Alumna Megan Gramke, '05 Named Partner at at Ulmer and Berne LLP
Ulmer & Berne Elects Six Outstanding New Partners and Promotes Three to Counsel
(January 2, 2015) – Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the promotion of six attorneys to the partnership effective January 1, 2015. The new partners are Megan B. Gramke, Elizabeth M. Hill, James D. Houston, Joshua A. Klarfeld, Nathan W. Lamb, and Robin D. Miller. In addition, the following three attorneys are being promoted to Counsel: Kristin W. Boose, Elise Balkin Ice, and Thomas G. McIntosh.
“We are pleased about these promotions,” said Kip Reader, managing partner of Ulmer & Berne. “Each of these attorneys has demonstrated exceptional legal knowledge and ability, a sharp focus on client service and client goals, and an active engagement with a collaborative work approach. We like to think that these characteristics are a significant part of our firm’s reputation for high quality client service and results.”
Megan Gramke of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses her practice on product liability defense. She represents medical device, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturers on a local and national level. Her experience includes defense of claims pertaining to antidepressants, cancer medications, cardiac drugs, dietary supplements, and medical devices. Ms. Gramke has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.S.J., magna cum laude, from Ohio University.
Elizabeth Hill of the firm’s Cleveland office concentrates her practice on business litigation involving financial institutions. She represents national banks, broker-dealers, and financial advisory firms in court, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the American Arbitration Association arbitration proceedings. She also represents financial institutions in FINRA and state regulatory investigations. Ms. Hill has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University.
James Houston of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses his practice on construction law as well as labor and employment. His trial experience includes first chair representation of contractors, employers and sureties in both arbitration and traditional trial court settings (including actions for emergency injunctive relief). He has also successfully defended Ohio employers against various wrongful death and discrimination claims. He has drafted and argued appellate briefs for various courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, various Ohio District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Mr. Houston received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and his B.A. from Miami University.
Joshua Klarfeld of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses his practice on product liability litigation, pharmaceutical, medical device and mass tort litigation. He also is engaged in complex business litigation. He represents major corporations in the defense of multidistrict, coordinated, and consolidated litigation; putative class actions; mass torts; toxic torts; drug and medical device; employment-related torts; and premises liability actions. Mr. Klarfeld has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University.
Nathan Lamb of the firm’s Chicago office focuses his practice on securities-related litigation, FINRA, the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and state securities commission regulatory investigations and disputes. He defends brokers, broker-dealers, and investment advisors in FINRA arbitrations, SEC actions, and FINRA enforcement actions. Mr. Lamb’s practice also involves advising clients on how to navigate the complex financial services regulatory environment. Mr. Lamb has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.B.A. from the University of Iowa.
Robin Miller of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She successfully represents publicly traded corporations, as well as small private businesses, at all stages of litigation including requests for immediate injunctive relief, trials, and appeals. She has experience defending and pursuing a variety of cases involving breach of contract, fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secret misappropriation, construction, employment discrimination, and product liability. Ms. Miller has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio University.
Kristin Boose of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses her practice on assisting lenders, borrowers, and developers in financing matters. She represents clients in all facets of commercial real estate and commercial lending, including traditional mortgage lending, HUD-insured mortgage lending transactions, Fannie Mae Multifamily, and asset-based and cash flow credit facilities. Ms. Boose also represents developers in transactions utilizing New Markets Tax Credit, Low Income Tax Credit and/or Historic Tax Credit transactions. She also counsels clients on general real estate matters as well matters involving loan workouts and restructurings. Ms. Boose has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, her M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Elise Ice of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses her practice on complex business litigation in both state and federal courts. She has successfully handled cases involving a variety of substantive areas, including ERISA, employment and labor, insurance, lead-based paint, class actions, product liability, securities, professional malpractice, and personal injury. In addition to her experience with these substantive areas of the law, she has solid experience taking fact and expert witness depositions, drafting and arguing motions, and preparing for trial. Ms. Ice received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. from Mary Washington College.
Thomas McIntosh of the firm’s Cincinnati office concentrates his practice on product liability litigation with a focus on personal injury defense involving pharmaceutical products. He has experience defending drug companies in complex matters across the country in multidistrict litigation and state-court consolidated litigation as well as individual cases in state and federal courts. He has worked on matters involving a variety of different products including generic and brand-name pharmaceuticals, supplements, and medical devices. Mr. McIntosh has specialized experience in federal preemption of state-laws involving generic drugs, and has briefed the issue in numerous state and federal courts across the country. Mr. McIntosh has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky.
About Ulmer & Berne LLP
Ulmer & Berne, established in 1908, is a full-service law firm focused on exceeding client expectations and delivering superior, customized legal solutions for an exceptional value. Its more than 190 attorneys, located in Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus, serve as counselors and partners to a wide range of clients to help them solve their business challenges and achieve their goals. The firm represents publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, pharmaceutical companies, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, family offices, start-ups and emerging businesses, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit ulmer.com.
The 28th Annual Corporate Law Center Symposium
March 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hilton Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
A series of presentations and conversations designed to foster new ways of looking at compliance in a variety of fields, including health care, corporate work, and international law.
- Sharon E. Abrams, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Procter & Gamble
- Daniel Sokol, University of Florida
- Tianlong Lawrence Hu, Renmin University of China Law School
- Clare Iery, Senior Counsel, Procter & Gamble
- Matt Horwitz, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Ohio
- Claire Sylvia, Phillips and Cohen
- Kristin Johnson, Seton Hall
- Lisa Taylor, Chief Compliance Officer, UC Health
- Michael R. McAlevey, Vice President, Legal Operations & Business Development, GE Aviation
- Tom Zeno, Squire Patton Boggs
- Eric Rozier, University of Cincinnati
- Craig Hoffman, Baker & Hostetler
- McKay Cunningham, Concordia University
- Miriam Baer, Brooklyn Law School
- Mike Petrucci, Deputy General Counsel, FirstGroup America, Inc.
- Rick Holmes, Fifth Third Bank
Professor Bettman’s judicial decisions cited by the Supreme Court of Ohio
In State v. Radcliff, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-235, issued by the Supreme Court of Ohio on January 28, 2015, and authored by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the court cited with approval a concurring opinion written by Professor Bettman when she was a judge on the First District Court of Appeals. In Radcliff the state high court held, with admitted reluctance, that in the absence of statutory authority, a trial court does not have inherent authority to seal the criminal record of an offender who has been pardoned by the governor. The excerpt from Bettman’s opinion, which begins at paragraph 35 of the majority opinion, urges the legislature to liberalize the expungement (this term has been changed to the word “sealing”) statutes to help those deserving of a fresh start.
Read the entire opinion online at State v. Radcliff, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-235, You can also read more about the entire issue of judicial record sealing in this post from Professor Bettman’s blog on the Supreme Court of Ohio.
2015 Robert S. Marx Lecture featuring Jill E. Fisch
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time/Location: 12:15pm – 1:15pm, Room 114 (College of Law)
CLE: 1 hour CLE has been submitted for OH/KY; approval is expected.
Webcast: Fisch Lecture
The Mess at Morgan: Risk, Incentives and Shareholder Empowerment
This lecture considers the focus on the “public” nature of the corporation following the financial crisis of 2008 and its relationship to policies increasing shareholder empowerment. Using the case of JP Morgan and the London whale, the lecture suggests that, rather than improving incentives for corporate decision-makers to engage in risky behavior, shareholder empowerment may increase those incentives. Thus the mess at Morgan highlights the potential limits of corporate governance.
Professor Jill Fisch
The University of Cincinnati College of Law is honored to present Jill E. Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as the 2015 Robert S. Marx Lecturer. Fisch is an internationally known scholar, whose work focuses on the intersection of business and law, including the role of regulation and litigation in addressing limitations in the disciplinary power of the capital markets. Her work, which consists of more than 50 scholarly articles, has appeared in the top law reviews including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Current projects include the regulation of mutual funds, an empirical analysis of securities arbitration, and a reconceptualization of the structure of private securities fraud litigation. Recently Fisch traveled to China to meet with Chinese regulators and to lecture on regulatory issues resulting from the globalization of the capital markets. She received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010-2011.
From a Small Town in India to Bustling Cincinnati, Pradeep Kandambath Continue to Pursue a Legal Career
From the small town of Payyanur in a region of southern India known for its long, sandy beaches, coconut trees, monsoon rains, and exotic spices, Pradeepkumar Kandambath moved to the United States looking to pursue a legal career. That was over 12 years ago. His circuitous journey, however, brought him to the College of Law as a student in the LLM program.
Kandambath attended Payyanur College (which is affiliated with Calicut University) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. He then went on to attend Symbiosis Law School in Pune, a university town not too far from Mumbai. Not done with academia yet, Kandambath also received a diploma in electronic commerce in Bangalore from Asset International, an institute renowned for its programs in e-commerce and computer and information technologies.
From 1997 to 2002, Kandambath practiced in the areas of real estate, employment law, and arbitration in a small firm at Kochi and at the High Court of Kerala. When he moved to the US in 2002, Kandambath spent just over a decade working in the banking industry here in Cincinnati. Last year, however, he decided it was time to return to the legal profession. His first step was discovering and then joining the LLM program at UC Law.
“Cincinnati looked almost unreal to me when I first arrived,” said Kandambath. He contrasted Cincinnati with what he knew about urban life in India, where poverty, noise, and pollution are integral parts of urban life. “One thing noteworthy about the Cincinnati is that it is a bustling cosmopolitan city like any other major city in the U.S.,” shared Kandambath, “except for the rush and difficult commutes.”
Having never cooked before moving to the U.S., cooking is now one of Kandambath hobbies along with travelling and music. A notable difference culturally, Kandambath shared that the cooking back home was usually done by servants. “It may sound strange to a Westerner” he laughed. “I had not even seen the whole kitchen in the house I was born in and lived at for more than 25 years!”
Having established his life in Cincinnati, Kandambath admittedly had almost given up his goal of establishing a legal practice here. When he moved to the Queen City years ago, no LLM program existed, and impracticalities and cost prevented him and his family from moving to another city. Then when he was online searching for short-term courses in law, he discovered UC Law’s new LLM program and jumped at the opportunity to pursue his dream. “I always wanted to have a post graduate degree in legal studies,” he said. “The LLM program has been the most exciting thing that has happened to me since I came to the United States.”
Now nearing graduation, Kandambath hopes to work with a law firm or business establishment where he can utilize his unique, multinational educational background. “I have benefitted immensely by doing the LLM program at UC,” he said. “I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in any career path in the legal field.
Faculty members at UC have extensive experience in legal practice and bring outstanding scholarship and teaching experience to the class. I would advise every student to take full advantage of this as well as the career support at the university.”
Professor Solimine’s Article Cited by the US Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion January 21, 2015 in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp. On the last page of the Court’s opinion, authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you will find the following reference to authority: "See generally, Solimine, Revitalizing Interlocutory Appeals in Federal Courts, 58 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1165 (1990)."
Congratulations, Professor Solimine.
Professor Arthur Miller to Speak at Law School
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Room 114
This event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society.
Title: Are They Closing the Courthouse Doors?
When the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were promulgated in 1938, they reflected a policy of citizen access for civil disputes and sought to promote their resolution on the merits rather than on the basis of the technicalities that characterized earlier procedural systems. The federal courts applied that philosophy of procedure for many years. However, the last quarter century has seen a dramatic contrary shift in the way the federal courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, have interpreted and applied the Federal Rules and other procedural matters. This shift has produced the increasingly early procedural disposition of cases prior to trial. Indeed, civil trials, especially jury trials, are very few and far between today.
Professor Miller cautions that some restoration of the earlier underlying philosophy of the Federal Rules is necessary if we are to preserve the procedural principles that should underlie our civil justice system and maintain the viability of private litigation as an adjunct to government regulation for the enforcement of important societal policies and values.
About the Speaker
Professor Arthur Miller is a leading scholar in the field of American civil procedure, a University Professor at New York University, and Chairman of The NYU Sports & Society Program. Prior to that, he was the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Miller is a co-author of Federal Practice and Procedure, which is often considered the most notable source for practicing in the federal courts and is an essential reference for judges and lawyers worldwide. Miller is also one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars in the areas of civil litigation, copyright and unfair competition, privacy and, most recently, sports law. He has authored more than 40 books and numerous scholarly articles, including The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers (University of Michigan Press, 1971) and Miller’s Court (Plume, 1983).
Miller has argued cases in all of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and several before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served as a Member and Reporter for the Advisory Committee of Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. President Gerald Ford also appointed Miller as commissioner of the United States Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works.
Professor Miller is the recipient of many honors, including six honorary doctorates, three American Bar Association Gavel Awards, and a Special Recognition Gavel Award for promoting public understanding of the law. In 2011, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed on him the prestigious honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire. A renowned commentator on law and society, Miller has also moderated several acclaimed PBS series, including “The Constitution: That Delicate Balance,” “Managing Our Miracles: Health Care in America” and “The Presidency.” He won an Emmy Award for “The Sovereign Self.” He further served for two decades as the on-air legal editor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Stephen Rost Hones Professional Skills with Corporate Externship
Originally from Madeira, Ohio, Stephen Rost ’15 has enjoyed studying law close to home. After graduating high school, however, he left the familiar surroundings of Cincinnati to attend St. Louis University, where he studied political science and theology. He went on to earn his master’s degree in political science and then returned to his hometown, working as an aide to Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray.
“When I decided that it was time to return to the classroom to pursue a law degree, Cincinnati was an easy choice,” explained Rost, noting that proximity to friends and family was a factor he considered. At UC Law, his favorite class has been Corporate Transactions, and he is the editor-of-chief of the Freedom Center Journal. Now Rost is beginning his final semester at the law school, and he is looking forward to the next steps of his career.
Gaining Corporate Experience
Through the externship program at UC Law, Stephen worked for a semester with d.e. Foxx & Associates, Inc. A parent company encompassing three brands (Foxx Construction & Facility Management, XLC Sercies, and Versatex), d.e. Foxx & Associates has been based out of Cincinnati for over 30 years. A tour of the city will lead one past several of the projects Foxx Construction has worked on, including Great American Ball Park, the Horseshoe Casino, and UC’s own Shoemaker Center. Further, XLC Services provides manufacturing services and warehouse management, and Versatex provides procurement and supplier management solutions. This breadth of areas was part of the draw for him as he considered where he wanted to extern. “I noticed the structure of the company,” he said, “and I saw the opportunity to work in multiple areas through one externship.”
With d.e. Foxx & Associates, Rost gained a variety of experiences. He drafted several contracts, worked on compliance matters concerning job application disclosures, and attended various meetings and events including bidding meetings and mediations. Among the many things that he learned during his externship, one thing that struck him as significant is the importance of legal research skills outside the classroom. “In drafting construction contracts and working on compliance in employment matters, I really utilized the research skills I have learned as a student,” he shared. “As the company does work in numerous states, I looked into state minimum wages and contract law. Such broad research projects can be quite the undertaking, and having a solid foundation of legal research skills is a very valuable tool to have.”
In reflection on his experience, Rost noted that a diversity of experiences and a focus on practical classes is key in succeeding in a corporate setting. “As in-house counsel, you may be asked to do any number of projects encompassing a variety of legal concerns. Having a broad base of knowledge and experience can prove useful.” As his final semester begins, he will continue to broaden and hone his skill set to prepare for the bar exam and beyond.
Externship at Fifth Third Bank Helped Kyle Miller Build Professional Skills
In his second year of law school, Kyle Miller ’16 gained experience in the corporate world by way of a legal externship through the law school’s externship program. It was recommended to him that he apply to extern with Fifth Third Bank; after taking that advice, Miller has gained valuable experience to carry forward through the rest of his education and into his career.
Originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan, Miller attended Miami (OH) University where he studied marketing. Although the plan was always to ultimately end up in law school, he worked for a couple of years with a startup IT consulting company after receiving his bachelor’s degree. When it came time to return to the classroom, he found the College of Law to be the right choice – an affordable and high quality education not far from the connections he made while at Miami. At the law school, Miller is a corporate law fellow, a member of Law Review, and a Structured Study Group leader. Now halfway through his legal education, he looks to build off of the experiences he gained as an extern this last semester.
Now, About That Externship
Fifth Third Bank is a regional banking corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati. It employs over 20,000 people. Miller spent a semester externing with Fifth Third, and found himself working on a variety of things. Compliance work, research for litigation, oral argument preparations, drafting contracts, and working on mergers and acquisitions are some of experiences he had.
As one of his first experiences doing legal work, he gained valuable skills in his time as an extern. “I learned that the process of legal research can be applied in a similar manner in a broad variety of contexts,” Miller shared. “One day I was conducting research concerning a merger, the next I was looking up contract and compliance issues. Having a research method that can be applied in these different areas is extremely useful.”
He also had the chance to attend a Cincinnati Reds game and a golf outing with the company – who says that there are no perks in being an extern?!
To current and prospective students who think they may be interested in entering the corporate world, his advice is to take advantage of UC Law’s externship program. “Definitely do an externship,” he said. “While I could have chosen to wait another semester, I learned a lot from my time with Fifth Third. The practical experience is invaluable. It supplements the academic aspect of your legal education quite well, and vice versa.” Now with his externship completed, Miller is looking forward to the challenges of the second half of his time as a law student.
For more information about the externship program, contact Karla Hall, the program director.
How Practical Experience and an Instinct for Challenges Helped Raul Rosado Build a Career
Originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, Raul Rosado ’88 came from a bit further away than most students at the College of Law. Rosado had always wanted to attend college in the states, preferably at a smaller school where the difficulties he anticipated facing with his limited English would be mitigated. When his father was transferred to Toledo, OH for work, Rosado saw southwest Ohio as a suitable place for his studies. He attended Xavier University for his bachelor’s degree and then jumped to crosstown rival UC to study law. Among his involvements at UC Law, he was active in the Student Bar Association and in Student Court.
Rosado did not always plan to work as a corporate lawyer. In fact, he originally thought that litigation was where he would make his career. His first position out of law school was with the Ohio Attorney General’s office. “I found it to be a great place to start as a new lawyer,” he said. “I was given my own workload, did my own writing, and argued my own cases, including two at the Ohio Supreme Court. This experience and the excellent advisors I worked with really helped me learn how to be an attorney.”
After several years with the Attorney General’s office, Rosado sought to change gears and went into private practice with Manley, Burke & Fischer, a law firm here in Cincinnati. He did litigation work, including a lot of zoning and eminent domain work. While he found the work interesting, he was becoming more and more interested in finding an in-house career. “Corporations really need attorneys that have some practical experience,” Rosado explained. “As I had been practicing for several years, I felt that I was finally ready to jump into an in-house position.”
Jumping Into the Corporate World
His first corporate position was with LensCrafters. He entered the company in the Gvernment Relations section of the legal department, but additionally worked in the areas of labor and employment as well as commercial law. He took a year off from practicing law to run the charity at LensCrafters, but then decided to return to practice. Rosado then found a role as an Assistant General Counsel with Cognis, a global specialty chemicals manufacturing company with North American headquarters here in Cincinnati. After about four years, he was promoted to General Counsel. “This is when things really got interesting,” he said. “As the General Counsel, my job responsibilities included a little bit of everything. That is what I love about this type of work – every day is different. While it perhaps is not for everybody, I have truly enjoyed the work, becoming a ‘jack of all trades’ and learning to work on a broad spectrum of legal problems.”
After 12 years with Cognis, the company was acquired by a larger company and Rosado found himself needing to move on to another company. “It is the downside—what I call an ‘occupational hazard’—of working in the corporate realm. You are always one acquisition or one divestment away from potentially being cut or replaced!”
Creating a Global Footprint
After doing some consulting work for smaller companies for about a year, Rosado then landed his current position with Formica. He is the North America and Europe Chief Legal Counsel, and he again works in a variety of areas – compliance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial, and environmental. He also travels a lot for work, and it is an aspect of his job that he truly enjoys. “It is important in a company that has a global footprint to engage internationally on a personal level,” said Raul. “I’ve had to learn about customs in different countries, how the laws apply to our business, and I’ve also had to work really hard at building business and personal relationships, which is critical in this role.” Though he sometimes finds the international aspect of his work challenging, it is a challenge he enjoys facing.
Rosado advises that having a broad range of experiences can help those interested in a career similar to his. “At the end of the day, it is important to remember that a law degree is unique in that your platform is so wide that you can end up doing any number of things after graduation. There is not one specific path to take to get to the position of your dreams. Take the opportunities as they come along, try different things, and do not be afraid of change.”