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Robert T. Razzano '06 elected partner at BakerHostetler


BakerHostetler Announces New Partner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – January 16, 2014 – BakerHostetler announced today that a lawyer associated with the firm’s Cincinnati office has been elected to the Partnership. Twenty-three attorneys were elected to the Partnership nationwide.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

Robert T. Razzano is a member of the litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and patent matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning government contracts, construction, and patent infringement. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, with honors, where he was an associate member and executive editor of Cincinnati Law Review. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a certificate in materials science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit www.bakerlaw.com.

Robert T. Razzano '06 elected partner at BakerHostetler


BakerHostetler Announces New Partner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – January 16, 2014 – BakerHostetler announced today that a lawyer associated with the firm’s Cincinnati office has been elected to the Partnership. Twenty-three attorneys were elected to the Partnership nationwide.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

Robert T. Razzano is a member of the litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and patent matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning government contracts, construction, and patent infringement. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, with honors, where he was an associate member and executive editor of Cincinnati Law Review. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a certificate in materials science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit www.bakerlaw.com.

Scott Kane Speaks at the 2013 Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute


Squire Sanders partner Scott Kane was a speaker at the 10th Annual 2013 Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute in Washington, DC. The Institute is one of the preeminent electronic discovery conferences in the country and draws hundreds of judges, in-house and outside counsel, technology professionals, and other attendees. This year’s program discussed the use of technology assisted review (also known as predictive coding) in electronic discovery.  Mr. Kane’s session, “Determining when Technology-Assisted Review (TAR) is or isn’t the Right Solution,” addressed emerging legal authority from courts around the country, as well practical issues for implementing a defensible predictive coding process.

 

Mr. Kane leads Squire Sanders’ national eDiscovery & Data Management Team, which serves as a resource for lawyers and clients regarding defensible and cost effective strategies for the preservation and discovery of electronic documents. Mr. Kane teaches a course on eDiscovery issues as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is also an active member of the Electronic Document Retention and Production Working Group of The Sedona Conference.

Staci M. Jenkins elected partner to Thompson Hine


CLEVELAND – December 17, 2013 – Thompson Hine LLP has elected seven lawyers to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2014. The new partners, located in the firm’s Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, New York and Washington, D.C. offices, represent a broad range of practice areas including Business Litigation; Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy; Corporate Transactions & Securities; International Trade & Customs; and Labor & Employment
 
“Each of these lawyers has exceptional legal acumen and has demonstrated our firm’s commitment to client service excellence by continually delivering high value to clients. We welcome them to our partnership and look forward to their assistance, as future firm leaders, in shaping our initiatives for innovative service delivery,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner.
 
Staci M. Jenkins, a member of the Labor & Employment group in the Cincinnati office, focuses her practice on employment-based immigration and affirmative action compliance issues. Her immigration practice concentrates on health care organizations, global companies and Fortune 500 companies, while her affirmative action work is for federal contractors. Jenkins serves as Cincinnati office vice chair of the firm’s women’s initiative, Spotlight on Women®. In 2012, she was named a Rising Star by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement. Jenkins received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005 and her B.A. from Hanover College in 2002.
 
About Thompson Hine LLP. Established in 1911, Thompson Hine is a business law firm dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has been recognized for more than ten consecutive years as one of the top law firms in the country for client service excellence in The BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, and for seven years has ranked as one of the top 30 law firms in the United States for client service. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ThompsonHine.com.
 

Twelve University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni included on 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List


COLUMBUS, OH. -Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is proud to announce that 12 Vorys attorneys, who are University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni, have been included on the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers Magazine distinguishes the top five percent of attorneys in Ohio in more than 70 practice areas, and recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the most recognizable up-and-coming lawyers in Ohio. 
 
The attorneys, their practice areas and the year they graduated are listed below. 
  • Kent Britt ’97 – Super Lawyer, Litigation 
  • Daniel Buckley ’74 – Super Lawyer, Litigation 
  • Colleen Devanney ’08 – Rising Star, Litigation  
  • Whitney Gibson ’04 – Rising Star, Litigation  
  • William Kloss, Jr. ’88 – Super Lawyer, Litigation  
  • Nate Lampley ’88 – Super Lawyer, Labor and Employment  
  • Heather Lutz ’07 – Rising Star, Litigation 
  • Jeffrey Marks ’80 – Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights 
  • Eric Richardson ’96 – Super Lawyer, Litigation  
  • Elizabeth Weinewuth ’04 – Rising Star, Litigation 
  • Kristin Woeste ’05 –Rising Star, Real Estate 
  • Nici Workman ’07 – Rising Star, Real Estate 
 
Fifty-seven Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and 24 attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Rising Stars.

Andrew Cleeves '12 gets a new job


Andrew J. Cleves joined Zashin & Rich Co., LPA in 2013. Andrew is a member of the firm's Employment & Labor group. His practice focuses on private and public sector labor relations and employment law.

Prior to joining Zashin & Rich, Andrew represented public sector labor unions in Cincinnati. Andrew's experience includes advising clients in collective bargaining negotiations, contract arbitrations, and employment litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal court and before the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

Andrew earned his B.A. from Xavier University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati. Andrew is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and the Southern District of Ohio.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announces that Brain G. Dershaw, Ryan M. Martin and Peter J. O’Shea were selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars 2014


Ryan M. MartinPeter O SheaTaft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Brain G. Dershaw, Ryan M. Martin and Peter J. O’Shea was selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars 2014. Rising Stars, a Thomson Reuters business, recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected.

 

 

 

Read formal press release here

Bruce Whitman '80 Publishes First Book - The Inner Jury


The Inner Jury:

Winning Trials with Psychology 

Modern Trial Science 

Solutions To Common Dilemmas

Bruce B. Whitman, a trial attorney for more than 33 years, has completed his first book, The Inner Jury: Winning Trials With Strategic Psychology -Modern Trial Science -Solutions to Common Dilemmas. Expected release date is March 1, 2014.

The Inner Jury is without a doubt the most important and essential book for lawyers ever written to consult from the moment they take a case to the end of the trial.  The use of the ideas, principles, and methods carefully laid out by Whitman can mean the difference between success and failure in persuasion of the jury.

Whitman’s mission is to teach and help trial lawyers effectively persuade by using proven psychological and psychiatric methods that reach the subconscious of the deciders, in order to maximize the opportunity for success in the courtroom.  For many years, Whitman and others have used methods similar to those used by psychotherapists and analysts in order to successfully lead the jury to a verdict they can feel good about and award damages to the plaintiff.  

In this book, he cites examples of the specific methodologies he and other lawyers have used in actual trials, and explains the psychodynamics of how to reach jurors in a deeper sense, and also how to overcome the natural resistance that people have to changing the status quo, which helps the jurors to internally accept the difficult concept that in order to pay Paul, they have to rob Peter.

Whitman also introduces the reader to additional methods of persuasion that have had success in other fields - such as medicine, the news media, sports, social networking and public relations - explaining how they may also be used, in conjunction with his psychotherapeutic model, to successfully influence jurors in the courtroom.

Whitman firmly believes that the first principle has to be acceptance of the truism that the Jury is the most important participant in any trial.  According to Whitman, “The most successful trial lawyers concentrate on what the jurors need from the lawyer and how the jury perceives the trial, rather than focusing solely on their own performance and inner struggles.”


The 176-page book is organized into five parts:

Part I: The Psychodynamic Courtroom – discusses specific psychodynamic tools such as Positivity, How to Explain and Define Negligence, Overcoming Resistance and Repression, and fostering Intuition and Healing and How to Use Group Dynamics to Encourage Unity.

Part II: The Scientific Courtroom – addresses the Emerging Science of Jury Trials, developed by other lawyers and legal scholars, Effective Use of Trial Consultants and importance of using Focus Groups to Frame the Themes of the Trial.

Part III: Dilemmas and Solutions – topics discussed include - How to Get Good Jurors in Voir Dire, How to Weed Out Bad Prospective Jurors, How to Open, How to Deal with Selective Memory and How to Enhance Memory through technology and such devices as Hinting, Introducing, and Framing.

Part IV: Using Emerging Principles From Other Fields – includes how scholars have improved performance and Success in Medicine, Politics, News Media, Sports, Social Networking/Public Relations and Neuroscience, and how to Adapt these Principles to Courtroom Success.

Part V: Merging Trial Strategy & Dynamic Psychology To Overcome Challenges – highlights include Women Trial Lawyers – Using Gender as an Advantage, How to Use Difficult Jury Instructions, Arguing Equity, Getting the Verdict, Ethics and Self-Analysis and Introspection.

Read Whitman's Bio here.

Attorney Gaynor St. John ’87 inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers


Attorney Gaynor St. John (J.D. University of Cincinnati ’87) has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony took place recently before an audience of approximately 900 persons during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco, California.  

Founded in 1950, the College is comprised 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 of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.  

Membership of the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.  There are currently approximately 5,789 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows and Honorary Fellows. 

St. John is a partner in the firm of St. John & St. John, LLC in Cullman, Alabama.  

Faegre Baker Daniels Welcomes Eight New Associates in Indiana


INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 25, 2013) — Eight new lawyers have joined the Indiana offices of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as associates in six practice groups, including construction and real estate litigation, corporate, finance and restructuring, intellectual property, labor and employment, and litigation and advocacy. 

Nationally, 33 new lawyers are joining nine of the firm’s U.S. locations. In Indiana, five will practice from the Indianapolis office, two from Fort Wayne and one from South Bend.

All of the new lawyers have previous experience as law clerks, summer associates, legal interns or judicial externs, or in previous non-legal professional careers. FaegreBD’s new associate lawyers in Indiana are:

Stephanie L. Boxell is a member of the litigation and advocacy practice in Indianapolis. Before graduating from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013, she was a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Boxell interned for five nonprofit corporations through the Council of State Governments in Washington, D.C., before receiving her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2010.

Matthew A. Brown is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group in Indianapolis after graduating summa cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013. After earning a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 2006 and during law school, he worked for the Indiana State Personnel Department — first as an employee relations specialist, then as director of dispute resolution.

Anne E. Fischesser works in the corporate group in the South Bend office. Prior to entering the legal profession, Fischesser was an accountant and auditor at Arthur Anderson and Deloitte & Touche in Chicago and Crowe Horwath in South Bend. She graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2013 and earned her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. 

Andrew J. Krafcheck is a member of the firm’s corporate practice in Fort Wayne where he focuses on real estate transactions and ongoing corporate matters. Before graduating cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2013, he was a judicial clerk in Allen Circuit Court in Fort Wayne. In 2009, Krafcheck graduated from the Purdue University Krannert School of Management in accounting and management.

Mauri Miller counsels public and private companies in corporate and securities law from Indianapolis. Before graduating from Notre Dame Law School in 2013, he completed internships with the Madge Bradley Domestic Violence Clinic in San Diego and Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis. After earning a bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis, in 2009, Miller co-directed the internship program for The DREAM Project in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

Matthew C. Olsen practices in the construction and real estate litigation group in the Fort Wayne office. During law school, Olsen worked as a law clerk at Doyle Legal Corporation, where he assisted on title litigation, real estate transactions, mortgage foreclosures and general property law matters. He also helped draft legislation on permitting the strict foreclosure of junior omitted lienholders that was later adopted by the Indiana Land Title Association and passed by the Indiana Legislature. Olsen graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with high distinction from Indiana University in 2009.

Sarah E. Sharp is a member of the finance and restructuring group in Indianapolis. Before graduating from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013, she was a summer associate at FaegreBD in 2011 and 2012. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2008, Sharp spent two years as a communications assistant with an Indianapolis law firm and as an assistant coach for Park Tudor’s state championship high school lacrosse team in 2006.

Kevin R. Tamm is a member of the firm's intellectual property group in Indianapolis, focusing on patent prosecution in the chemical and mechanical arts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013 and summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in 2009. Tamm was a law clerk for the Environmental Health and Safety Legal Department at GE Aviation in Cincinnati and a chemical associate in civil engineering at Michael Baker Jr., Inc. in Pittsburgh after earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.

ABOUT FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP — a combination of Faegre & Benson and Baker & Daniels on Jan. 1, 2012 — offers a full complement of legal services to clients ranging from emerging enterprises to multinational companies. The firm's 750-plus legal and consulting professionals handle the most complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. With U.S. offices in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. and international offices in London, Beijing and Shanghai, Faegre Baker Daniels is one of the 75 largest law firms in the United States. FaegreBD Consulting, the firm’s advisory and advocacy division based in Washington, D.C., provides public policy, regulatory and technical services to key sectors of the economy. For more information, visit www.FaegreBD.com or www.FaegreBDC.com.