Class Notes

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Chad McQuade, 1999

Chad McQuade ’99, a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, was awarded membership to the company’s 2015 forum group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients plan for and achieve financial security. McQuade, a resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, is affiliated with The McTigue Financial Group based in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois. This is the fifth time that McQuade has received this honor. Only 5 percent of Northwestern Mutual’s more than 6,000 financial representatives are invited to attend each year.

Michael Stinziano, 2007

Michael Stinziano ‘07, an Ohio state representative, was elected to Columbus City Counsel in November. He is currently completing his fifth year in the Ohio General Assembly and serves as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. Since first being elected to the General Assembly in 2010, Stinziano has received numerous honors and awards, including the “Legislator of The Year” award from the Central Ohio Association for Justice in 2014.

Sara Sampson, 1997

Sara Sampson ’97, assistant dean for information services and director of the Law Library at the Moritz College of Law, has co-authored a new edition of Ohio Legal Research with Carolyn Broering-Jacobs '94 and Katherine L. Hall (who spent many years working in the Moritz Law Library). The book provides a concise introduction to primary authorities and research tools for readers new to legal research or new to researching Ohio law. The updated second edition incorporates recent changes to the major electronic research platforms, while maintaining a process focus that will help the reader no matter which platform is available. Ohio Legal Research includes a fully revised chapter on citation that teaches basic citation form using the major citation manuals and, perhaps most significant to the Ohio practitioner, the recently overhauled Ohio Manual of Citations.

Carrie Benedict, 2010

Carrie Benedict '10 joined KeyBank as senior counsel in May. She focuses her practice on securities, M&A, and corporate governance matters.

Jim DeSmith, 2008

Jim DeSmith '08 was recently promoted to partner at the law firm of Fischer, Evans & Robbins, Ltd. in Canton, Ohio. His practice includes a wide variety of civil litigation with a special focus on insurance defense, personal injury, and construction-related litigation.

Gregory Rankin, 1977

Gregory Rankin '77 has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction took place at the recent Fall meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Rankin is a managing member for the law firm of Lane, Alton & Horst where his practice focuses on medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and arson/fraud/bad faith matters.

Kirk Roessler, 1988

Kirk W. Roessler ’88 has joined the Walter Haverfield LLP Cleveland office as a partner in the firm’s corporate transactions group. His practice focuses on the representation of commercial lending institutions in loan originations and commercial workouts, including foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. He also counsels businesses on a variety of transactional matters, including entity creation, buy-sell agreements, mergers and acquisitions, contract review and drafting, and commercial litigation.

John Wellner, 1979

John Wellner ’79 was selected as “Best Lawyer” in the area of real estate law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Wellner, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the finance, energy, and real estate practice group, has experience in general real estate and real estate development.

Anthony Weis, 1999

Anthony Weis ’99 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of mergers and acquisitions law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Weis, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, counsels public and private companies and financial institutions in matters related to corporate governance, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contract negotiations, and regulatory compliance.

Kristin Watt, 1989

Kristin Watt ’89 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of environmental law and environmental litigation for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Watt, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and the chair of the environmental group, focuses her practice on environmental compliance and counseling, enforcement defense, environmental audits, and permitting issues.