Class Notes

Do you have something to share? Get a new job? Earn that promotion? Win an award? Get married? Have a child? Let us know! We are always interested in keeping up with our alumni. These Notes that you submit may be used in alumni publications and appear on this web site.


Kimberly Lawler, 2005

Kimberly (Blackwell) Lawler '05 and husband, Mike, welcomed their second son, Malcolm James, on Aug. 4. He joined older brother Michael Timothy III, who turned 2 on Nov. 12, 2010. After spending five years with Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Lawler recently joined Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C. in Dallas.


Michael Kass, 1999

Michael B. Kass '99 was named chair of the Employment & Labor Practice Group at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis, Mo.


Patrick Pauken, 1994

Patrick Pauken '94 has been named vice provost for governance and faculty relations at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Pauken also holds the rank of associate professor in Educational Administration and Leadership Studies. In this role, he works with the university's academic leaders and governance groups on policy and contract matters, and continues as secretary to university’s Board of Trustees.


Brian Burns, 1997

Brian E. Burns ’97 accepted partnership with Bricker & Eckler. He is a member of the firm’s Business Law Group and will work in the firm's Columbus office. His practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and private equity.


Bruce Cryder, 1972

Bruce E. Cryder ’72 was named the Lexington, Ky., National Resources Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by Best Lawyers. Cryder is a member in the Lexington office of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, and is a member of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. His practice focuses on mineral, energy and natural resources law, with a particular emphasis on the coal industry.


Jeffry Harris, 2003

Jeffry Harris ’03 was named economic development director for the city of Worthington, Ohio. Prior to being hired to his current position, Harris worked as the assistant chief financial officer at the Ohio Department of Development.


Frank Ray, 1973

Frank A. Ray ’73 was named the Columbus, Ohio, Professional Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for 2011 by Best Lawyers. Ray was also named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and professional malpractice law. Ray, a partner at Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP, concentrates his practice in civil trial and appellate litigation and mediator of civil disputes. He also has been an adjunct professor at Moritz since 2003.


Stephen Fitch, 1973

Stephen C. Fitch ’73 was named chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Fitch is a partner in the Columbus office of Chester, Willcox & Saxbe, where he concentrates his practice in all aspects of civil trial and appellate litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and professional responsibility.


Josh Schoenberger, 2004

Erika Chouinard Schoenberger ’04 and Josh Schoenberger ’04 were honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with the Taubman Community Award for their dedication to the success of several National Multiple Sclerosis Society events. The couple have served on the society’s Columbus Walk Advisory and Columbus Dinner of Champions committees. Josh is a senior associate at Williams & Petro Co. and his wife, Erika, is a senior associate at Frost Brown Todd in Columbus.


Kate Tournoux, 2002

Kate Tournoux '02 was recently promoted by International Paper Company to senior counsel-environmental litigation. She lives in Germantown, Tenn.