October 6, 2009
“General Counsels and Business Leadership”
February 10, 2010
John Lowe, Moritz class of 1998, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream since July, 2009. Jeni’s Ice Cream has five stores throughout central Ohio and sells its product wholesale to restaurants. Jeni’s Ice Cream is known for their artesian quality desserts and unique flavors such as Salty Caramel, Bourbon Buttered Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Peppermint.
John was an attorney for GE Aviation in Cincinnati prior to his appointment as CEO of Jeni’s. Prior to joining GE, John practiced law in Columbus, Ohio, where he was twice named a “Rising Star” in the Cincinnati Magazine’s “Ohio Super Lawyers” and was a recipient of Business First Magazine’s “40 Under 40″award. John has worked with the Student Leadership Intern Program, KidsVoting, Junior Achievement and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. He has been active with United Way, having Co-Chaired the Central Ohio Young Leadership Group, United Way’s most successful YLG organization with over 1,000 young professionals each donating over $2,500 annually. He is a graduate of Leadership Columbus, Class of 2003.
Lowe earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
February 11, 2010
Elizabeth Kessler, Moritz Class of ’93, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day Columbus Office
Liza has extensive experience in complex litigation with a particular focus on nationwide product liability cases. Her experience includes defending manufacturers of products such as cigarettes, recreational vehicles, paints, and chemicals. She appears in state and federal courts throughout the United States and coordinates the defense for clients with co-defendants in joint defense groups.
Liza’s experience covers legal issues including conspiracy laws, public and private nuisance, medical monitoring, duty to warn, class actions, preemption, and liability from trade association activities. She works with a wide range of experts such as toxicologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, historians, economists, marketing and advertising professionals, oncologists, radiologists, and industrial hygienists.
She has defended The Sherwin-Williams Company in public nuisance suits brought by various governmental entities and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in smoking and health litigation including medical recoupment suits by various state attorneys general and in class actions. She was also lead defense counsel in a case alleging birth defects in an employee’s offspring from a chemical workplace exposure that resulted in a defense summary judgment verdict that was upheld on appeal.
She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation. Liza is actively involved in the community including serving on nonprofit boards such as The Ohio State University Medical Center board and the WexnerCenter for the Arts Foundation.
February 18, 2010
Donald Leach, ’82, Managing Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl Columbus Office
Donald B. Leach, Jr. is the Managing Partner of the Columbus office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Construction Practice Group where his practice focus is on construction-related contracting, disputes and business matters.
Mr. Leach has extensive experience representing owner/developers and contractors in prosecuting and defending all types of construction lien, contract and bond cases on both public and private projects He also has extensive experience drafting contracts tailored to clients’ specific needs. He assisted in the drafting of Ohio’s mechanics’ lien law and is a frequent presenter on that law and other construction topics.
Mr. Leach serves as General Counsel to the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Ohio Chapter and the Ohio Structural Steel and Architectural Metals Association. He is the former President of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and received that organization’s highest award, the Cornerstone Award, in 2003. In addition, Mr. Leach just completed service as President of City Council and Mayor of Upper Arlington, Ohio.
In November, 2009 Mr. Leach was appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to serve on the Ohio Board of Building Standards, which establishes Ohio’s building codes and certifies and regulates building officials and departments throughout the state.