Class Notes

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Charles Elsea, 2009

Charles M. Elsea '09 has been named partner at Stebelton Snider. His practice there focuses on business issues, product liability, probate and trust matters, and real estate and zoning.

Jonathan Mester, 1998

Jonathan D. Mester '98 was profiled in article that ran in the Cleveland Jewish News in January 2017. The piece explained that Mester chose to pursue a law degree for two reasons; his love of an intellectual challenge and his passion for helping others. Mester is now a partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy where his practice focuses on representing victims of medical malpractice, including obstetrical malpractice cases in which the baby suffers severe deficits at birth including Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy.

Robert Kiss, 1982

Robert S. Kiss '82 has rejoined Bowles-Rice as partner in the firm's Charleston, West Virginia office. He left in 2013 to serve on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration. Kiss' practice at Bowles-Rice focuses on tax, estate planning, and commercial law.

Tal Simon, 2016

Tal Simon '16 has joined Bailey Cavalieri LLC as an associate in the firm's Columbus office. Her practice there focuses on corporate business and employee benefits.

Christopher Meltzer, 2013

Christopher Meltzer '13 has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in the firm's Orange County, California office. His practice focuses on assisting banks, national life insurance companies, and other institutional lenders in commercial real estate finance transactions, including loan originations, modifications, note purchase agreements, and other finance-related transactions.

Thomas Berry, 1987

Thomas E. Berry, Jr. '87, a principal with the St. Louis office of Jackson Lewis P.C., has been selected to serve as the company’s representative on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. A longtime resident of Edwardsville with a significant practice in the local business community, Berry’s law practice is focused exclusively on representing management before state, federal or local administrative agencies as well as before both state and federal courts nationwide.

Michael Foley, 2009

Michael Foley '09 was recently named partner at the law firm of Dennis, Wenger and Abrell in Muncie, Indiana. He practices in the areas of estate planning, civil litigation, business, real estate, personal injury and wrongful death, and family law.

Ronald Kopp, 1979

Ronald S. Kopp '79 was elected administrative partner of Roetzel & Andress. A member of the firm's business litigation practice group in Akron, Ohio, his practice focuses on business litigation and commercial disputes.

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).