Class Notes

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Ronald Bell, 1994

Ronald A. Bell has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© list in the areas of tax law and employee benefits (ERISA) law. Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence, since it was first published in 1983.

Kevin McDermott, 1977

Kevin McDermott was named to 2020 ‘The Best Lawyers In America®’ List and the “Lawyer of the Year” list for Litigation - Securities. Press Release can be found here:

Chad Makuch, 2009

Chad W. Makuch was recently promoted to partner at national law firm BakerHostetler, where he practices in the firm's Cleveland office. Chad is an estate planning and tax lawyer who focuses on counseling wealthy families, institutional trustees, other fiduciaries and tax-exempt organizations. He earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and his A.B. from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Chad was previously an associate at the firm.

Michael Stinziano, 2007

Michael Stinziano Elected Franklin County Auditor Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Michael Stinziano, a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, was elected Franklin County Auditor this November, becoming the first Democrat in 80 years to lead that office. Commenting on his victory in the election, Stinziano said I am humbled and honored that the people of Franklin County have elected me as their Auditor and will lead an office that is accountable, protects taxpayer dollars and provides excellent constituent services. President Pro Tem Stinziano currently serves as the Chair of Columbus City Council's Neighborhoods Committee, Technology Committee, and Public Utilities Committee. Michael also serves as Chair of award winning Age Friendly Columbus, one of Michael's most successful efforts. This citywide initiative works to ensure that individuals of all ages and abilities can remain in their homes, living independently and maintaining a high quality of life. On Council, Michael has proven himself to be a sensible and innovative leader who works in a bipartisan manner to get results for our community. He finds effective solutions to solve problems and fights to build a better future for central Ohio. Outside of Council, Michael is an Adjunct Law Professor at Capital University Law School where he teaches a course on legislation. From 2011 to 2016, Michael proudly represented the residents and businesses of Columbus in the Ohio House of Representative. At the Statehouse, Michael received numerous honors and awards including several Legislator of the Year, including the Legislator of The Year Award from the Central Ohio Association for Justice in 2014.

Daniel Karon, 1991

Daniel R. Karon ’91, in addition to running his own law firm, Karon LLC, is entering his 10th year chairing the ABA’s National Institute on Class Actions. He writes a class-action column for Law360, hosts a consumer-law segment on a Cleveland-area TV show, lectures on class actions at Ohio State, and teaches complex litigation at Columbia Law School.

Susan Seaman, 2013

I was selected to be a member of the 2018-2020 American Bar Association's Business Law Fellows Program.

Michael Jackson, 2009

Mike Jackson serves as Director & Employee Relations Counsel at Target headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently, Mike was elevated to lead a team that supports all of Target's stores in the Central U.S. (over 23 states and over 500 stores). Mike is also the lead employment counsel for Target's asset protection/loss prevention team, and is actively involved in Target's Legal Affairs Diversity Action Committee where he serves on both the external engagement and pipeline pillars. Prior to Target, Mike held in-house roles at two other Fortune 500 companies, McDonald's and The J.M. Smucker Company. Mike is also actively involved in local and national bar associations and social justice volunteer work. Mike and his husband reside in Minneapolis.

David Dirr, 2010

David M. Dirr '10 has been named a partner at DBL Law. His practice focuses on healthcare-related issues including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, anti-kickback law, the Stark Law, and HIPAA.

Benton Bodamer, 2006

Benton B. Bodamer '06 has joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member. His practice focuses on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and general corporate transactional matters.

Christopher Noble, 2017

Christopher Nobel '17 has joined Ice Miller LLP as an associate in the firm's business group. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and alternative investments.