted clients in litigation and transactional matters, and he has represented parties in both the public and private sectors. (October, 2013)

Robert "Bob" S. Kiss '82 has been appointed to the cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Revenue by West Virginia Gov. Early Ray Tomblin. Kiss represented Raleigh and Summers counties from 1989 to 2006 in the West Virginia House of Representatives and held several leadership positions, including finance chair from 1993 to 1996 and speaker from 1997 to 2006. During his service in the House, Kiss was instrumental in major economic and fiscal legislation including state tax policy, workers' compensation, PEIA and Medicaid, and the State's Tax Increment Financing legislation. He most recently worked as partner at Bowles Rice Attorneys At Law in Charleston, W.Va., practicing in the areas of tax, estate planning, and commercial law. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Melinda. (September, 2013)

Benita A. Kahn '82, partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of national privacy by Chambers USA in 2013. She chairs the firm's technology and intellectual property group and is a member of the public utilities group. (September, 2013)

James P. Botti '82, a partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring by Chambers USA in 2013. He chairs the firm's bankruptcy and reorganization practice group. (September, 2013)

Benita A. Kahn ’82, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of energy law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. She chairs the technology and intellectual property group and is a member of the firm’s public utilities group. (August, 2013)

Donald B. Leach Jr. ’82, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Columbus office, has been recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of construction law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He also was cited as a leader in construction law litigation, real estate litigation, and real estate law. Leach has represented clients in the public and private sector, including owners, developers, and contractors. (August, 2013)

William J. Leibold ’82, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Dayton, Ohio office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of antitrust law, corporate law, and antitrust litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He concentrates his practice in the area of business and corporation law. (August, 2013)

Thomas E. Szykowny ’82, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of insurance law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a member of the corporate group and concentrates on insurance regulatory and transactional matters. (August, 2013)

Jill S. Tangeman ’82, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of land use and zoning law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. She is a member of the finance, energy, and real estate group. (August, 2013)

Benita Kahn '82 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in information technology law, she is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Thomas E. Szykowny '82, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Szykowny's practice focuses on insurance law. (October, 2012)

Benita A. Kahn '82, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Kahn's practice focuses on energy law. (October, 2012)

Richard Mancino '82, a partner with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City, contributed to his firm's selection by Law360 as "Pro Bono Firm of 2012." Law360 singled out two of Mancino's pro bono cases for special recognition. In Favors v. Cuomo, a three-judge federal court panel granted judgment for Willkie's clients, agreeing to redraw New York's congressional districts by following neutral redistricting principles that did not favor incumbents. In the other, Mancino led a pro bono team's submission of an amicus brief on behalf of the National Center for Science Education in Ohio's Knox County Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeals. The case, Freshwater v. Mount Vernon School District Board of Education, raised issues concerning the inappropriate teaching of Creationism by a public high school science teacher. The case is now before the Ohio Supreme Court. (September, 2012)

Lynette Chappell-Williams '82, Cornell's Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Workforce Diversity, received the 2011 Chris C. Kjeldsen Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. (June, 2012)

James P. Botti ’82, a partner at Porter Wright, was recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a leading lawyer in his field of bankruptcy/restructuring. Botti works in the firm’s Columbus office. (May, 2012)

Donald Leach Jr. '82 is handing over the reins as managing partner of Dinsmore's Columbus office to fellow alumnus Charles E. Ticknor III '89. Leach had served as the managing partner since 2008 and will continue his active involvement in the community, including returning to a position on Upper Arlington City Council.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the growth and energy of our Columbus office, and thank my colleagues for the opportunity to serve," he said. "I know that Chuck will build on our solid foundation and lead us to the next level.”

Ticknor, who has practiced law for nearly 23 years, is a partner in the firm’s litigation department., providing counsel to a broad range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, midsize businesses, family-owned operations, nonprofit organizationss, and individuals. (January, 2012)

Deborah Levine Herman '82 is the co-founder of www.waenetwork.com, the fastest-growing, content-specific social network for writers, agents, and editors. Herman works as a literary agent and is the author of 10 nonfiction books. She currently resides in Stockbridge, Mass. (January, 2012)

Benita Kahn ’82, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers for her sixth year. Kahn, who is with the firm’s Columbus office, specializes in information technology. (January, 2012)

Thomas E. Szykowny '82, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, has been selected among the Best Lawyers' Columbus "Lawyers of the Year" for 2012. Szykowny, who practices in the firm's corporate and finance group, was named "Columbus Insurance Lawyer of the Year." (October, 2011)

Pamela Barker '82 was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the bench of the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County. She took office on Sept. 19, replacing former Judge Steven Terry. To serve the remainder of Terry's term, Judge Barker must run in the November 2012 election. (September, 2011)

Steve Magas '82, Ohio's "Bike Lawyer," will be celebrating the second anniversary of his new firm, The Magas Firm, in June 2010. While his practice focuses on litigation, personal injury and insurance issues, his niche in the world of Bicycling is well recognized. Steve is the co-author of a popular book, "Bicycling and the Law," sits on the Board of the Ohio Bicycle Federation and has handled close to 300 "bike cases" over the past 25+ years. He is active in bike advocacy at the local, state and national level. Steve recently moved his office to eastern Cincinnati, but his practice takes him all over Ohio. Steve has also been called into bike cases in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Florida! Steve is also very happy to announce the birth of his first grandchild, William I. Johns, to his step-son Billy & his wife Teresa. (June, 2011)

Donald W. Gregory ’82 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Gregory is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and is currently the chair of the firm’s construction, litigation, and mediation services practice areas. (January, 2011)

Michael Allison '82 was promoted to executive vice president, human resources at Office Depot. Allison joined Office Depot in 2006 as vice president after serving as executive vice president of human resources for Victoria's Secret Direct. (January, 2011)

James P. Botti ’82 has been recognized by Chambers USA 2010 as one of the leading lawyers in Ohio in the area of bankruptcy/restructuring. He was also named a top banking lawyer in Columbus in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers. Botti has spent nearly all of his 28-year career representing banks and other financial institutions in negotiating and documenting complex commercial loan transactions and in handling troubled loan or “workout” situations both inside and outside of bankruptcy. Botti is a partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. (November, 2010)

Donald W. Gregory ’82 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of construction law. He also was named as “Band 2” by Chambers. Gregory is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter. (August, 2010)

Douglas Morgan ’82 in June received the Columbus Bar Association’s Community Service Award. The award was presented in recognition of his contribution of time and effort in service to the Central Ohio community and to the legal profession. Morgan is a partner in Hahn Loeser’s Columbus office. (August, 2010)

Douglas Morgan ’82 has joined the Columbus office of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as a partner. Morgan has more than 20 years of experience in general corporate law, corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions, in addition to his experience in the areas of banking, real estate, and venture capital. (February, 2010)

Donald W. Gregory ’82 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in construction/surety. Gregory was also honored as a “top lawyer,” designating him as one of the top 50 attorneys in Columbus. Gregory is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (January, 2010)

Steve Magas ’82, after more than 27 years of working for or with others, decided to open his own practice. The Magas Firm opened on June 14, 2009 in Loveland, Ohio. Magas continues to focus much of his practice on bicycles and motorcycles. He has handled more than 200 “bike cases” while continuing to write about bike laws for a variety of publications. Magas sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Bicycle Federation. Learn more at www.MagasLaw.com and www.OhioBikeLawyer.com. (November, 2009)

Donald W. Gregory ’82 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of construction law. Miller is director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (November, 2009)

1983

William M. Phillips ‘83 was designated in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA as a leader in real estate law in the state of Ohio. He is a partner in the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister L (July, 2014)

Tony Mollica '83 returned to practicing law after 25 years of teaching. He opened an office in Athens, Ohio, that focuses on criminal work in Municipal Court and Civil Protection Orders. He is also doing some online facilitating for the Ohio University Sports Administration program. (February, 2014)

David R. Wickham ’83, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Dayton, Ohio office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of trusts and estates and trusts and estates litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He concentrates his practice in the area of federal and state tax law, probate, exempt organizations and estate planning. (August, 2013)

Mitchell A. Weisman '83, a trial attorney with the Cleveland firm Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., LPA, has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Weisman, an elected member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers since 2008, has won many large cases, including some seven-figure verdicts for his clients. (May, 2013)

Jeff Leonard '83 has rejoined the business services group at Roetzel & Andress as partner. He worked at the firm from 2001 through 2009 before starting his own firm, the Leonard Legal Group Co. LPA. Leonard will work out of Roetzel & Andress' Akron and Cleveland offices. (June, 2012)

Kathleen (Birt) Hale ’83 was sworn in as the newest council member in the village of Bentleyville, Ohio on Oct. 3, 2011. She worked for several years as an attorney in the law department of National City Corp. and was involved on the village’s Planning and Zoning Commission prior to joining council. (October, 2011)

William A. Leuby ’83, senior vice president of Columbus-based investment management and financial advisory firm Hamilton Capital Management, Inc., has been named one of the “Best Financial Advisers For Doctors” for the third time by the editors of Medical Economics magazine. Leuby has been a member of the Hamilton Capital leadership team since its inception in 1997. (March, 2011)

S. Martijn Steger ’83 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Steger is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and serves as the chair of the firm’s international business and mediation practices. (January, 2011)

Mitchell A. Weisman '83 was recently named an Ohio Super Lawyer. Weisman was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America in 2007. He serves on the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Weisman works at Weisman, Kennedy and Berris in Cleveland. (July, 2010)

S. Martijn Steger ’83 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of corporate law. Steger is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter. (July, 2010)

Martha J. Sweterlitsch ’83 was presented the 2010 Outstanding Lawyer Award by the American Bar Association's Non-profit Organizations Committee. The "Outstanding Lawyer Award" is presented annually for distinguished service by an attorney practicing non-profit law. Sweterlitsch is currently of counsel at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff in Columbus, where her practice is focused on non-profit, administrative, health, state tax, and federal and state tax exemption law and lobbying. She is currently chair of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and also serves as a trustee for the Ohio United Way and as legislative counsel for the Ohio Alliance of YMCA’s, the Ohio Association of Child Care Providers, and the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes and Housing For Aging. (June, 2010)

Jeffrey Huff '83 was elected mayor of Castle Pines, Colo., in November. Castle Pines is located just 20 miles south of Denver in Douglas County and is home to about 10,000 people. He is a vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney where he has provided wealth advisory and estate planning services to clients since 1988. (February, 2010)

S. Martijn Steger ’83 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in international business. Steger is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (January, 2010)

S. Martijn Steger ’83 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law. Steger is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (November, 2009)

William M. Phillips ’83 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. Phillips is a partner in the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister. (November, 2009)

William T. Conard II ’83 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of public finance law. Conard is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Joyce B. Link ’83 was named partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP. Link is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment departments. Her practice focuses on litigation and labor and employment matters for higher education and nonprofit organizations. (November, 2009)

1984

Catherine T. Dunlay ’84 was designated in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA as a leader in the area of healthcare law in the state of Ohio. She is a partner in the Columbus office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as well as co-chair of Taft's Health and Life Sciences Practice Gr (July, 2014)

Catherine T. Dunlay ’84, a partner in the Columbus office of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of health care law by Chambers USA in 2013. Dunlay co-chairs the firm’s health and life sciences practice group, and among the clients she represents are hospitals, physicians, and health care organizations. (October, 2013)

Elizabeth T. Smith ’84, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of personal injury litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Her practice includes business, commercial, contract, employment, occupational disease, intentional torts, and probate litigation. (August, 2013)

Marilena R. Walters ’84, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Columbus office, has been recognized as a leader in the area of medical malpractice law for defendants in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Walters is a pharmacist-attorney whose practice is primarily devoted to the defense of medical negligence cases at the trial and appellate level. Her clients include hospitals and physician groups. (August, 2013)

Patricia A. Shlonsky '84, a partner in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga County Public Library. Shlonsky has been a member of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation since 2008. (May, 2013)

Patricia A. Shlonsky '84, a partner in the Cleveland and Cincinnati offices of Ulmer & Berne LLP, was included by Ohio Super Lawyers on the 2013 lists for Top 50 Female Lawyers in Ohio and the Top 25 Female Lawyers in Cleveland. Shlonsky chairs the employee benefits and tax practice groups. (January, 2013)

Elizabeth Smith '84 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in general litigation, she is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Demetries Jo Neely '84 is the new executive director of The Kings Art Complex, known for its mantra as being the "soul of the city" in Columbus. The board of trustees, on which she served for 12 years, named her to the post in September. She worked at Nationwide Insurance for 22 years prior to retiring in 2008. (November, 2012)

Elizabeth T. Smith '84, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Smith's practice focuses on personal injury litigation. (October, 2012)

Patricia A. Shlonsky '84, a partner in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of The Center for Community Solutions. Established in 1913, the center provides strategic leadership to improve targeted health and social conditions through policy and system reform. Shlonsky is a member of her firm's management committee and chairs its tax practice. (July, 2012)

Patricia A. Shlonsky '84 has been named chair of Ulmer & Berne LLP's tax practice group, which consists of the tax, trusts and estates and employee benefits practice areas. Shlonsky, a partner who also chairs the firm’s employee benefits practice, assists clients in the establishment, qualification, and maintenance of all types of employee benefit plans. (January, 2012)

James N. Kline ’84, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office, has been recognized as a 2012 Ohio Super Lawyer. Kline’s practice focuses on liability defense, toxic tort, and first-party insurance defense litigation (December, 2011)

Patricia A. Shlonsky ’84, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office, has been recognized as a 2012 Ohio Super Lawyer. Shlonsky serves as chair of the firm’s employee benefits group and co-chair of the tax practice group. She also is ranked as one of Ohio’s leading employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers by Chambers USA and is included in The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits Law.

  (December, 2011)

Laura Kulwicki '84 recently joined Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP as Of Counsel to its Akron office. Kulwicki joins the law firm’s tax group.  Her practice is focused on state and local taxation, with an emphasis on multistate issues that affect taxpayers doing business across the United States. She has represented multistate and multinational corporations in state tax matters in more than 30 states working with state taxing departments nationwide to resolve issues for her clients, including 50-state voluntary compliance programs and Multistate Tax Commission audits. She regularly advises companies on issues involving nexus planning and defense, sales and use tax, corporate income/franchising tax, gross receipts tax and unclaimed funds, as well as substantive tax planning. (June, 2011)

Brent Titus ’84 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of real estate law. Titus is a shareholder at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. (August, 2010)

Susan T. Stead ’84, partner and member of the Insurance Regulatory and Transactional practice group at Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst in Columbus, was accepted as a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel. The Federation of Regulatory Counsel is a national association of attorneys who specialize in insurance regulatory law. (November, 2009)

Samuel M. Duran ’84 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation law. Duran is a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister. (November, 2009)

Catherine T. Dunlay ’84 joined the Columbus office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as a partner in the firm’s health and life sciences practice group. She was also mentioned in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law. (November, 2009)

J. Randolph Balch ’84 was reappointed to chair the Health Care Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Balch is of counsel at Balch Law in Columbus. (November, 2009)

1985

Anne Marie Sferra ‘85 has been named 2014 president of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. Sferra is a partner in Bricker & Eckler’s litigation group and chair of the Appellate Advocacy gro (July, 2014)
Douglas P. Currier '85 was recognized as a leading lawyer in labor & employment by London-based Chambers & Partners. He is a partner at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine (June, 2014)
Elizabeth (Whiteside) Whitman '85, executive vice president & general counsel for Wilkinson Corporation, was featured in the "Day in the Life" section of the March 2014 issue of the ACC Docket, published by the Association of Corporate Counsel, a professional organization for in-house counsel, which has more than 30,000 member (March, 2014)
Elizabeth Whiteside Whitman, executive vice president and general counsel of Wilkinson Corporation, was featured in the "A Day in the Life" section of March 2014 issue of the ACC Docket, the member publication for Association of Corporate Counsel, the world's largest organization of in-house counsel. Whitman previously was featured in the "Tips and Insights" section of the November 2010 issue of the same publicat (March, 2014)

Susan S. Box ’85 was named as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Ohio for 2013-14 and one of the top 25 women lawyers in Cleveland by Super Lawyers. Box is a partner in the Akron, Ohio office of Roetzel & Andress, and her practice focuses on product liability defense. (January, 2014)

Anne Marie Sferra ’85, a partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler's appellate advocacy team in Columbus, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of appellate practice by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Sferra is experienced in insurance cases, including class actions, ERISA, bad faith claims, and coverage issues. She is a certified appellate law specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. (January, 2014)

Douglas Currier '85 was included in the 2013 edition of New England's Super Lawyers in the areas of employment and labor and employment litigation (defense and immigration). Currier is a partner in the Portland, Maine office of Verrill Dana, LLP and regularly handles business immigration matters on behalf of the firm's clients. (November, 2013)

Susan S. Box ’85, a partner in the Akron, Ohio office of Roetzel & Andress, was named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of product liability litigation for defendants by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Box focuses her practice on product liability, defense, and regularly represents clients on matters involving asbestos litigation, toxic tort litigation, and other general product liability matters. (August, 2013)

Webb I. Vorys ’85, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of corporate law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a member of the energy and health care practice groups. (August, 2013)

Thomas M. Wood ’85, a partner in the Tampa, Fla. office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, was named as a leading lawyer in the area of commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Wood focuses his practice on litigating for and consulting with businesses and financial institutions on a wide variety of legal issues. (August, 2013)

Douglas P. Currier '85, a partner with the Portland, Maine office of Verrill Dana LLP, has been recognized as a leader in the labor and employment law field by Chambers and Partners and was selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. While Currier's practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law and litigation, he also regularly handles business immigration matters on behalf of clients.

(May, 2013)

Susan Box '85, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, was honored as 2013 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. She has been honored as a super lawyer in the personal injury defense field. (January, 2013)

Dan Weiss '05, has launched Counterpart CFO, offering shared CFO services to organizations that cannot justify the expense of a full-time CFO. Prior to that, he served as interim executive director of the Jazz Arts Group. (January, 2013)

Yvette McGee Brown '85 has joined Jones Day as a partner in its Columbus office. McGee Brown is a former Ohio Supreme Court justice and will be part of the firm's litigation group. “If you spend any time with Yvette, you see pretty quickly what an incredible leader she is,” said Elizabeth P. "Liza" Kessler '93, partner in charge of the Columbus office. “I’m so excited about the chance to practice with her. We’re in the talent business and anytime we see an individual with great talent and we have the opportunity to get them, we go.” (January, 2013)

Webb I. Vorys '85, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Vorys' practice focuses on corporate law. (October, 2012)

Douglas Currier '85 was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Employment Law - Management, Immigration Law, Labor Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment. (August, 2012)

Douglas P. Currier '85 has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of labor and employment law by London-based Chambers & Partners. Currier is a partner in the Portland, Maine office of Verrill Dana, LLP. (June, 2012)

Robert E. Roland '85 has been elected managing partner and chairman of the executive committee of the firm Day Ketterer Ltd., which has offices in Canton, Cleveland, and Hudson, Ohio. His practice is primarily focused on business and banking law, mergers and acquisitions, business dispute resolutions, and commercial real estate transactions. He serves as general counsel for closely-held corporations and nonprofi­t associations throughout Ohio. Roland also represents banking institutions throughout the region. He has taught college real estate courses and has been a frequent lecturer on banking law. (April, 2012)

David A. Gurwin '85 a shareholder in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC was recently re-elected as president of the Hampton Township School District in Allison Park, Penn. He has served as a school director since 2003. In addition to his law practice and service to the school district, he is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he lectures on the subjects of the law and business of the video game industry and teaches a course on law and the arts. (February, 2012)

David A. Gurwin '85 a shareholder in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and chair of the firm's technology transactions group and its entertainment and media law group, has been named by Intellectual Asset Magazine to the IAM Licensing 250, recognizing the top patent and technology licensing attorneys in the world. He practices in the firm's Pittsburgh and New York City offices. (February, 2012)

Carol Fey '85 is the new Bexley Board of Education president. Fey has 16 years of involvement with Bexley schools and has served on a number of education committees over the past decade. A specialist in Ohio Family Relations Law, she practices in Bexley. (January, 2012)

Dan Weiss '85 has been tapped as interim executive director for the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, effective January 2012, as the organization conducts a national search for a permanent leader. Until his JAG appointment, Weiss was executive director and chief investment officer of the Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System, where he was responsible for the overall management of the $700 million public pension plan. Weiss served on the JAG board of directors for nearly nine years. (January, 2012)

Van Blanchard II '85 was appointed as the new Coshocton County Juvenile and Probate Court judge by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Blanchard previously served as Coshocton County assistant prosecutor. He will run in a March 2012 primary for the November 2012 general election for the unexpired term of the office. The term ends Feb. 8, 2015. (December, 2011)

Jack J. Laffey ’85 was recently honored at an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of Wisconsin's Leaders in the Law. Laffey is an attorney in the product liability litigation and risk avoidance team at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in Milwaukee, Wisc. (March, 2011)

Justice Yvette McGee Brown ’85 and Judge Carla D. Moore ’77 made history in March on the Supreme Court of Ohio when they were the first black justices to simultaneously hear an Ohio Supreme Court case. Moore, who serves in the Ninth District Court of Appeals, sat in place of Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, who had recused herself from the case. In its 208-year history, the Ohio Supreme Court has had only three black justices appointed and all were Ohio State Law graduates. (March, 2011)

Kevin Hardman ’85 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the fields of personal injury litigation and medical malpractice litigation. He was also included in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. His three-lawyer law firm in Akron, Ohio, was selected by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 firm in the fields of personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law in the recently announced “Best Law Firms” issue. (January, 2011)

Richard Holz ’85 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of tax law. Holz is a partner at Schottenstein, Zox, & Dunn Co., LPA. (August, 2010)

Dan Weiss ’85 has served as the executive director and chief investment officer of the Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System, a $700 million pension plan, since the beginning of 2010. He continues to teach accounting, finance, and business law as an adjunct member of the Senior Faculty at Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. During 2009-10, Weiss served as president of the board of directors of the Jazz Arts Group. (August, 2010)

Steven Goldfarb ’85 was recently elected as a trustee of the Shaker Schools Foundation in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He and his wife have three children, who all are graduates of the Shaker Heights School District. Goldfarb is a partner in the Cleveland office of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm's litigation practice. (July, 2010)

Kevin P. Murphy ’85 was elected to serve a three-year term as District 18 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. He is currently a litigation attorney who practices in the Warren, Ohio, office of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd. Murphy and his wife, Karen, reside in Warren. They have two children: Caitlin, 22 and Patrick, 20. (July, 2010)

James Loeb ’85 was named by Best Lawyers as the “Cleveland Family Lawyer of the Year.” Loeb is a partner in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler. Loeb’s practice, which includes commercial litigation, takes him throughout Ohio and other states and he appears before trial and appellate courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. (December, 2009)

Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins ’85 was recently elected as a member of the American Law Institute. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Hopkins, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge in the Southern District of Ohio, was also recently elected as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. (November, 2009)

Anne Marie Sferra ’85 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. Sferra is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Gordon F. Litt ’85 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of tax law and trusts and estates. Litt is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Richard W. Holz ’85 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of tax law. Holz is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. (November, 2009)

Catherine M. Ballard ’85 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law. Ballard is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

1986

Dean Jacob '86 will become in January the president and CEO of the Marion Community Foundation, an organization that has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations in Marion, Ohio. Jacob was one of 100 who applied for the position, according to the foundation. He is a lifelong resident of Marion and has focused his career there on estate planning and probate issues. Jacob also is president of the Marion County Bar Association and active in a number of community organizations. (October, 2013)

Mark L. Sarlson ’86, a partner in the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of banking and finance law and financial services regulation law by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He focuses his commercial finance practice on the representation of financial institutions and publicly and privately held corporations in lending transactions. (August, 2013)

Barbara Andelman '86 has been named the chief operating officer of Cleveland-based Spangenberg Shibley & Liber. Prior to that, Andelman served as the associate dean at Case Western Reserve School of Law from 1988 to 2007 and more recently as the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. (June, 2013)

Jennifer Mailly '86 has been awarded the 2013-14 Teaching Scholar Award by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Connecticut School of Law. An assistant clinical professor, she teaches Legal Analysis, Research and Writing and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation as part of the first-year Lawyering Process curriculum. Mailly also oversees the Individual Externship program, in which students earn credits for experiential learning at field placements throughout the legal community, has taught academic support programs for second-year law students, and helped design a yearlong series of academic success workshops for first-year students. (May, 2013)

David J. Rectenwald '86, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Rectenwald is an attorney at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. (April, 2013)

Peter Igel '86 has joined the Cleveland firm Tucker Ellis as a partner focusing primarily on tax law. He represents clients in a wide range of matters, including general state and local tax planning, appeals, audits, and litigation; public finance; white collar defense and investigations; and estate and succession planning. (January, 2013)

Steve Hulsman '86 has been listed in the 2009-2012 editions of Southwest Super Lawyers in the Personal Injury Plaintiff: General category, while also being named to the 2012 Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona. Additionally, he has been listed in the 2008-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the Personal Injury Litigation category. He is a partner at Lewis and Roca LLP, and part of the firm's class action, personal injury/wrongful death, insurance litigation, and product liability groups. (September, 2012)

Mark S. Edelman ’86 was named in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of banking law. Edelman is a managing member of McGlinchey Stafford, where he practices in the area of consumer financial services. He works in the Cleveland office. (December, 2009)

1987

Linda L. Ammons '87 announced her retirement as dean of Widener Law in April. She served in the position for eight years and will be remembered by faculty, staff and students as an intelligent and committed leader who was a champion for the law school during her tenu (July, 2014)

David J. Coyle ’87, a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP received the “Distinguished Service Award” at the 2013 Access to Justice Awards Dinner held on April 30 for his commitment to the mission and work of legal aid in Northwest Ohio. His practice includes commercial litigation, bankruptcy, commercial foreclosures, replevin actions, condemnation proceedings, and business torts. (October, 2013)

Sally O. Hagerty '87 has been named partner at Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP. Hagerty has been with the firm since 2008 and practices in the firm's litigation department, primarily defending civil lawsuits in the areas of professional negligence, medical malpractice, and long-term care. Hagerty also holds a degree in nursing, which is utilized in her job with the Stamford, Conn. law firm. (September, 2013)

Randall LaTour '87, partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of bankruptcy by Chambers USA in 2013. He leads the firm's bankruptcy practice group, with a practice focused on bankruptcy proceedings and workouts. (September, 2013)

Robert J. Tannous '87, partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions by Chambers USA in 2013. He chairs the firm's corporate finance and securities practices group. (September, 2013)

Randall D. LaTour ’87, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights and bankruptcy litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is the leader of the firm’s bankruptcy practice group. (August, 2013)

Douglas R. Matthews ’87, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law management in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. His practice focuses on electronic discovery matters, and he heads the firm’s electronic discovery practice group. (August, 2013)

Mark E. Vannatta ’87, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of nonprofit/charities law, trusts and estates, and tax law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a member of the tax group and practices in the area of estate planning (August, 2013)

David J. Coyle '69, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Coyle is an attorney at the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. (April, 2013)

Randall LaTour '87 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Mark E. Vannatta '87, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Vannatta's practice focuses on nonprofit/charities law, tax law, and trusts and estates. (October, 2012)

Douglas R. Matthews '87, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Matthews' practice focuses on commercial litigation and employment law. (October, 2012)

Randall D. LaTour '87, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. LaTour's practice focuses on bankruptcy and related issues. (October, 2012)

Andrew Folkerth '87 is a partner at the Denver firm Holland & Hart LLP. He counsels clients on real estate, commercial, and development loan matters, including loan originations, modifications, workouts, receiverships, and foreclosures. (July, 2012)

Brian Casey '87 has been elected to serve as secretary of the Life Insurance Settlement Association, the oldest and largest trade organization in the life settlement market, representing more than 100 member firms. Casey has served on the association's board of directors since 2002 and will serve a two-year term as secretary. Casey, a partner at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, is co-chair of the firm’s regulatory and transactional insurance practice group and is a member of the firm’s corporate, capital markets, and health care practice groups. (July, 2012)

Columbus attorney David A. Scott '87 has been elected to a third consecutive one-year term as vice president of the Sierra Club's national board of directors. In April, Scott was elected to a second three-year term on the environmental organization's national board, finishing second out of nine candidates in voting by the Sierra Club's members. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club has over 1.4 million members and supporters. (June, 2012)

Robert Thurston '87 moved his solo practice from Illinois to Doylestown, Penn. and is focusing on special education law and disability law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He also is coordinating some local events for alumni of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. (March, 2012)

Gregory J. Vincent, Ph.D., '87 was honored by the Austin chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the Dewitty/Overton Freedom Award. The highest honor the NAACP bestows on recipients, Vincent received the award in December 2011 during the group's 46th annual banquet. Vincent is the vice president for diversity and community engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as a professor in the school of law and the department of higher education. (February, 2012)

Randall LaTour ’87, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers for an eighth consecutive year. LaTour is the leader of the firm’s bankruptcy practice group. His practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. (January, 2012)

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Elizabeth Gill '87 was honored with the George E. Tyack Award for Judicial Excellence for outstanding jurisprudence and service by the Central Ohio Association for Justice. The award is presented annually to a judge chosen by the association, which is primarily made up of attorneys who practice in Central Ohio courts. (September, 2011)

Franklin County Judge Elizabeth Gill '87 has been honored with the George E. Tyack Award for Judicial Excellence for outstanding jurisprudence and service by the Central Ohio Association for Justice. This award is presented annually to a judge chosen by the association which is made up primarily of attorneys who practice in central Ohio courts and strive to represent the interests of individuals and promote civil justice, consumer rights and fair access to the courts. Gill is the first domestic relations judge to be recognized with this significant award. She was in private practice for 18 years before her election in 2006. (May, 2011)

David J. Coyle ’87 has been elected to serve as the president of the Boards of Trustees of Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE). ABLE and LAWO are the largest providers of free legal services in Ohio, covering 32-counties of western Ohio. Coyle is a partner in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. (March, 2011)

Brian T. Casey ’87 was named to the national list of the 100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry in North America for 2011. Casey is a partner in the Atlanta office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, where he focuses on corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. (February, 2011)

David Alan Scott ’87 was elected vice president of the national Sierra Club in May after completing his first year on the board of directors. His responsibilities include taking positions on national legislation, guiding the organization's Climate Recovery Campaigns, and policy development. The Sierra Club has over 1.3 million members and supporters and a noted environmental lobbying and litigation program. (June, 2010)

Lieutenant Colonel Monica Gfoeller ’87 concluded her tour of duty as the Garrison Command Judge Advocate of Victory Base Complex Garrison in Baghdad, Iraq. Gfoeller is assigned to the 561st Regional Support Group from Omaha, Neb., as the unit's senior legal counsel. The unit was mobilized for active duty in July 2009 to manage the base, which is one of the largest in Iraq. (May, 2010)

Matt Shay ’87 was named president and chief executive officer of the National Retail Federation. Shay joins NRF from the International Franchise Association where he served as president and CEO. The International Franchise Association represents more than 1,300 franchise companies around the world, including a number of retail firms. (May, 2010)

Rev. Virginia Lohmann Bauman ’87 recently joined the staff of Church World Service as their Ohio field director. She directs state and national faith-based organizing and advocacy efforts around social justice issues. (February, 2010)

Kurtis A. Tunnell ’87 was named managing partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP. Tunnell originally joined Bricker & Eckler in 1987, and he has served as administrative partner since 2008. From 1991-94, he served as chief legal counsel to then Governor George Voinovich. Tunnell currently serves as general counsel to the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association, legislative counsel to the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies, and represents a wide variety of other business and trade organizations in legislative and regulatory matters. He is married, has three children, and resides in Hilliard, Ohio. (February, 2010)

Brian T. Casey ’87 has again been named to Insurance Newscast’s list of the 100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry in North America for 2009. Casey is a partner in the Atlanta office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell and he co-chairs the firm’s Insurance Practice Group. (January, 2010)

Thomas M. Schneider ’87 directs community and government relations and serves as in-house counsel for Orlando, Fla.-based Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Christian mission organization is dedicated to making the Bible accessible to all people in their heart language and providing language-based community development services to disenfranchised minority groups worldwide. (December, 2009)

Matthew Shay ’87 was named one of the top association CEOs in 2009 by CEO Update. Shay is president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, which aims to protect and enhance the environment for franchising around the world. Shay and his wife, Allison, have three children and live in Arlington, Va. (November, 2009)

David Alan Scott ’87 is one of five candidates elected this year to the Sierra Club's national board of directors. Scott, a Columbus attorney, finished second in nationwide voting by Sierra Club members. He previously served as chairman of the environmental organization's Ohio Chapter and as regional vice president. The San Francisco-based Sierra Club includes more than 1.3 million members and supporters, and its conservation priorities are climate recovery work, lands protection, and safeguarding healthy communities. (November, 2009)

Daren Kimberly Draves ’87 was promoted from deputy managing counsel in the Pacific Area to managing counsel of the Southeast Area of the U.S. Postal Service's Law Department. Daren and her wife, Catherine, and their daughters Destiny and Anna, are looking forward to starting their new lives in Memphis, Tenn. (November, 2009)

Linda L. Ammons ’87 was recognized as one of 14 “people of influence” in the September 2009 issue of Delaware Today. Ammons is the dean of the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del. According to the magazine, Ammons is the first woman and the first African American to lead the Widener University School of Law, and one of only three African American women in the nation serving as a law school dean. (November, 2009)

1988

Michael "Miles" Scully '88 is being added to the law firm he helped become a national powerhouse: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP. Based in Southern California, Scully is assistant managing partner of the firm, which has grown from a 100-attorney operation to include more than 500 attorneys and 30 offices nationwide. He joined Gordon & Rees in 1988 and moved to San Diego in 1992 when the firm opened its first branch. He led the creation and execution of the firm's expansion strategy, first growing throughout California and then branching out nationwide in 2004. The firm now is ranked 95th on the list of America's largest law firms by The National Law Journal and 21st on The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard. (February, 2014)

Jan E. Hensel ’88, a partner in the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of labor and employment law by Chambers USA in 2013. Hensel has devoted her practice exclusively to representing employers, helping them comply with state and federal employment laws. (October, 2013)

Philip F. Downey ’88, a partner in the Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of bet-the company litigation and commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Downey’s practice focuses on oil and gas litigation, toxic tort litigation, and litigation in a variety of areas, including financial institutions, bankruptcy, probate, product liability, and general commercial litigation. (August, 2013)

Rob Cohen '88 has been selected to chair the litigation practice area at Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, where he is a director and member of the firm’s trial practice group. Cohen has a wealth of experience representing corporate clients in proceedings of all kinds, and his practice focus includes complex litigation and antitrust litigation. Cohen consistently has been recognized as a leading litigator by SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers in America, and he was selected as the 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus in the area of antitrust litigation by The Best Lawyers in America. (May, 2013)

Tom Littman '88 has been named CEO of the Beachwood, Ohio private equity firm Kirtland Capital Partners. Littman joined the firm in 1995 and had served as a senior managing partner since 2009. “Tom has played a significant role in our success during the last 18 years, having been involved in fundraising, deal sourcing, due diligence, acquisitions, portfolio management and divestitures,” said outgoing CEO John Nestor, who will stay on as chairman and senior managing partner. (March, 2013)

G. Randall Ayers '88 has been named partner at the Cincinnati law firm Keating Muething & Klekamp. His practice focuses on management-side labor relations. (January, 2013)

G. Randall Ayers '88 has joined the Cincinnati office of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL as a partner. He helps employers manage all issues related to labor relations, including collective bargaining, arbitration, and litigation disputes involving collective bargaining agreements and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and state labor agencies. He also was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine in the employment and labor category. (January, 2013)

Philip Downey '88 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in general litigation, he is a partner in the Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Jim Richey, Ph.D., '88,  was honored with the Brevard Bar Foundation's "Community Leader of the Year" award in October, with the organization citing his work to expand educational opportunities for students. Richey is the president of Brevard Community College in Florida, which will be renamed Eastern Florida State College in 2013. Steve Charpentier, vice chairman of the college's board of trustees and former president of the Brevard County Bar, called Richey a "tireless advocate for higher education" and praised his move to expand the college's mission by offering four-year degrees in August 2013. (November, 2012)

William J. Pohlman, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Pohlman's practice focuses on commercial litigation and insurance law. (October, 2012)

Philip F. Downey '88, a partner with the Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Downey's practice focuses on bet-the-company and commercial litigation. (October, 2012)

Jim Richey, Ph.D., '88 is the sixth president of Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla. The college's board of trustees voted him in as the new president in January 2012. Alan Landman, the board’s chair, said Richey has played a key role in the college’s success, and praised his performance and strong ties to the local community as among the reasons why he earned the job.

Richey was appointed to board of trustees by Gov. Charlie Crist in July 2007. He left the board to accept the position of internal counsel for the college in 2008. Later that same year, he was named vice president of business affairs and general counsel. In July 2010, he assumed the post of executive vice president and general counsel, responsible for managing all college departments, including academics, business and financial affairs, fundraising, operations, human resources, information technologies and intercollegiate athletics.

Richey previously owned his own law practice in Melbourne, Fla., from 1994 to 2008. His work included advising businesses on contract negotiations, employment policies, employee benefits, corporate governance and charitable giving programs. He successfully argued a case before the Florida Supreme Court. (January, 2012)

Philip Downey ’88, an attorney at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Downey is with the firm’s Akron office where his primary practice focuses on general litigation. (January, 2012)

William Pohlman ’88, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Pohlman is with the firm’s Columbus office where his practice focuses on business litigation. (January, 2012)

Jeffrey J. Helmick '88 was nominated by President Obama to be a judge on the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio. Awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Helmick already was recommended to the president by Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and George Voinovich '61 (R). He is a principal in the law firm of Gamso, Helmick & Hoolahan. (September, 2011)

William R. Damschroder ’88 was appointed as the chief legal advisor for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Damschroder will provide legal support and guidance to the department’s divisions and offices. Damschroder spent the majority of his career in public service including 12 years with the Ohio Department of Commerce where he worked in all areas of administrative and real estate law. Damschroder currently resides in Granview with his wife and two sons. (March, 2011)

Robert G. Cohen ’88 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Cohen is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and is currently a member of the firm’s trial practice group. (January, 2011)

Robert G. Cohen ’88 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of antitrust law. Cohen is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter. (August, 2010)

Robert G. Cohen ’88 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in general litigation. Cohen is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (January, 2010)

Betsy A. Swift ’88 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of labor and employment law. Swift is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Philip F. Downey ’88 was named in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation. Downey is a partner in the Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. (November, 2009)

Robert G. Cohen ’88 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of antitrust law. Cohen is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (November, 2009)

1989

Todd M. McKenney '89 was appointed by Governor John Kasich to serve as a Barberton Municipal Court judge. Prior to taking the bench, he was in private practice with the law firm of Leiby, Hanna, Rasnick, Towne, Evanchan, Palmisano & Hobson, (July, 2014)

Andrew G. Sykes '89, managing attorney of Sykes Elder Law, has been certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, the only organization recognized by the American Bar Association to offer such certification. To achieve the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA for short), an attorney must meet a number of requirements, including passing a written test; showing experience in estate planning, advising on retirement, planning for public benefits, and more; attending at least 45 hours of continuing legal education courses over three years; and other requirements. Sykes helps clients as a CELA in Pittsburgh, where he has practiced law for more than 21 years and is a recognized leader in the elder law field. (September, 2013)

Kristin L. Watt '89, partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of natural resources and environmental law by Chambers USA in 2013. She chairs the firm's environmental group. (September, 2013)

Richard J. Helmreich '89, a partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation by Chambers USA in 2013. He serves as chair of the firm's employee benefits practice group. (September, 2013)

John L. Landolfi ’89, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He has counseled and defended retailers, manufacturers, and distributors across the nation and is co-leader of the firm’s intellectual property litigation subgroup. (August, 2013)

Susan G. Sheridan ’89, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Columbus office, has been recognized as a leader in the area of commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. She represents all forms of business entities in organizational, operational and transactional matters. (August, 2013)

Kristin L. Watt ’89, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of environmental law and environmental litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. She chairs the firm’s environmental group. (August, 2013)

Debra Dixon '89 was announced as Chairman Xavier Becerra's chief of staff. (January, 2013)

Kristin Watt '89 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in environmental law, she is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

John Landolfi '89 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in business litigation, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. (January, 2013)

Kristin L. Watt '89, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Watt's practice focuses on environmental law and litigation. (October, 2012)

John L. Landolfi '89, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Landolfi's practice focuses on commercial litigation. (October, 2012)

Richard J. Helmreich ’89, a partner at Porter Wright, was recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a leading lawyer in his field of employee benefits and executive compensation. Helmreich works in the firm’s Columbus office and serves as chair of the employee benefits practice group. (May, 2012)

Charles E. Ticknor III '89 has been named the managing partner of the Dinsmore's Columbus office, overseeing 50 attorneys and 37 professionals. Ticknor, who has practiced law for nearly 23 years, is a partner in the firm’s litigation department., providing counsel to a broad range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, midsize businesses, family-owned operations, nonprofit organizationss, and individuals. He assumes the managing partner position from Donald Leach Jr. '82, who served as the managing partner since 2008. (January, 2012)

John Landolfi ’89, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers for an eighth consecutive year. Landolfi is with the firm’s Columbus office where he practices business litigation. (January, 2012)

Kristin Watt ’89, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Watt is the chair of the firm’s energy and environmental group. (January, 2012)

Lawrence D. Pollack ’89, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office, has been recognized as a 2012 Ohio Super Lawyer. Pollack serves as Chair of the firm’s subrogation group and is a certified fire explosion investigator. He concentrates his practice in the areas of subrogation, fire litigation, construction litigation, and business litigation. (December, 2011)

Todd McKenney ’89, a former state representative, has been appointed by the governor as the new judge in Summit County Probate Court by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. McKenney, 48, who was in his first term in the Ohio House, said he was grateful for the appointment to the probate court.

“It’s a court I’m familiar with from my law practice. I think I’ve practiced in just about every area of the court, from estates to guardianships to adoptions to marriage licenses,” he told the Akron Beacon Journal. (November, 2011)

Kimberly Strong '89 was named vice president of ethics and compliance at a Colorado environmental engineering company, MWH Global. Strong, a former AOL, Inc. chief ethics and compliance officer, has 20 years of in-house litigation and compliance experience in utilities and telecommunications. (September, 2011)

Paul Debolt '89 has been named a co-chair of Venable LLP's Government Contracts Practice Group. Venable has one of the country's largest government contract teams, with clients ranging from large defense contractors to small, entrepreneurial companies. Located in Venable's Washington, D.C. office, Debolt assists companies and individuals on all issues that arise from doing business with the federal government, including civil fraud and government contracts issues. (May, 2011)

Sarah Mugel ’89 was named vice president and general counsel of the National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. She will continue oversight of the legal affairs of the company’s Utility Segment, Corporate Human Resources, and the Utility’s Risk Management departments. Mugel lives in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. (January, 2011)

Timothy T. Tullis ’89 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Tullis is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter focuses his practice on litigation. (January, 2011)

Timothy T. Tullis ’89 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of commercial litigation. Tullis is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter. (July, 2010)

Stephen Mortinger ’89 recently co-edited a book entitled Computer Games and Virtual Worlds: A New Frontier in Intellectual Property Law. Mortinger is vice president and associate general counsel of IBM’s System and Technology Group. He lives in Ridgefield, C (February, 2010)

Robert A. Wade ’89 has co-authored Avoiding Fraud and Abuse in the Medical Office, a 312-page book on minimizing the risk of fraudulent and abusive billing in day-to-day medical practices. Wade, a partner in Baker & Daniels' healthcare practice in the firm’s South Bend, Ind., office, wrote the chapter entitled “Best Practices for Avoiding Fraud and Abuse Liability." Wade has co-authored several other books regarding the healthcare industry. (December, 2009)

Daniel R. Elliott III ’89 was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as chairman of the Surface Transportation Board, a regulatory agency that resolves freight railroad rate and service disputes, reviews proposed rail mergers, rail line purchases, constructions and abandonments. Elliott is a counsel for the United Transportation Union, which is based in Cleveland. (November, 2009)

Richard J. Helmreich ’89 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of employee benefits law. Helmreich works in the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. (November, 2009)

Carol H. Morita ’89 was recently promoted to vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant corporate secretary of Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a product safety testing and certification organization headquartered in Northbrook, Ill. (November, 2009)

Jack Rosati, Jr. ’89 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of construction law. Rosati is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP. (November, 2009)

Timothy T. Tullis ’89 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. Tullis is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. (November, 2009)