Class Notes

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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.


David Swift, 1978

David Swift ’78 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of trust and estates for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Swift, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the tax group, handles matters that include estate planning, estate and trust administration, and representation of tax-exempt organizations.


Elizabeth Smith, 1984

Elizabeth T. Smith ’84 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of defendants personal injury litigation for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Smith, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, focuses her practice on business, commercial, contract, employment, occupational disease, intentional torts, and probate litigation.


Carl Smallwood, 1980

Carl Smallwood ’80 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the areas of appellate practice, commercial litigation, mass torts litigation/class actions for defendants, defendants product liability litigation, and employers workers’ compensation law for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Smallwood, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, represents clients in litigation, arbitration, and mediation of employment-related injury, wrongful termination, and toxic tort disputes.


Richard Shuster, 1981

Richard Shuster ’81 was selected as a “Best Lawyer” in the area of commercial litigation and plaintiffs’ personal injury for The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Schuster, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and chair of the toxic tort group, represents clients in toxic tort actions, tort reform, and appellate work.