Class Notes

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Heath Monesmith, 1995

Heath Monesmith '95 has been named executive vice president and general counsel of the Eaton Corporation, a multinational power management company. In his new role, Monesmith is responsible for all Eaton legal matters, as well as leading a global team of attorneys, professionals, and support staff. Monesmith will also serve as counsel to the board of directors and advise the board on legal and governance matters. He previously served in positions of increasing responsibility in the Eaton law department since joining the company in 2012.


Jennifer Monty Rieker, 2003

Jennifer Monty Rieker '03 has joined Ulmer & Berne LLP as counsel in the firm's consumer and commercial litigation practice in Cleveland. Her practice focuses on consumer finance litigation and financial compliance matters. Monty Rieker defends and resolves cases involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA)/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).


Zachary Madden, 2008

Zachary P. Madden '08 was elected partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. A member of the firm's Toledo, Ohio office, he has extensive experience representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions. He also has substantial experience representing issuers in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, and regularly counsels clients on matters of securities regulation and reporting.


Susan Chylik, 2009

Susan E. Chylik '09 was elected a member of McGlinchey Stafford in Cleveland. Her practice focuses on consumer finance regulatory and compliance matters. Chylik advises state and national banks, automotive and personal property finance companies, mortgage lenders and servicers and small loan lenders on matters including licensing, rates and fees, substantive conduct, business planning, risk management and other operational considerations


Richard Helm, 2008

Richard E. Helm '08 was elected partner at Thompson Hine. He is a member of the firm’s commercial and public finance practice group in Dayton, Ohio. Helm advises both banks and corporate borrowers on secured and unsecured commercial loan transactions, including the negotiation and drafting of loan agreements and related security documents, as well as the authorizing corporate documentation of the borrower.


Michael Jackson, 2009

Michael Jackson '09 recently joined Target Corporation's legal department in its Minneapolis headquarters as Director, ER Counsel. In his new role, Jackson will be a member of the ER stores legal team and help provide legal support to the company's store operations in the Western U.S. on both day to day and strategic initiatives. Jackson joins Target from the J.M. Smucker Company.


Kara Newbury, 2005

Kara Newbury '05 was named a "Rising Star" as one of the top leaders in the ASC Industry under 40. Newbury serves as assistant director of government affairs for health policy at the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.


Frank Ray, 1973

Frank Ray '73 was named the "Number One Attorney in Ohio" by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2017. Frank is a solo practitioner at Frank A Ray Co., L.P.A. where he serves as a private mediator.


Jonathan Woodman, 1993

Jonathan Woodman '93 was sworn in on Jan. 12, 2017 as a superior court judge in Palmer, Alaska.


Craig Byrnes, 1999

Craig Byrnes '99 was named to the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association. CELA is a professional organization for plaintiff's employment attorneys. It is the largest statewide organization of its kind, with over 800 attorney members who represent employees in termination, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. As a member of the Executive Board, Craig will help CELA in its mission of advancing workers rights through litigation, education, and advocacy.