Class Notes

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Gregory Rankin, 1977

Gregory Rankin '77 has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction took place at the recent Fall meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Rankin is a managing member for the law firm of Lane, Alton & Horst where his practice focuses on medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and arson/fraud/bad faith matters.


Kirk Roessler, 1988

Kirk W. Roessler ’88 has joined the Walter Haverfield LLP Cleveland office as a partner in the firm’s corporate transactions group. His practice focuses on the representation of commercial lending institutions in loan originations and commercial workouts, including foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. He also counsels businesses on a variety of transactional matters, including entity creation, buy-sell agreements, mergers and acquisitions, contract review and drafting, and commercial litigation.


John Wellner, 1979

John Wellner ’79 was selected as “Best Lawyer” in the area of real estate law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Wellner, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the finance, energy, and real estate practice group, has experience in general real estate and real estate development.


Anthony Weis, 1999

Anthony Weis ’99 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of mergers and acquisitions law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Weis, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, counsels public and private companies and financial institutions in matters related to corporate governance, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, contract negotiations, and regulatory compliance.


Kristin Watt, 1989

Kristin Watt ’89 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of environmental law and environmental litigation for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Watt, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and the chair of the environmental group, focuses her practice on environmental compliance and counseling, enforcement defense, environmental audits, and permitting issues.


Webb Vorys, 1985

Webb Vorys ’85 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of corporate law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the commercial, energy, and health care practice groups. Vorys has extensive experience with the structure, negotiation, and documentation of purchases, sales, licenses, and leases of personal and real property.


Mark Vannatta, 1987

Mark Vannatta ’87 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of non-profits/charities law, tax law, and trust and estates for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Vannatta, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the tax group, specializes in the areas of estate planning, with an emphasis on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax savings, estate and trust administration, and probate law.


Thomas Tarpy, 1969

Thomas Tarpy ’69 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of employment law management and labor law management for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Tarpy, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, has experience in a full range of labor and employment matters. He also has a general business practice advising clients on acquisition and disposition of businesses, vendor and customer agreements, and key employee contracts.


Jill Tangeman, 1996

Jill Tangeman ’96 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of land use and zoning law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Tangeman, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, focuses her practice on commercial real estate, zoning, land use regulation, and developer representation.


Thomas Szykowny, 1982

Thomas Szykowny ’82 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of insurance law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Szykowny, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, concentrates his practice on insurance regulatory and transactional matters, and general business and corporate transactional matters.