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.
Five UC Law Ulmer & Berne Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America 2013 List
(August 23, 2012) – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that 50 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. The firm’s attorneys are recognized in a total of 46 categories.
The number of Ulmer & Berne attorneys listed by Best Lawyers has increased each year since 2006.
First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive 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, 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 referred to Best Lawyers as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
The following UC Alumni attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2013:
- Donald Mooney '75
- Jeffrey Peck ‘82
- Eric Robbins ‘01
- Stuart Susskind ‘69
- Gina Saelinger ‘93
Seven Peck Shaffer Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers
CINCINNATI, Ohio, August 2012 – Seven partners with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
They are Dirk M. Bedarff, John W. Fischer III, John Weld Peck, Roger L. Peterman, Glendon B. Pratt, Dennis G. Schwallie and Brenda A. Wehmer. All were honored for their work in Public Finance Law, while Mr. Fischer was also selected in the Administrative/Regulatory Law practice area. Mr. Schwallie has been included in Best Lawyers every year since 2006; Mr. Fischer, Mr. Peck, Mr. Peterman and Mr. Pratt since 2007, and Mr. Bedarff has been cited by the publication since 2010. Ms. Wehmer was selected for the first time this year.
Mr. Bedarff, who serves as chair of the firm’s management committee, has more than 20 years of experience in public finance with a particular emphasis on traditional governmental issues. He regularly advises agencies and departments for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as cities, counties, and school districts. Mr. Bedarff is a frequent speaker at municipal workshops and conferences. He works out of the firm’s Covington, Ky., office.
Mr. Fischer has more than 40 years of experience working in public finance. He has advised clients on a range of tax-exempt financings for health care facilities ranging from small rural facilities to national and regional health care systems. His current practice includes nursing care and continuing care residential communities. He is a frequent writer and speaker on public finance issues. Mr. Fischer works in the Cincinnati office.
Mr. Peck has more than four decades of experience in public finance law and is widely recognized as an innovator in tax-exempt multifamily housing finance. He is a frequent speaker or panelist in the multifamily finance area, and he is currently serving as vice president for the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. Mr. Peck works in the Cincinnati office.
Mr. Pratt has worked in public finance law for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in health care, housing and industrial development, including financings for hospitals, continuing care retirement communities and senior housing facilities. Mr. Pratt is a frequent presenter and panelist for client groups and industry organizations. Mr. Pratt works in the Columbus office.
Mr. Peterman has been in the forefront of Kentucky public finance law for 30 years and has played a major role in enhancing the public finance tools available to state and local governments. Mr. Peterman represents state and local governments, has worked with nonprofit organizations and has helped structure financings for numerous economic development projects. He is chairman of the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, has served several terms on the Fort Thomas, Ky., City Council, and is a board member for Southbank Partners. Mr. Peterman works in the Covington office.
Mr. Schwallie, who works in the Columbus office, has more than 30 years of experience in public finance law. His work includes innovative structured financings for convention centers in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and for political subdivisions undergoing fiscal distress. He is a frequent speaker on public finance topics for groups such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Ms. Wehmer has provided public finance counsel to government and school officials throughout Ohio for two decades. Ms. Wehmer frequently speaks at seminars and conferences including the Ohio Government Finance Officers' Association annual conference, Ohio State Auditor's training sessions, Buckeye Association of School Administrators conferences and the Center for Local Government Seminar. Ms. Wehmer works in Peck Shaffer’s Cincinnati office.
Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, serving lawyers for more than 25 years. Selection to Best Lawyers is based solely on a survey of other lawyers.
About Peck Shaffer
Peck Shaffer is a national leader in public finance law, with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Covington, Kentucky, Atlanta, 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.
Seven Peck Shaffer Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers
Wilmington, DE (August 13, 2012) – 2003 University of Cincinnati School of Law alumnus Tarik Haskins, partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP and member of the firm’s Delaware Commercial Law Counseling Group, has been appointed to a 3-year term as Vice-Chair of the Secured Lending Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, effective August 1, 2012.
The mission of the Secured Lending Subcommittee is to provide a forum for discussion of legal issues related to security interests in personal property in a variety of financing arrangements, from traditional asset-based loans and factoring arrangements to securitizations and more exotic forms of receivables sales and financings, whether under UCC Article 9, common law, international conventions, or otherwise. The Subcommittee welcomes discussion relating to collateral of all types.
Tarik’s practice covers a wide range of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, loan agreements and business counseling. He also focuses on organizational and operational issues related to limited liability companies, limited partnerships and statutory trusts, and is involved in the preparation of third party legal opinions in connection with a wide range of transactional matters.
ABOUT MORRIS NICHOLS: Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP combines a broad national practice of corporate, intellectual property, business reorganization and restructuring, commercial law and litigation with a general business, tax, estate planning and real estate practice within the State of Delaware. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community. www.morrisnichols.com