Jeffrey DeBeer Passes the Ohio Bar and Joins Faruki Ireland & Cox
CINCINNATI— Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. (www.ficlaw.com/) is proud to announce that Jeffrey DeBeer, its newest attorney, has passed the Ohio bar exam. DeBeer joined FI&C in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. DeBeer is currently licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and is involved in various aspects of the firm's complex business and commercial litigation practice.
During law school, DeBeer served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. DeBeer also competed on Cincinnati's competitive mock trial team, recording numerous victories at regional and national tournaments. He was the recipient of the James B. Helmer Law Review Prize and the Chesley & Hon. Susan J. Dlott Award for having the highest grade point average in the litigation curriculum. DeBeer plans to remain involved with the University of Cincinnati, both as a Law Review mentor and as an assistant coach with the Mock Trial Team. DeBeer graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2009. He and his fiancée reside in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
In addition, DeBeer is a Barrister in the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, and he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.
To learn more about DeBeer or Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., contact John Kendall at (937) 227-3723.
Also, please visit http://businesslitigationinfo.com, Faruki Ireland & Cox’s business litigation blog, for the latest developments in business litigation, intellectual property, data security and advertising and media. You can also follow Faruki Ireland & Cox on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/347629?trk=tyah.
About Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. (www.ficlaw.com) is a 35-attorney firm with offices in Cincinnati and Dayton that handles complex business disputes nationally, including intellectual property, class actions, competition-based litigation, employment, antitrust, privacy and commercial litigation and arbitration.
UC Law Alum Jim Hunt Carries on the Mission of the Weaver Institute
On Oct. 25, 2007, Glenn M. Weaver, an adjunct professor and friend of the College of Law, passed away at the age of 86. It was nine years earlier that the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry was established at the College of Law. Today, Dr. Weaver’s friend and fellow adjunct professor, Jim Hunt, is helping to carry on his vision.
“Dr. Weaver was a longtime friend of mine,” said Hunt, an adjunct professor and the Weaver Institute’s new administrative director. “He and I taught a class that I still teach: Law & Psychiatry. I’ve been teaching Law & Psychiatry since about 1986.”
Hunt taught alongside Dr. Weaver up until a few weeks before his death five years ago, although Hunt said he had not been directly affiliated with the Weaver Institute at that point. Prior to this school year, however, Hunt and former University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts & Sciences dean Valerie Hardcastle were asked to lead the program.
Community Involvement an Integral Part of the Institute
The Clermont County-based attorney said his role with the Weaver Institute is new, and he is using his position to promote the values Dr. Weaver brought to the College of Law. “My job with the Institute, at this point, is to try to get the Weaver Fellows involved in some community activities,” Hunt said. “It was one of the things that Glenn Weaver was very interested in doing and promoting.”
Hunt has been setting up opportunities for the six Fellows to partake in activities off campus, which will include working with the mental health court at the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas next semester, as well as involvement with the Hamilton County Probate Court (which has jurisdiction over involuntary hospitalization proceedings, Hunt said).
On Nov. 7, the Weaver Institute hosted a lunchtime panel discussion on psychiatric malpractice, focusing on the Littleton v. Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center case from the Supreme Court of Ohio, which established the professional judgment standard of care for psychiatrists.
Who is Jim Hunt?
Hunt, a native Cincinnatian, graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1963 before graduating summa cum laude from UC in 1967 with an American Intellectual History degree. After a year of graduate school, Hunt taught at the Hillsdale School (now Seven Hills), where Dr. Weaver’s daughter and current Weaver Institute trustee, Ellen, was a student of his.
Following three years of teaching, Hunt began at the College of Law, where he became a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif.
“When I went to college and studied history at the University I became very interested in that and thought I might pursue an academic career. After doing a year’s worth of graduate work, it just didn’t seem like it was going to sit well with me,” Hunt said. “I felt like I could do more in terms of actually solving people’s problems and helping people in the legal arena.”
Hunt, who first considered law school when he was in high school, “thoroughly enjoyed” himself at the College of Law and said he is still good friends with some of his classmates.
“The one thing, unfortunately, that law school does not do, it doesn’t necessarily prepare you for an actual practice law. You read about it and hear about it and talk about it but sometimes the actual practice is a little different from what you read in law school,” Hunt said. “That’s one of the reasons that we wanted to, and Glenn Weaver wanted to, get the Weaver Fellows out into the community – to see just exactly how mental health law is practiced in this area, as well as having the background from taking my class and the other classes.”
After graduating from the College of Law in 1974, Hunt worked downtown at Kohnen, Patton & Hunt, specializing in litigation and healthcare issues. After more than 20 years there, Hunt began working near his home in Clermont County, going from defending doctors and hospitals to, instead, representing patients who sue them.
After working with Rosenhoffer, Nichols & Schwartz and then Hunt, Nichols & Schwartz between 1995 and 2002, Hunt has been in general practice outside of domestic relations work. He has been involved with commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, personal injury litigation and criminal law. Since 2005, he has also been an assistant Clermont County public defender, a part-time position.
Outside of the law, Hunt has always had a passion for music. In addition to playing the guitar, he is the treasurer of Play it Forward, a charity started by former radio personality Gary Burbank to help local musicians in need.
Hunt also co-authored a book published in 2009, Warrior: Frank Sturgis The CIA's # 1 Assassin Who Nearly Killed Castro But Was Ambushed By Watergate. Sturgis happened to be Hunt’s uncle.
For the last 10 or more years, he has been involved with the College of Law Alumni Association, serving as its president from 2008 – 2009, while also recently being on the Board of Visitors.
Hunt and his wife, Laura, live on a farm (with horses, dogs, cats and birds). They have three children: Noah, Sarah and Emily.
By Jordan Cohen, ‘13
Sharon Kennedy ’91 Elected to Ohio’s Supreme Court
Judge Sharon Kennedy, a Butler County (OH) domestic relations court judge, has won a seat on the Supreme Court of Ohio. With this election, Justice Kennedy made history as the first Butler County (OH) resident elected to the state’s high court in almost 150 years. Prior to her current position with the domestic relations court, she worked in private practice for several years; served as a magistrate and warrant officer in Butler County; served as a warrant and compliance officer for Butler County’s juvenile court; and worked as special counsel for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery. She also worked as a police officer for many years in the City of Hamilton (OH).
Anita B. Folino, '80, Plunkett Cooney attorney among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’
Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 7, 2012 — Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 32 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2012 list of “Super Lawyers.” Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office member Anita B. Folino – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice is one among them.
The designation is based on statewide balloting by Michigan attorneys, research conducted by Thomson Reuters, which publishes Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses more than 70 different practice areas. Those named to the list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.
Rob Mecklenborg Join Peck, Shaffer & Williams
CINCINNATI, Ohio, November 2012 – Two new associates have joined the law firm of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP. Robert Mecklenborg Jr. and S. Samuel Young will practice in the firm’s Cincinnati office.
Mr. Mecklenborg practices in the Traditional Issues and Conduit practice groups. Mr. Mecklenborg assists clients with tax-exempt financings health care projects, economic development and traditional governmental financings. Mr. Mecklenborg earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.S. from Miami University. Prior to joining Peck Shaffer, Mr. Mecklenborg worked at a leading economic development and government relations firm.
S. Samuel Young works in the firm’s Traditional Issues and Housing practice groups, and he assists clients in all stages of project finance. Mr. Young is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University.
About Peck Shaffer
Peck Shaffer is a national leader in public finance law, with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Covington, Kentucky, Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. Peck Shaffer is regularly ranked among the top bond counsel firms in the country (based on principal amount) by information intelligence company Thomson Reuters. More information can be found at www.peckshaffer.com.
Joseph E. Lehnert '12 Joins Keating Muething & Klekamp’s Litigation and Commercial Finance & Reorganization Groups
Cincinnati, OH — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK?) is pleased to announce that Joseph E. Lehnert '12 has joined the firm as an attorney in its Litigation and Commercial Finance & Reorganization groups.
During his first summer and second year of law school (from May 2010 to May 2011), Lehnert worked as a law clerk at GE Aviation in Environment, Health and Safety. He worked at KMK as a summer associate in 2011. During his final year of law school, Lehnert worked as an intern at Great American Insurance Company in Accounting and Reinsurance.
Lehnert earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2012, where he served as the Problem Writer on the Moot Court Honor Board. He served as Co-Editor in Chief on the Freedom Center Journal Executive Board. Lehnert was an active member of the Black Law Students Association, and he served as president of the Latino/a Law Students Association. He earned his B.A. from Xavier University in the Philosophy, Politics and the Public Honors Program in 2009, magna cum laude.
About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK®), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally-recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes — from Fortune 100 corporations to start-up companies. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers® 2012 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions and General Commercial Litigation. The 2011 Super Lawyers® Business Edition named KMK the Top Large Law Firm in Ohio in Business and Transactions Law. KMK received 28 first tier rankings in the 2011-12 Best Law Firms survey (Metropolitan Cincinnati) by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 105 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at www.kmklaw.com.
2 UC Law Alumni among 21 Attorneys Join Dinsmore
(October 31, 2012) – Dinsmore is pleased to announce that 21 associates have joined the firm: Umar R. Bakhsh, Lesley S. Bilby, Nicolas A. Brentlinger, Christopher M. Hammond, Jerrad T. Howard, Kristeena L. Johnson, Elida B. Kamine, Marisa E. Main, Michael B. Mattingly, Jennifer K. Miller, Michael J. Moore, Ryan A. Morrison, Peter S. Muller, Joseph A. Newberg, Andrew F. Polesovsky, Ryan M. Reardon, Katherine M. Santmyer, Patrick D. Schach, Nicole M. Sigurdson, Christen M. Steimle and Joshua O. Stevens.
Umar Bakhsh joins the Intellectual Property Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Prior to joining the firm, Bakhsh practiced as an Engineer at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., where his work focused on electrical component technology and mechanical design of manufacturing equipment. He also served as a law clerk at Global IP Law Group, where he was involved in the sales, licensing, and valuation of patent portfolios in the telecommunications, gaming and mobile computing spaces. Bakhsh earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nicolas Brentlinger joins the Intellectual Property Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. offices. Prior to joining the firm, Brentlinger worked for Oliff & Berridge in Alexandria, Virginia. He earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Christopher Hammond joins the Corporate Department and Family Wealth Planning Practice Group working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Hammond earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.B.A. from the University of Toledo.
Elida Kamine joins the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Prior to joining the firm, Kamine worked for Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City, NY. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Brandeis University.
Michael Mattingly joins the Labor & Employment Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Prior to joining the firm, Mattingly worked in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and served as an Army officer in the 101st Airborne Division. He earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.S. from Saint Louis University.
Jennifer Miller joins the Intellectual Property Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Miller earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Peter Muller joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Muller earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Ryan Reardon joins the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Reardon earned his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law and his B.S. from the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Nicole Sigurdson joins the Intellectual Property Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Sigurdson earned her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and her B.S. from Purdue University.
Christen Steimle joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Earlier in her career, Steimle clerked for both Judge Bertelsman and Magistrate Judge Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She earned her J.D. from Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law and her B.S. from Wright State University.
Joshua Stevens joins the Corporate Department and Commercial Finance Practice Group working out of the firm’s Cincinnati office. Stevens earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.A. from Centre College.
Andrew Polesovsky joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Columbus office. Polesovsky earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.S. from The Ohio State University.
Kristeena Johnson joins the Litigation Department and Environmental Practice Group working out of the firm’s Lexington office. Johnson earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and her B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University.
Patrick Schach joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Lexington office. Prior to joining the firm, Schach clerked for Judge Van Tatenhove of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.S. from Auburn University.
Lesley Bilby joins the Labor & Employment Department working out of the firm’s Louisville office. Prior to joining the firm, Bilby clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She earned her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and her B.A. from Centre College.
Jerrad Howard joins the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group working out of the firm’s Louisville office. Howard earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.S. from the University of Kentucky.
Marisa Main joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Louisville office. Prior to joining the firm, Main clerked for Judge Simpson of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. She earned her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and her B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Ryan Morrison joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Louisville office. Prior to joining the firm, Morrison clerked for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.S. from Western Kentucky University.
Joseph Newberg joins the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group working out of the firm’s Louisville office. Newberg earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his B.S. from the University of North Carolina.
Katherine Santmyer joins the Litigation Department working out of the firm’s Charleston office. Santmyer earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from West Virginia University.
Michael Moore joins the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group working out of the firm’s Morgantown office. Moore earned his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law and his B.S. from West Virginia University.
Dinsmore is comprised of more than 475 attorneys practicing in 13 cities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington D.C. For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals. For more information, please visit www.dinsmore.com.
KMK Partner Gregory M. Utter '81 Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
Cincinnati, OH — The Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL is pleased to announce that Gregory M. Utter'81 has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.
Utter was formally inducted at the organization’s recent 2012 Annual Meeting of the College in New York, New York. The induction ceremony took place before an audience of approximately 1,070 people.
Greg Utter is the third attorney currently practicing at KMK to be elected to this prestigious organization. Other KMK attorneys named Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers include James E. Burke (1997) and Louis F. Gilligan (1985).
Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent (1%) of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently more than 5,838 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows, and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute people accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
For the past 31 years, Greg Utter’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of class action, complex commercial litigation, and personal injury. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous commercial and class action matters involving employment, shareholder derivative, tort, antitrust, and contract disputes. Utter has significant experience in trial and appellate, state and federal courts in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Greg Utter is a partner at KMK and serves as practice group co-leader for the Litigation Practice. Utter is AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was inducted as a Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America in 2010. Utter is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment litigation, personal injury litigation–defendants, and personal injury litigation–plaintiffs. He also has been selected for inclusion to Ohio Super Lawyers®. Utter earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1981, and his B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, magna cum laude, in 1978.
About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally- recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes — from Fortune 100 corporations to start-up companies. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers® 2012 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, and General Commercial Litigation. KMK was named the Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year— USA by Finance Monthly's Law Awards 2011. Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 105 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees.Additional information is available at www.kmklaw.com.
UC Law Alumni Attorneys with Wood Herron & Evans Distinguished Among Top in Their Profession
University of Cincinnati Law School Alumni Lori Krafte, Theodore Remaklus and Glenn Bellamy, partners with Wood Herron & Evans, the region’s largest Intellectual Property law firm, have been selected by their peers to be listed among the top Ohio attorneys for professionalism and achievements.
Krafte has been named 2013 Cincinnati Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America; and named by Super Lawyers among the top 25 women attorneys in Cincinnati. Krafte is a firm partner who counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes and other Internet law matters. She also teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2008. Krafte has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Advertising Law, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, and Trademark Law; and was named by Ohio Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women lawyers in Cincinnati in 2009 and 2010, and one of the top 50 women lawyers in Ohio in 2010.
A firm partner, Remaklus was selected for inclusion in 2013 Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, and Patent Law. He is involved in all phases of the firm's intellectual property practice, with concentrations in litigation and trademark matters. He oversees more than 800 U.S. trademark properties and more than 1,500 foreign trademark properties for a diverse range of clients.
Bellamy has been listed in 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation. He has more than two decades of intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, and U.S. Customs enforcement experience. Bellamy counsels clients on strategic plans for Intellectual Property protection of everything from firearms and hydraulic machinery to toys and games.
Both The Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers listings distinguish the top attorneys as determined through extensive peer-review evaluations. No more than five percent of attorneys statewide are selected to be among the respected list of Super Lawyers.
About Wood Herron & Evans – For more than 140 years, the firm has been a regional, national and international leader in providing innovative solutions for clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. Its practice is committed to aiding clients in the acquisition, development, protection, licensing, defense, and enforcement of patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright rights and in advertising, privacy, data security, and related matters. Those clients include businesses, trade associations, universities, foundations and individuals, many of whom are leaders in science and industry worldwide. Integrity and in-depth legal expertise, coupled with technical and business experience, are the hallmarks of Wood Herron & Evans service.
Dinsmore Raises $250K for UC Law Campaign
The attorneys at Dinsmore have always been committed to giving back to their community, through both their actions and through generous donations. In the spring of 2012, Dinsmore began a campaign to raise money for the new building efforts at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. With strong alumni ties to UC, and led by partners Debbie Lydon '81, Charles Roesch '84, Susan Zaunbrecher '90, George Vincent and Mark Vander Laan, the firm set an aggressive goal of raising $200,000.
Thanks to the generosity of more than 50 individual donors, many of them UC alumni, the firm managed to reach their goal of collecting $200,000 in donations. To top it off, the firm also contributed a $50,000 gift, bringing the Dinsmore total to $250,000. As a result, a classroom will be named after the firm in the new building. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who donated and supported this cause.