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.
Alison Besser '12 Joins Dinsmore’s Philadelphia Office
PHILADELPHIA (October 11, 2012) – Dinsmore is pleased to announce that Alison Besser has joined the firm as an associate in the Corporate Department and member of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group. She will practice in the firm's Philadelphia office.
Prior to joining the firm, Besser served as a law clerk for The Kroger Co. where she supported attorneys in litigation and transactional matters. She also served the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio by completing an extended externship with the Honorable Michael H. Watson and the Honorable Michael R. Barrett. She earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.S. from The Ohio State University. Between earning her undergraduate degree and starting law school, Besser worked with the Visual Merchandising team at Victoria’s Secret’s corporate office.
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.
J. Michael Hurst '98 newly elected at Keating Muething & Klekamp
Cincinnati, OH — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK) is pleased to announce that Gregory L. Cecil, J. Michael Hurst, Robert C. Lesan, III, James A. Singler and James W. Thweatt, III were elected partners of the firm.
J. Michael Hurst practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He has extensive experience in trademark prosecution, protection and portfolio management, copyright matters, domain names, brand management counseling, social media and Web 2.0 issues, as well as intellectual property licensing, both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining KMK, Hurst served as Corporate Counsel-IP at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. He serves as co-leader of the firm's multi-disciplinary Evolving Media & Technology Team. Mike Hurst earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1998, Order of the Barristers. He earned his B.S. from Duke University in 1995.
Judge Heather Stein Russell '83 appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O Connor recently appointed Judge Heather Stein Russell '83 to the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee. Judge Russell currently serves on the Hamilton county Municipal Court where she also presides over Mental Health Court. She is a candidate for Hamilton county Common Pleas Court.
Four UC Law Alumni of Keating Muething & Klekamp Attorneys Named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Cincinnati Lawyers of the Year
Cincinnati, OH — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK®) is pleased to announce that five of its partners have been named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Lawyers of the Year. Best Lawyers has selected a single lawyer in each practice area and in each major U.S. metropolitan area to be honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”
The KMK attorneys recognized as 2013 “Lawyers of the Year” are as follows:
- James E. Burke has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Cincinnati Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year.
- William A. Posey has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Cincinnati Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year.
- Thomas M. Tepe, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Cincinnati Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year.
- Joseph L. Trauth, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Cincinnati Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year.
- Herbert B. Weiss has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Cincinnati Project Finance Lawyer of the Year.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” (The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC.)
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.
UC Law Programs Highlight Presidential Economic Performance and the Story of Former Attorney Ken Lawson '89
Examining the Economic Performance of U.S. Presidents
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Room 114
Professor Lewis Goldfarb, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, discusses his book “Bulls Bears and the Ballot Box: How the Performance of Our Presidents Has Impacted Your Wallet.” Professor Goldfarb’s book, which has received considerable media attention in the run-up to November’s election, examines 80 years of presidential history, ranking the economic performance of the presidents and their respective parties. The results may surprise you!
This program is first in a series of fall events sponsored by the Corporate Law Center.
Attorney Ken Lawson Shares His Story of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 118
All are invited to attend.
Ken Lawson ’89 was a well-known attorney in Cincinnati during the 1990s and early 2000’s. At one time considered by many to be one of the busiest criminal defense attorneys in the city, his clients included Cincinnati Reds’ Deion Sanders and the family of Lorenzo Collins (a psychiatric patient who was shot and killed by police), among many others. Mr. Lawson developed a drug addiction that led to the loss of his criminal practice, a stint in federal prison, and ultimately his disbarment in September 2011.
Currently, he lives in Hawaii but will be at the College of Law to speak about his experiences, his recovery, and his redemption. A powerful story, Mr. Lawson’s experience is a valuable cautionary tale that he wants to share.
Mr. Lawson’s visit to UC Law is at the invitation of the professional responsibility professors.
Graydon Head Attorney Steve Goodin Appointed Hamilton County Public Defender Commissioner
CINCINNATI - Graydon Head attorney and 1999 University of Cincinnati College of Law graduate Steve& Goodin has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission by the Presiding Judge of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The five-member body appoints the Hamilton County Public Defender and sets general operational policy for the Hamilton County Public Defender's Office, which provides legal representation for indigent clients in criminal and family law matters.
The Hamilton County Public Defender's Office handles an estimated 65,000 cases each year, and maintains a staff of 127 employees. The Office is sustained by an annual budget of $14 million.
Goodin said his experience as both a former prosecutor and defense counsel would allow him to bring a unique perspective to the Commission. "I am honored that the judges trusted me with this appointment, and I will make sure their concerns are always in front of the Commission," Goodin said.
Goodin practices in the Grayon Head Litigation Department and focuses on white collar defense and investigations, as well as qui tam and civil rights defense. His extensive legal background includes: five years in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Division; serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with jurisdiction over a large Army base; litigating as lead counsel for more than three dozen jury trials; and managing his own successful downtown law practice. Goodin has also successfully litigated before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, the Ohio Elections Commission, the Ohio Unemployment Bureau and the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. He is also a commissioned JAGofficer in the United States Army Reserve.
Graydon Head attorneys serve clients in a variety of industries with particular experience working with clients in: banking and financial services; commercial real estate; media, communications and information; construction; health, education and human services and manufacturing. The Firm’s personal planning group provides legal counsel to many local business owners and their executives and families in the estate planning and administration area. With offices Downtown on Fountain Square, in Northern Kentucky at the Chamber Center, and in the Butler/Warren area at University Pointe, the Firm provides convenient accessibility to clients in key areas of the growing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.
Nine Alumni Recognized included on 2013 Best Lawyers in America List
COLUMBUS, OH. -Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is proud to announce that nine Vorys attorneys, who are University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni, have been included on the 2013Best Lawyers in America list. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
The attorneys, their practice areas and the year they graduated are listed below.
Melvin Bedree ’84 – Banking and Finance Law
Kent A. Britt ’97 – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – ERISA
Thomas L. Gabelman ’84 – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
Hani R. Kallas ’94 – Banking and Finance Law
William D. Kloss, Jr. ’88 – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Nathaniel Lampley, Jr. ’88 – Commercial Litigation
Jeffrey A. Marks ’80 – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
M. Howard Petricoff ’74 – Energy Law
Eric W. Richardson ’96 – Commercial Litigation
One-hundred and twenty-six attorneys from Vorys were named to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List.
Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio-based law firms with nearly 375 attorneys in six offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, DC; and Houston, Texas. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine. For more information, please visit www.vorys.com.