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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.”