Class Notes

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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.


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.


Chelsea Berger, 2012

Chelsea L. Berger '12 has joined Dickinson Wright PLLC in Columbus as of counsel. Her practice focuses primarily on education and employment law.


Pamela Barker, 1982

Pamela A. Barker '82 was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as district court judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She currently sits on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, where she has served for the last seven years.


Terry Shilling, 1968

Terry Smith Shilling '68 was recently honored by the Ohio State Bar Association for 50 years of service to the legal profession. Over the course of his career Shilling served the City of Elyria as law director from 1980 to 2011 as well as on the Charter Review Commission. In the private sector, he maintains a practice in Elyria specializing in business law, estate planning, administrative law, real estate law, and tax law.


John Haynes, 1968

John Stanley Haynes '68 was recently honored by the Ohio State Bar Association for 50 years of service to the legal profession. Over the course of his career, Haynes specialized in criminal and family law, defending high-profile criminal clients in Lorain County, including trials in Appellate Court and the Ohio Supreme Court. He also represented the ACLU in federal court proceedings and represented residents of Lorain County on the Committee to build a new Lorain County Jail.


W. Ray Persons, 1978

W. Ray Persons '78 delivered this year's keynote address to graduate and undergraduate students at the combined commencement ceremony for Georgia Southern University's Armstrong and Liberty campuses. Persons is partner at King & Spalding where his practice focuses on on complex litigation, including class actions, mass torts, and product liability.