Class Notes

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Chad Tian, 2009

Chad Tian ‘09 was promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP. He works in the firm’s San Francisco office where his practice focuses on representing and advising clients on patent preparation and prosecution in a wide range of technology fields, such as database products, computer hardware, software, programming languages, telecommunications systems, Internet technologies, and business methods.

Ryan Lower, 2004

Ryan M. Lower ’04 was appointed by Joachim Gauck, president of the Federal Republic of Germany, and approved by the United States Department of State, to serve as the German Honorary Consul to Nevada. He is a partner at the Morris Law Group in Las Vegas where his practice concentrates on commercial litigation representing clients in contract disputes, business torts, real estate, and other commercial disputes.

Robert Bilott , 1990

Robert Bilott ’90 was the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile, for his work taking on American chemical company DuPont. “[H]e chose to attend law school at Ohio State, where his favorite course was environmental law. ‘It seemed like it would have real-world impact,’ he said. ‘It was something you could do to make a difference.'” The article, "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare," was published on Jan. 6.

Jeremy Young, 2007

Jeremy S. Young ’07 was named to the 2016 list of Ohio Super Lawyers in the area of eminent domain. He is an associate in the Roetzel & Andress Columbus office where his practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on eminent domain, property-related litigation, and appellate law.

Nathan Pangrace, 2008

Nathan J. Pangrace ’08 was named a Rising Star in the field of employment and labor law in the 2016 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. He is an associate in the Roetzel & Andress Cleveland office where his practice focuses on helping businesses comply with laws governing the workplace, including those related to employee discrimination and harassment, leaves of absence, wage and hour requirements, disability accommodation, workplace health and safety, labor unions, unemployment, and workers' compensation.

Benjamin Leffler , 2008

Benjamin L. Leffler ’08 has joined the Dallas, Texas, office of Winstead PC as an associate. A member of the firm’s real estate finance practice group, he advises clients on commercial real estate matters, including securitized and non-securitized financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures, leases, and related corporate and financial transactions.

Megan Kelley , 2006

Megan C. Kelley ’06 was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Ethics Commission. Her term began in March of 2016. Kelley serves as the affordable housing closing manager for National Church Residences, a Columbus-based nonprofit provider of affordable housing and services for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining National Church Residences, Ms. Kelley was a partner in The Law Firm of Hayman & Kelley, LLC, where she practiced in various areas of civil litigation.

Steven Swick , 2015

Steven W. Swick ‘15 has joined Dungan & LeFevre Co., L.P.A. as an associate. His practice at the firm focuses on real estate and income tax.

Whitney Willits-Monroe, 2012

Whitney L. Willits-Monroe ’12, an associate at Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, was named one of 20 outstanding young leaders under the age of 40 by ystark!, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository. She was also named a Rising Star in both the 2015 and 2016 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

Matthew Rule, 2006

Matthew Rule ’06 was promoted to senior vice president of housing development for National Church Residences. There he supervises the organization's acquisitions, development finance, originations, and construction teams, as well as its closing attorneys.