Class Notes

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Jeff Kaplan, 1976

Jeff Kaplan '76 has stepped in as senior vice president for university development, president of The Ohio State University Foundation and special assistant to the president for advancement. His new duties will include leading OSU's fundraising efforts, including an upcoming university-wide campaign aiming to raise $2.5 billion, serving as president of The Ohio State University Foundation and as special assistant to the president for advancement. [Read Columbus Dispatch article]


Jason Bichsel, 2008

Jason P. Bichsel '08 joined the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt LLP in the firm's Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office in April. He is an associate in the firm's Consumer Finance Litigation practice group.


Jeremy Mercer, 2000

Jeremy Mercer '00, a commercial litigator focusing on oil and gas, joined the energy and environmental practices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in the newly opened office in Western Pennsylvania. Mercer advises clients on local zoning issues and has defended multi-plaintiff matters involving allegations of contamination and health effects related to drilling operations.


Michael Berry, 2005

Michael Berry '05 argued and prevailed before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces a case in which the court overturned his client's negligent homicide conviction.


Thomas Knoll, 1965

Tom Knoll '65 is the 2011 recipient of the Sir Thomas More Award. Presented by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and as part of the Akron Bar Association Law Week Celebration, the award is given each year in recognition of a member of the legal community who demonstrates outstanding personal integrity, community service and professional excellence. Tom will be honored at the Sir Thomas More Award’s Red Mass on Friday, May 6, 2011, at noon in St. Bernard-St.Mary’s Parish at 44 University Avenue in downtown Akron.


Shawna L'Italien, 1996

Shawna L. L'Italien '96, a Salem business attorney and member in the law firm of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's District 13 2011 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award recognizes L'Italien's work with local non-profit organizations, including Salem Community Hospital, the Columbiana County Mental Health Clinic, United Community Scholarship Foundation and Salem Kiwanis. She practices in the areas of business transactions, corporate law, real estate law, business financing and employment law.


Theodore Essex, 1980

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.


Matthew Zisk, 1997

Matthew B. Zisk '97 was elevated to Partner in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FLom LLP. He continues to focus on transactional intellectual property, with a focus on IP-intensive mergers & acquisitions, collaborations, licensing, projects engineering and finance, and the like, in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals and energy industries. Zisk lives in Princeton (in the hills and woods to the north of the University) with his wife, Isabel, and five-year-old daughter, Alexandra.


Susan Zidek, 1992

Susan M. Zidek '92 was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Mission Essential Personnel, LLC (MEP). MEP is a global professional services company that provides human-capital solutions and program support to government and corporate clients. On a personal note, on March 12, 2011, Susan married David K. Kruse, the Director of Development for the Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


Jack Schreibman, 2000

Jack Schreibman '00 has been selected as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration for the Maritime Administration. The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine.