Class Notes

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Harrison Markel, 2013

Harrison Markel ’13 has joined AmeriCorps VISTA in Buffalo, N.Y., tracking poverty rates in the northwestern part of the state. The data is used to evaluate how past legislation has affected poverty in different communities.

Christopher Meyer , 1977

Christopher R. Meyer ’77 has been appointed to the board of directors for First Federal Savings in Newark, Ohio. Meyer is a partner in the firm Reese Pyle Drake & Meyer, P.L.L., working primarily in the area of litigation. He also is a member of The Ohio State University at Newark board of trustees, a member and past president of the Licking County Bar Association, member of the Newark Rotary Club, and a member of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas Palmer, 2000

Thomas Wyatt Palmer ’00 was elected partner of Thompson Hine LLP, effective Jan. 1. Palmer is a member of the business litigation group in the Columbus office and advises on matters involving commercial contract disputes, consumer finance litigation, oil and gas rights and lease disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, director and officer liability, trademark and copyright infringement, employer intentional tort, CERCLA, construction contract disputes, real property tax appeals, shareholder derivative actions, breach of warranty and product defect, FDA regulations, product liability, premises liability, real property tax appeals, and pro bono criminal defense.

Christine Wheatley, 1996

Christine Wheatley ’96 has been named secretary and general counsel of The Kroger Co., effective in the spring of 2014 upon the retirement of Paul Heldman, the executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel of the company, which is one of the world’s largest retailers. Wheatley joined Kroger in 2008 as corporate counsel and became its senior counsel in 2011 and a vice president in 2012. She previously worked in private practice, including as a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Cincinnati. Wheatley is a Kroger representative for the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program and serves as a fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Chelsea Croy, 2013

Chelsea Croy ’13 has joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP as an associate. Her practice focuses on all aspects of product liability defense and business litigation.

Caitlin Murphy, 2013

Caitlin Murphy ’13 has joined the Cincinnati office of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL as an associate in the firm’s litigation group. Her practice focuses on commercial and securities litigation and class actions.

Anne Marie Sferra, 1985

Anne Marie Sferra ’85, a partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler's appellate advocacy team in Columbus, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of appellate practice by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Sferra is experienced in insurance cases, including class actions, ERISA, bad faith claims, and coverage issues. She is a certified appellate law specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Karen Moore, 1975

Karen Moore ’75, a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of trusts and estates by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Moore is a current regent emerita and a past president of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and she is a current member of the executive committee and past chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section. She also served as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in the past.

Drew Campbell, 1990

Drew Campbell ’90, partner and chair of Bricker & Eckler LLP's litigation and class action practice teams, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of litigation (banking and finance) by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Campbell practices in the Columbus office, focusing on complex commercial litigation, class action defense, insurance, energy, and fiduciary litigation. He regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.

John Beavers, 1972

John Beavers ’72, of counsel in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of corporate compliance by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Beavers spent more than 11 years as managing partner with the firm, and he established and directs its Counsel for Boards and Executives, which advises and represents governing boards and their committees and executives on the duties and responsibilities.