Class Notes

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Craig Byrnes, 1999

Craig Byrnes ’99 was named to the executive board of the California Employment Lawyers Association. CELA is the largest statewide organization of plaintiff's employment attorneys in the country, with more than 1,200 members. In this new role, Byrnes will help CELA continue its mission of promoting the interests of working people. CELA advocates for workers' rights legislation, and provides skills and training for attorneys who represent employees.

Charles Elsea, 2009

Charles Elsea '09 has been elected partner at Stebelton Snider LPA in Lancaster, Ohio. His practice focuses on business and corporate disputes, zoning and land use litigation, and environmental law. Charles lives in Lancaster with his wife, Rachel, and their children Ainsley (4) and Graeme (2).

Matthew Strayer, 2014

Matthew Strayer ’14 has been named a partner of the Columbus-based firm Goldman & Braunstein, LLP. His practice is focused on representing landowners in property rights and eminent domain issues, but he also brings additional commercial litigation experience to the firm’s expanding practice.

Marjorie Duffy, 2007

Marjorie P. Duffy '07 was named partner at Jones Day. She focuses her litigation practice on the representation of corporations, directors, and officers in securities, shareholder, and derivative actions. She also concentrates on litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions and on fiduciary-duty and governance claims. Marjorie is in Jones Day's Columbus office.

Joseph Koncelik, 1993

Joseph Koncelik '93 was named partner at Tucker Ellis LLP. He serves as chair of the firm's environmental and renewable energy group where his practice focuses on environmental law, property development and remediation, and oil and gas.

David Yaussy, 1984

David L. Yaussy '84, a member at Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC, was appointed by the Kanawha County Bar Association to serve a three-year term as its representative on Legal Aid of West Virginia’s board of directors. Yaussy, who serves as chair of Spilman Thomas & Battle's environmental practice group, is a longtime Legal Aid volunteer, serving as a pro bono attorney in dozens of client cases.

Laura Ephlin, 1991

Laura Ephlin ‘91 has been selected as co-chair of the newly formed corporate counsel section of the Akron Bar Association, which aims to better meet the needs of counsel serving in in-house and non-traditional roles. Ephlin is the director of accreditation and regulatory affairs at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Brian Stewart, 2011

Brian Stewart '11 was re-elected in November 2016 to a second term as a Pickaway County Commissioner. As commissioner, he also serves on the board of directors for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO). Stewart is also a partner with the law firm of Farthing & Stewart LLP in Circleville, Ohio.

Douglas Sesnowitz, 1994

Douglas K. Sesnowitz ’94 has been named vice chair of Ulmer & Berne LLP’s business law practice group. He counsels public and private companies in a wide range of industries on a variety of corporate matters and has served as general counsel and advisor to many closely held and middle market companies in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industries. Sesnowitz also has significant experience structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Alexander Koenig, 2016

Alexander Koenig '16 has joined Ulmer & Berne LLP as an associate in the firm’s Cleveland office. He is a member of the mergers and acquisitions practice group where his practice focuses on a wide range of corporate law issues, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets and securities transactions.