Class Notes

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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.


Christopher Hawley, 2015

Christopher G. Hawley '15 has joined McDonald Hopkins as an associate in the firm's Cleveland office. His practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and lending matters.


Michael Briley, 1969

Michael M. Briley '69 was re-appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners. He has served as an examiner since 1997. Briley is a partner in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, where he practices antitrust and transportation law and provides counseling for clients involved in a variety of domestic and international industries.


Sue Yount, 1986

Sue W. Yount '86 received the 2018 Rich Bebee Leadership Award from Ohio University Chillicothe. The award recognizes former students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field, and service to the community. Yount is a partner at Bricker & Eckler where her practice involves nearly all aspects of education law, including employment, discrimination, labor relations, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, unfair labor practice charges, school finance, special education, student discipline, private school matters, and school-age daycare matters.


Rodney Hanson, 1973

Rodney D. Hanson '73 was posthumously awarded the Ohio University Eastern Campus Austin C. Furbee Award alongside his wife Deborah Hanson Shutler in recognition of their dedication and contribution to Ohio University and their community. Rodney was a longtime partner at Thomas, Fregiato and Myser in Bridgeport, Ohio, where he specialized in school law and corporate law. He was also a strong believer in giving back to the community. He served as a member of the Belmont County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the School Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Rodney was also a member of the St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary in addition to the Knights of Columbus Council 4243 and St. Mary’s Church in St. Clairsville.


M. Salman Shah, 2013

M. Salman Shah '13 has joined Reminger, Attorneys at Law, as an associate in the firm's Columbus office. His practice focuses on trucking liability, premises liability, professional malpractice defense, and general insurance matters.