Alumni Reuel Ash Named Ohip Super Lawyer
Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that 43 of its attorneys have been recognized as 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers. In addition, 26 firm attorneys have been selected as 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, a designation given to the legal industry’s best lawyers under the age of 40, as nominated by their peers. Alumni Reuel Ash has been named Ohip Super Lawyer.
Ohio Super Lawyers showcases outstanding lawyers in Ohio who are recognized by their peers for professional accomplishments. Only five percent of Ohio lawyers are chosen as Ohio Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent are recognized as Rising Stars. In selecting this year’s group of honorees, candidates were evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Rachael J. Rodman '01 joins Dinsmore
January 3, 2013 – Dinsmore is pleased to announce that it has promoted eight associates to the firm partnership. These newly named partners are located in six of the firm's offices. Rachael L. Rodman joined the Dayton office.
Rachael is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, focusing on patent and trade secret litigation. She has substantial litigation and trial experience in both state and federal courts and has represented clients in arbitrations through a variety of dispute resolution forums. She also has extensive appellate experience, having handled numerous appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Additionally, drawing on her substantial experience in trade secret litigation, Rachael drafted the Ohio chapters of the Defense Research Institute’s updated Trade Secrets & Non-Competes: A Compendium of State Law. She is also a member of Dinsmore’s Electronic Discovery Group and has given seminars on the topic of electronic discovery and trial practice. Rachael is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
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.
Bill Weber ’61 Recognized by Michigan State Bar
Bill Weber '61 was recognized by the Michigan State Bar Association as one of the key players in passing a new arbitration law through the MI legislature. Governor Rick Snyder signed the new law on Dec 14. See story in the January 2013 issue of The ADR Quarterly, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, below.
Mitchell B. Goldberg '68 received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News
Mitchell B. Goldberg '68, a 15-year full-time arbitrator and mediator of civil, commercial, labor and employment disputes, has been selected for membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is an OSBA certified specialist in labor and employment law, and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He has recently received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in the field of ADR.
Robert Martineau and Son Publish Book Explaining the Intricacies of Legislative Drafting
Robert J. Martineau, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Law, and his son Robert J. Martineau, Jr., are co-authors of a new book teaching up-and-coming attorneys the ins-and-outs of legal drafting. Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules provides students and professionals with a full description of the legislative and rule making process, statutory interpretation, and the formal requirements for both statutes and rules at the federal, state, and local levels. It covers all aspects of the drafting process from original idea to enactment or adoption. In addition, it details specific guides for tabulation, definitions, and other aspects of statutory and rule drafting. Martineau, Sr. has over 30 years experiences developing and teaching legislative drafting courses and was the author of the first book applying plain English to statute and rule drafting. Mr. Martineau, Jr. currently serves as the commissioner of the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation. He has over 25 years of experience in federal and state administrative and environmental law and has drafted statutes and rules at federal and state levels.
Tom Gabelman, Leading Public-Private Partnership and Construction Lawyer Joins Frost Brown Todd
December 12, 2012 (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Frost Brown Todd is pleased to announce the arrival of Thomas L. Gabelman as a Member in the firm’s Construction Law Group. Gabelman formerly was with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, where he served as legal counsel in the commercial and real estate practice group.
In his twenty-eight year career, Gabelman has developed substantial expertise in the public-private partnership arena, with a focus on developing large, complex projects throughout the region.
Gabelman has served as Project Counsel to Hamilton County, Ohio since 1997 with respect to the negotiation and implementation of multiple funding, financing, development and construction agreements pertaining to the $2.5 billion redevelopment of Ohio’s Southern Gateway. These projects include the modification and demolition of Cinergy Field, the design and construction of the Great American Ball Park, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Paul Brown Stadium, U.S. Bank Arena, and the implementation of the $800 million Banks Project. The Banks Project represents one of the largest public-private partnerships undertaken in Ohio, including major public transportation improvements combined with up to 3 million square feet of private development. Gabelman also serves as counsel to the Build Our Bridge Now Coalition, comprised of the region’s business, labor and community leaders, focused on advancing the construction of the $2.7 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project. Gabelman also serves as Special Project Counsel to Butler County, Ohio on the $400 million Liberty Town Square mixed-use development project.
Gabelman will practice out of both the Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky offices of Frost Brown Todd, in the areas of project development and construction law, where he joins a highly regarded team of commercial and construction attorneys including the Chair-Elect of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Terry Brookie, and the Chair-Elect Designee of the ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, David Olson.
“We are thrilled to add Tom’s expertise and knowledge to our construction law and finance teams,” says George Yund, Managing Member of Frost Brown Todd, “His experience and talent will further benefit our clients and solidify our commitment to the development and infrastructure of the cities in our footprint.”
About Frost Brown Todd
Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in industries including insurance, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, construction, energy and healthcare. Its over 450 attorneys in nine offices throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia provide unparalleled service to meet clients’ needs; deliver the insights and solutions available only from a diverse group of professionals; and support the communities in which they operate. To learn more, visit www.frostbrowntodd.com.
Angela Glaser Receives Indigent Defense Clinic’s Gideon’s Trumpet Award
Congratulations to Angela Glaser, recipient of the Indigent Defense Clinic’s Gideon’s Trumpet Award!
Working under the supervision of Danielle Anderson, Glaser provided excellent representation to a client who faced several old, alcohol-related charges, including an OVI. The client had successfully battled alcoholism and had been sober for a year when she contacted the Indigent Defense Clinic office for legal assistance. As part of her recovery, she wanted to take responsibility for and address her outstanding legal issues. Because the charges were so old, much of the evidence and information on the cases had been destroyed. But, Glaser spoke with the police officer, tracked down the whereabouts of old witnesses, and conducted extensive legal research on the evidentiary issues associated with the lab results from the OVI. At the same time, she maintained constant communication with the client and got to know the client as a whole person.
On the day of trial, Glaser did all of the talking with the prosecutor, eventually convincing him to dismiss four of the cases and amend the OVI to a lesser offense that doesn’t carry all of the collateral consequences of an OVI conviction. She also persuaded the prosecutor to recommend a sentence that had, in effect, already been served, given that the client had already done an in-patient detox program and had been participating in alcohol treatment and counseling. When Glaser stood next to the client in the courtroom and spoke on the client’s behalf in mitigation, it was abundantly clear to everyone in the courtroom that she cared deeply about her.
This case illustrates the criminal justice system at its best – and demonstrates how the system can produce fair and equitable results for everyone! When Glaser and Anderson (the supervisor) first arrived to the courtroom, the victim – whose car our client hit – was livid. He was angry he had to be there in court, missing work. He was angry that our client had hit and destroyed his car. And he believed that he would never be reimbursed for that. But, as Glaser communicated with him, and the prosecutor, the police officer and the judge, and told them what kind of person the client had become and how she overcame her addiction, the victim eventually became an advocate for the client. He asked to speak to our client after court was over to congratulate her on all that she had achieved, to thank her for taking responsibility, and to hug her.
Congratulations to Angela Glaser for how hard she worked on this case and how fought to get the best results for her client!
Alumna Tiffany Reece Named ProKids' 2012 Volunteer of the Year
CINCINNATI (December 10, 2012) – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that ProKids has named Tiffany Reece Clark the 2012 Leslie R. Jaffee Volunteer of the Year. Since 2006, Clark has advocated on behalf of eleven children as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for ProKids, and helped launch the ProKids Young Professionals (PKYP) group in the summer of 2011.
Ms. Clark has been recognized because she is involved in nearly every aspect of the ProKids organization. As an ambassador of ProKids’ mission, an advocate on behalf of the children the agency serves, and a leader for young professionals, she exudes passion and dedication for ProKids. Her grace and compassion have helped to mobilize the Greater Cincinnati community to do more for children in Hamilton County who are still waiting for abuse and neglect to stop.
ProKids works closely with government and other social service agencies to make sure foster children are safe, that their needs are met and that each child can have a safe, permanent and nurturing home as quickly as possible. For 31 years, ProKids has served Hamilton County as one of more than 1,000 CASA volunteer programs nationwide. Each CASA volunteer receives training from ProKids before being paired with a child who needs an advocate in the court system.
Executive Director of ProKids, Tracy Cook states, “Tiffany’s energy and desire to help - combined with her openness to all sorts of people, new information, ideas, and ways to further ProKids’ reach – make her a powerful advocate for our children. Her ability to accept people for who they are, remain positive in turmoil, mediate difficult relationships, and act with empathy is what makes her an excellent ProKids CASA volunteer. She is tireless in her advocacy, clear-minded and savvy in her thinking, and objective in her investigating.”
Scott P. Kadish, partner-in-charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office commented, “We are very proud of Tiffany’s involvement with ProKids. Her energy and involvement are a positive reflection of the ethos that Ulmer & Berne brings to the Cincinnati community – to share its resources and voice with those who can’t.”
As a dedicated leader of PKYP, Ms. Clark is described by Beth Mandel, law clerk for Judge Susan Dlott, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and fellow PKYP board member as, “an indispensable member of PKYP.” Ms. Mandel said, “Tiffany has poured her efforts into introducing ProKids to hundreds of up-and-coming young professionals who we hope will become long-term supporters. Despite her already packed schedule, she is always willing to lend a hand at PKYP’s awareness-raising events and volunteer gatherings. She is truly one of ProKids’ most dedicated and valuable advocates.”
Tiffany has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She concentrates her practice on product liability defense, drug and medical device defense and environmental litigation.
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 Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati 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. The firm has a long-established reputation for excellence and professionalism and has been ranked by general counsel among the top law firms for delivering superior client service in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2012: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.
Matthew Parrish '94 joins Calfee’s legal team as its newest partner in the Cincinnati office
(CINCINNATI) – December 11, 2012 – Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (Calfee) is pleased to announce it is expanding its presence in Ohio, led by partner John Mongelluzzo, who has been joined by partner Matthew Parrish.
In addition to providing legal expertise, Calfee has separately formed Calfee Strategic Solutions (CSS), led by Meghan Glynn, to provide government relations and public affairs services. Both offices are located on the 28th floor of the First Financial Center in downtown Cincinnati.
“Cincinnati is a dynamic, growing market and we look forward to bringing the top- flight counsel clients have relied on from Calfee for more than 100 years to this great region,” said Brent Ballard, Calfee managing partner. “With John’s leadership on the legal side, and Meghan’s expertise under Calfee Strategic Solutions, we offer our clients outstanding knowledge, energy and expertise to support their businesses.”
Calfee opened its Cincinnati offices in 2011 with two prominent local leaders, former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and former state Senator Richard Finan. Mongelluzzo and Parrish add experienced corporate law counsel to the firm’s practice groups in Cincinnati.
John Mongelluzzo brings extensive corporate and international legal and business expertise to Calfee’s Cincinnati office. His practice areas include information technology and licensing, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, government regulation, labor and employment, employee benefits and executive compensation.
Before joining Calfee, Mongelluzzo held senior executive positions at MSC Software and SDRC. He has a long history of active volunteer service in the Cincinnati region and currently serves on the boards of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, ArtsWave Community Campaign and Stepping Stones, an agency that serves children and adults with disabilities in the Cincinnati area.
Additionally, Matthew Parrish joins Calfee’s legal team as its newest partner in the Cincinnati office. Parrish’s has many years of experience in domestic and international business transactions, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and business and capital markets. A particular area of focus of his practice has been working with manufacturers and marketers of consumer products, both domestically and internationally. Parrish also serves as counsel to a number of clients in the entertainment industry. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the country’s leading entertainment lawyers by Newsweek magazine. His previous experience includes serving as in-house counsel for KAO USA, Inc.
Calfee Strategic Solutions (CSS)
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Calfee, Meghan Glynn and her team at CSS work closely with their own clients to help them achieve their business objectives through strong relationships with key decision makers in Ohio and Kentucky. CSS provides counsel to clients regarding strategic public affairs, issue management, reputation management, government relations and the procurement of government contracts.
Glynn is a highly regarded public affairs professional with more than 15 years of experience in senior communications leadership roles. Most recently, Glynn was vice president of External Affairs for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport where she led marketing, communications and government affairs. Her corporate experience includes The Kroger Co. and Delta Air Lines. She began her career as a business reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Glynn serves on the board of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Kentucky, which is recognized nationally as a leader in education reform. She also serves on the marketing committee for Cincinnati Works and is a member of Leadership Cincinnati’s current Class 36.
CSS* can call upon the expertise of Calfee’s Government Relations attorneys and lobbyists as well as drawing from the legal expertise of the 160-plus attorneys in Calfee’s Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati offices. They include Luken, Ohio’s longest-serving mayor, Leah Pappas Porner, a partner in Calfee’s Columbus office, and Finan, former president of the Ohio Senate.
“With Calfee’s expanding presence in Cincinnati, we look forward to offering clients a full service platform to serve their legal and public affairs needs,” Mongelluzzo said. “Matt and Meghan’s expertise coupled with Charlie and Senator Finan’s experience offer companies big and small throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky accomplished counsel on a wide range of business issues and opportunities.”
Stephanie Mark Loucka appointed Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Aging
Stephanie Mark Loucka, J.D. has been appointed Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Aging. She started with the Ohio Department of Aging in March 2011 as chief of the Human Resources Division. In this capacity, she assisted in the development and implementation of the department's strategic plan and led the recent department-wide reorganization. She previously worked at the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Administrative Services. Prior to coming to the State, she worked at the Thomson Reuters in Cleveland and Brown, Cummins and Brown, LPA in Cincinnati.
Ms. Loucka graduated summa cum laude from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. She went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio.
Stephanie and her husband Frank reside in Pickerington with her two children.