Class Notes - 2000
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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.
Jolie N. Havens '00, partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of health care by Chambers USA in 2013. Her practice is focused on health care compliance, provider reimbursement, and employee health and welfare benefits.
Judith L. Marsh ’00, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was recognized as a leader in the areas of franchise law and banking and finance law in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Her practice focuses on commercial and business law, with an emphasis on general commercial transactions and the Uniform Commercial Code, commercial finance, and franchising and distribution law.
Tony Alexander '00 became a member of Burton Law LLC, effective July 31. Alexander's practice focuses on advising business owners as outside general counsel and with business startups. He also has worked with companies through work-out situations and in mergers and acquisitions.
Jason A. Hill '00 recently accepted the position of court administrator for the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. Hill also was elected president-elect of the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Bryan R. Faller '00 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Faller is a partner in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where he focuses on business litigation.
Jennifer Towell '00 has been elected to a three-year term on the United Disability Services Board of Directors. Towell is a mother of a son with Down syndrome and is a passionate advocate for those who have Down syndrome.
Timothy B. McGranor '00 was promoted to partner of the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP. McGranor is a member of the litigation group.
Melanie Meyer Nealis '00 has accepted a new position as assistant general counsel at Roper Industries in Sarasota, Fla. Nealis' husband, Peter Nealis '00, is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, and he will open a new office for Taft in Sarasota. The couple has two sons, Jackson, 7, and Ethan, 3.
Judith L. Marsh '00, 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. Marsh's practice focuses on banking and finance law and franchise law.
Suzanne Duddy '00 and Patrick Butler '00 welcomed their son Benjamin Edward Butler on Aug. 28, 2012. Suzanne and Pat live in Alexandria, Va. and are also proud parents to big brother Sam. Suzanne recently was promoted to assistant general counsel at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in Washington, D.C. Pat is an Army JAG and major and serves as chief of the contract law division for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va.
Maria Limbert Markakis ’00 recently joined Day Ketterer Ltd. at the firm’s Hudson, Ohio office where she will be serving as chair of its education law practice group. Prior to joining Day Ketterer, Markakis worked as a partner at Eastman & Smith Ltd.
Jolie N. Havens '00 has been named a partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease's Columbus office, where she is a member of the health care group. Havens specializes in health care compliance and reimbursement and employee health and welfare benefits. Havens is a nationally recognized expert in health reform policy and compliance.
Doug Janicik '00 has been named counsel of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and is based in Phoenix. He handles a variety of commercial litigation matters, including insurance coverage and bad faith defense, business law disputes, breach of contract claims, arbitration enforcement actions, and class-action litigation. He also practices in the area of appellate advocacy in federal and state courts.
Timothy McGranor ’00 was selected by peers as a 2012 Ohio Rising Star through Super Lawyers for his fourth year. McGranor, an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office, focuses his practice on business litigation.
Mike Zandpour '00, senior vice president and senior counsel of City National Bank, is a 2011 Los Angeles Business Journal Corporate Counsel Award finalist in the public company and rising star categories.
Bret F. Busacker '00 joined Hawley Troxell as of counsel. A tax lawyer specializing in employee benefits, ERISA, executive compensation, and related tax areas, Busacker is joining the firm's Tax Practice Group. He is a former partner of Thompson, Hine, LLP in Cincinnati.
David G. Kern '00 was promoted to partner at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress. Kern works in the Cincinnati office, focusing on complex commercian and business litigation and risk management and liability defense. He also handles business torts, foreclosure actions, construction litigation, disability insurance defense, transportation and maritime litigation, and personal injury litigation.
Jeremy Mercer '00, a commercial litigator focusing on oil and gas, joined the energy and environmental practices of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in the newly opened office in Western Pennsylvania. Mercer advises clients on local zoning issues and has defended multi-plaintiff matters involving allegations of contamination and health effects related to drilling operations.
Jack Schreibman '00 has been selected as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration for the Maritime Administration. The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine.
Bryan Koepp ’00 was promoted to senior vice president at the BB&T Corporation. Koepp, who joined the bank in 2008, is a group financial planning strategist for BB&T Wealth Management’s Georgia team and is BB&T Wealth Management’s lead business transition planning strategist in the bank’s Atlanta office. Koepp has also been recognized by BB&T as Wealth Management’s financial planning strategist of the year in 2008 and 2009 and was a BB&T Sterling Award “best of the best” wealth planning strategist for 2010.
Jeremy Grayem ’00 was named a “Rising Star” in the area of business litigation in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Grayem is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn in Columbus. He is also a member of the firm’s Products Liability and Public Sector Litigation Practice areas.
Ann K. Gramza ’00 was promoted to supervising attorney of the Child Protection Unit of Montgomery County, Ohio. Gramza joined the prosecutor’s office in April 2005. She previously worked in the Juvenile Delinquency Division, the Intake and Grand Jury Division, and she most recently was a criminal docket attorney.
Mike Zandpour '00 was named senior vice president and senior counsel of City National Bank in Los Angeles.
Garrett Smith '00 married Charity Haines. Smith is vice president & corporate counsel for Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI). Haines is the director of membership for WTTW Television (PBS) Chicago. The couple reside in Chicago.
Craig Bryson '00 has accepted a position as senior counsel, global projects at Abbott Laboratories. Abbott Labratories is a global health care company. He has been with the company since 2007. Bryson and his family are relocating to Basel, Switzerland in August.
Jason A. Hill '00 recently accepted an appointed position as assistant court administrator of the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the court, Hill served as a partner with the law firm of Connelly, Jackson & Collier LLP, where he maintained a litigation practice. Hill also recently completed the inaugural session of the Ohio State Bar Association's Leadership Accademy.
Karyn Justice ’00 was named a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation in June. Justice is a solo practitioner in Portsmouth, Ohio. 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.
Andrew R. Kruppa '00 was elected as a partner in the Miami office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. He is a member of the firm's litigation practice and focuses on commercial litigation and defense of tort, product liability, and serious injury cases. He has represented clients at trials in California, Florida, Indiana, New York, and South Carolina.
David J. Lampe ’00 joined the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl as a partner in the firm's labor and education law departments. Lampe focuses his practice in the area of education law, and represents school districts and educational institutions across Ohio. Lampe lives in Cincinnati and is married to Molly (Calvelage) Lampe ’00, who is a vice president and legal counsel for Fifth Third Bank.
Melanie Meyer Nealis ’00 and Peter Nealis ’00 welcomed a new son, Ethan Richard, into their family on Dec. 18. Peter and Melanie live in Avon, Ohio, and also have a 4-year-old son, Jackson. Melanie was recently promoted to senior corporate attorney at Nordson Corporation in Westlake, Ohio. Peter is at Taft, Stettinuis in Cleveland.
Suzanne Duddy '00 and her husband, Patrick Butler '00, welcomed their first child, Samuel Patrick Butler, on Oct. 5, 2009. Suzanne is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at FINRA in Washington, D.C., and Pat is a JAG attorney, specializing in government contract law, for the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va.
Christopher B. Essig ’00 was elected partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. Essig is a litigator based in the firm’s Chicago office. He focuses his practice in patent, products liability, and antitrust, among other areas of commercial litigation.
Jason A. Hill ’00 was recognized by the Ohio Democratic Party at the annual State Dinner as the 2009 Democrat of the Year for his volunteer work with the party’s Promote the Vote program. Hill served as Northwest Ohio Regional Counsel overseeing the program in 24 counties in Northwest Ohio. Hill was also recently elected as treasurer of the Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and recognized for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Hill is a partner at the litigation firm of Connelly, Jackson & Collier, LLP in Toledo, Ohio.
RonNell Andersen Jones ’00, an associate professor of law at the Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School, has a forthcoming article in the Washington Law Review entitled “Media Subpoenas: Impact, Perception, and Legal Protection in the Changing World of American Journalism.” Jones’ research is the second article reporting findings of a 2007 nationwide study of the frequency and impact of subpoenas served upon newspapers and television newsrooms.
Jack Louis Schreibman ’00 has been named deputy director of acquisition for The Maritime Administration, Federal Department of Transportation.
Byron Dailey '01 was named a partner in the Seattle office of DLA Piper LLP, effective Jan. 2 and was listed as in the Washington edition of Super Lawyers in mergers and acquisitions for 2013 after being listed as a Rising Star from 2010 to 2012.
Amie L. Vanover '01 and her husband, Rick, welcomed their son, Ryker Nathaniel, on Sept. 26, 2013. Ryker joins big sister, Rilee Grace. Vanover is a partner in the Columbus office of Thompson Hine LLP, practicing in estate, trust, and charitable planning and administration.
Aaron D. Ford ’01, a partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Las Vegas, was recognized by two Nevada news organizations and a community foundation for his work as a state senator during the 2013 legislative session. The Las Vegas Review Journal recognized him as the “best Senate freshman” in a poll, and Reno Gazette Journal reporter Ray Hagar named Ford “Rookie of the Year.” Finally Help Animals Nevada honored Ford during a luncheon ceremony in July for his legislative work. Ford concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Adria M. Tippins-Owens '01 and her husband, Jerard, welcomed their first son, Josiah Ezra Andrew, on Sept. 5, 2013. He weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches long. Tippins-Owens is an attorney advisor with the U.S. Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Dan Hawkins ’01 has been appointed to the Environmental Division of the Municipal Court in Franklin County by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. Hawkins must run in November 2013 to retain the seat for the remainder of the term, which ends Jan. 7, 2016. He previously was an assistant county prosecutor and director of the Special Victims Unit at the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. The Environmental Court has wide jurisdiction over local laws related to building, housing, air pollution, sanitation, zoning, and safety codes in addition to hearing general matters also administered by the municipal court. Hawkins and his wife, Amy, have three children.
Adam Lamparello '01 has joined the faculty at Indiana Tech Law School, which opened in the fall. He previously taught criminal law at County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J. and legal research and writing at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law.
Stephanie Ramjohn Moore '01 and her husband, Kerry Moore, welcomed their daughter, Paige, on Jan. 30, 2013. Moore is an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Adria M. Tippins-Owens '01 completed her M.P.A. with 3.41 GPA from American University while working full-time. Tippins-Owens is an attorney advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security.
Aaron Evenchik '01, an attorney at Frantz Ward LLP in Cleveland, was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He specializes in real estate and construction litigation.
Robert J. Morgan '01 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Morgan is a partner in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where he focuses on intellectual property.
John P. Carney '01 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Carney is an associate in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where he focuses on health care law.
Jason D. Eisenberg '01 was elected director of the electronics group at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., an intellectual property law firm based in Washington, D.C. He provides strategic counsel with regard to opinions, due diligence, complex international prosecution, complex reissue prosecution, ex parte and inter partes reexamination, and patent office litigation (i.e., inter partes review) across a wide spectrum of electrical, mechanical, and optical technologies worldwide. He began his career in intellectual property in 1991, serving as a patent searcher and then patent examiner before attending law school. He applies more than 20 years of patent experience to craft creative solutions for the companies he represents.
Dominic P. Marco Jr. '01 has joined the Turnersville, N.J.-based boutique firm of Lauletta Birnbaum Attorneys at Law. Practicing in Newtown, Pa., he will focus on general business and corporate law, including acquisitions and transactions. He served as an associate with Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C. most recently.
J.R. Hall '01 has been elected shareholder in the Pittsburgh firm Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. Hall concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, with a particular emphasis in coal, oil, and gas law and toxic tort law.
Aaron D. Ford '01, a Democrat, was elected to the Nevada State Senate for the 11th District, with 62 percent of the vote in November 2012.
David J. Lindner '01 has been promoted to partner with the law firm Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP in Cleveland. He is a member of the firm's real estate and construction law and business law practice groups. He and his wife, Maureen, have two children, and Lindner serves on the board of the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation.
Suzana Krstevski Koch '01 received an "AV" Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, which recongizes her high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Koch is a partner in the commercial and bankruptcy practice group in the Akron office of Brouse McDowell.
Adria M. Tippins-Owens '01 has been selected for a yearlong detail, commencing July 2, as a member of the minority congressional committee staff and advisor to United States Congressmen, responsible for aiding and advising members on issues across the federal government for the Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Those who work for the committee also provide drafting assistance and policy analysis for various federal agencies with emphasis maritime, surface transportation, and security legislative initiatives and key committee oversight.
Tracy Stott Pyles '01 was elevated to shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm representing management.. A member of Littler‘s Wage and Hour, Traditional Labor Law and Class Actions Practice Groups, Pyles is a regular author and speaker on labor and employment issues, and is an author of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group's blog.
Suzana Krstevski Koch '01 has received an "AV" Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, which means that she was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Koch is a partner in the commercial and bankruptcy practice group in the Akron, Ohio office of Brouse McDowell. She focuses her practice on commercial law and business reorganizations, and she helps businesses grow through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other transactions.
Suzana K. Koch '01 has been elected partner at Brouse McDowell. An attorney in the firm's Akron office, she is a member of the commercial and bankruptcy practice group. Koch is a member of the boards of trustees for the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group, the Strongsville-Brecksville ABLE program and Mary Emery Circle, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also serves as a volunteer English tutor for those who speak other languages.
Suzana K. Koch '01 has been named partner at Brouse McDowell, a business law firm with offices in Akron, Cleveland, and Avon, Ohio. Kock is an attorney in the Akron office's commercial and bankruptcy practice group. She focuses her practice on commercial law and business reorganizations, and she helps businesses grow through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other transactions.
Alan Duffy ’01 was selected by peers as a 2012 Ohio Rising Star through Super Lawyers for his third consecutive year. Duffy is an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office. His practice focuses on employee benefits/ERISA.
René L. Rimelspach '01 was recently elected to membership in the law firm of Eastman & Smith Ltd. Rimelspach is based in Eastman & Smith's Columbus office, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental, public and employment law.
Eric Bono '01 was named Assistant Dean for Career Opportunities at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Dan Hawkins '01 recently returned from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where he was asked by the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the Georgia Ministry of Justice to provide training to prosecutors and victim/witness coordinators. He helped with the development of the country's newly created victim/witness assistance project, and also trained prosecutors on how to handle cases involving traumatized victims, including sexual assault and child abuse victims.
Kevin T. Shook ’01 was recently elected a partner at Frost Brown Todd. Shook practices in the firm’s Columbus office, where he focuses in the areas of property litigation, financial institutions, media law, and advertising law. Shook was also recently named a Rising Star in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers.
Rebecca R. Price ’01 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Price is an associate at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter where she focuses her practice in the firm’s litigation area.
Adria M. Tippins-Owens ’01 was married Oct. 9, 2010 in Key West, Fla., on Smathers Beach to Jerard Owens, I. The wedding was attended by many former Ohio State Black Law Students Association members; Arleesia L. McDonald ’02 sang at the nuptials and Sarbeth J. Fleming ’00 and Taneesha D. Marshall ’02 were bridesmaids.
Stephanie Ramjohn Moore ’01 and her husband, Kerry, welcomed their first child, Jackson Kerry Moore, on May 1. Moore is an attorney advisor in the civil rights litigation division in the Office of General Counsel for the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Dawn Hays ’01 has joined Beggs Caudill LLC as a partner. She will represent employees in employment claims and litigation. Previously Hays practiced labor and employment law at Hahn Loeser and Parks LLP.
Suzana Krstevski Koch ’01 has joined the Akron office of Brouse McDowell. Koch focuses her practice on commercial law and business reorganizations, helping businesses grow through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other transactions.
John W. Barron ’01 was honored by The Ohio State University Alumni Association for his distinguished career in public service in June. Barron has spent his entire career in the public sector, including active military duty and state and county government service. The New Albany resident, Ohio, is chief counsel for the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus, representing its members and staff on all legal matters, including those relating to legislation, employment, ethics, public records, and litigation.
P. R. Casey ’01 left his job in May as the Ohio Senate democratic legal counsel to start as the chief legal counsel at the Ohio Department of Education. Casey also welcomed the birth of his third child, Delaney Joyce Casey, in May.
David J. Lindner ’01 rejoined the Cleveland office of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, as an associate. Prior to joining Buckingham, Lindner was an associate at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland. Lindner’s practice is focused on residential and commercial real estate development, leasing, sales and acquisitions, land use and zoning, and tax valuation.
Adria M. Tippins ’01 was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in March 2009. She was also selected by the U.S. Coast Guard's deputy JAG for a detailed assignment as a loaned executive for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area. She assisted the Department of Homeland Security in successfully raising and exceeding its $3.4 million goal from federal employees in the area. She was also recently accepted to American University's School of Public Affairs in pursuit of a master's degree in public administration for the 2010-11 school year.
Gregory J. Shope ’01 was named partner in the Toledo, Ohio, office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Shope is a member of the Corporate Practice Group and focuses his practice in securities law and mergers and acquisitions.
Aaron Ford ’01 announced his candidacy for Nevada State Senate District 12 seat. Ford is an associate in the Las Vegas office of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Elizabeth Kastner '01 was named partner in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn. Kastner practices in the firm's Health Law Practice Group. She has been named one of the country’s “Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers - 2009” in the September issue of Nightingale’s Healthcare News. Published annually, the current list includes just 10 attorneys nationwide, with Kastner the only honoree from Ohio.
Kristin J. Frost ’01 has joined the Armstrong Teasdale LLP as a contract attorney in its St. Louis office. She is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice group.
Jeffrey A. Fickes ’01 was named partner in the Akron, Ohio, office of Roetzel & Andress. Mr. Fickes focuses his practice in corporate and general business law; mergers and acquisitions; banking and finance law; commercial law; deferred compensation and tax law.
Kevin T. Shook ’01 was named chair of the Media Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Shook practices in the Columbus office of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Susan Kenney-Pfalzer '02 has moved to the Washington, D.C. area to pursue her dream of working in the refugee field. She works at the nongovernmental organization Ethiopian Community Development Council, assisting in resettling refugees in communities across the United States.
Anthony M. Sharett '02 recently was reappointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure for a three-year term through 2016. The commission reviews all rules governing practice and procedure in the courts of Ohio and recommends rules and amendments for adoption to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Saber Williams VanDetta '02 and her husband, Joe, welcomed Luca Thomas to their family in January 2013, joining big sister Olive. VanDetta is a senior associate in litigation in the Cleveland office of Squire Sanders LLP.
Seth Rose ’02 has been named a partner in the Chicago office of Loeb & Loeb LLP. Rose counsels clients on programs and initiatives in the areas of advertising, marketing, promotions, media, sponsorships, entertainment, social media, intellectual property, and privacy.
Seth A. Rose ’02 has been named partner in Loeb & Loeb LLP’s Chicago office. Rose counsels clients on programs and initiatives in the areas of advertising, marketing, promotions, media, sponsorships, entertainment, social media, intellectual property, and privacy. He handles all aspects of drafting and negotiating agreements, as well as agency services agreements, vendor services contracts, and other intellectual property, emerging media, and technology-related agreements. He also advises clients on trademark matters.
Ryan P. Sherman '02, partner in the Columbus office of Porter Wright, was recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of general commercial litigation by Chambers USA in 2013. Sherman co-chairs the firm's construction practice group.
Anthony Sharett '02, a partner at Bricker & Eckler, LLP, has been named as a 2013-2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow - a select group of lawyers nationwide who have been recognized for their potential as leaders in their organizations.
Christian Spears '02 was selected in April to serve as acting director of Northern Illinois University Athletics. Spears joined the athletics department executive administrative team in April 2009, coming from Southern Illinois University. Promoted from senior associate athletics director to deputy director of Athletics in August 2012, Spears will step up to lead the department following the departure of Jeff Compher to East Carolina University. Spears has overseen many of athletics department's administrative units, including academic support services, compliance, life skills, strength and conditioning, football operations and equipment. Under his guidance, Northern Illinois ranks among the top in the nation for Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate.
Jeffrey Braun '02, has joined the firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member.
Andrew P. Swary '02 has been appointed chief legal counsel for Finance Fund, a statewide nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus. Swary will advise Finance Fund on all legal matters, including advancing and protecting the organization’s interests in the areas of transactions, corporate governance, compliance, risk management and ethics. Prior to joining Finance Fund, Swary was a senior associate at Squire Sanders (US) LLP, where he represented for-profit and nonprofit community development entities.
Ryan P. Sherman '02 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Sherman is a partner in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where he focuses on business litigation.
Christopher W. Elswick '02 was named a partner in Dinsmore's Cincinnati office. Elswick is a member of the firm's intellectual property department, and his practice emphasizes patent prosecution and counseling, opinion work, due diligence studies, and development and management of patent portfolios.
Daniel J. Clark '02 was promoted to partner of the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP. Clark is a member of the labor and employment group.
Anthony M. Sharett '02 has been elected as a partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP. In the Columbus office, he is a member of the firm's litigation and class action practice groups. He regularly defends financial institutions against regulatory actions and consumer-led litigation in individual and class action matters. He has argued successfully in several Ohio appellate courts and spent more than three years as an attorney with the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Daniel Clark '02 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Rising Star" in employment and labor law, he is an attorney in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.
Gregory J. Lestini '02 and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their second daughter, Sophia Ramona, on July 5, 2012. Sophia joins her sister, Isabella Maria, as part of the Lestini family. Lestini is a member of the government relations, green strategies, and public sector groups at Bricker & Eckler's Columbus office.
Nicole J. Gray '02, has become a partner with McDonald Hopkins in Cleveland. Gray counsels employers on day-to-day human resource matters to ensure compliance with complex issues arising from federal and state employment laws.
Kate Tournoux '02 and her husband, Jeff Massey, welcomed their son, Lucas Austin, into their family on May 9. Kate and Jeff live in Germantown, Tenn. and are also the proud parents of big brother, Alex. Tournoux works as senior counsel for International Paper Co., where she focuses on environmental litigation.
Bill Shaklee '02 and his wife, Laura, welcomed their daughter Kendall Rose Shaklee on Jan. 15. Shaklee works as a senior attorney at the Eaton Corp., where he specializes in environmental, health, and safety.
Margaret "Meg" Johnson '02 and Andrew Johnson welcomed a baby boy, Oliver Danner, in January 2012. Oliver, his older sister, Nora, and his family reside in Holliston, Mass.
Abby Dritz '02 joined WellCare Health Plans, Inc. as Corporate Counsel. WellCare provides managed care services targeted exclusively to government-sponsored health care programs focused on Medicaid and Medicare.
Ryan P. Sherman ’02, a partner at Porter Wright, was recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a leading lawyer in his field of general commercial litigation. Sherman works in the firm’s Columbus office.
Anthony M. Sharett '02, of Bricker & Eckler, LLP, was selected by peers as a 2012 Ohio Rising Star through Super Lawyers. Sharett's practice focuses on business litigation and financial services.
Sara LaFleur Cunningham '02 was elected shareholder of Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, PC as of Jan. 1. She and her husband, Bob, also welcomed their second child, Molly Jean, in July 2011.
Bruce Paige ’02, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office,was selected by peers as a 2012 Ohio Rising Star through Super Lawyers. Paige’s practice focuses on health care.
Joseph C. Pickens ’02, an attorney at Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP, was named an Ohio Rising Star for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Pickens primarily focuses on general litigation.
Janica Pierce Tucker ’02, an attorney at Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP, was named an Ohio Rising Star for 2012 by Super Lawyers. Tucker primarily focuses on employment and labor.
Kathryn Clay '02 has joined Tim Hortons USA, Inc. as U.S. corporate counsel, where she is responsible for site acquisition, development, and property management issues.
Susan Kenney-Pfalzer '02 returned to Ohio after living overseas for three years and recently reopened a solo family law practice in the Cleveland area. She is also in the process of obtaining a master's degree in nonprofit administration and leadership from Cleveland State University.
Michael W. Deemer ’02 was tapped by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) as director of its new Business Center, the focus of DCA’s initiative to draw more business to Downtown Cleveland. Deemer joins DCA from the Ohio Governor’s Office where as executive economic development policy advisor, he advised the governor, senior staff, and cabinet directors on policy and legal matters related to the governor’s economic policy agenda, including the implementation of the Department of Development’s strategic plan and $1.8 billion biennial budget.
Anthony M. Sharett ’02 was named a "Rising Star" in the area of business litigation in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Sharett is an associate at Bricker & Eckler in Columbus. Sharett was also recently appointed to the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.
Jennifer McDaniel ’02 was named a “Rising Star” in the area of workers’ compensation in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. McDaniel is an associate in the Columbus office of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.
Tracy Schwotzer ’02 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Schwotzer is an associate at Weltman, Weinberg & Reis in Cleveland, where she focuses her practice in consumer collections.
Rasheeda Z. Khan ’02 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Khan is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, and she primarily focuses her practice on professional responsibility and litigation.
Stephen C. Barsotti ’02 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Barsotti is a director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter working in the firm’s business, intellectual property, and international business practice areas.
Mary C. Mertz ’02 was named top legal deputy for new Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Mertz was an aide to DeWine when he was lieutenant governor.
Kate Tournoux '02 was recently promoted by International Paper Company to senior counsel-environmental litigation. She lives in Germantown, Tenn.
Tiffany Freeman '02 and George H. Hendricks were married September 2010. The couple reside in Greenville, S.C. Freeman is currently an assistant solicitor with the Seventh Judicial Circuit for the state of South Carolina. Hendricks is a budget anaylst for the U.S. Army.
Rasheeda Z. Khan ’02 has been selected as a firm director in the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, where she has worked since 2002 in the professional responsibility, litigation, and criminal defense practices. She is also listed as an “Ohio Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine.
Shama Ahmed '02 and her husband, Aheed Siddiqi, welcomed their third child, Eesa, on June 25, 2010. They have two older children, Mohsin and Sakeena. The family currently resides in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Margaret (Meg) Johnson ’02 and her husband, Andrew, welcomed a daughter, Eleanor (Nora) Elizabeth, on Dec. 13, 2009. Nora and her family currently reside in Natick, Mass.
April Bucknell '02 and her husband, John Bucknell, are pleased to announce the June 17 birth of their son, Emory Xavier. Emory joins brothers Isaac and Eamon. April is an attorney at Alexsy Law Group in Detroit, Mich. John is an advanced research engineer for General Motors.
Allan Townsend '02 is now a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Employment Litigation Section in Washington, D.C.
Toshi Miyamoto ‘02 was elected as special counsel in the Tokyo and Hong Kong offices of Baker & McKenzie. Miyamoto focuses his practice on capital markets, project work, and debt equity markets. Previously, he was a senior associate at the firm.
Janica Pierce Tucker ’02 was appointed as a District 7 representative on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates for a two-year term beginning in July. The Council of Delegates is one of two major governing bodies of the statewide organization.
Anthony M. Sharett '02 has been appointed as a District 7 representative on the Ohio State Bar Association's Council of Delegates for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2010. The Council of Delegates is one of the two major governing bodies of the OSBA.
Laura Erebia Parsons ’02 accepted a new position as assistant counsel with the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.
Kate Tournoux '02 has joined International Paper Company in Memphis, Tenn., as counsel-environmental litigation.
Stephen P. Anway '02 was elected as a partner in the Cleveland office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. He is a member of the firm's International Arbitration Group.
Stephen C. Barsotti ’02 was elected firm director of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter. Barsotti, of Columbus, works in the firm’s business, intellectual property, and international business practice areas, advising clients on general business matters, acquisition transactions, contract negotiation, and intellectual property protection. Barsotti was also named an Ohio "Rising Star" in intellectual property in Law & Politics.
Rasheeda Khan ’02 was named an Ohio "Rising Star” in criminal defense by Law & Politics magazine. Khan is an associate in the Columbus firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Dan Griffith ’02 received the Young Alumni Award from Mount Union College, where he received his undergraduate degree. Griffith is a partner at Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA, in Canton, Ohio.
Gregory J. Lestini ’02 and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Isabella Maria, on June 20.
Sara LaFleur Cunningham ’02 and her husband, Bob Cunningham, had their first child, MacKay David Cunningham, on Jan. 24.
Laura Erebia Parsons ’02 and her husband, Benjamin Parsons ’03, welcomed their first child, Caden James Federico Parsons, on Feb. 22.
Christopher N. Swank ’02 was named in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. Swank is an attorney with the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Daniel Griffith ’02 was named partner of Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA. Griffith is a member of the firm’s estate planning and business practice groups. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, including wills, trusts, probate administration, elder law, business succession planning, and family limited partnerships. Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh has offices in both Canton and Dover, Ohio.
Sheree M. Edwards '03 was featured in Essence Magazine's Bridal Bliss column, which includes a large photo gallery. Edwards married Duriel Q. Garner in a vintage-inspired elegance affair in September.
Monica Ramirez ’03 and Scott Derome are happy to announce the birth of their son, Emerson Paolo Ramirez Derome, at 11:06 a.m. May 27, 2013 in Baltimore. Emerson weighed 10 pounds, 2 ounces, and he was 21.5 inches long. We had him at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Ramirez is the deputy director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
Ethan Vessels '03 has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a board-certified civil trial advocate. Per the U.S. Supreme Court, the board develops a set of standards and procedures for periodic certification of lawyers with experience and competence in trial work, and the certification process is rigorous. Vessels is a partner in the Marietta, Ohio law firm of Fields, Dehmlow & Vessels, LLC. He limits his practice exclusively to civil trial work, including serious personal injury, wrongful death, oil and gas, and insurance litigation.
Laura Jurcevich '03, has been awarded the Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under by the Ohio State Bar Foundation. This award recognizes attorneys who donate their time to a local community organization outside of their practice of law.
Carissa Clawson '03 has joined the legal department of Crown Equipment Corp., one of the world’s largest material handling companies. Clawson is an associate general counsel working from the company’s headquarters in New Bremen, Ohio. Previously, Clawson worked in the law department of NewPage Corp. and as an attorney at Sebaly Shillito & Dyer.
Karim A. Ali '03 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Ali is a partner in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where he focuses on business and corporate law.
Mónica Ramírez '03 is the acting deputy director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (Center for Migrant Rights, Inc.). Ramírez joined CDM’s team in August and will be based in the Baltimore satellite office. Ramírez, the daughter of migrant farmworkers, is an activist, attorney, author, teacher, speaker, consultant, and leader. She is a nationally recognized leader in the movement to end sexual harassment and assault against farmworker and low-wage immigrant women.
Peter Krebs '03 was named a partner in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP's Toledo office. Krebs has broad experience representing buyers and sellers of both public and private companies in debt restructuring, insolvency matters and business reorganizations.
Matthew O. Hutchinson '03 recently was promoted to partner at the Toledo law firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline & Mohler, LLP. Hutchinson practices primarily in the areas of family litigation and criminal defense. He and his wife, Leandra, and their daughter, Hannah, reside in Sylvania, Ohio.
Jeffrey James '03 recently made equity shareholder in the Tampa, Fla. firm Banker Lopez Gassler P.A. James' practice focuses on civil litigation defending professional liability, product liability, and personal injury claims.
Martin Lively '03 has left the practice of law after seven years of small-town general practice litigation, including running his own firm. He has returned to his hometown of Miami, Okla. to care for his grandparents and find a new career. For the first time in years, his smile is genuine.
Aimee L. Kaplan '03 was named a New York Super Lawyers Rising Star - Metro Edition in 2012. Aimee is an associate at Collard & Roe, P.C. in Roslyn, New York where she focuses on trademark prosecution. She is an adjunct professor at St. John's University College of Law, a member of the Bulletin committee for the International Trademark Association (INTA), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Nassau County Bar Association. Aimee married Justin Wright in August 2011.
Matthew Steele '03 was appointed to the Mason City Schools Board of Education in December 2011. Mason City Schools is a district with more than 10,000 students that consistently ranks in Ohio's Academic Top 10 districts. He is an attorney with Reisenfeld & Associates in Cincinnati.
Monica Ramirez '03 was the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual Latino Youth Summit, where she talked about being the descendant of a farmworking family, shared experiences of social injustice and discrimination, and told her own story of success. Ramirez is director of Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which works to eradicate discrimination against farmworking and low-wage immigrant women.
Paul and his wife, Jennifer, added twins to their growing family on May 14, 2011. Already balancing the life of an attorney with 13-year old Andrew and nearly 2-year old Grayson, Paul has doubled the number of children in his home. They welcomed Liam, 6 lbs, 9oz, and Elliot, 4lbs, 10oz, into the world and have not stopped running, or slept, since. The children and mother thankfully are all doing fine.
Shobhan Thakkar '03 joined Weather Central, LP as the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Internal Audit Manager on May 2, 2011.
Hope Sharett ’03 is the executive director of the Law and Leadership Institute in Ohio. The institute has been named the Honorable Mention Award Recipient of the 2011 Raymond P. and Sadie T. M. Alexander Award for Excellence in Educational Pipeline Diversity Programming by the American Bar Association. This initiative for the legal profession served nearly 300 students in 2010.
Robert Morwood ’03 was recently elected a partner of the firm Baker & Hostetler. As a partner in the firm’s Business Group, Morwood will focus his practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions.
Jeffry Harris ’03 was named economic development director for the city of Worthington, Ohio. Prior to being hired to his current position, Harris worked as the assistant chief financial officer at the Ohio Department of Development.
Jeff James ’03 and his wife, Ellen, welcomed their first child, Audrey, on Aug. 29, 2010. James and family live in Tampa, Fla, where James is a shareholder at Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A.
Peter E. Krebs ’03 joined the Toledo, Ohio, office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick as an associate in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Krebs has extensive experience representing buyers and sellers of both public and private businesses and business units and has substantial experience in representing clients in complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings, and insolvency matters.
James Graley '03, who was elected as a partner with Campbell Woods, PLLC in January, has been recognized by Chambers and Partners as among the top corporate/commercial attorneys in West Virginia. Graley was also recently recognized by Super Lawyers as a rising star for the second consecutive year. He and his wife, Jessica, reside in Proctorville, Ohio with their son, Garrett.
Paul Kuzmickas ’03 was recently hired to the Cleveland office of Luftman, Heck & Associates, a Columbus-based firm. Kuzmickas focuses on consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure cases covering all of northern Ohio and will manage the bankruptcy practice at the Cleveland office. He and his wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Andrew and Grayson, reside in a suburb of Cleveland.
Stephanie Bayer ’03 was promoted to chief privacy officer for Universal American, a Fortune 500 health insurance company offering healthcare products and programs, including traditional health insurance, Medicare managed care plans, and Medicare prescription drug benefits. Additionally, she also was invited to speak at the World Congress Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., on HIPAA and HITECH regulatory issues.
Karim A. Ali ’03 was recently promoted to senior associate at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in the firm’s Columbus office. Ali’s practice includes real estate law, various types of business transactions, and corporate governance. Ali also serves as a board member of Directions for Youth & Families and has been named an Ohio “Rising Star” in both Law & Politics and Super Lawyers.
Jennifer M. Monty ’03 was named an Ohio "Rising Star" in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Monty is currently an associate in the Cleveland office of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A. She practices in the firm’s Litigation and Defense Department and is a member of its Real Estate Default Group.
Susan R. Hartung ’03 has joined the Cleveland law firm of Walter & Haverfield LLP. Hartung is an associate in the firm’s Education Law and Labor and Employment Law groups. She has represented boards of education in litigating a broad range of legal issues, including student grades, employee contract disputes, discrimination, ad valorem taxation, and other real property disputes.
Richard S. Boothby ’03 was elected as a partner of the law firm Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, LLP in Parkersburg, W.V. Boothby is a member of the Education Law Group and he represents school boards throughout West Virginia. Boothby lives in Marietta, Ohio, with his wife, Christy, and daughters: Aubrey, Aurora, and Anna Sophia.
Jeffrey M. James ’03 was recently named partner in the Tampa, Fla., firm of Banker Lopez Gassler. James's practice is focused in commercial litigation, professional malpractice, property damage litigation, products liability, and personal injury litigation.
April Opper Davis ’03 recently joined the Columbus office of Plunkett Cooney. As a member of the firm’s Title Insurance Practice Group, Davis represents title insurance companies, property owners, and lenders in a variety of title insurance and real estate disputes.
Brendon P. Friesen ’03 rejoined the law firm Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos Co., LPA, located in Cleveland, as an associate in the firm’s general civil litigation; real estate, zoning, and eminent domain; and trademarks and copyright practice groups.
Natalie Martin Jackson ’03 earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Toledo in August 2009. In the same month, she was hired as in-house counsel for Owens Community College in Toledo.
Jessica Walls Philemond ’03 and her husband, Jean Philemond ’02, welcomed their first child, Mia Isabella Philemond, on March 24.
Jason A. Storipan '04, an associate in the New Jersey office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been appointed to the board of trustees for the Somerset County Bar Foundation. The foundation, through its board of trustees, oversees activities, fundraising, and the awarding of donations to local nonprofit organizations and scholarships to deserving local New Jersey law school students.
Scott Davis '04, partner in the Bricker & Eckler LLP construction group, has been accepted for membership in the Calibr Global Leadership Network – a selective professional organization that offers career and professional development, community service opportunities, and points of connectivity for African-American business professionals. Davis focuses his practice entirely on the construction industry, where he puts his previous experience as a construction company project engineer and construction estimator to good use. He also has developed a niche practice advising hospitals on construction risk management and risk mitigation issues and contract negotiations.
Greg M. Daugherty '04 has been elected a partner of the law firm Porter Wright. Working in the firm's Columbus office, his practice consists of executive compensation and employee benefit plan issues for public and private companies and not-for-profit entities. He has assisted companies in designing stock- and non-stock-based incentive programs as well as employment agreements, severance agreements, change-in-control and parachute agreements, and other nonqualified deferred compensation plans. He also advises public companies on their executive compensation disclosure obligations under the securities laws.
Deborah A. Boiarsky '04 has been named a partner at Porter Wright. Working in the Columbus office, she concentrates her practice in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation. She has experience with the design, implementation, administration, amendment, and termination of qualified retirement and health and welfare employee benefit plans for both for-profit and tax-exempt organizations. Prior to attending law school, Boiarsky was a compensation and benefits consultant with both a national human resources consulting firm and a regional accounting firm, specializing in employee health and welfare plans and qualified retirement plans.
Justin Oeth ’04, was recently named a shareholder at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, sc. Justin works in the firm’s real estate practice at the Madison, Wis., office, where he specializes in leasing, acquisitions and sales, development, financings, construction industry, water innovation technology and sustainability, and tax credits.
Lindsay Marsico Johnson '04 has been elected as a shareholder of Freund Freeze & Arnold Co. LPA. In the firm's Dayton, Ohio office, Johnson concentrates her practice on business litigation, legal malpractice defense, medical malpractice defense, and employment. She is also a member of the 2013 Class of the Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy.
Jennifer Nelson Carney '04 has been elected as a partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP. In the Columbus office, she is a member of the firm's health care group, and her practice focuses on the day-to-day operations of a variety of health facilities and their dealings with administrative agencies.
C. Christopher Bennington '04 has been elected as a partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP. In the Cincinnati-Dayton office, he is a member of the firm's health care group, and his practice emphasizes the representation of managed care organizations and hospitals on matters involving fraud and abuse, privacy, regulatory compliance, coporate governance, Medicaid managed care, and managed care contracting.
Curtis L. Tuggle '04 has been elected to partner at Thompson Hine LLP. Tuggle works in the business restructuring and creditors' rights and bankruptcy groups of the Cleveland office.
Robin Grant '04 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Rising Star" in mergers and aquisitions law, she is an attorney in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.
Juan A. Lozada-Leoni '04, as chief of international law in the U.S. Army, is in charge of developing closer relations with military attorneys and leaders from armies around the world, traveling extensively in Latin America, and regularly interacting with foreign military officers. Based in San Antonio, Lozada-Leoni has had the opportunity to attend the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy as well.
Jennifer R. (Fuller) Asbrock '04 was married to Nicholas S. Asbrock of West Chester, Ohio, on Nov. 19, 2011. Asbrock works as an associate practicing management-side labor and employment law at the Dayton, Ohio, office of Thompson Hine LLP. The Asbrocks are expecting their first child, a baby girl, in late-October.
Robin Grant ’04, an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was selected by peers as a 2012 Ohio Rising Star through Super Lawyers. Grant is with the firm’s Columbus office where she specializes in mergers and acquisitions.
Adrienne L. Rapp ’04, an associate at Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office, was nominated by peers and recognized as a 2012 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star. Rapp’s practice is focused on employment law and litigating employment disputes.
Melissa L. Zujkowski ’04, an associate at Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office, was nominated by peers and recognized as a 2012 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star. Her practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout Ohio and the Midwest region.
Justin Harris '04 was elected as a shareholder of the firm Reminger Co., LPA at the annual shareholders' meeting.
Jordan Hendrick '04 recently accepted the position of partner of the boutique law firm Stout Atwood LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the manager of the Domestic Relations section.
Meredith Smith '04 recently accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Judicial Affairs at Dartmouth College. Most recently, she worked in the Northwestern University Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
Al Sauline III '04 has been elected president of the board of directors for Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida-Panama City Region. He is an associate with McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver, a law firm that specializes in workers’ compensation defense.
Erika Chouinard Schoenberger ’04 and Josh Schoenberger ’04 were honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with the Taubman Community Award for their dedication to the success of several National Multiple Sclerosis Society events. The couple have served on the society’s Columbus Walk Advisory and Columbus Dinner of Champions committees. Josh is a senior associate at Williams & Petro Co. and his wife, Erika, is a senior associate at Frost Brown Todd in Columbus.
Kristen Blankley '04 will begin teaching this fall as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Blankley's courses are in the area of alternative dispute resolution.
Lindsay Marsico Johnson '04 was recently named a "Rising Star" in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. She and her husband, Dr. Benjamin Johnson, were recently voted by the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board of Directors to chair the 2011 Oktoberfest, the museum's largest fundraiser. Marsico Johnson is a member of the Dayton and Ohio Bar Associations, Generation Dayton, the Dayton History Fundraising and Development Council, the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board of Directors, and the Goodwill-Easter Seals youth mentoring program and Associate Board. She is an associate in Freund Freeze & Arnold's Dayton office and focuses her practice on business litigation and medical and legal malpractice defense. Marsico Johnson and her husband welcomed their first child, Noah, in January 2009. They live in Springboro, Ohio.
Carlos Garritano ’04 recently formed Grillo & Garritano, LLC in Cleveland in order to provide intellectual property legal services. His practice area currently concentrates on patent, trademark, and copyright.
Deb Boiarsky ’04 was recently promoted to senior associate at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in the firm’s Columbus office. Boiarsky concentrates her practice in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation.
Greg Daugherty ’04 was recently promoted to senior associate at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in the firm’s Columbus office. Daugherty’s practice consists of executive compensation and employee benefit plan issues for public and private companies and nonprofit entities. Daugherty has also contributed his time to serving the City Year Service Alliance and Miami University Alumni Association. He also has been named an Ohio “Rising Star” by the publishers of Law & Politics andSuper Lawyers.
Jaclyn A. Bryk ’04 has joined Tucker Ellis & West LLP as an associate in the firm’s Cleveland office, where she is a member of the trial department, focusing her practice on medical malpractice & pharmaceutical liability. Bryk is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, and the West Virginia Bar Association.
Joseph A. Nigh ’04 was named a partner in the Columbus office of Tyack, Blackmore, & Liston Co. LPA. Nigh was also named a "Rising Star" in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers.
Frank O. Garritano ’04 has been promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis & West LLP in the firm’s Cleveland office. He is a member of the firm’s trial department, practicing in the areas of maritime, mass tort, and products liability, where he manages and coordinates the defense of mass tort cases both in Ohio and across the United States.
Michael Beckwith ’04 was recently nominated for “Prosecutor of the Year” by the California Narcotic Officers' Association. In December 2008, Beckwith was a member of a team that received a distinguished service award on the White House grounds from John P. Walters, the National Drug Czar. Beckwith prosecuted four cases nationally recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2008.
Daniel A. Papajcik ’04 left the U.S. Army JAG Corps after four years of service to work at MetLife as an account executive. Papajcik is working in the company’s Chicago office, where he assists large employers with their benefits offerings. He also has started an outside law practice focused on helping consumers and small businesses with financial transactions.
Natalie Hostacky Stevens ’05, a senior associate in the Cleveland office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., was named a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the category of employment litigation defense. Stevens focuses her practice on representing employers in all areas of employment law.
Kellie Swift '05 and Ben Wright '05, along with big sister, Anna, welcomed Alexandra Nicole to their family on Aug. 27, 2013. They live in Alexandria, Va., where Wright was recently promoted to senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP and Swift practices commercial real estate finance law with Riemer & Braunstein LLP.
Diedre Washington Smith '05 began working at Lockheed Martin as a litigation support analyst in July.
Weisun Rao ’05 has joined the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a shareholder in the intellectual property and technology practice. He also will spend considerable time in the firm’s Shanghai office. Rao is experienced in developing intellectual property strategies and building and managing IP portfolios for legal and business opportunities in the U.S., China, and elsewhere in the world.
Kimberly (Blackwell) Lawler '05 and her husband, Mike, welcomed their third son, Joseph Benedict, on St. Patrick's Day 2013. Lawler practices commercial real estate law at Higier Allen & Lautin in Dallas.
Joe Infante '05 was named a 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer in business litigation after being named a Rising Star in 2011 and 2012. Infante is a senior attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Loucile Powers '05 has joined the recently-merged Geiger Teeple Robinson & McElwee PLLC in Alliance, Ohio as an attorney. Powers primarily practices real estate transactions with a concentration on land and mineral title examinations throughout the state. She also serves the board of trustees at the Spring Garden Waldorf School.
Miranda Morgan '05 was named partner of Ice Miller LLP, effective Jan. 1. Working in the firm's Columbus office, Morgan concentrates her practice in tax law, with a primary focus in gift, estate and trust taxation; estate planning; and estate and trust administration. She also represents clients in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including examinations and other proceedings at all administrative levels of the IRS.
Andre Porter '05, has been named director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. Porter has been commissioner for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and an attorney at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co. LPA, which is now Ice Miller LLP.
Michael Berry '05 has accepted a position as litigation counsel with Liberty Institute, a nonprofit law firm in Plano, Texas. He previously spent seven years as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Adam C. Sturdivant '05 has been named partner at the Grand Rapids, Mich. law firm Drew, Cooper & Anding. Sturdivant joined the firm as an associate in 2008, after practicing in Columbus. He has since honed his skills and gained valuable experience representing clients in real estate and business contract matters as well as litigating civil rights and personal injury matters. Sturdivant, who practices in both Michigan state and federal courts was named a "Super Lawyers - Rising Star" in 2012 and was recently named one of the top 40 under 40 Litigation lawyers in the state of Michigan for 2013 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Jack J. Gravelle '05 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Gravelle is a senior associate in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where he focuses on securities and corporate finance.
Paul N. Garinger '05 has joined the Charleston, W.Va. law firm of Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC as its first attorney to be located exclusively in the Buckeye State. Garinger provides legal services to the firm's oil and natural gas clients, in addition to others. Garinger has experience representing a multinational oil and natural gas company in a large-scale, federally regulated pipeline project across the state of Ohio and aided financial institutions in consumer banking disputes under federal and state regulations.
Kelly Ryan '05 was promoted to principal at Hinman Straub, P.C. in Albany, N.Y. She is a member of the health law and government relations practice groups. Her practice focuses on legal and legislative representation regarding insurance and health matters, with a special focus on health reform implementation.
Chris Geidner '05 is the senior political reporter for the website BuzzFeed, covering political and legal topics surrounding LGBT and marriage issues. He most recently was a reporter for Metro Weekly and tied for the Outstanding Magazine Article award at the 23rd Annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in March 2012.
Natalie Hostacky Stevens '05 joined the Cleveland office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., where she represents employers in all areas of employment law.
Nicole VanderDoes '05 joined the American Bar Association as a staff attorney, working primarily with the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence to which she was previously a liaison from the ABA Young Lawyers Division. VanderDoes is enjoying life in Chicago and serving the ABA full time.
Chris Geidner '05 tied for the Outstanding Magazine Article award at the 23rd Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in March 2012. Geidner wrote a series for Metro Weekly marking the 15th anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act. To see a video of Geidner receiving his award, visit here.
Tyler J. Wilcox ’05 was recently promoted from associate counsel to assistant vice president, director of compensation and benefits at Peoples Bancorp, Inc. Wilcox’s new responsibilities include managing and implementing compensation and benefits programs and policies for Peoples Bank.
Ryan Opeka '05 started a new position as counsel for Macquarie AirFinance in San Francisco in August 2011. Macquarie AirFinance is a global aviation lessor providing aircraft and capital to the world's airlines plus advisory and asset management services to aircraft owners. Opeka had been an attorney specializing in transportation finance at Vedder Price P.C. in Chicago.
Steve Toth '05 recently was elected partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, along with several other associates, effective Oct. 1, 2011.
Michael Berry '05 argued and prevailed before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces a case in which the court overturned his client's negligent homicide conviction.
Jason Lucas ’05 recently joined the Wheeling, W.V., office of Steptoe and Johnson as an associate practicing in its energy law group.
Brendan P. Feheley ’05 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Feheley is an associate at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and primarily practices employment law.
Kimberly (Blackwell) Lawler '05 and husband, Mike, welcomed their second son, Malcolm James, on Aug. 4. He joined older brother Michael Timothy III, who turned 2 on Nov. 12, 2010. After spending five years with Jones Day in Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Lawler recently joined Higier Allen & Lautin, P.C. in Dallas.
Kellie Swift ’05 and Ben Wright ’05 were married in April 2008 and welcomed daughter, Anna Kathleen, on Oct. 21, 2010. Kellie, Ben, and Anna live in Chicago where Ben is a tax attorney with Ernst & Young LLP, and Kellie practices commercial real estate finance law with Riemer & Braunstein LLP.
Adam C. Sturdivant ’05 and his law partner, Stephen R. Drew, of the law firm Drew, Cooper & Anding in Grand Rapids, Mich., won a sexual harassment/hostile work environment jury trial against Consumers Energy, a utility company, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Following a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, who Sturdivant’s firm represented, in the amount of $7.9 million in a 7-1 decision.
Whitney Hadanek '05 and her husband, Brian Sauer, welcomed their son, Aiden Lee, on June 4 at 10:33 p.m. Aiden was 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and 21.5 inches long.
Rita DeCaria '05 has been promoted to business development director of Reed Smith LLP, one of the 15 largest law firms in the world. DeCaria is currently on a six-month secondment in Reed Smith's London office where she is acting as European and Middle Eastern business development director. DeCaria is otherwise based in the firm's New York office. She has been with Reed Smith since May 2007.
Marybeth Sundstrom '05 and Daniel Westmeyer '05 were married in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 15, 2010. Sundstrom is an associate at Gerrard Cox Larsen in Henderson, Nev., and Westmeyer is a deputy district attorney in the Clark County District Attorney's Office.
Julia Tosi ’05 and Nathaniel Tosi ’06 welcomed a new daughter, Mia Elizabeth, on March 25, 2010.
Nicole Vander Does '05 recently joined the law firm of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP in Cleveland as an associate. Spangenberg Shibley & Liber is a firm of trial lawyers that handles cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, malpractice, negligence, defective products, consumer class actions, business disputes, and insurance disputes.
Brendan P. Feheley ’05 was named an Ohio "Rising Star” in employment and labor by Law & Politics magazine. Feheley is an associate in the Columbus firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Andrew John Campbell ’05 accepted a position with the Ohio Supreme Court as a master commissioner in the Court's Office of Legal Resources, specializing in utility matters. Campbell had previously represented public utilities as an associate in the Columbus office of Jones Day. Prior to that, he spent one year as a law clerk for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton ’90 of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kelly K. Curtis ’05 joined the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law legal writing faculty. Immediately before taking the faculty position, Curtis was an assistant public defender with the Ohio Public Defender in Columbus.
Diedre Washington Smith ’05 and her husband, Keyshorn, welcomed a baby girl, Khelis Marian Smith, on Jan. 7.
Natalie M. Hostacky ’05 was appointed as trustee to the Board of Directors for The Leprechaun Foundation. Hostacky is an associate in the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne, where she primarily practices in employment and labor law and business litigation. The Leprechaun Foundation anonymously grants terminally and chronically ill children “their greatest individual dream or desire.”
Gretchen L. Lange ’06 has been elected partner in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. Lange is a member of the litigation group and practices in complex commercial litigation. She previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jack Zouhary, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.
Brian A. Bulson ’06 has been elected partner in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. He is a member of the business group, focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and commercial financing transactions, as well as transactions involving intellectual property.
Paul Stecker Jr. ’06 is the new law director of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He also serves on the board of directors for the Belmont Technical College Foundation, as a member of the Martins Ferry Lions Club, and as volunteer legal counsel for the Greene County Community Foundation.
Tad Herold ’06 was hired as economic development director of Columbiana County, Ohio in August. Herold previously was village solicitor for New Waterford an assistant prosecutor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in city planning and geography before attending law school at Ohio State, where he also earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Betsy (Worthing) Lennane '06 and Mike Lennane '06 welcomed their daughter, Ava June, on Feb. 15, 2013. The couple lives and practices in San Antonio.
Asim Z. Haque ’06 has been appointed to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) by Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. Haque’s term began June 24 and will end April 10, 2016. Prior to the appointment, he served as assistant counsel at Honda North America, Inc. and previously served as an associate at Ice Miller LLP.
Elizabeth Hutton '06, joined the law firm of Faruki Ireland & Cox LLP as an attorney. Hutton recently completed a clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 2010 and 2011, she was named a rising star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine.
Shaun B. Patsy '06 recently was promoted to legal counsel at Fifth Third Bancorp. He joined the banking company headquartered in Cincinnati in 2010.
Jaya F. White '06 recently joined Krieg DeVault's Chicago office as an associate in the firm’s health care, pharmacy law, and litigation practices groups. She will concentrate her practice in the area of health care litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters.
Evan Hirsch '06 recently joined the Cleveland office of Jones Day as an associate. Hirsch continues to focus his practice on real estate and business law. He and his wife, Michelle, also became the proud parents of their first child, Matthew Bennett, on Nov. 27, 2012.
Megan E. Bailey '06 recently was promoted to senior associate status at Porter Wright. Bailey works with companies to resolve business disputes through litigation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Wesley Duncan '06 has joined the Law Offices of Lee A. Drizin, Chtd. in Las Vegas, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, estate planning, guardianship, elder law, and real estate. Prior to joining the firm, he served in the United States Air Force as an active duty Judge Advocate and, later, a Judge Advocate General (JAG).
Benton Bodamer '06, a senior corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges' Boston office, has been accepted into the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) 2012-2013 Public Interest Leadership Program. This highly selective program targets participants who stand out as emerging leaders with a commitment to serving in the public’s interest. Bodamer is one of only 14 members selected by the BBA for this program, which is set to begin in May. The 14 month program requires 150 hours from its members, and involves meeting local community leaders and participating in public service activities that benefit the community. At Weil, Bodamer represents public and private companies and financial sponsors involved in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, divestitures, and restructurings. Committed to serving the community, Bodamer belongs to both Weil’s global and Boston pro bono committees and serves as the current co-chair of the BBA’s Pro Bono Committee for the Business Transactions Section.
Gretchen (Drenski) Lange '06 and Brian Lange '06 welcomed their son, Benjamin Frederick Lange, on Feb. 27, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. The family reports that everyone is healthy and doing well.
Capt. John Swords '06 completed a 12-month tour in Iraq in February 2011 with the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service and received the Bronze Star Medal. In October, Swords accepted a position as the chief of both the Administrative Law and Fiscal Law Divisions for U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)/Southern European Task Force (SETAF) in Vicenza, Italy.
Jennie Ferguson ’06 an associate in the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Columbus office has been awarded with the firm’s 2011 Alice Neeley Memorial Award. The award was established to recognize outstanding associates who are dedicated to the practice of law, relate well to clients, have a positive attitude even in adverse situations, and make a genuine effort to personally know others in the firm. Ferguson is an associate in the litigation department and serves on the Program Committee for the Children's Hunger Alliance and volunteers at James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Mary '07 and Steve Yoost '06 welcomed their first child, Simon James Yoost, on May 1. Mary practices at McGuireWoods LLP and Steve practices at Alston & Bird LLP in Charlotte, N.C.
Scott R. Stanley '06 recently accepted a position as Attorney in the Market Abuse Unit at U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
Asim Haque ’06 was elected vice president of Community Research Partners (CRP) Board of Trustees. Haque began his two-year term on Jan. 1. As a member of the board, he will assist the Central Ohio nonprofit in its mission to strengthen and empower the community through data, information and knowledge. CRP collects, analyzes and makes available data that supports community planning and policy, as well as action by funders, program providers and residents. Haque is an associate at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn.
Steve Roach ’06 published an article in the April 2011 Texas Bar Journal titled “America's Most Mysterious Gold Coins” - 1933 gold $20 double eagles. See the article at http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Texas_Bar_Journal&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13009.
Steve Yoost ’06 was promoted to senior associate at Alston & Bird LLP in Charlotte, N.C., where he focuses on corporate and securities matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.
Eric D. Duffee ’06 was named an Ohio “Rising Star” in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. Duffee is an associate at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of business, intellectual property, estate planning, and employee benefits.
Ronald Petroff '06 and his wife, Natasha, welcomed their first child, Samantha Erin Petroff, on Dec. 10.
Steve Roach ’06 was featured in the April 2010 Texas Bar Journal regarding his work as a Dallas attorney, art appraiser, licensed auctioneer, and editor of Coin World. Read the story at this link.
Lindsey Williams ’06 was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) in Pennsylvania. RHLS is a nonprofit law firm with unique expertise in affordable, sustainable housing and its related components — community and economic development, utility matters, and preservation of home ownership. RHLS provides innovative project and policy solutions that help create sustainable communities offering decent, safe, and affordable housing for lower-income Pennsylvanians.
Andrea Cozza ’06 was named a "Rising Star" in the 2010 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. She currently practices in the area of family law with Craig P. Treneff Law Office in Westerville, Ohio.
Eric D. Duffee ’06 was named an Ohio "Rising Star” in mergers and acquisitions by Law & Politics. Duffee is an associate in the Columbus firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter.
Jamie LaPlante '07 and Timothy LaPlante welcomed boy/girl twins, Bryson Craig and Kendall Brooke, to their family on July 22, 2013, joining big sister Hadley.
Megan M. St. Ledger ’07 has joined the Providence, R.I. firm of Duffy & Sweeney. Her practice has spanned a wide range of litigation, advisory, and regulatory matters, with a focus on commercial and intellectual property disputes. She previously was an associate for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City and clerked for Judge James J. Brady of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.
Luke J. Busam '07 has joined the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd as a senior associate in the construction practice group. Prior to joining the firm, Busam was in private practice in Cincinnati, having co-chaired more than 10 trials and obtained defense verdicts in residential and commercial property damage and defect cases, industrial accident cases, landlord tenant disputes, and personal injury matters.
Lisa G. Whittaker '07, an attorney in Porter Wright's labor and employment department, has been named to Columbus Business First's Forty Under 40 Class of 2013. The distinction is given to area business executives who demonstrate outstanding business ethics, work for the betterment of the community, and possess exemplary leadership skills. Whittaker is a labor and employment attorney who focuses in all areas of management-side labor and employment law. She also is the chair of the board of trustees for The Ohio State University's Newark campus and is active with multiple professional associations, including the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and the Columbus, Ohio State and American Bar associations.
Zachary Bolitho '07 recently joined the faculty at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C. as a tenure-track assistant professor of law. Bolitho teaches a variety of courses, including Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure. Prior to joining the Campbell faculty, he was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Knoxville, Tenn.
Megan St. Ledger '07 joined the law firm of Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd. in Providence, R.I. as an associate. Her practice will focus on litigation and arbitration matters in the fields of intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, and employment law.
Wayne F. Miller '07 received an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in May. He has joined Ernst & Young's transactional tax practice in Chicago. Previously, Wayne worked at Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp on finance and restructuring matters, including the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and American Airlines.
Brandon Middleton '07 recently joined the Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as Senior Clean Water Act Counsel. He previously served as a staff attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation and as an associate attorney for a litigation boutique in Sacramento.
Jennifer M. Storipan '07 recently accepted the newly created legislative director and counsel position with Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D) in her Washington, D.C. office. Beatty represents Ohio's Third Legislative District, which is wholly contained in Franklin County.
Lisa Whittaker '07, was named to Business First's Forty Under 40, Class of 2013. Whittaker is an attorney at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP practicing in management-side labor and employment law.
Amy Bittner '07 has been made a partner at Muchnicki & Bittner, LLP, in Dublin, Ohio, formerly Muchnicki Law Office, where she continues to practice immigration and criminal law.
Jamie A. LaPlante '07 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes those age 40 or younger who have been practicing law for 10 years or fewer and represent the best of the up-and-coming attorneys in the state. LaPlante is an associate in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's office in Columbus, where she focuses on employment litigation defense.
Jason A. Block '07 published a solo-authored article in the peer-reviewed College Student Affairs Journal. The article, titled " 'Prompt and Equitable' Explained: How to Craft a Title IX Compliant Sexual Harassment Policy and Why it Matters," explored how to develop policies concerning college campus sexual harassment that satisfy legal requirements while, at the same time, supporting the missions of colleges and universities. Block is currently an advanced Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky.
Elizabeth Lash '07 celebrated her one-year anniversary in February 2013 as in-house counsel for FXDD, a foreign exchange brokerage firm based in New York City's financial district. Lash was hired as assistant corporate counsel and promoted to corporate counsel after the first eight months.
Lisa M. Jones '07 married Victor R. Lane in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 1, 2012. They will reside in Cleveland, Ohio. Jones works for the U.S. Department of Education in the Office for Civil Rights.
Jennifer Storipan '07 left the private practice of law and relocated to Harrisburg, PA, where she is working on President Obama's re-election campaign. She is the Field Organizer for Dauphin County, the Capital Region of Pennsylvania, and will be with the campaign until mid-November.
Ritu Singh '07 has been promoted to senior associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC. Singh, who works in the firm's Cincinnati office, focuses on patent prosecution and application drafting in a variety of arts, including mechanical, electrical, software, and biomedical.
Ursula Barrera-Richards '07 and her husband, Jimmy, welcomed Josefina B. Richards into the world on April 21, 2011. Barrera-Richards also joined the Lucas County Auditor's Office in September 2011 as the human resources and labor director.
Caitlin E. Chamberlain '07 is an associate at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in the firm's litigation department. Her experience includes work in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, and white-collar law. Prior to joining the firm's Columbus office, Chamberlain served for four years as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Watson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Derek J. Somogy '07 is an associate at Wood Herron & Evans, LLP, where he supports the firm’s patent practice in the mechanical arts.
Lisa Whittaker ’07 has joined Porter Wright as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment department. She will focus her practice in all areas of management-side labor and employment law. Her experience includes defending both public and private sector agencies and universities in federal and state court, and before administrative agencies.
Derek Somogy '07 recently accepted a position as an associate with Wood, Herron & Evans LLP in Cincinnati. The firm has served businesses, trade associations, universities, foundations, and individuals since 1868. The practice aids clients in aspects of intellectual property clearance, protection, enforcement and defense.
Jason Block '07 enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Higher Education Law and Policy at the University of Kentucky. As part of the program, he will be working with scholars, policy makers, and practitioners on fostering innovation in Kentucky higher education. Previously, he served for two years as Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
Joseph Bahgat ’07 partnered with Seattle-based company LexBlog in November 2010 to develop a concept for a law blog that presents legal news from the media, sports, and entertainment industries, and packages it in an easily digestible format for lay people. The web site is www.sportsandentertainmentlawplaybook.com.
Matthew Horwitz ’07 was named a senior associate at Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. He represents and advises clients in a wide range of litigation areas, with a focus on complex business and commercial litigation.
Ursula Barrera-Richards ’07 is the new policy director for the Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. The 33-year old commission advises the legislature, governor, and state agencies on issues and policies pertinent to the Ohio Latino community. Barrera-Richards was also recently married to Jimmy R. Richards in Toledo, Ohio.
Justin Moses ’07 has accepted a position as associate dean of students and director of student conduct at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn. Moses will oversee all aspects of student conduct and the university’s honor court.
Brandon Middleton ’07 recently wrote a law review article, "Restoring Tradition: The Inapplicability of TVA v. Hill's Endangered Species Act Injunctive Relief Standard to Preliminary Injunctive Relief of Non-Federal Actors," which was published in the Spring 2010 edition of the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review. Middleton is a staff attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento, Calif., practicing in the foundation's environmental section.
Lisa Jones ’07 joined the U.S. Department for Education in July of 2007 as an attorney in the Office for Civil Rights in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sarah A. Cherry ’07 was named deputy legal counsel to the Ohio House of Representatives Majority Caucus.
Ritu Singh ’07 joined Baker & Daniels LLP as an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Singh will practice in the firm’s Fort Wayne, Ind., office. Before joining Baker & Daniels, Singh practiced at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she focused on intellectual property matters for more than two years. At Baker & Daniels, Singh will concentrate her practice on patent prosecution and due diligence in a variety of arts, including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical.
Jennifer Storipan '07 was named a 2010 Lowenstein Sandler Fellow at Essex-Newark Legal Services. Starting in May 2010, she will spend four months at Essex-Newark Legal Services in the Housing Unit assisting low-income individuals in matters relating to housing issues.
Zachary Bolitho ’07 recently joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Appellate Section. Bolitho is responsible for briefing and arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Casey W. Baker ’08 has joined the law firm of Meyers & Neville, LLC in Lawrence County, Ohio. Baker’s practice concentrates in business and corporate matters, contracts, real estate, taxes and estate matters.
Sam Hamilton '08 is the managing attorney for North America for the Voith Group, based in Appleton, Wisc. Hamilton leads the legal team that supports Voith's business in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Voith is a leader in the energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials,transportation and automotive markets.
Erin Wright Lothson '08 has joined Groupon, Inc. as corporate counsel of intellectual property. She came from DLA Piper LLP (U.S.), where she was an associate in the intellectual property and technology group.
Dr. Eugene Hong ’08 has joined the Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick, Wash. as a radiation oncologist. Hong was an early graduate of the M.D./J.D. dual-degree program at The Ohio State University, where he combined studies in alternative prostate cancer treatments and the legal issues in patient health information privacy. In addition to his active practice, Hong has done volunteer work with children in the Ukraine and as a coach with the Special Olympics.
Laura Hult '08, an associate at Ice Miller LLP, has been recognized as an "Associate to Watch" by Chambers USA in the banking and finance practice area because of her notable work on major business transactions. Hult handles matters for clients at all levels of the capital structure. She regularly represents senior lenders, mezzanine lenders, institutional investors, and subordinated debt funds in all aspects of complex financial transactions.
Bart Keyes '08 is an associate at Cooper & Elliott, LLC in Columbus. He joined the firm in 2011. His practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and commercial litigation. He has first- and second-chaired jury trials and commercial arbitrations. Keyes lives in Columbus with his wife, Kate, and their three children, Ben, Sam, and Eliza.
Martha Brewer Motley '08 was named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers magazine. A "Rising Star" in general litigation, she is an associate in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.
Ryan Muennich '08 recently won a precedential opinion in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing aliens to apply for waivers of criminal convictions even when they are already lawful permanent residents, so long as they never entered the United States as a permanent resident. Muennich is an immigration law attorney and founding partner of the firm Muennich & Bussard, LLP in New York City.
Stephen S. Schmidt '08 joined the Cincinnati office of Roetzel & Andress as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice primarily on business and commercial litigation. He also has significant experience with creditors’ rights litigation and has represented a wide variety of financial services industry clients in both consumer and commercial disputes.
Erin Wright Lothson '08 was featured on the cover of the October 2011 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, the main publication of the Illinois State Bar Association, and quoted in the feature story about ethical use of social media. In the past, the Illinois Bar Journal has only featured newly elected ISBA presidents and Illinois Supreme Court justices. Lothson was the first person to appear solo on the cover who does not hold either of those positions.
Katie O. Rogers ’08 is the new director of public policy at LeadingAge Ohio and Midwest Care Alliance. Rogers will manage day-to-day advocacy efforts and grassroots development for both associations, while also assuming oversight of membership recruitment, retention and value for LeadingAge Ohio.
After producing local television in Los Angeles, California, Joseph Seifert '08 opened his own law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009. Seifert Law Center was renamed Seifert & Knupp in 2011 and expanded its office to include additional lawyers and practice areas. Currently Seifert practices in Bankruptcy, Family Law, Immigration, Civil Rights, Probate and Estate and Civil Litigation. In addition to running a law firm, Seifert teaches CLE in various areas including Immigration and the new Self Help Repossession Law.
Michael Jones '08 was promoted to Global Privacy Program Manager at Monster Worldwide, a global leader in online employment services. He joined Monster's Global Privacy Office in 2008.
Captain, US Army JAG Corps, Dan Maurer '08, recently returned from his second year-long deployment to Iraq, where he served as a brigade's Command Judge Advocate (senior legal counsel to brigade commander and staff) and, more importantly, watched the live birth of his third child, Alexander Finn, via Skype. He is currently an appellate counsel practicing before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, in Washington, D.C., and has three scholarly articles pending publication in refereed military legal journals.
Jason P. Bichsel '08 joined the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt LLP in the firm's Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office in April. He is an associate in the firm's Consumer Finance Litigation practice group.
Samuel Hamilton ’08 was named a 2010 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal. Hamilton is an associate with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC in Milwaukee. His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions and general business representation, as well as securities matters.
Shariq Kathawala ’08 recently accepted a new job as a Cook County, Ill., assistant state’s attorney.
Kathleen Clyde ’08 announced her candidacy for the 68th Ohio House District. Clyde has worked in state government for the Ohio Senate, the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, and most recently as deputy legal counsel to the Ohio speaker of the House. Clyde currently lives in Kent, Ohio.
Brian Hoffman '09 received a passing score on the Ohio Supreme Court Foreign Language Court Interpreter certification exam in December. Hoffman said he is only the second attorney in Ohio to also be a certified court interpreter in the English-Spanish language combination. He is the principal of Brian J. Hoffman LLC, based in Columbus.
Tim Clayton '09 has joined the legal department at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as a vice president and assistant general counsel. Clayton supports the performing servicing area of Chase's mortgage bank. He previously worked for the Columbus law firm of Luper Neidenthal & Logan, LPA. He and his wife, Dominika, also recently welcomed their first children, twin boys William and Alex.
Octavia Donnelly Martinez '09 married Antonio Martinez on Sept. 21, 2013 in Harligen, Texas. The couple met when she was a 3L and he was a first year medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Donnelly Martinez is an associate at the Phoenix firm of Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA.
Daniel M. Bauer '09 has joined Porter Wright's corporate department as an associate in the firm's Columbus office, focusing his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance, and corporate governance. He has represented both private and publicly traded companies in sophisticated M&A transactions as well as securities offerings and general corporate matters. Before joining private practice in 2010, Bauer served as an investment banker and as an in-house attorney at a public company.
Tony Richardson '09 is running for re-election as city councilman at-large in Lorain, Ohio. Richardson, assistant director of admissions at Oberlin College, serves on the street and utilities, federal programs, and finance and claims committees. Richardson is running as a Democrat on the November ballot.
Julie K. Phillips ’09 has joined the Ohio Department of Agriculture as its assistant chief legal counsel and was promoted to assistant staff Judge Advocate General with the Ohio National Guard. She previously was a partner at Worley Law, LLC. Phillips also is the secretary for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and social secretary for the Thomas J. Moyer Inns of Court in Columbus.
Michael A. Jackson '09 was selected for inclusion in Crain's Cleveland Business "Who to Watch in Law" feature. This annual article honors outstanding attorneys who are expected to lead Northeast Ohio's legal scene of the future. Jackson joined Fisher & Phillips LLP in 2011. Prior to that, was an associate at a large Midwestern firm and a judicial extern for Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Katherine S. Decker '09 has joined the Toledo office of Schumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP as an associate in the litigation practice group.
Tamara L. Maynard '09 has joined the firm Benesch as an associate in the corporate and securities practice group in the Columbus office. She has experience representing public and private companies across multiple industries with domestic and international transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, debt/securities offerings and joint ventures. Maynard is a graduate of United Way's Board Orientation and Leadership Development (BOLD) program, a former mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, and a member of the Association for Corporate Growth.
Nouvelle L. Gonzalo '09 has developed a mobile application designed to help lawyers take their offices -- case files, research, documents to draft, rules, and more -- with them. The Mobile Lawyer Toolkit was released by Apple in September 2012 and is compatible the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. To check out the app, visit www.themobilelawyertoolkit.com.
Rachel C. Laing '09 and her husband, Nathan, welcomed their son, William Mark, on May 1. The couple also has a 7-year-old son, John Laing, and 2-year-old daughter, Sylvia Laing. Rachel Laing has been an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office since 2009.
Billy Means '09 joined Chicago-based Nuveen Investments as vice president and assistant general counsel.
Alex Wright '09 recently became a Jeopardy! champion by winning an episode of the television quiz show. He currently works in an adminsitrative position at The Ohio State University.
Kenesa Ahmad '09 is completing a legal and policy fellowship at the Future of Privacy Forum, a privacy and security think-tank based in Washington, D.C.
Sara (Igdaloff) Luck '09 is an associate in the corporate group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's Chicago office.
Joseph Buoni '09 will begin clerking in fall 2011 for the Honorable Jennifer W. Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Patrick Welch '09 recently left his position as a law clerk for the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission to take a position as an assistant state public defender for the Office of the Ohio Public Defender.
Octavia Donnelly '09 has joined the firm Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA as an associate in downtown Phoenix, AZ.
Michael Jackson '09 will join the Cleveland office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national law firm representing management in all aspects of labor and employment, as an associate this month.
Susan Landrum '09 has recently moved to Atlanta, Ga, where she is working as a staff attorney for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
After attending Naval Justice School, Newport, RI, Captain Ryan Shrout '09, U.S. Marine Corps, was certified as a Marine Corps Judge Advocate on April 1, 2011. He assumed duties as a Trial Counsel (prosecutor) at the Legal Services Support Section, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Mario A. Medina ’09 joined the Chatham County, Ga., District Attorney’s office as an assistant prosecutor.
Jesse Thomas ’09 has joined the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis & West LLP as an associate in the firm’s Trial Department. Thomas will focus his practice on business litigation.
Tiffany T. Smith ’09 was the filing attorney for a pro bono lawsuit on behalf of constitutional law professor Abukar Hassan Ahmed, who was reportedly imprisoned and tortured in Somalia during the brutal regime of Siad Barre. Smith’s firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, joined with the Center for Justice and Accountability to file the suit. Smith was also elected on behalf o the firm’s first-year associates to serve as one of two representatives on the firm’s Associate Committee.
Ryan Shrout '09, 1st lieutenant, completed a four-month tour working in the Military Law Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps, at the Pentagon. He will now start a six-month basic training course with the United States Marine Corps before he is assigned his permanent duty station.
Michael S. Weisenbach ’09 joined the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office of Dykema Gossett PLLC. Weisenbach’s practice will focus on general litigation, with an emphasis on automotive and products liability.
Terrance Mebane ’09 joined the Columbus office of Thompson Hine LLP as an associate. Mebane will work in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group.
Kyle Baker ’09 joined the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine LLP as an associate. Baker will work in the firm’s Construction Practice Group.
Tamara L. Maynard ’09 joined the Cincinnati office of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC. Maynard is an associate in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Practice Group.
Lindsey D’Andrea ’09 joined the Columbus office of Baker Hostetler, where her practice will focus on employment and labor and employee benefits issues.
Laren M. Hilsheimer ’09 joined the Columbus office of Baker Hostetler, where her practice will focus on business, tax, and intellectual property.
Jennifer A. Vessells ’09 joined the Columbus office of Baker Hostetler, where her practice will focus on litigation.
Chad W. Makuch ’09 joined the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler. His practice will focus on tax law and estate planning.
Michael Jackson ’09 joined the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur as an associate in the labor and employment division. He focuses primarily in the area of employment litigation.
Patrick Reilly '09 joined Baker & Daniels LLP as an associate in the firm's Product Liability Litigation Practice Group in September 2009. Reilly is practicing in the firm's Fort Wayne, Ind., office.
Rachel C. Laing '09 joined the Delaware County Prosecuting Office as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the juvenile division. Laing, her husband, Nathan, and son, John, welcomed new baby, Sylvia Margaret, on Oct. 29.
Rex W. Miller ’09 has joined the Columbus office of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as an associate. Miller will focus his practice in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He is a registered patent agent and has a technical background in electrical engineering and systems integration.
Jason H. Beehler ’09 joined the firm of Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP in Columbus and will focus his practice primarily in the area of civil litigation.
Erin Cleary ’09 joined the Columbus office of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter as an associate in the corporate law and estate planning areas. Her practice will also maintain a focus on intellectual property issues.
Nimita L. Parekh ’09 joined the Chicago office of Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. Leydig, Voit & Mayer is a full-service intellectual property law firm. Having worked as a summer associate with the firm in 2008, Parekh has a particular interest in trademark prosecution and related litigation.