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Helana A. Darrow '98 Joins Frost Brown Todd


July 20, 2012 (Cincinnati, OH) – Helana A. Darrow has joined Frost Brown Todd as a member in the employee benefits practice area. Prior to joining the firm, Darrow was a partner with Dinsmore & Shohl. She has experience in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation including: counseling clients on the design, implementation, administration, operation and termination of employee benefit plans. She also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Darrow is involved in the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the National Center of Employee Ownership. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and received her bachelor’s magna cum laude from Morehead State University.

 

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 nearly 450 attorneys in nine offices throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, 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.

Taft Associate Ryan M. Martin Selected for Leadership Northern Kentucky Program


COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (July 12, 2012) – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Ryan M. Martin, an attorney in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group, has been selected to participate in the 2013 Class of Leadership Northern Kentucky. Leadership Northern Kentucky is a program that helps individuals develop leadership skills and knowledge of regional issues to bring positive changes to the community through informed leadership.

Martin counsels and represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including litigation for employers in federal and state courts involving discrimination, harassment, retaliatory discharge, wrongful discharge, wage and hour matters, ERISA matters, class actions, and trade secret and non-competition agreements. He was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, and he is a member of the executive board of the Cincinnati Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Martin received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Greg Mohar becomes new Interim General Counsel for UC


With great appreciation for his 19 years of dedicated service to UC, I am writing to report to you that General Counsel Mitchell D. McCrate has informed me of his intention to step down. Mitchell has assured me that he will work closely with us to ensure a smooth transition, and I am truly grateful for his willingness to do so.

Mitchell has served as General Counsel since December 2006, including his time as Interim General Counsel. A graduate of Duke Law School, he joined the Office of the General Counsel at UC in 1993. Prior to that, he was an associate at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati and held similar positions at two firms in Chicago.

As we make the transition to new leadership in the position of General Counsel, we will also restructure the position to report directly to me. Those of you who have been employed at UC for some time will remember that the General Counsel reported to the President prior to the Zimpher administration, and I believe that this former structure best serves the needs of the university and our future.

While we search for a new General Counsel, I have asked Greg Mohar to serve as Interim General Counsel, and he has graciously agreed. Greg joined UC as an associate general counsel in March 2005 after more than 20 years in private practice and is an alumnus of the UC College of Law.

Please join me in thanking Mitch for all that he has done for the university over the past two decades, and in welcoming Greg to this interim position.

UC Law's John Hunt joins Boston firm Nutter


Nutter Expands Business Department
John Hunt joins firm, brings extensive experience representing asset managers,
mutual funds, hedge fund sponsors and other investment funds.

(Boston, MA) – The law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP announced that John Hunt has joined the firm as a partner in the Business Department. Hunt’s practice focuses on representing asset managers and their affiliates on regulatory, compliance and transactional matters. He joins Nutter from his own firm McLaughlin & Hunt LLP.

Hunt represents U.S. and non-U.S. asset managers, mutual funds and sponsors of hedge funds, bank-managed collective investment funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds with respect to their regulatory, compliance and transactional matters. He regularly interfaces with U.S. regulators on a broad range of matters, including exemptive order applications, no-action letters, registration statements and examination inquiries.

Hunt has significant experience with onshore and offshore money market funds and other types of cash management products. He also assists asset managers and fund sponsors in organizing and operating U.S. and non-U.S. collective investment vehicles, including registered/publicly offered mutual funds, commodity pools and hedge funds organized in the Luxembourg, Ireland, Australia, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, and many other offshore jurisdictions. Over his career, Hunt has interacted extensively with non-U.S. regulators.

“John’s expertise in investment funds brings valuable strength to our ability to serve our corporate clients,” said Alex Glovsky, manager of the Business Department. “We are fortunate to be able to add his experience to our corporate practice.”

“I look forward to working with the exceptional clients and outstanding team of attorneys at Nutter and to building on Nutter’s already strong corporate practice,” said Hunt.

Hunt has practiced corporate law with other national firms in Boston and San Francisco. Prior to that, he was the general counsel and chief compliance officer of IXIS Asset Management Global Associates
(now Natixis Global Associates).

He received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and an A.B. from Middlebury College.

About Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a leading firm representing major global corporations and other public companies, privately held businesses, and leading medical and educational institutions in a range of legal practice areas. The firm was founded in 1879 by Louis D. Brandeis, who later served on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Samuel D. Warren.

Get to Know Marion County (IN) Public Defender Matthew Katz ‘11


After graduating from the College of Law in 2011, Matthew Katz is back in his hometown of Indianapolis. The Indiana University graduate is currently a public defender with the Marion County Public Defender Agency, where he interned during the summer following his 2L year. He pursued a law degree to become a defense attorney and was drawn to the College of Law by the Ohio Innocence Project.

Katz on his pursuit of public defender work:

“I first became interested in becoming a defense attorney after seeing a TV special about the Innocence Project. I knew for sure that I wanted to become a defense attorney after taking Jay Clark’s trial practice class.”

Katz on his experience with the Marion County Public Defender Agency:

“The Public Defender Agency is a lot of fun. It is crazy busy all the time. I really like working with the clients and enjoy not sitting at an office all day. Whether in court, at the jail or doing depositions, the day flies by and I am hardly ever in my office. My favorite part is probably going to crime scenes because you get to be the nosy neighbor and get paid for it.

Katz on the challenges of his job:

“The biggest challenge outside of the caseloads is that nobody likes you. Judges, alleged victims, prosecutors, and often clients are typically angry with you. On the other hand, that is also the fun part.”

Katz on what he misses the most about Cincinnati:

“I miss the hills. Indianapolis is flat, flat, flat!”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

UC Law’s Kelly Johnson Steps in As Interim Hamilton County (OH) Public Defender


With more than 25 years of law practice under his belt, W. Kelly Johnson ’86 accepted another challenge when he became the interim Hamilton County Public Defender in April. After the Public Defender Commission and Shelia Kyle-Reno, the former public defender for Hamilton County, parted ways early that month, the Board sought someone to fill in for three to four months.

“The Board came to me and asked me if I would be interested in filling in during the interim, and my firm, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, very graciously permitted me the opportunity do this for a 90- to 120-day period,” Johnson said. “So I’m doing it with the full support of the firm I work for.”

Johnson is a partner at Porter Wright, where he handles the white collar criminal practice group. He has a wealth of experience as a criminal law attorney and as a public defender. He has worked in criminal law since graduating from the College of Law in 1986. He served in the federal public defender’s office in Cincinnati between 1995 and 2007.

“I’ve spent a large portion of my career in a defender’s office or accepting appointments of criminal cases in the federal and state system,” Johnson said. “I come with a background in public defender work.”

Upon stepping in as interim public defender a little more than two months ago, Johnson attempted to improve the culture in the office, as he instantly noticed a “very significant morale problem in the office.” In a period of about three weeks, he met with all members of the 125-person staff, some individually and others as a group, to get a better grasp of what he could do to improve the situation.

“I think that’s probably the most significant thing I have done – just give the staff an opportunity to voice their concerns and listen to what they need,” said Johnson, who has also worked with the office’s five divisions to find better ways of performing and serving their clients more efficiently.

How A Summer Internship Changed His Life

Although Johnson has vast experience in this line of work, he was initially interested in labor law when he began at the College of Law in the fall of 1983. He did take some criminal law classes, but that was not where he was focused, Johnson said.

Then, in between his 2L and 3L years at the College of Law, Johnson had the opportunity to serve as a constable for Judge Thomas Crush in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

“By chance, while I was there, there was a six-week trial that went on and I got to work with three of the best criminal defense lawyers I’ve ever seen in my life, and I got the bug,” Johnson said of attorneys Tom Miller (now deceased), Arnold Morelli (now retired) and Michael Barrett (now a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio). “It was just amazing to get to watch these attorneys work. I had incredible respect for what they did.”

Johnson, who grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and graduated from Oak Hills High School, received a degree in economics from Indiana University in 1983. Later, while at the College of Law, he was on Student Court and was the president of the Student Bar Association.

After passing the bar, Johnson began work with Frost & Jacobs (now Frost Brown Todd) for a year, before working at a large firm in Dayton for a couple years. Johnson then spent six years working with the aforementioned Miller before moving to the federal public defender’s office for 12 years. He began working at Porter Wright in 2007.

“I was at the federal public defender’s office and I wanted a challenge. I wanted the opportunity to try to do something different and stretch my skills and use some of the background I had in business and white collar law,” Johnson said. “I went to Porter Wright with the understanding that I’d be working in that area and also to work with the phenomenal lawyer named Kathy Brinkman ’75.”

Professional and Civic Duties Round Out Johnson’s Life

Over the years, Johnson has been involved with a number of professional and civic organizations. This includes serving as a president of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Currently Johnson, who is also active with the Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church and is on the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Grievance Committee, is mostly involved with kids outside of his work.

“I participate in all their activities – whether it be lacrosse or dance or their academics,” Johnson said of 16-year-old Courtney and 13-year-old twins Ryan and McKenna. “My work and my kids has really been the focus of my involvement the last several years.”

Outside of all this, Johnson plays tennis, likes shooting sporting clays. Last year he did a 100-mile bike ride from Columbus to Athens, riding with his firm’s peloton (a large main group of riders in a road bicycle race) in the Pelotonia event.

As of late May, Johnson said there was some interest in him staying on as the Hamilton County Public Defender, but no decisions have been made at this time.

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Alumnus Timothy P. Reilly Named a "Top Ranked" Attorney and "Leader in their Field" by Chambers USA


In a recently released 2012 edition of Chambers USA, Timothy P. ReillyTimothy P. Reilly, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was named a "Top Ranked" attorney and a "Leader in their Field" in Labor & Employment.

About Chambers

Chambers & Partners, based in London, began as a general book publisher in 1969. In 1990, Chambers published the Chambers Directory of the UK’s leading law firms; the company then began specializing in legal publishing. Chambers’ staff of 100 full-time researchers now prepares several renowned directories worldwide, which rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation among peers and clients. The Chambers Guides list the top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business published its first edition in 2003. For more information, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivated our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Alumnus Mark J. Stepaniak Named "Leader in their Field" by Chambers USA


In a recently released 2012 edition of Chambers USA, Mark J. Stepaniak, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was named a "Leader in their Field" in Labor & Employment.

About Chambers

Chambers & Partners, based in London, began as a general book publisher in 1969. In 1990, Chambers published the Chambers Directory of the UK’s leading law firms; the company then began specializing in legal publishing. Chambers’ staff Mark J. Stepaniakof 100 full-time researchers now prepares several renowned directories worldwide, which rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation among peers and clients. The Chambers Guides list the top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business published its first edition in 2003. For more information, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivated our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Alumnus Named "Leader in their Field" by Chambers USA


In a recently released 2012 edition of Chambers USA, Doreen CantonDoreen Canton, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was named a "Leader in their Field" in Labor & Employment.

About Chambers

Chambers & Partners, based in London, began as a general book publisher in 1969. In 1990, Chambers published the Chambers Directory of the UK’s leading law firms; the company then began specializing in legal publishing. Chambers’ staff of 100 full-time researchers now prepares several renowned directories worldwide, which rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation among peers and clients. The Chambers Guides list the top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business published its first edition in 2003. For more information, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivated our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Alumnus Named "Top Ranked" Attorney and "Leader in their Field" by Chambers USA


In a recently released 2012 edition of Chambers USA, G. Jack Donson, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was named a "Top Ranked" attorney and a "Leader in their Field" in Litigiation and Antitrust.

About Chambers

Chambers & Partners, based in London, began as a general book publisher in 1969. In 1990, Chambers published the Chambers Directory of the UK’s leading law firms; the company then began specializing in legal publishing. Chambers’ staff of 100 full-time researchers now prepares several renowned directories worldwide, which rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation among peers and clients. The Chambers Guides list the top lawyers in 175 countries, providing independent rankings and editorial commentary. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business published its first edition in 2003. For more information, visit www.chambersandpartners.com.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivated our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.