Class Notes - 1960

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1961

James R. Barton '61 was honored at a luncheon in April by the Cincinnati Bar Association as its 2011 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year. Barton retired in 1992 after a 30-year career in the life insurance, mortgage and real estate industry with The Columbus Life Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group. In 2008, he became involved with the Volunteer Lawyers Project as a foreclosure defense attorney, accepting 17 foreclosure client referrals.

Paul R. Martin '61, JD/MD, has been elected to the Alumni Board of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Miami, FL. The AUC School of Medicine has over 3,000 graduates currently practicing in the United States and elsewhere. Martin practices law in California.

John C. McDonald ’61 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. McDonaldis a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. He leads the firm’s mediation services and serves as co-coordinator of the firm’s Products Liability Practice Area.

John C. McDonald ’61 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. McDonald is a partner at Schottenstein, Zox, & Dunn Co., LPA.

John McDonald ’61 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation. McDonald is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.

1962

The work of James B. Atleson ’62 was featured during a daylong program at The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at the University at Buffalo Law School. The program, titled “James B. Atleson, Values and Assumptions in American Labor Law: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective,” discussed the 25th anniversary of Atleson’s book, Values and Assumptions in American Labor Law. Atleson is an emeritus faculty member of the University at Buffalo Law School.

1963

E. James Hopple ’63 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. Hopple is a partner at Schottenstein, Zox, & Dunn Co., LPA.

S. Michael Miller ’63 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of non-white-collar criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense. Miller is of counsel at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter.

S. Michael Miller ’63 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of non-white-collar criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense. Miller is of counsel in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.

E. James Hopple ’63 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. Hopple is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.

1964

Robert P. Bartlett, Jr. ’63 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Bartlett is a trial lawyer and chief First Amendment counsel for the Dayton Daily News. He has represented the Springfield News-Sun and WHIO TV-7. Bartlett is also a frequent lecturer and panelist for seminars conducted by the Ohio State Bar Association Media Law Committee, the Ohio State Bar Association Local Government Affairs Committee, and other organizations.

Niki Z. Schwartz ’64 was listed in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in five categories: alternative dispute resolution; bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; criminal defense: non-white-collar; and criminal defense: white-collar. Schwartz is a partner with Schwartz, Downey & Co., L.P.A. in Cleveland.

1965

James F. White, Jr. '65, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. White is an attorney at the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Tom Knoll '65 is the 2011 recipient of the Sir Thomas More Award. Presented by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and as part of the Akron Bar Association Law Week Celebration, the award is given each year in recognition of a member of the legal community who demonstrates outstanding personal integrity, community service and professional excellence. Tom will be honored at the Sir Thomas More Award’s Red Mass on Friday, May 6, 2011, at noon in St. Bernard-St.Mary’s Parish at 44 University Avenue in downtown Akron.

Frederick M. Luper ’65 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Luper is a founding member of Luper Neidenthal & Logan in Columbus. His practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy and reorganization, business litigation, creditors' rights, collections and medical malpractice.

1966

Richard J. Chernesky ’66, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Dayton, Ohio office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and mergers and acquisitions law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He concentrates his practice in the area of general corporate law, including negotiation, structuring, and consummation of acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, and reorganizations.

Lawrence R. Elleman ’66, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Cincinnati office, has been recognized as a leader in the area of commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He has 40 years of experience practicing in all phases of commercial trial practice and alternative dispute resolution.

Robert Briggs '66 is stepping down as president of the GAR Foundation and moving to the volunteer role of the foundation's five-member distribution committee, effective Jan. 1, 2012. He passes on the reins to Christine Amer Mayer '96.

The private GAR Foundation was established in 1967 as a charitable trust, and is the 11th-largest grant-making foundation in Northeast Ohio. It primarily focuses on Summit County, though it also supports Northeast Ohio organizations with a top priority being educational grants. The foundation also supports health and social services, arts, civic engagement and nonprofit enhancement.

William Goldman '66, attorney with Goldman & Braunstein LLP, received the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 2010 Board Leadership Award. Goldman founded the Zoo's Wine for Wildlife event in 2009, which has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the Zoo's conservation programs.

Robert Briggs ’66 was named chairman of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Briggs became a Knight Foundation trustee in 2002 and served as vice chair from 2005 until his appointment as chair elect in March 2009. Briggs is the president of the GAR Foundation in Akron, Ohio, and chairman emeritus and former CEO of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs.

Richard L. Lancione ’66 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Lancione is a partner in the Bellaire, Ohio, firm of Lancione, Lloyd & Hoffman. An attorney with more than four decades of experience, Lancione focuses his practice on personal injury, employment law, class actions, trials, wrongful death, and will contests.

1967

Thomas (Tim) H. Bainbridge '67 has been appointed chairman of the Ohio Industrial Commission by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. “I am looking forward to working with our customers and staff to simplify agency processes and continue to provide productive and well-organized hearings for employers and injured workers," Bainbridge said following the appointment to a six-year term that ends in June 2019. He has more than 40 years of experience in workers’ compensation issues, serving as an attorney and managing partner of Ward, Kaps, Bainbridge, Maurer & Melvin from 1968 to 2009. He then served as a partner at the Bainbridge Firm from 2009 until 2013, and he has been involved with a number of legal organizations and commissions related to workers' compensation issues.

Ronald H. Isroff ’67, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office, has been recognized as a 2012 Ohio Super Lawyer. Isroff has more than 30 years of experience in business litigation, employment and labor law, disputes involving trade secrets, unfair competition and noncompetition agreements, and intellectual property. He is also chair of the firm’s employment and labor law group.

Kenneth A. Bravo ’67 was elected president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland. The Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fostering of local Jewish family history and genealogical research. Bravo is a partner in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne.

1968

David M. Selcer '68, a retired partner of Baker & Hostetler LLP, has published a new novel, Deadly Audit: A Buckeye Barrister Mystery, with Cozy Cat Press, which is available on Amazon Kindle. It's part of a tongue-in-cheek series featuring a Columbus lawyer-sleuth.

Charles J. Kegler ’68 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Kegler is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and practices primarily in the areas of business and tax, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.

Geoffrey Stern ’68 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Stern is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and serves as the chair of the firm’s professional responsibility practice area.

Charles J. Kegler ’68 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of tax law and trusts and estates. Kegler is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter.

Geoffrey Stern ’68 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of ethics and professional responsibility law, appellate law, legal malpractice law, and professional malpractice law. Stern is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter.

John Wm. Hoppers ’68 has been named Ohio chair of the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the United States Department of Defense. ESGR is chartered by DOD to promote good will and resolve issues between employers and employees who are members of Reserve or National Guard units.

Geoffrey Stern ’68 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in professional responsibility. Stern is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.

Charles J. Kegler ’68 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in business/corporate law. Kegler is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.

Gary Froelich ’68 was recently appointed by Ohio Gov. Strickland to a five year-term as a member of the Ohio Real Estate Commission. The Ohio Real Estate Commission reviews hearing examiner reports and settlement agreements each month regarding alleged real estate license law violations and considers licensee appeals on licensure issues. Froelich remains a partner at the Dayton firm, Froelich Law Office Co. LPA.

John R. Thomas ’68 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law. Thomas is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.

Geoffrey Stern ’68 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in three practice areas: appellate law, legal malpractice law, and professional malpractice law. Stern is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.

1969

Jack R. Pigman '69, of counsel in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring by Chambers USA in 2013. He specializes in business reorganizations and creditor-debtor rights law, representing debtors, creditor committees, and financial institutions and syndicates in business workouts, loan restructurings, and Chapter 11 cases.

J. Jeffrey McNealey '69, of counsel in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate zoning and land use by Chambers USA in 2013. The publication also has referred to McNealey as a "Senior Statesman" among Ohio environmental lawyers.

Michael G. Long ’69, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is the lead trial counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and the Eastern United States.

Thomas M. Tarpy ’69, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of employment law management and labor law management in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is the senior partner of the labor and employment group

Frank C. Woodside III ’69, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Cincinnati office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, health care law, mass tort litigation/class actions for defendants, medical malpractice law for defendants, personal injury litigation for defendants, and product liability litigation for defendants in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Woodside is a nationally known trial lawyer representing manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical devices, chemicals and flavorings as well as producers of consumer products.

Sally Bloomfield ’69 received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service by an Individual award from the Columbus Bar Foundation in May. Bloomfield is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP, where she practices in the regulated industries group.

Jeffrey Fromson '69, has joined the firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a legal consultant.

William H. Gosline '69, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Gosline is an attorney at the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Michael M. Briley '69, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Briley is an attorney at the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Jack R. Pigman '69, a partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, will be inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy on March 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C. He is one of 39 nominees nationwide to be honored and recognized for professional excellence and exceptional contributions in the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. Pigman is a leader of Porter Wright's bankruptcy and reorganization practice.

Thomas Tarpy '69 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in employment and labor law, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

Michael Long '69 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in business litigation, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

Thomas M. Tarpy '69, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Tarpy's practice focuses on employment and labor law.

Michael G. Long '69, a partner with the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List, which entails an exhaustive peer-review survey. Long's practice focuses on bet-the-company and commercial litigation.

J. Jeffrey McNealey ’69, a partner at Porter Wright’s Columbus office, was recognized again by Chambers USA 2012, which refers to him as “Senior Statesman” of Ohio environmental lawyers, as a leading lawyer in his field of real estate zoning and land use. McNealey also has been named for many years in The Best Lawyers in America and recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers.

Jack R. Pigman ’69, a partner at Porter Wright, was recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a leading lawyer in his field of bankruptcy and restructuring. Pigman works in the firm’s Columbus office.

Michael Long ’69, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers for an eighth consecutive year. Long’s practice focuses on business litigation at the firm’s Columbus office.

Thomas Tarpy ’69, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers for his eighth consecutive year. Tarpy is with the firm’s Columbus office where he is the senior partner of the labor and employment group.

John B. Rohyans ’69 was named as a top real estate lawyer in Columbus in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers. Rohyans is a partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.

J. Jeffrey McNealey ’69 received a No. 1 ranking in Ohio in the area of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use by Chambers USA 2009. In addition, McNealey was designated one of Ohio’s “Senior Statesmen” in the area of natural resources and the environment. McNealey works in the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.

John B. Rohyans ’69 has been recognized by Chambers USA 2009 as one of the leading lawyers in Ohio in the area of real estate law. Rohyans works in the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.

Sally W. Bloomfield ’69 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of energy law and water law. Bloomfield is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP.