Class Notes

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Devin Berry, 2006

Devin A. Barry ‘06, a member of the environmental practice group in Thompson Hine LLP's Cleveland office, has been elected partner. His practice focuses on environmental counseling in business, regulatory, and legislative matters; environmental enforcement actions; and compliance with environmental regulations. His specific areas of concentration include Superfund matters, air and water pollution control issues, compliance counseling for hazardous waste, toxic torts, land use matters, and federal, state, and local permits and licenses.

Michael Jackson , 2009

Michael Jackson '09 joined The J.M. Smucker Company as senior labor and employment counsel in June 2015. In this role, Jackson leads a team that provides both day-to-day and strategic support to the company's U.S. plants in the areas of employee and labor relations.

Caroline Onyango-Dyregaard, 2007

Caroline Onyango-Dyregaard ‘07 joined the shipping conglomerate Maersk in their headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014. She advises Maersk Oil, the conglomerate's oil and gas company, on upstream oil and gas insurances globally. The company has operations in Houston, Qatar, the UK North Sea, Danish North Sea, Norwegian North Sea, Algeria, Kurdistan, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Angola, Kenya, and Ethiopia. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and 3-year-old son Lucas. Before Maersk, she worked as a legal officer at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kevin McDermott, 1977

Kevin McDermott '77 was named to the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list for his work in business litigation, securities litigation, and construction litigation. He is a partner in the Barnes & Thornburg LLP Columbus office and a member of the firm’s litigation department.

Anthony Sharett, 2002

Anthony Sharett ’02, a partner in the BakerHostetler Columbus office, was featured in the September/October 2015 issue of Diversity & The Bar, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. He was profiled in the magazine’s “Movers & Shakers” section. Sharett was also named a “Best Lawyer” in the area of commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Chad McQuade, 1999

Chad McQuade ’99, a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, was awarded membership to the company’s 2015 forum group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients plan for and achieve financial security. McQuade, a resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, is affiliated with The McTigue Financial Group based in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois. This is the fifth time that McQuade has received this honor. Only 5 percent of Northwestern Mutual’s more than 6,000 financial representatives are invited to attend each year.

Michael Stinziano, 2007

Michael Stinziano ‘07, an Ohio state representative, was elected to Columbus City Counsel in November. He is currently completing his fifth year in the Ohio General Assembly and serves as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. Since first being elected to the General Assembly in 2010, Stinziano has received numerous honors and awards, including the “Legislator of The Year” award from the Central Ohio Association for Justice in 2014.

Sara Sampson, 1997

Sara Sampson ’97, assistant dean for information services and director of the Law Library at the Moritz College of Law, has co-authored a new edition of Ohio Legal Research with Carolyn Broering-Jacobs '94 and Katherine L. Hall (who spent many years working in the Moritz Law Library). The book provides a concise introduction to primary authorities and research tools for readers new to legal research or new to researching Ohio law. The updated second edition incorporates recent changes to the major electronic research platforms, while maintaining a process focus that will help the reader no matter which platform is available. Ohio Legal Research includes a fully revised chapter on citation that teaches basic citation form using the major citation manuals and, perhaps most significant to the Ohio practitioner, the recently overhauled Ohio Manual of Citations.

Carrie Benedict, 2010

Carrie Benedict '10 joined KeyBank as senior counsel in May. She focuses her practice on securities, M&A, and corporate governance matters.

Jim DeSmith, 2008

Jim DeSmith '08 was recently promoted to partner at the law firm of Fischer, Evans & Robbins, Ltd. in Canton, Ohio. His practice includes a wide variety of civil litigation with a special focus on insurance defense, personal injury, and construction-related litigation.