Class Notes - 1990
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Bradley A. Wright ’90, partner-in-charge of the Akron, Ohio, office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA, was named to the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyerslist. He also leads his firm’s transportation law group, which has been recognized as a National Tier practice by U.S. News & World Report.
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.
Bradley A. Wright '90, partner-in-charge of the Akron office of Roetzel & Andress, has been named chair for 2013-14 of USLAW NETWORK, Inc. The organization is comprised of more than 100 independent, defense-based law firms with 6,000 attorneys in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Wright previously has served as vice chair and secretary/treasurer for the organization.
Terre L. Vandervoort '90 has been appointed to the Fairfield County Probate/Juvenile Court by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. Vandervoort most recently was the law director and city prosecutor for Lancaster, Ohio. She must run in the November 2014 general election to serve a full six-year term starting Feb. 9, 2015.
Sharon M. Fulop '90 was awarded the 2013 Ohio Glass Ceiling Award by the National Diversity Council. Fulop was recognized for her leadership, excellence, and accomplishments and was one of 22 recipients of this award in the State of Ohio. Fulop is a partner in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
Mary Lia Reiter '90 has been promoted to the rank of full professor in criminology/sociology at Columbus State Community College in Columbus. She has been with the college since 2001 and teaches courses in criminology, criminal justice, and law and society.
Julie Ellen Squire '90 has been asked to serve as the assistant secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Squire previously was assistant secretary for the Division of Unemployment Insurance, where she worked closely with the O'Malley-Brown administration to improve the fiscal responsibilty of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.
Daniel A. Klein '90 has been selected as one of Illinois' Top 100 Lawyers by Illinois Superlawyers, National Trial Lawyers, and the American Society of Legal Advocates and is AV rated by Martin-Hubbell. Klein give credit to fellow alumnus Frank A. Ray '73 for giving Klein his first law clerk start in personal injury and sparking his interest in plaintiff personal injury advocacy.
The Honorable Vincent A. Culotta '90 was re-elected in November 2012 as a judge in the Lake County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court, General Division, an office he has held since April 2004, when he was first appointed by then-Gov. Bob Taft. He then was subsequently elected and re-elected in 2004 and 2006.
William H. Oldach III '90 was promoted to partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP. Oldach is a member of the technology and intellectual property group.
The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton '90 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit was named chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. named Sutton to the leadership position, effective Oct. 1. The Judicial Conference operates through a network of committees, which review issues within their established jurisdictions and make policy recommendations.
Paul M. Nick '90 was awarded the 2012 Lori Eiler Award for Mock Trial Coaching Excellence on Sept. 24, 2012 by the board of trustees of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE). The center sponsors the Ohio High School Mock Trial competition, where more than 300 Ohio high schools compete annually. Nick, the executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission, has coached Worthington City Schools teams since 1996.
Marc Booker '90 has accepted the position of detention specialist with the Commmonwealth of Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Bradley A. Wright '90, partner-in-charge of the Akron office of Roetzel & Andress, has been selected as a "2012 Top-Rated Lawyer in Transportation Law” by ALM and will be included in the June 2012 issues of The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines. Wright is the practice group leader of Roetzel’s transportation law group.
Daniel Klein '90 was selected to the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers 2012 and The National Trial Lawyers 2012. He is a partner at Kurasch & Klein, Ltd. in Chicago.
Robert J. Creamer '90 won the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Ridgefield Community Service Award on Jan. 17, 2012 in Ridgefield, Conn. The award is given to a citizen whose acts come to embody the spirit of Dr. King, and Creamer was recognized for his willingness to take calls for pro bono work.
Bradley A. Wright ’90 has been elected to serve as the 2011-12 secretary-treasurer for USLAW Network. Partner-in-charge of the Akron headquarters of Roetzel & Andress LPA, Wright practices in business counsel, litigation strategy, and trial capabilities. He is the practice group leader of the firm’s transportation law group.
The Ohio State University will unveil the Elizabeth J. Watters '90 sandwich at Sloopy's Diner in the Ohio Union on September 9, 2011. The Second Annual Sandwich Club Awards celebrate the people who strive to make a difference on Ohio State's campus as well as honor those that embody the spirit of the Ohio Union and truly know what it is to be a Buckeye! The Sloopy’s Diner at the Ohio Union Sandwich Club Award is reserved to six outstanding individuals who are dedicated to the Ohio Union and The Ohio State University.
The Ohio Ethics Commission voted April 28 to appoint Paul M. Nick '90 as its permanent Executive Director. Nick has served as the Interim Executive Director since January and has been the Commission’s Chief Investigative Attorney since 2000.
Cathy Geyer ’90 was named deputy director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Geyer is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department. Geyer joined the department after spending the past five years at Nationwide Insurance in the Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer. Geyer lives in Dublin with her husband, Tom, and three daughters, ages 11, 13 and 16.
Paul M. Nick ’90 was named interim executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission. Prior to being named to the position, Nick was the commission’s chief investigative attorney. He joined the commission in 1995 as an investigative counsel. The Ohio Ethics Commission is an independent agency that oversees the Ohio Ethics Law for most state and local public officials and employees throughout Ohio.
Maryanne Becka Haller ‘90 received a full tuition scholarship toward a master’s degree at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She received one of five Laura Bush 21st Century “Youth Services, Librarians, and Museums—A New Vision of Learning” scholarships funded by funded by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C.
Frank Janik ’90 was recently elected to City Council at Large in Amherst, Ohio, and has opened a new law office in the city’s downtown. Janik previously worked for the Lorain County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office.
Daniel E. Izenson ’90 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in business litigation. Izenson is a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp.
Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton ’90 was named an at-large member of the 11-member governing board established to guide the high school Law & Leadership Institute. The institute was formed last year as a pilot project in Ohio to improve diversity in the legal profession. Sutton is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and adjunct professor at the Moritz College of Law.
Robert Bilott ’90 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of environmental law. Bilott is a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.
Barbara K. Letcher ’90 was recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in the practice of employment law. Letcher is a partner in the law firm of Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, LLC, in Columbus.
Susanna M. Brown ’91 has joined Chicago-based Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP as counsel in its commercial leasing practice group. She focuses her practice on commercial leasing transactions, representing both landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of retail, office, and industrial leases and related documents.
Kara J. Trott '91 and the company for which she serves as CEO, Quantum Health, were named to the Women Presidents' Organization's 2013 list of "50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America." Quantum Health jumped up 18 spots to the 26th spot. Its the second consecutive year that the company has been included on the list.
Theodore P. Mattis ’91, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of commercial litigation and workers’ compensation law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a member of the firm’s health care and litigation groups.
Jeffrey Clark '91 is a partner at the McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago. His practice is focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on health care litigation.
Keith Faber '91, a Republican state senator in Ohio, was unanimously elected by the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus to serve as president of the Ohio Senate for the 130th General Assembly. The president presides over the chamber when the Ohio Senate is in session and is in charge of enforcing rules of the legislative body. He also serves as the leader of the Majority Caucus. Faber, who represents Ohio's 12th Senate District, was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 2007 and has served on the senate leadership team since 2009 when he was elected Majority Floor Leader.
Theodore Mattis '91 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Super Lawyer" in personal injury defense: medical malpractice litigation, he is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.
Theodore P. Mattis '91, 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. Mattis' practice focuses on commercial litigation and workers' compensation law.
The Rev. Daryl Winston '91 was selected for 2012 PA Super Lawyers, chosen by their peers and among a group representing only 5 percent of the practicing attorneys in Pennsylvania. Winston has a thriving practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that includes business litigation, employment matters, and catastrophic injury cases. In August 2012, Winston also became an ordained minister for a prominent New Jersey church.
Theodore Mattis ’91, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Mattis, who is with the firm’s Columbus office, focuses his practice on personal injury defense, specifically medical malpractice litigation.
Steve Tugend ’91 joined the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter to lead the firm’s government and affairs practice area. Tugend joins following a six-year tenure as vice president of government relations for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Tugend lives in Bexley, Ohio, with his wife and three children.
Patrick J. Schmitz ’91 was named a partner of the firm Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP in Columbus. He practices in the firm’s education law and labor and employment practices. Schmitz has represented school boards and other public sector and nonprofit entities for more than 15 years.
John C. Norling ’91, a member in the Phoenix, Ariz., office of Clark Hill, was named member-in-charge of Clark Hill's Arizona Office. Norling was recently named a “Top Person to Know in Arizona Commercial Real Estate” by AZRE magazine. His practice focuses on corporate, commercial, and real estate transactional matters with a particular emphasis on matters related to automobile dealerships.
Robert Cochran ’91 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Cochranis of counsel in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. Cochran focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, and health care litigation.
Kimberly Mayhew ’91 was recently name vice president and trust officer at First Financial Wealth Resource. Mayhew joins First Financial’s downtown Hamilton office.
Lark Mallory '91 was recently re-appointed to the Columbus/Franklin County Affordable Housing Trust Corporation Board of Trustees by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor of the City of Columbus. Her three-year term will end June 19, 2013. Mallory is an attorney at Chester, Willcox & Saxbe, LLP where she specializes in representing tax exempt organizations and closely held businesses in all taxation and business transactions.
Kent Wellington ’91 was named chairman of the Litigation Client Service Department of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Wellington’s practice includes litigation, employment, health care, and media law. He works at the firm’s Cincinnati office.
Ginger F. Mlakar ’92 has been named senior counsel and director of donor relations for the Cleveland Foundation, which has assets of $2 billion and distributed $91 million in grants in 2012. Mlakar manages the foundation’s donor stewardship program, connecting donors to their charitable passions and providing support as they plan purposeful gifts. Additionally, she serves as in-house legal counsel on charitable giving and estate administration issues and facilitates the acceptance of complex gifts. She joined the foundation in July 2009 after 16 years practicing law in the area of estate and charitable gift planning and administration.
Lance A. Morrison ’92 has joined Cortland Banks as vice president, general counsel, and director of human resources. Morrison has 21 years of experience in employment law, commercial real estate, corporate law, and business law. He lives in Beaver Township, Ohio with his wife, Geneen Marie, and their two daughters, Katharine and Olivia.
Robert A. Harris ’92, 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 in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He is a member of the labor and employment and immigration practice areas.
Curt Werren '92 has been appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. He has been an attorney and partner with Day Ketterer, Ltd. and was recently serving as CEO and director of the Stark County Red Cross.
Robert Harris '92 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.
Robert A. Harris '92, 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. Harris' practice focuses on employment law.
Robert Harris ‘92, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Harris’s practice areas include litigation and labor and employment.
Laura Holleman '92 was named by International Financial Law Review magazine as one of the 21 most influential bankers' counsel globally in its September 2011 edition. Holleman has been the general counsel of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs since 2007.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced that Lisa Pierce Reisz '92, a partner in the Columbus office, has been elected to the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors. The Board of Governors establishes policies and goals for the Columbus Bar Association (CBA), which is nationally recognized among the most successful metropolitan bar associations. Reisz was one of three new board members elected to first-time terms. Reisz is a member of Vorys’ health care and litigation groups and is also the firm’s pro bono coordinator.
Susan M. Zidek '92 was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Mission Essential Personnel, LLC (MEP). MEP is a global professional services company that provides human-capital solutions and program support to government and corporate clients. On a personal note, on March 12, 2011, Susan married David K. Kruse, the Director of Development for the Greater Cleveland Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
David M. McCarty ’92 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. McCarty is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and serves as the chair of the firm’s workers’ compensation practice area.
David M. McCarty ’92 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of workers' compensation law. McCarty is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill and Ritter.
David M. McCarty ’92 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in workers’ compensation law. McCarty is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Lisa Ge Shang Han ’92 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of health care law. Han is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.
David M. McCarty ’92 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers’ compensation law. McCarty is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Joseph P. Koncelik ’93 has joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP as counsel. Koncelik practices in the areas of environmental law and oil and gas. Before entering private practice in 2007, he held several senior management positions at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and served as an Ohio assistant attorney general in the Environmental Enforcement Section.
Jennifer Bibart Dunsizer '93, of counsel in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation by Chambers USA in 2013. She is a member of the firm's labor and employment group.
Lee M. Stautberg ’93, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Cincinnati office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of tax litigation and controversy, trusts and estates litigation, tax law, and trusts and estates in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. She directs her primary attention to the needs of privately held businesses and their owners, where she serves as attorney and trusted adviser on business issues as well as tax and estate planning.
The Rev. Bob Abrams '93 has been ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and called to serve the Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hilliard, Ohio.
Michael A. Womack '93 is the senior vice president of human resources and customer satisfaction at AutoZone, Inc. He also will serve on the company's executive committee. Prior to joining AutoZone, he worked at Cintas Corp., where he was vice president of human resources.
Lynn Dennison ’93 was named senior vice president of legal, compliance and risk management at Sterling Jewelers Inc. in Akron, Ohio. Sterling Jewelers is the largest specialty jeweler retailer in the country. In her new role, Dennison will have overall leadership responsibility for Sterling’s Legal, Loss Prevention, Internal Audit, Inventory Control, Security, Tax, Insurance, Safety and Enterprise Risk departments and will serve on Sterling’s Executive Committee.
Paul Bittner ’93 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of labor and employment law. Bittner is a partner at Schottenstein, Zox, & Dunn Co., LPA.
Kathleen Johnson Schnipke '93 was elected chair of the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board for the 2011 fiscal year. Schnipke resides with her family in the Galena, Ohio, area.
Jennifer Bibart Dunsizer ’93 joined Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus as of counsel in its Labor and Employment Practice Group. Dunsizer’s practice will focus on employee benefit plans and executive compensation issues. Prior to joining Vorys, Dunsizer was managing corporate counsel for the Wendy’s/Arby’s Group.
Paul Bittner ’93 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of labor and employment law. Bittner is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.
C. Lynne Day ’93 was reappointed to the Women in the Profession Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. Day is a partner in the Chardon, Ohio, firm of Petersen & Ibold, where she practices family law.
Stephen Intihar ’93 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. Intihar is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Lisa Hammond Johnson ’93 was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Johnson is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Civil Division of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland.
James McGovern ’93 was reappointed to chair the Administrative Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. McGovern practices with Graff & Associates LPA in Columbus.
Brian G. Miller '94 of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. was recently selected to the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers list in the field of plaintiffs' personal injury law. Miller has been honored with this selection each year since 2010. Additionally, Miller also was named to Super Lawyers' 2014 Top 50 List of Columbus lawyers and its Top 100 List of Ohio lawyers.
Brian G. Miller '94 of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. in Columbus, was selected again by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of personal injury litigation plaintiffs.
Erika L. Haupt ’94, partner-in-charge in the Columbus office of Roetzel & Andress, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of trusts and estates litigation and trusts and estates by The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Haupt focuses her practice on wealth transfer and estate planning matters.
Brian G. Miller ’94 of Brian G. Miller Co., L.P.A. was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of personal injury litigation for plaintiffs in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Miller is based in Columbus and is a former Franklin County assistant prosecuting attorney.
Keith Rummer '94 is senior vice president of human resources and corporate administration for Phillips Edison & Company. As a member of the senior leadership team, he oversees human resources, learning and development, marketing, corporate communications, and information technology for the Cincinnati-headquartered real estate company.
John Maxwell '94, director at Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co. LPA, was honored as an Ohio Super Lawyer. His practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, general civil litigation, appellate practice, creditors's rights, business law and real estate law.
Dr. Scott Smith '94 has joined the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney as a partner with the firm's Palo Alto, Calif. office. Smith has 12 years of experience as a patent attorney focused on the medical device industry and works in the firm's patent and life sciences group. His clients range from prefunded, garage-stage enterprises to venture-backed startups to publicly traded companies.
Erika L. Haupt '94, partner-in-charge in the Columbus office of Roetzel & Andress, was named a Lawyer of the Year for 2013 in the Columbus Trusts and Litigation category by Best Lawyers. She focuses her practice on wealth transfer and estate planning matters, business succession planning, tax, and fiduciary litigation.
John P. Maxwell '94 was elected to the board of directors of the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, a community endowment fund that accepts bequests and monetary donations of any size. Maxwell is a director of the New Philadelphia, Ohio law firm Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths, & Dougherty Co., LPA.
Brian Chisling ’94 will be a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in January 2012, where he specializes in transactions involving energy and infrastructure companies; advising clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions; project financings and other transactions; and federal and state regulatory approvals and compliance. Chisling joined the firm in 1994.
Erika L. Haupt ’94 has been selected as a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Partner-in-charge of the Columbus office of Roetzel & Andress LPA, Haupt practices in wealth transfer and estate planning matters, including business succession planning and all aspects of tax and business planning.
Laura B. Smith '94 was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve as judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. Smith took office Aug. 8 and will serve out the remainder of the term, which ends Jan. 1, 2013. Smith must run in November 2012 in order to start service for a six-year term beginning Jan. 2, 2013.
Erika L. Haupt ’94 was recently elected partner-in-charge of the Columbus office of Roetzel & Andress. Haupt has been a partner at Roetzel since joining the firm in 2004, and she focuses on wealth transfer and estate planning matters.
Patrick Pauken '94 has been named vice provost for governance and faculty relations at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Pauken also holds the rank of associate professor in Educational Administration and Leadership Studies. In this role, he works with the university's academic leaders and governance groups on policy and contract matters, and continues as secretary to university’s Board of Trustees.
T. Earl LeVere ’94 was named in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. LeVere is a partner at Schottenstein, Zox, & Dunn Co., LPA.
Daniel T. Downey ’94 joined the Columbus office of Weston Hurd LLP as a partner. Downey focuses his practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance defense, political subdivision immunity, and civil rights defense.
Erika L. Haupt ’94 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Haupt was selected as one of the top 25 female lawyers in Columbus. Haupt is a partner in the Columbus office of Roetzel & Andress.
John P. Maxwell ’94 was named director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. Maxwell practices in the firm’s New Philadelphia, Ohio, and Canton, Ohio, offices. His practice is concentrated in the areas of civil litigation in multiple areas including insurance law, appellate practice, creditor’s rights, real estate, estate planning, and general business law. Maxwell resides in Dover with his wife, Vicki, and three children.
Dane A. Gaschen ’94 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of education law. Gaschen is a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Brian Kurzmann ’94 received a six-month assignment in the Munich, Germany, office of Amazon.com (known in Germany as Amazon.de). Kurzmann continues to work for the New York City-based law firm, Axiom Legal.
T. Earl LeVere ’94 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of intellectual property law. LeVere is a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.
Arturo Hernandez '95, was named director of global compliance to RPM International Inc. Hernandez will be responsible for handling the company's corporate compliance program worldwide.
M. Scott Aubry '95, was includrd in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Aubry is an attorney with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
Kirsten Davis, Ph.D., '95, spearheaded the first Law and Rhetoric Colloquium at the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fl., which hosted twelve professors of law, communication arts, and the humanities.
Amy Mass '95 has joined the office of general counsel for The Hanover Insurance Group and relocated to its Howell, Mich. office. (She was surprised to find fellow alumnus Reginald Momah '85 as a new colleague in the group's Worcester, Mass. office.) In her new role, Mass is responsible for government affairs, regulatory, and compliance operations for the group's Midwest region, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
Wesley T. Bishop ’95 was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives representing the New Orleans area. Bishop is the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern University New Orleans.
Stan Ramsay ’95 and his wife, Patricia, recently welcomed their fourth child, Henry. Stan is a partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, N.Y.
Stephen Kleinman ’95 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Kleinmanis a partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. He primarily represents health care providers and suppliers.
Catherine Heigel ’95 was named president of the South Carolina service region of Duke Energy. In this capacity, Heigel is responsible for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development, and community affairs. She and her family will relocate to Greenville, S.C.
Richard W. Erwine ’95 was recently named a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in New York City. Erwine’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on patent litigation.
Amy Mass ’95 was reappointed to chair the Insurance Staff Counsel Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Mass is the managing attorney of the Ohio and Indiana staff counsel offices of The Hanover Insurance Group.
Timothy J. Lambrecht '96 has joined the Wladis Law Firm, P.C. in East Syracuse, N.Y. He is a member of the firm’s litigation and environmental law practices. Lambrecht routinely counsels clients on environmental and land-use matters affecting their businesses. He advises them with respect to compliance with environmental laws and regulations, as well as land-use issues including permitting, zoning and SEQRA. He has litigated on behalf of clients in environmental regulatory enforcement actions and environmental cleanup matters stemming from New York’s Oil Spill Act and the federal Superfund law. Prior to entering private practice, Lambrecht was a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York for the Honorable Daniel Scanlon Jr. and the Honorable Howard G. Munson.
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.
Christopher M. Berhalter '96 has appointed by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich to the Belmont County Court, Northern Division. He takes the bench on Nov. 18 and will need to run in the November 2014 general election to retain his seat. Berhalter most recently was the Belmont County prosecutor and has served a number of community organizations.
The Honorable Earl “Duke” Frost ’96 has been appointed to the Licking County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. Frost, who most recently was a Newark, Ohio city councilman and assistant prosecutor in Licking County, must run for the seat in November 2014 to serve out the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31, 2016.
Jill S. Tangeman '96, partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate land use and zoning by Chambers USA in 2013. She focuses her practice in commercial real estate.
Bill R. Hedrick '96 was awarded the Mayor's Award of Excellence by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman for his use of technolgy to highlight and help arrest individuals with outstanding criminal warrants. Hedrick is the chief of staff for the Columbus City Attorney's Office.
David M. Lilenfeld '96, founding partner of Lilenfeld PC, has been named Georgia Trend magazine’s 2012 Legal Elite listings in the category of "Intellectual Property Law." The listings are based on votes cast by thousands of practicing attorneys in Georgia. Lilenfeld PC is an Atlanta-based intellectual property boutique law firm that assists clients in management and litigation of their trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. It also handles technology and domain name-related disputes.
Michele Schoeppe '96 joined in 2011 the American Chemistry Council, which represents the leading companies in the business of chemistry. Schoeppe is the assistant general counsel, based in the ACC's Washington, D.C. office.
Jill S. Tangeman, 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. Tangeman's practice focuses on land use and zoning law.
Timothy Lambrecht '96 has joined Brown & Palumbo, PLLC in Syracuse, New York as co-chair of the firm's litigation group. His practice includes environmental, commercial, and federal civil litigation. As a former federal law clerk, he often acts as local counsel for firms with matters pending in the Northern and Western Districts of New York.
Amanda Masters '96 has been appointed deputy executive director of the City of New York Board of Correction, an agency with oversight of all New York City jails. Masters also had a baby, Erin Claire Masters, on Nov. 17, 2011.
David Groshoff '96 published three law review articles early this year on corporate finance [17 FORDHAM J. CORP. & FIN. L. 387 (2012)]; the so-called "reparative therapy" for GLBT youth [18 CARDOZO J.L. & GENDER 275 (2012)]; and applying recent Second Amendment jurisprudence to deter school bullying [11 U. MD. L.J. OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, & CLASS 1 (2012), including symposium presentation]. Following these articles, Western State University in Orange County, Calif. promoted David to associate professor of law and director of the Business Law Center.
Latonya Dilligard Edwards '96 is pleased to announce the formation of her law practice, Dilligard Edwards, LLC, in Columbia, S.C. To learn more about the firm, visit www.dilligardedwards.com.
Scott Unger '96 recently was named a New Jersey "Super Lawyer." He is a shareholder and member of Stark & Stark P.C.'s litigation group in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Christine Amer Mayer '96 has been named president of the GAR Foundation, effective Jan. 1, 2012. She follows in the footsteps of Robert Briggs '66, who is moving to the volunteer role of the foundation's five-member distribution committee.
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.
Jill S. Tangeman '96 has been named a partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease's Columbus office, where she is a member of the commercial and real estate group. She focuses her practice in commercial real estate with an emphasis on zoning, land use regulation, and developer representation. Tangeman has assisted in the annexation, zoning, and entitlement of several large mixed-use developments, including several master associations and golf course resort communities.
Shawna L’Italien ’96 received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under on Nov. 4, 2011 in Columbus. L’Italien serves on the board of directors for the Salem Community Hospital, the Columbiana County Mental Health Clinic and the United Community Scholarship Foundation. She has also dedicated her time and expertise to serve as the chair of the Charitable Foundation for Salem Community Hospital. She is a partner at Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, LTD.
Elizabeth Sherowski '96 is the new Director of Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Programs at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She previously taught at Capital Univeristy Law School and had her own solo practice focusing on disability and special education law. In her new role at Moritz, she will be calling on all alumni to return to Moritz and coach or judge moot court competitions.
Scott Lindsey '96 will competing in his third Pelotonia event to raise money for to end cancer. He will be riding the 100-mile route to Athens and is looking forward to it.
Amanda Masters '96 joined the civil rights firm Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart LLP as Of Counsel. She received the 2010 Acting For Justice Award, presented by the Fair Housing Justice Center of New York City, for work on behalf of victims of discrimination.
Timothy A. Barnes '96 has been named a Fellow of INSOL International. He received this distinction upon graduating (with honors) from INSOL International’s Global Insolvency Practice Course, an LL.M.-level program that teaches participants the underlying principles, statutes, regulatory frameworks and insolvency restructuring regimes in countries around the globe. Among other things, the Global Insolvency Practice Course honed skills relating to multinational insolvency proceedings, including intensive training in the United Nations Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (UNCITRAL), the European Community Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings and Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Shawna L. L'Italien '96, a Salem business attorney and member in the law firm of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's District 13 2011 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award recognizes L'Italien's work with local non-profit organizations, including Salem Community Hospital, the Columbiana County Mental Health Clinic, United Community Scholarship Foundation and Salem Kiwanis. She practices in the areas of business transactions, corporate law, real estate law, business financing and employment law.
Shawna L. L’Italien ’96 was named a 40 under 40 Shining Star for community service and professional accomplishments in November 2009 by the Mahoning Valley Professional 20/30 Club and Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. Of those 40 recipients, L’Italien also was named one of five MVPs. In May 2010, L’Italien received the Athena Award, sponsored by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and the Youngstown Vindicator, which is awarded to a woman for professional accomplishments, community service, and mentorship. L’Italien is a member/attorney at Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd in Salem, Ohio.
Brian E. Shinn '96 was appointed general counsel by Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on May 9, 2010. Previously, Shinn served as Brunner's assistant general counsel and chief elections counsel from January 2007 until May 2010.
David Groshoff '96 graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2009 and has spent the last year as a non-tenure track finance professor at Providence College, and recently began an appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor of law at the Western State University College of Law in greater Los Angeles. Groshoff will teach courses in corporate law and finance. His most recent scholarship, regarding entrepreneurial sex-segregated urban charter schools, is scheduled to be published in the upcoming BYU Education & Law Journal.
Bill R. Hedrick '96 was named chief of staff of the Columbus City Attorney's Office by City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr.
Jeff Wilson ’96 in February helped create the new law firm, Devaney Jacob Wilson, PLLC, which specializes in business litigation and employment law. The firm is located in Troy, Mich, and can be found online at djwlawfirm.com.
Todd E. Petersen ’96 opened the general practice law firm, Petersen & Petersen, Inc., in Chardon, Ohio, on Jan. 1.
Craig H. Smith '96 was inducted into the Nova Southeastern University's Athletics Hall of Fame for his performance as a four-year starter on Nova's baseball team, as well as for his academic and post-graduation achievements. Smith recently re-joined Hogan & Hartson in Tallahassee, Fla., as a partner. He had served as general counsel for Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration and as the special health care legal and policy advisor to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
David A. Campbell ’96 was named as a 2010 Northeast Ohio Leading Lawyer by Inside Business magazine. Campbell is a partner in the Cleveland office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Campbell practices in the areas of employment litigation, labor, and employee benefits law.
Jonathan T. Tyack ’96 has been recognized in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of white-collar criminal defense. He is partner in the firm of Tyack, Blackmore, & Liston, in Columbus.
Kevin McDonald ’96 was appointed as the chief diversity officer at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. McDonald served for the last two years as the vice president for equity and inclusion at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. McDonald is in the process of completing his doctoral degree in Sociology-Africana Studies.
Betsy Luper Schuster ’97 has been appointed by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich to the Tenth District Court of Appeals, filling the vacancy left behind by the late Peggy L. Bryant ’76. Schuster must run in the November general election to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term, which ends in February 2019. She most recently served as chief elections counsel at the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office and has taught classes as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the Moritz College of Law, and Capital University Law School.
The Honorable Erin K. Alexander '97 was appointed to a seat on the San Bernardino County Superior Court by California Gov. Jerry Brown in May. Alexander had served as a San Bernardino County deputy public defender since 2005 and in the San Diego Alternate Public Defender's Office before that.
Matt A. Mayer '97 is the president of Opportunity Ohio, a free market think tank in Dublin, Ohio. Mayer previously worked for The Buckeye Institute of Public Policy Solutions in Columbus and the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.
James A. Marx ’97, of counsel in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Cincinnati office, has been recognized as a leader in the areas of corporate law and real estate law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. His corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, debt financing, and general commercial transactions. He serves as legal counsel to The Cincinnati Reds LLC.
Natalie Segall '97 and her law partner, Cameron Banko, were married at Park City Mountain Resort on Jan. 18, 2013. Segall has lived in Park City, Utah since 1997. The couple, who met in Vail, Colo. through mutual friends, opened their general law practice in August 2008 in Park City.
Natalie Segall '97 and her law partner, Cameron Banko, were married at Park City Mountain Resort on Jan. 18, 2013. Segall has lived in Park City, Utah since 1997. The couple, who met in Vail, Colo. through mutual friends, opened their general law practice in August 2008 in Park City.
Mark Wagoner '97, has been included in the 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Wagoner is an attorney at the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
Sara Sampson '97 has been appointed as an adjunct instructor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science and will be teaching the Law Libraries and Legal Information course.
Matt Mayer '97 has published his second book, Taxpayers Don't Stand a Chance: Why Battleground Ohio Loses No Matter Who Wins (and What to Do About It), which came out on July 2 and is available on Amazon.com. Mayer focused his text on Ohio as an election battleground.
Marc S. Blubaugh '97 was elected first vice president of the Transportation Lawyers Association. His one-year term became effective May 2012, and his duties include serving as editor of the association's legal journal, The Transportation Lawyer. Blubaugh is a partner in the litigation practice group and co-chair of transportation and logisitics practice group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Columbus.
Deborah Glasgow Monaco '97 opened ScanWorks LLC in 2012, a business than scans and archives records for Ohio businesses and governmental agencies. To learn more about ScanWorks, go to www.scanworksllc.com.
Lark T. Mallory '97 has joined the lending and commercial services and public finance and government practice groups at Frost Brown Todd LLC. Her practice focuses on assisting closely-held organizations with a variety of business transactions. Mallory also practices in public- and private-structured finance. As part of this team, she works as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer counsel, and tax counsel in taxable and tax-exempt debt transactions.
Robert J. Brady Jr. '97 recently joined the Miami office of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida. Brady is serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the office's narcotics section. Prior to joining the Miami office, he served eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Texas, where he was the chief of the Del Rio Division, situated along the U.S./Mexico border.
Rodney A. Holaday '97 has been named a partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease's Columbus office, where he is a member of the litigation group. Holaday represents clients in complex business and class-action litigation involving securities, products liability, premises liability and supplier liability; electronic discovery; and appellate practice. He also has notable experience conducting internal investigations and preparing responses related to governmental investigations and advises boards and public institutions in actions involving public records requests and open meetings law.
Matthew B. Zisk ’97, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, was honored with the Lawyers Alliance for New York’s 2011 Cornerstone Award honoring outstanding pro bono legal services to nonprofits. Zisk has worked with four Lawyers Alliance clients on 11 different intellectual property matters since 2007 on a multitude of intellectual property-related issues.
Sara Sampson '97 is now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Law Library at University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Matthew B. Zisk '97 was elevated to Partner in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & FLom LLP. He continues to focus on transactional intellectual property, with a focus on IP-intensive mergers & acquisitions, collaborations, licensing, projects engineering and finance, and the like, in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals and energy industries. Zisk lives in Princeton (in the hills and woods to the north of the University) with his wife, Isabel, and five-year-old daughter, Alexandra.
Lee Joshua Freedman ’97 has taken a position at Apple as the manager of Cyber Investigations in northern California. Freedman joined Apple after nearly nine years at the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Darrick Mix ’97, a corporate partner at Duane Morris, was the lead attorney in his firm’s representation of investment company Cohen & Company in its acquisition of JVB Financial, a Boca Raton-based broker-dealer, for total consideration of approximately $22 million. Mix practices in Duane Morris’ Philadelphia office.
Loriann E. Fuhrer ’97 was named in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Fuhrer is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and focuses her practice primarily on employment litigation, complex business litigation, and appeals, as well as public housing authorities and federally assisted housing law.
Betsy Luper Schuster ’97 was named Ohio’s chief elections counsel by Ohio Secretary of State-Elect Jon Husted in December. Prior to the appointment, Schuster was the commissioner at the Ohio Court of Claims, Crime Victims Appeals, and a hearing officer for various state departments and agencies. Schuster has also served as chief legal counsel to the Ohio governor and deputy chief legal counsel. Schuster has taught legislation and appellate advocacy at Moritz and Capital University Law School.
Brian E. Burns ’97 accepted partnership with Bricker & Eckler. He is a member of the firm’s Business Law Group and will work in the firm's Columbus office. His practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and private equity.
Gregg Eisenberg ’97 was chosen as part of an inaugural group of “40 under 40” award winners from the M&A Advisor. Eisenberg is a partner with Benesch in Cleveland. He is a part of the Corporate & Securities Practice Group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Eisenberg focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions as well as public and private debt and equity financings.
Sara Sampson ’97 was elected vice-president/president elect of the Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C. LLSDC is a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries and serves librarians in the D.C. area.
Mark D. Wagoner, Jr. ’97 was named partner in the Toledo, Ohio, office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Wagoner’s practice focuses on business litigation, including franchise, commercial, and shareholder disputes.
Lee J. Freedman ’97 and his wife, Dana Chaiton, in 2009 welcomed their first child, Jonathan "Jonny" Freedman. Also, Freedman was appointed chief of the General Crimes Section in the United States Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Bryan Bowen ’97 has returned to Columbus after spending the last six and a half years in Chicago, five and a half of those as a Cook County public defender. Bowen is now a founding member of the law firm of Bowen, Keck & Firestone, LLC, where he has a criminal defense practice.
Amy K. Schermer ’97 was named partner in the Columbus office of Weston Hurd LLP. Schermer focuses her practice on civil litigation, including construction defect claims, architectural/engineering, contract disputes, non-compete agreements, board of health complaints, Consumer Sales Practices Act violations and professional liability claims.
Loriann E. Fuhrer '97 was named in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers in general litigation. Fuhrer was also named as one of the top 25 female attorneys in Columbus. Fuhrer is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Andrea Seidt ’98, Ohio's securities commissioner, began in October a one-year term as president of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Seidt has served as commissioner of securities since 2008. Prior to her appointment, she worked on investor and consumer protection litigation as deputy chief counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. For more on Seidt’s appointment, see this article.
Tracey Ballard Tangeman ’98, an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Violent Crimes Bureau of the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office in Dayton, Ohio, recently was awarded a written commendation from the director of the FBI for her prosecution of Keron Simpson and Earl Moon. The defendants were tried for armed robbery of 12 people and the murder of two individuals in a case in which the Dayton Police Department and the FBI investigated jointly.
Gabe Goddard '98 joined Jensen Investment Management, Inc. in Portland, Ore. as chief compliance officer and general counsel. Previously, he served as senior compliance officer at Fifth Third Asset Management; associate compliance officer and later CCO of CinFin Capital Management; and as associate compliance attorney and staff counsel for subsidiaries of Cincinnati Financial Corp.
Andrew Shaw '98, a managing attorney for the Bethlehem, Penn. firm of Goodman & Shaw, is running for magisterial judge in both the Republican and Democratic primaries on May 21. “I am dedicated to an impartial, efficient and accessible judiciary that serves the needs of all of our neighbors and their small businesses," Shaw told WFMZ news. "In addition to being versed in running an office, I possess the legal education and legal experience together with the temperament, integrity, fairness, energy, commitment, common sense and community mindedness needed to perform the duties of a Magisterial District Judge.”
Clarence Mingo '98, auditor of Franklin County, will provide input to Gov. John Kasich as he prepares to appoint a new justice to the Ohio Supreme Court. Mingo is one of several legal professionals in the state who will provide counsel to Kasich as he looks to replace Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton '79, who retires at the end of the year.
Leon D. Bass ’98, an attorney at Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP, was named an Ohio Rising Star for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Bass primarily focuses on intellectual property.
Peter M. Ellis ’98 recently joined Reed Smith LLP as a partner in the Western Commercial Litigation Group in the firm’s Chicago office. Ellis, a former partner at DLA Piper LLP in Chicago, will focus his practice in the area of general commercial and business litigation at Reed.
Jennifer N. Elleman '98, Director & Senior Corporate Counsel at LexisNexis, was a recipient of the 40 Under 40 award presented by the Dayton Business Journal. The award, which recognizes the regions up and coming leaders, was given to Jennifer in part because of her dedication to community service. Jennifer sits on the Citizens Review Board of Montgomery County, Ohio which is an arm of the Juvenile Court and operates to review the services provided to children who are in the care or protection of the Coutny due to abuse, neglect or dependency. She was also the recipient of a Special Recognition Award from the Citizens Review Board on April 29, 2011 for outsanding performance and lasting contribution to the Board.
Erik H. Monson ’98 has been elected shareholder at Coyne, Schultz, Becker & Bauer, S.C., in Madison, Wisc., where he practices civil litigation with a focus on insurance defense and professional liability defense. He joined the firm in 2005, having previously served as an assistant district attorney in Kenosha County, Wisc.
Gregory S. Baker ’98 was named senior counsel of Limited Stores, LLC in Columbus. Baker was previously with the law firm of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn, where he started as an associate in 1998 and became a partner in 2006.
Stephen A. Silver '98 and his wife, Shoshana, welcomed their first child, Samuel Jared Silver, on Jan. 3, 2010.
Roland W. Baggott III ’98 was recognized by the Mid-South Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for the second consecutive year. He also has been appointed to the Steering Committee for the ABA Forum on Franchising's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division. The committee is responsible for addressing issues concerning litigation and ADR affecting franchise relationships and developing continuing education programs.
Rebecca Woods '98 was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C., Rape Crisis Center, the nation's oldest sexual assault education/counseling/support center serving women, men, and children in the D.C. metropolitan region. Woods is currently a partner in the D.C. office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Christopher E. Hogan ’98 was named a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation in June. Hogan, of Upper Arlington, is an attorney for Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, where his practice centers on labor and employment issues. Over the course of 18 months, fellows volunteer their time to a project that promotes the foundation’s mission of improving the justice system and enhancing public understanding of the law.
Brad Johnston '98 recently departed Holland & Hart to become the chief strategy officer and general counsel of Peri & Sons Farms, Inc., a leading agricultural company with farming operations in Mason Valley, Nev. and Firebaugh, Calif. Peri & Sons' main crops are white, yellow, red, and sweet onions. Prior to joining Peri & Sons, Brad was a partner at Holland & Hart, where he practiced commercial litigation.
Roland Baggott ’98 was named a "Rising Star" in the 2009 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine. Baggott operates the Nashville firm of Baggott Law. Baggott has focused his practice on franchise and distribution law, and has successfully represented clients in complex commercial litigation involving issues of business law, trade secrets, trade regulation, intellectual property, and contract disputes.
J. Scott Bowman ’98 was hired by McNally Law Offices to open a new firm in Columbus, its ninth law office in the Midwest.
John Lowe ’98 has been appointed president and CEO of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. Lowe, a veteran of General Electric, was most recently counsel to its business and general aviation unit. In addition to the original shop in the North Market in Columbus, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has stores in Grandview, the Short North section of Columbus, Bexley, and Dublin.
Corie Ann Marty ’98 has joined the Columbus office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the firm’s Labor and Employment Department. Marty focuses her practice on management-side workplace health and safety law, with an emphasis on workers’ compensation. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Marty was a legislative liaison/analyst for the Ohio Judicial Conference.
Julie M. (Rowe) Young '99 has joined Worley Law, LLC. Young specializes in human resources and employment law and serves the firm's clients by actively partnering with employers to guide them through increasingly complex state and federal workplace rules and regulations. Her passion is to help employers proactively avoid employment-related problems by focusing on compliance and best legal practices.
Anthony D. Weis ’99, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the area of mergers and acquisitions law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. A member of the firm’s corporate group, he represents and counsels public and private companies and financial institutions on a broad range of legal matters.
Michael Kass '99 and his wife, Stacy, celebrated the birth of a baby boy, Shlomo Kass, this past year. Shlomo received a warm welcome into the family by his five older siblings. Professionally, Kass was named to the 2013 and 2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America for "Employment Law - Management." Kass is a partner and leader of the employment and labor practice group at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis, Mo.
Tyson Crist '99 recently published an article in The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the quarterly journal of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the most-cited journal on bankruptcy issues. The article is Stern v. Marshall: Application of the Supreme Court's Landmark Decision in the Lower Courts, 86 Am. Bankr. L.J. 627 (2012). Crist is a partner in the Columbus office of Ice Miller LLP.
Alexis Payne '99 joined InfoLawGroup LLP in November 2012. InfoLawGroup concentrates on legal issues concerning privacy, data security, traditional and emerging media, advertising and promotions, consumer protection matters, information technology, e-commerce and intellectual property.
Anthony D. Weis '99, 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. Weis' practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions law.
Craig Byrnes '99 was named a Super Lawyer for 2013 by Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, an honor accorded to only 5 percent of attorneys statewide. This is his fourth year with the designation. Byrnes is a sole proprietor based in Los Angeles.
Michael Kass '99 has been selected to be included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Employment Law - Management.
Jennifer Blaser ’99 has been named managing partner of the Columbus office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP. With 10 attorneys, the Columbus office is the second-largest of the firm’s six. Blaser has more than a decade’s worth of experience in public finance law, and works with cities, counties, townships, and school districts throughout Ohio to finance their capital projects. She is the chair of the firm’s tax-exempt securities group.
Liza (Yarov) Larky '99 has joined The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law as a career counselor in the Office of Career Services. Larky spent several years as associate in the corporate finance department of the Dykema firm in its Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich. offices.
Craig T. Byrnes '99 received his second published opinion in Cordero-Sacks v. Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, affirming his trial verdict and deciding multiple issues, including a public employee's right to sue a public entity for retaliation under the California False Claims Act and evidentiary and jury instruction issues. The total judgment is worth about $1.1 million. Byrnes is the sole proprietor of The Law Office of Craig T. Byrnes in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Craig Byrnes '99 was named a Super Lawyer through Los Angeles Lawyer magazine for a second consecutive year. Byrnes previously was named a Rising Star multiple times.
Priya Lakhi '99 was recently named as faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law. She will be a Visiting Associate Professor of Law and the Interim Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic.
Anthony Weis '99 (Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP) and Sachiyo Isoda Peterson '10 (Associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP) were featured prominently in the Columbus Business First story "International Business Drives Need for Multilinguals," which appeared in the May 6, 2011 edition of the paper.
Sky Pettey ’99 was named a “Rising Star” in the area of criminal defense in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Pettey is an associate with the Athens, Ohio, law firm Lavelle and Associates. His main practice areas include criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury, and probate.
Maureen Tracey ’99 was named a “Rising Star” in the area of business litigation in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Tracey is an associate in the Cleveland office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
Hallie Diethelm Caldarone ’99 has been named a partner at Jackson Lewis LLP. Caldarone works in the firm's Chicago office as an experienced employment law litigator.
Tyson Crist ’99 was named a “Rising Star” in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Crist is a partner in the Creditors’ Rights and Corporate Trust and Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice areas of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn in Columbus.
Traci A. McGuire ’99 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. McGuire is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and practices in the firm’s litigation, labor, and employee relations and health care areas.
Michael B. Kass '99 was named chair of the Employment & Labor Practice Group at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis, Mo.
Eric Sommers ’99 was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award for his work with the Domestic Violence Emergency Project by the New Hampshire Bar Association. Sommers has represented nearly a dozen domestic violence clients, offering dependable, emergency services to low-income victims of domestic violence in the greater Manchester, N.H., area. In April, Sommers started his own firm, Sommers Law, PLLC, in Portsmouth, N.H. The core of his practice is business and intellectual property litigation.
Meredith K. Knueve ’99 recently joined the firm of Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP as senior counsel. Knueve concentrates her practice in the area of business, tax, and estate law. She was named in Business First’s 2010 “Forty Under 40” and listed as a 2009 “Ohio Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers.
Jeremy Sharp ’99 has recently joined the Cleveland law firm of Walter & Haverfield LLP. Sharp will serve as a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment, Tax, Health Care, and Business Services sections. His focus is primarily in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation, with extensive experience in areas involving taxation, labor and employment, and health care regulatory compliance matters.
Michael Kass '99 and his wife, Stacy, happily welcomed their fifth child, Chaya Leah, on Feb. 3. Michael is a partner in the St. Louis office of Armstrong Teasdale, LLP. He concentrates on employment law, business disputes, and general business counseling, and co-chairs the firm's Non-Compete and Trade Secrets practice group.
Lexy Payne Font '99 was recently named a partner at Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson in Chicago. Font leads Pattishall's advertising, promotional marketing, and media practice and is a part of the firm’s litigation practice.
Priya Lakhi ’99 completed a four-month assignment in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she worked for The International Legal Foundation. Lakhi helped to train Nepali lawyers on the art of criminal defense for the poor. For more information, visit http://www.theilf.org/
Craig Byrnes ’99 was named a "Super Lawyer" in the area of employment litigation by the Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine. He was also named a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Byrnes is the owner of The Law Offices of Craig T. Byrnes, which represents exclusively employees who have been wronged in the workplace.
Patricia Eschbach-Hall ’99 was named a partner at Jones Day. Eschbach-Hall, who works in the firm’s Cleveland office, focuses her practice in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation.
Charles J. Kegler ’68 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of tax law and trusts and estates. Kegler is a director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.