Class Notes

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Bill Hedrick, 1996

Bill Hedrick '96 was named the Ohio Justice League's Models of Justice Prosecutor of the Year for 2014. He is the chief of staff and first assistant city prosecutor at the Columbus City Attorney's Office.

Steve Roach, 2006

Steve Roach '06 received the American Numismatic Association's Presidential Award in recognition of his work as editor-in-chief of Coin World magazine and "for his lifetime of achievements in numismatics."

Michael Jackson, 2009

Michael Jackson '09 joined the legal department of the McDonald's Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois. In his new role, Jackson serves as counsel in the global labor and employment law department where he counsels the company's human resources division, franchise owner/operators, and executives on day to day labor and employment matters. Jackson also oversees and manages employment litigation and claims. Prior to joining McDonald's, Jackson worked as an associate in the Cleveland office of Fisher & Phillips, LLP, a national law firm representing management in all aspects of labor and employment.

Matt Besser, 2004

Matthew D. Besser '04 is a partner at the law firm Bolek Besser Glesius LLC and focuses on protecting the rights of workers and professionals who have been discriminated against or unlawfully mistreated in the workplace.

Marc Blubaugh, 1997

Marc Blubaugh '97 was elected president of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), an independent international association of attorneys, serving the transportation industry since 1937. Blubaugh is a partner at Benesch and is a co-chair of Benesch;s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group. He has litigated a wide variety of transportation and logistics-related cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as before administrative bodies. Among other things, he represents domestic and international carriers of all modes, freight forwarders, transportation brokers, warehousemen, other third-party logistics providers, and commercial shippers in a wide variety of surface, air, and ocean disputes including, but not limited to, high-dollar cargo claims, freight charge and pricing controversies, breaches of transportation, logistics, and warehousing agreements, prosecution of subrogation claims, insurance coverage disputes, trade-secrets and unfair competition litigation, and class action defense. He also defends carriers, third-party logistics providers, and shippers in catastrophic injury actions arising out of the transportation of goods. In addition to litigating matters, Mr. Blubaugh also regularly consults with clients regarding contracting practices and operating procedures, helps clients navigate the changing regulatory landscape, and provides strategic and business advice to help clients not only minimize liability but, just as importantly, to grow their businesses.

Derek Somogy, 2007

Derek Somogy '07 joined Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois as a patent attorney. He is responsible for business units that develop mining and earthmoving machines. Somogy previously worked for intellectual property boutique firms in Ohio.

Asim Haque, 2006

Asim Z. Haque '06 was named vice chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Haque also had two recent noteworthy speaking engagements in Washington, D.C. The first was at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he spoke about energy efficiency opportunities for states in meeting the EPA's greenhouse gas emission reduction regulations, and the second at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission where he testified about reliability of the bulk power system.

Douglas Currier, 1985

Douglas P. Currier '85 was recognized as a leading lawyer in labor & employment by London-based Chambers & Partners. He is a partner at Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine.

Monika Luken, 2013

Monika Luken (formerly Perry) '13 married Christopher Luken '13 on March 29, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They currently live in Cleveland, Ohio. Chris works in real estate and business transactions at Baker & Hostetler and Monika works in franchise law and compliance at MMG.

Lee Heckman, 2008

Lee D. Heckman '08 was named partner at Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer, PLL in Newark, Ohio.. Heckman maintains a general practice that includes real estate, estate planning, probate, business law, and litigation. He also counsels local banks on a wide variety of issues.