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July 9, 2015 - Megan Mallone '08 describes her career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps. She was interviewed by an Ohio State University law professor in a podcast for Law School Transparency.
May 28, 2015 - Roetzel & Andress LPA announces two partners named Leading Lawyers in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Both Shane Farolino '88 and Terrence Finn '87 were named for work in the area of Natural Resources & Environmental Law.
May 15, 2015 - Gary Farmer '91, partner at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL, has been appointed to The Florida Bar's Code & Rules of Evidence Committee.
April 21, 2015 - Denise Hasbrook '84, partner at Roetzel & Andress LPA, was elected to Chair the Board of Trustees for Mercy Health-Toledo.
March 30, 2015 - Patricia A. Wise '85, partner at Niehaus Wise & Kalason, has been appointed to the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Wise is one of 16 members from around the country, including representatives of academia, legal practitioners from both the plaintiff and defense bar, employers and employee advocacy groups, and organized labor.
February 25, 2015 - Randall Samborn '94, selected to lead LEVICK Chicago office.
September 7, 2014 – Peter Hanley ’05 recently joined the Marathon Petroleum Company LP as a Sr. Attorney in the Law Department. His area of practice is Health, Environment, Safety, and Security Law.
August 28, 2014 – Denise M. Hasbrook ’84, partner in charge in the Roetzel & Andress Toledo office, has been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2015 in Employment Law - Management.
August 28, 2014 - Douglas M. Kennedy ’80, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, has been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2015 in Labor and Employment Litigation.
August 20, 2014 - Joseph E. Herbert ’92, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, has been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2015 in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants.
August 19, 2014 - Terrence S. Finn ’87, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, has been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2015 in Environmental Law and Environmental Law Litigation.
August 19, 2014 - Shane A. Farolino ’88, a partner at Roetzel & Andress, has been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2015 in Environmental Law and Environmental Law Litigation.
Robert H. Eddy ’79
August 18, 2014 – “Best Lawyers” named Robert H. Eddy ’79, a partner in charge in the Gallagher Sharp’s Toledo Office, a 2015 Best Lawyer in the area of Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants.
August 12, 2014 - Marta J. Hoffman ’92, a senior member of the Healthcare Industry Group of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, was selected for the 2014-2015 Leadership Development Program for the Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.
August 11, 2014 - Judge Allan H. Goodman '74 has published a novel — “Father, Son, Stone” — a historical mystery that takes place in Israel.
August 9, 2014 - Douglas G. Leavitt ’12 received the Idaho State Bar's Denise O'Donnell Day Pro Bono Award at the bar association’s annual meeting.
August 8, 2014 – Nancy Lawson ’75, a partner in the law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl LLP in Cincinnati, was named board chair of the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.
July 30, 2014 - Albin Bauer, II, '90 joined the law firm of Day Ketterer as a member in the firm's Education Law and Environmental Law Practice Groups.
July 29, 2014 - Zachary D. Prendergast '06 joined the Cincinnati office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA. His areas of concentration are Business & Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights.
May 5, 2014 – Beth L. O’Laughlin ’10 joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as a new attorney in the firm’s Midland office. O’Laughlin concentrates her practice in estate planning and business law.
April 22, 2014 –Scott A. Norcross ’00 has joined Gallagher Sharp as a partner in the Business & Employment and Professional Liability Practice Groups.
April 15, 2014 – California Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed former State Bar President Anthony Capozzi ’70 to serve a second term on the Commission on Judicial Performance. Capozzi is the owner and operator of the Law Offices of Anthony P. Capozzi.
April 3, 2014 – Kyle Verrett Kern ’08, assistant consumers’ counsel, has been selected as the 2013 Ohio Consumers Council's Employee of the Year.
March 23, 2014 – Shannon M. Draher ’01 and colleagues have formed a boutique Labor & Employment law firm, Nilges Draher LLC. The firm focuses on providing high quality employment law services to employers and to individuals.
March 20, 2014 – Jennifer L. Strazzella ’00 joined the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, as a senior counsel with the firm. She practices with the firm’s Public Law and Finance Group.
Ms. Reynolds '13
March 19, 2014 – Margaret Reynolds ’13 joined Reno & Zahm LLP in Rockford, Illinois, as an associate. Her practice focuses on business law, and civil and commercial litigation.
March 18, 2014 – Raymond Schultz ’91 was recently re-elected as the managing partner of the Grand Rapids office of Kreis Enderle, P.C. and also re-elected to the firm’s executive committee for 2014. Kreis Enderle, P.C. has offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and St. Joseph, Michigan. Schultz has been with the firm for 23 years.
March 18, 2014 – Scott Knowles ’02 has been promoted to chief executive officer of Sims Brothers Recycling located in Central Ohio.
February 18, 2014 – Timothy F. Sheridan ’93 was named the managing partner of Plunkett Cooney's Grand Rapids office. With nearly 20 years of experience, Sheridan’s areas of practice include construction litigation; professional liability, including legal and accounting malpractice matters; trucking and transportation litigation; premises liability; and product liability.
February 1, 2014 – Sharon Speyer ’85, president of Huntington Bank’s Northwest Ohio region, has been named recipient of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award. The award is given each year to an area woman who shows excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession, provides service to improve the quality of life for others in her community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.
January 31, 2014 – Matthew Mitten ’84, professor of law and director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School, was in Sochi, Russia to serve as an arbitrator for the Winter Olympic Games.
January 8, 2014 – Tyler Pensyl ’06, an associate in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, has been included on the 2014 Ohio Rising Stars List. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the most recognizable up-and-coming lawyers in Ohio.
Ms. Hoffman '92
January 3, 2014 – Marta J. Hoffman ’92, a former in-house attorney for some of Michigan and Ohio’s largest multi-state hospital systems, recently joined the Healthcare Industry Group of Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, as a senior attorney. Hoffman practices in the areas of healthcare, corporate, and employment law.
January 2, 2014 – Rorey Smith '99 was named the General Counsel for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was previously the Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, D.C.
January 1, 2014 – Ronald C. Brown ’68, professor of law at the University of Hawaii, was appointed a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne and will teach an intensive course on Asian Employment Law at the University of Melbourne Law School in May 2014.
December 30, 2013 – Stephanie Hanna ’08 joined the litigation practice group at Carlile Patchen & Murphy in October 2013. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, business conflict mediation, and administrative proceedings.
December 27, 2013 - Rachel M. Reight '04 became a partner with Baasten, McKinley and Co., L.P.A. in Canton, Ohio. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on education law and workers' compensation law. Reight served on the labor law and disputed fee committees at the Stark County Bar Association for the 2013-2014 term. She also served as a judicial panelist for the 2014 31st Annual Ohio High School Mock Trial Competition in both the District and Regional Competitions.
December 18, 2013 – Dylan T. Mertz ’13 joined the law firm of Arthur, O’Neil, Mertz, Michel and Brown, LPA in Defiance, Ohio.
Mr. Finn '87
December 11, 2013 – Terrence S. Finn ’87 has been named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Finn is a partner at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Akron, Ohio.
December 11, 2013 – Shane A. Farolino ’88 has been named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Farolino is a partner at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Akron, Ohio.
December 5, 2013 – Kelli Steber ’13 joined Tucker Ellis LLP as an associate in its Cleveland office, where her practice will focus on the defense of medical device and pharmaceutical companies.
November 27, 2013 – Brian N. Ramm ’87 has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter. Ramm is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, where his practice is focused on the national defense of pharmaceutical companies in federal and state courts.
November 18, 2013 – Fraser McAlpine ’78 has joined Jackson Lewis as partner in their San Francisco office and, effective January 1, 2014, he will become Managing Partner of their San Francisco office as well. McAlpine was formerly at Hunton & Williams where he was the Managing Partner of their San Francisco office and head of their California Labor and Employment practice.
October 25, 2013 – Sheila Nolan Gartland ’86 has been appointed to chair the Ohio State Bar Association’s Real Property Section Council. A partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, she is a member of the firm’s finance, energy, and real estate group.
October 3, 2013 – Pamela Cordy ’12 was appointed assistant county prosecutor for Sandusky County, Ohio.
September 30, 2013 – Paul E. Olah Jr. ’00 has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in construction law, litigation, and real estate by Martindale-Hubbell.
September 27, 2013 – Stephanie Ziebell ’10 was honored as one of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s Up and Coming Lawyers for 2013.
September 27, 2013 – Judge Jeffrey Schmehl '80 was formally sworn in on September 27, 2013, as the newest federal judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Nominated by President Obama in November 2012 and confirmed by the Senate in June 2013, Schmehl had served as a judge for the Berks County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas since 1998.
September 24, 2013 – Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio has named Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff ’88 dean of its College of Health and Public Administration.
September 4, 2013 – Bernadette Restivo ’99 has been selected as managing partner of the new firm Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas
LLC located in Key Largo and in Old Town Key West.
August 27, 2013 – Murray K. Lenson ’68, of the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP, has received “Best Lawyer” honors. Murray has more than 44 years of expertise in defending casualty and liability lawsuits primarily for medical, legal, and accounting malpractice claims.
August 27, 2013 – John L. Straub ’69, of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, received “Best Lawyer” honors and was named Toledo Family Law "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.
August 21, 2013 – Joshua A. Boggioni ’09 has joined the Chicago-based firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP as an associate in its Real Estate Tax Practice Group.
August 19, 2013 – Michael Goulding ’95 has been appointed by Governor Kasich to fill a vacancy on the Lucas County, Ohio Common Pleas Court. In 2007, Goulding was appointed to serve as judge on the Toledo Municipal Court and was elected to a six-year term later that year.
August 19, 2013 – Joseph E. Herbert ’92, of the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, received “Best Lawyer” honors for his work in the area of Medical Malpractice Law Defense. Herbert represents physicians and hospitals in medical defense and hospital and health care law matters.
August 18, 2013 – Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed Ryan B. Evershed ’05 to the Juvenile Court in Utah’s Eighth Judicial District. Evershed gained valuable experience in Juvenile Court when he represented the Child Protection Division of the Utah Attorney General's Office in court cases involving child abuse, neglect, and dependency.
August 7, 2013 – Kyle Smitley ’11 was profiled by the UT News just a few weeks before she launched a new charter school
August 6, 2013 – Nicholas D. Seger ’11 joined the Dayton office of Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. Before joining his new firm, Seger served as law clerk to the Honorable James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
August 6, 2013 – Michael Aaron Wehrkamp ’09 is engaged to marry Laura Ashley Arend. Wehrkamp is a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Vernon L. Preston of the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals in Lima. The couple will exchange wedding vows on September 6, 2013.
August 5, 2013 – Charles Anderson ’77 has been named the Ohio Industrial Commission Employee of the Month for August 2013. Anderson, who was nominated and selected for the award by his coworkers, is a staff hearing officer in the Toledo Regional Office. He has been employed with the Industrial Commission since 1982.
July 1, 2013 – Alan J. Lehenbauer ’84 of Swanton, Ohio, has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 3 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. As a member of the The McQuades Co., LPA, his general practice includes matters involving personal injury, estate planning, and criminal law.
June 25, 2013 – The Toledo Blade profiled Steve Persia ’04 in a story titled “UT grad Persia tries hand as NFL agent.”
June 12, 2013 – Lucas County Juvenile Court Judge Connie Zemmelman ’81 was sworn in as president of the Toledo Bar Association. Her term begins on July 1. Zemmelman became a juvenile court judge in 2007.
Mr. Smith '78
June 3, 2013 – Jeffrey Smith ’78, a partner in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office, has been recognized among the leading practitioners in the country in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA. Chambers USA conducts in-depth research and ranks the leading firms and attorneys in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. Smith was selected as a leading corporate/M&A lawyer in Ohio.
June 2, 2013 – Thomas Shawn Hervey ’97 was appointed to serve as a Harrison County Common Pleas Court judge by Gov. John Kasich. Hervey started his career with the county in 1997 as an assistant county prosecutor, and became the county prosecutor in February 2003.
May 24, 2013 – Jenifer A. Belt ’95, a partner in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, was awarded the “Order of the Heel” presented by the Toledo Junior Bar Association. The award is presented to a member of the bar who has given most unselfishly of his or her time, talents, and energies to assist young lawyers.
May 15, 2013 – Arturo Polizzi ’97 was appointed the chief operating officer of ProMedica Toledo Hospital and ProMedica Children's Hospital, effective June 17. In his new position, Polizzi will oversee surgical services, patient care services, the ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital, the Center for Health Services, and other support services.
May 14, 2013 – Sarah K. Skow ’06 received the Crosby Award presented by the Toledo Botanical Garden. The award recognizes women who make a significant difference in the quality of life in the Toledo community through support and advocacy of gardens, the arts, nature, or education. Skow practices with Cooper & Kowalski, LPA, in the areas of tort litigation, civil rights, criminal defense, and business litigation.
May 10, 2013 – Martin E. Mohler ’73 was elected to become the Ohio State Bar Association’s president-elect at the OSBA’s annual convention in Cleveland. Mohler is a partner in the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler, LLP. He will take office as OSBA president on July 1, 2014.
April 30, 2013 – Gov. John Kasich appointed Gary Rodman Cooper ’69 to the Ohio University Board of Trustees. Cooper, of Cooper & Kowalski, LPA, has a diverse civil trial and arbitration practice covering a variety of commercial disputes, business-related torts, healthcare, construction, automotive supply-chain, and civil rights.
Mr. Gall ’04
April 23, 2013 – Michael K. Gall ’04 joined Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP as a partner. Gall devotes his practice to tax issues, including transactional planning and analysis, tax controversies and litigation, and representing clients before IRS National Office in the pursuit of private rulings and other technical advice.
April 12, 2013 – W. Alex Smith ’10 joined the Office of the Hancock County, Ohio Public Defender as an assistant public defender.
April 9, 2013 – James W. “Trey” Pauley III ’08 was honored as a recipient of the Dayton Business Journal’s 2013 Forty under 40 award. Pauley is an associate in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group.
April 1, 2013 – Scott Pierangeli ’97 a former assistant in the Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, was appointed as Kalamazoo County, Michigan, public administrator by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. As public administrator, Pierangeli will oversee the remaining assets of deceased persons who leave behind no will or heirs to their estate
March 11, 2013 – Michelle L. Grodner ’98 was promoted to Supervising Attorney of the Child Protection
Unit within the Montgomery County, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
March 7, 2013 – William Chris ’84, a partner at Roderick Linton Belfance in Akron, Ohio, was included in the 2013 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine and featured in the Akron Legal News story “Longtime Akron law firm continues to gain recognition.”
February 28, 2013 – Taylor Knight ’12 joined Reminger Co., LPA in the Sandusky office. Knight focuses her practice in various areas, including medical malpractice, professional liability, oil, natural gas and utilities, and D&O and employment practices.
February 18, 2013 – Two books by Patricia Wise ’85 were published by the Thompson Publishing Group. The 3rd edition of “Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation” and “Harassment in the Workplace: Sexual, Racial, and Religious Complaints” are both available in print and online. Wise, a labor and employment lawyer at Niehaus & Associates, Ltd., was also recently appointed to SHRM's 2013 Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel and named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment by American Lawyer Media.
Chief Judge Kennedy '80
February 26, 2013 – Chief Judge Roderick Kennedy ’80 of the New Mexico Court of Appeals was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. to represent its jurisprudence section. Chief Judge Kennedy co-authored a chapter concerning jurisprudence for the book Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions published by Wiley-Blackwell earlier this year for the AAFS.
January 10, 2013 – The governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers elected Chuck Poplstein ’80 a college fellow. Poplstein is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Missouri and the co-chair of the firm’s labor and employment practice. He has more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of labor and employment issues.
January 8, 2013 – Kent M. Shimeall ’81 was named the director of the Ohio Supreme Court’s legal resources division. Previously, Shimeall served as section chief of the Ohio Attorney General’s constitutional office section, which provides legal counsel to all statewide elected officeholders.
January 7, 2013 – Gerald D. Greiner ’81 has been appointed as Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited’s head of global clearing.
January 4, 2013 – Marie-Joelle Khouzam ’91, a managing partner at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in Columbus, Ohio, was named an Ohio Super Lawyer in her field for 2013. Khouzam concentrates on representing employers and management in labor and employment law matters, workers’ compensation, and municipal law. She has been previously listed in Ohio Super Lawyers (Corporate Counsel list, Employment Law list, Top 25 Women in Columbus list); listed in Best Lawyers in America; and listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition2011 (Employment & Labor).
January 3, 2013 – Judge Roderick Kennedy ’80 was sworn in as the chief judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals on New Year's Day.
December 23, 2012 – Scott Ciolek ’07 was interviewed for NPR’s program ‘All Things Considered’ about a lawsuit he has filed in Ohio against websites that publish mug shots and charge people to have pictures removed.
Ms. Trimacco '07
December 20, 2012 – Courtney J. Trimacco ’07 was elected a shareholder at Reminger Co., LPA. Trimacco is an attorney in the firm’s Cleveland office. She focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability, commercial, casualty, employment, and securities matters, with an emphasis on the defense of professional liability and catastrophic injury disputes. She was named an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Starin 2010.
December 20, 2012 – Corey Minor Smith ’01, legal director for the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, was interviewed on Tough Talk Radio’s ‘Leadership Talk’ with Elaine Greaves.
December 17, 2012 – Laura M. Walker ’77 received a PhD from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy after completing her dissertation, "Religious-Related Decisions in Federal Appellate Courts: The Influence of Jurisdictional Characteristics and Judicial Attributes on Voting." She is an assistant professor, the head of the pre-law advising program, and the director of the legal studies minor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University.
December 13, 2012 – Geoffrey L. Squitiero ’85 joined Halloran & Sage LLP in its New Haven, Connecticut office as a partner. Squitiero practices in the area of civil litigation and real estate law. His practice focuses on the defense of clients in diverse cases, including claims of product liability and toxic torts. He also defends manufacturers against claims of asbestos exposure in both state and federal court.
December 11, 2012 – Ernest W. Auciello ’85 was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) at the LCA’s 2012 Fall Conference & Induction of Fellows in Palm Beach, Florida. Auciello is a partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP. He is a trial lawyer who focuses on pharmaceutical litigation, medical malpractice, and long-term care litigation with an emphasis on the defense of medical professionals, hospitals, and other medical institutions and product manufacturers.
December 11, 2012 – John F. McDonough ’82 joined Olinsky Law Group in Syracuse, New York. McDonough practices workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law.
December 7, 2012 – Michael Zack Hohl ’12 joined Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio as an attorney in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Industry Group, Construction Industry Group, and Banking and Financial Services Industry Group.
November 27, 2012 – President Obama nominated Jeffrey Schmehl ’80, a Berks County, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge, for a seat on the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
November 5, 2012 – Stephanie Ziebell ’10 joined Waterstone Mortgage Corporation’s corporate office in Pewaukee, Wisconsin as assistant general counsel.
October 30, 2012 - Daniel Nathan ’04, a clinical professor in the Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law Clinic at Toledo Law, was elected secretary of the Lucas County CASA/CRB Volunteer Association Advisory Board.
October 23, 2012 – Paul H. Mitrovich ’65, a retired judge with 30 years on the bench of the Lake County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas, published the book Justice Delayed: The Road to Brown v. Brd. of Ed. of Topeka and the Civil Rights Movement with Halo Publishing International.
October 18, 2012 – John R. Condren ’92, a partner with the Buffalo, New York firm of Rupp, Baase Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola, LLC, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association. Condren practices in the areas of insurance defense litigation and insurance coverage.
October 8, 2012 – David R. Hudson ’09 was appointed assistant law director for the City of Maumee. Hudson, an attorney at Reminger Co., LPA in Toledo, Ohio, where he focuses on the defense of medical malpractice, professional liability, and employment practices claims, is also an adjunct faculty member at Toledo Law, where he teaches the fundamentals of trial advocacy to second and third year students.
October 6, 2012 – Michelle L. Christie ’93 joined the Oak Harbor, Ohio office of Kocher & Gillum as a partner.
October 5, 2012 – Michael Lonesky ’08, an investigator in the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy on this date.
October 3, 2012 – Matthew Podmenik ’01 is now managing partner at McCarthy & Holthus, LLP in San Diego, California.
September 21, 2012 – Richard Walinski ’69, an attorney with Thacker Martinsek LPA, has been appointed to serve on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Members of the commission are charged with the task of recommending changes to the Ohio constitution to the general assembly.
September 10, 2012 – Cheri A. Budzynski ’07, associate in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Toledo office, has been appointed as Social Media Vice Chair for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Air Quality Committee for the 2012-2013 term year.
September 4, 2012 – Fredric E. Roth V ’12 joined Husch Blackwell LLP’s Chicago office in the Intellectual Property Litigation group.
August 24, 2012 – Betty Montgomery ’76, an attorney with the firm of MacMurray, Petersen & Shuster LLP in Columbus, Ohio, has been appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees.
August 6, 2012 – Corey Minor Smith ’01, Legal Director for Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, was invited to speak during the Housing and Development Law Institute’s national conference in Washington, D.C., and at the Southern African Housing Foundation’s International Conference and Exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa.
August 1, 2012 – Linda Mansour ’79 was profiled by the Arab American Institute in a piece titled, “Inspiring Arab Americans to Get Involved.”
July 25, 2012 – Elizabeth Smith ’05 joined the Hancock County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor to prosecute felony cases in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
July 18, 2012 – Brandon Sewell ’11 entered the Columbus Bar Incubator Program.
July 11, 2012 – T.J. Ackert ’84 will be the next Grand Rapids Bar Association president.
July 10, 2012 – Matthew Bryant ’09, Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling ’99, D. Chris Cook ’92, and Randy Dixon ’80 were featured in an article titled “Legal legacies: Passing down the love of the law” in a summer issue of the Ohio Lawyer, an Ohio State Bar Association publication.
July 9, 2012 – Michael J. Todak ’82 was sworn in as 112th president of the Toledo Bar Association for the 2012-2013 membership year.
July 2, 2012 – Kevin J. Cooper ’01, an associate at Roetzel & Andress, has been appointed to serve a one-year term as chairman of the Toledo Bar Association Workers' Compensation Committee.
June 21, 2012 – Personal injury attorney Carolyn Salzmann ’01 of The Salzmann Firm in Orlando, Florida was awarded the James G. Glazebrook Professionalism and Service Award by the George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Courts.
June 20, 2012 – Gary M. Farmer ’91, a partner at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L., was named president of the Florida Justice Association, a statewide legal organization comprised of civil trial lawyers in the State of Florida.
June 8, 2012 – William Rountree ’98 joined Rosenberg & Associates, LLC as an associate.
June 6, 2012 – Defense attorney Cheryl Meyers Buth ’93 was profiled by the Buffalo News (New York) in an article titled “Low-key lawyer turns ultimate defender.”
June 4, 2012 – Kristina L. M. Wildman ’11 joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an attorney in its Trusts and Estates Department.
May 31, 2012 – Walter Celley ’87 was chosen by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award “for his outstanding commitment to the local community and higher education.”
May 29, 2012 – Neema M. Bell ’86, a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP received the Mercy College of Northwest Ohio Misericordia et Cura Award, which recognizes alumni or community leaders who act with "compassion and care."
May 11, 2012 – The Toledo Blade noted the retirement of assistant U.S. attorney David Bauer ’75 after a 36-year career as prosecutor.
May 8, 2012 – Adam M. Galat ’06 joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as associate in the firm’s litigation practice group.
May 4, 2012 – Paul Kelly ’80 joined Jackson Lewis LLP as a partner after leaving College Hockey, Inc., the educational and promotional arm of NCAA Division I men's ice hockey, where he served as executive director since November 2007.
April 25, 2012 – Jennifer L. Strazzella ’00 joined Porter Wright as Of Counsel in its banking and finance practice.
April 13, 2012 – Ralph J. DiLeone ’84, managing partner of The DiLeone Law Group, P.C., has been named one of Wake County, North Carolina’s top attorneys in the 2012 Best of Downtowner Awards by Raleigh Downtowner Magazine.
April 1, 2012 – The Buffalo News shared a Q&A with Mark C. Poloncarz ’97, county executive of Erie County, New York.
March 30, 2012 – East Asian Labor and Employment Law: International and Comparative Context by Ronald C. Brown ’68, professor of law at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, was published by Cambridge University Press.
March 30, 2012 – Joel McGormley ’99, the appellate division chief for the Michigan attorney general, has been named the managing director of the NCAA Committees on Infractions.
March 27, 2012 – Sarah V. Beaubien ’11 joined Rohrbachers Cron Manahan Trimble & Zimmerman Co., LPA as an associate in the litigation division.
March 21, 2012 – Sheila Nolan Gartland ’86, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
March 16, 2012 – Kevin Taylor ’77 has been appointed juvenile/probate judge in Van Wert County, Ohio by Governor Kasich.
March 14, 2012 – Andrea M. Kimball ’97 named a partner at SNR Denton.
March 1, 2012 – David C. Bruhl ’04 named a shareholder at Rohrbachers Cron Manahan Trimble & Zimmerman Co., LPA.
February 27, 2012 – William J. Hallan ’07 named Michigan Retailers Association vice president government affairs and general counsel.
February 19, 2012 – Beth L. O’Laughlin ’10 joined Currie Kendall PLC as an associate.
February 19, 2012 – The Aspen, Colorado Daily News applauded the retirement of John Worcester ’74 after nearly 38 years in practice.
February 13, 2012 – Sara Rios ’85 has been named president of the Ruth Mott Foundation.
February 13, 2012 – Robert C. Helmer ’04 was named the ninth president of Baldwin-Wallace College.
February 9, 2012 – The University of Toledo honored former women’s basketball star Dana Drew-Shaw ’98 by retiring her jersey.
February 6, 2012 – The Lucas County Court Appointed Special Advocates selected Christy Cole ’01 as a Lucas County CASA/CRB Volunteer Association Advisory Board member.
January 30, 2012 – The Washtenaw County Commissioners appointed James J. Carty ’10 to a five-year term on the county’s Environmental Health Code Appeals Board/Public Health Advisory Committee.
January 17, 2012 – Michael K. Gall ’04 named a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP.
January 9, 2012 – E. Mark Young ’01 named a partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.
January 5, 2012 – Sarah A. Corpening ’99 named executive director of the Toledo Bar Association.
January 4, 2012 – Brian S. Spitler ’03 named a partner at Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP.
January 1, 2012 – Mark C. Poloncarz ’97 elected and sworn in as county executive of Erie County, New York.
December 1, 2011 – Elizabeth G. Simcox ’88 named executive director of the Dauphin County Bar Association in Pennsylvania.