Class Notes

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Robert Harris, 1992

Robert Harris ’92 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of employment law management for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Harris, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, has experience in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, non-compete and trade secret issues, employment-related torts, wage-hour law, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.


Thomas Grace, 1972

Thomas Grace ’72 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of bankruptcy and creditor rights/insolvency and reorganization law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Grace is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Houston, Texas office and focuses his practice on providing counsel to debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, and indenture trustees.


Philip Downey, 1988

Philip Downey ’88 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Downey, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Akron office, focuses his practice on oil and gas litigation, toxic tort litigation, and litigation in a variety of areas including financial institutions, bankruptcy, probate, product liability, and general commercial litigation.


Adam Brandt, 1996

Adam Brandt ’96 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of corporate law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Brandt, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and chair of the corporate group, focuses his practice on representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, securities, offerings, tender offers, periodic reporting and disclosure, corporate governance, and general corporate matters.


Ralph Bauer, 1982

Ralph Bauer ’82 was recently named vice president and general counsel for International Launch Services (ILS). In his new position, Bauer will oversee the ILS legal, contracts, and export control departments. He joined the company in October 2007.


Dennis Witherell, 1977

Dennis P. Witherell ’77 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where he represents health care providers and practitioners, provider networks, and other healthcare-related enterprises.


James White, 1965

James F. White, Jr. ’65 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is an attorney and former chairman of the management committee for Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where his practice concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, private and public securities financing, venture capital placements, tax and estate planning, and real estate development.


Mark Wagoner, 1997

Mark Wagoner ’97 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where he practices business litigation, including franchise and distribution, antitrust, RICO, and securities disputes.


Louis Tosi, 1974

Louis E. Tosi ’74 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where his practice is concentrated in the areas of environmental law, administrative law, and litigation.


David Recktenwald, 1986

David J. Rectenwald ’86 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where his practice focuses on estate planning, trust, and probate law.