Law Alumni Magazine

Class Notes

Aug. 1, 2020

We know it's important to stay informed about what's happening in the lives of Toledo Law alumni. Take some time to read through the following posts, and think about reaching out to say "hello." Share your latest news through our online class notes form.

Jack Puffenberger

Message From The Law Alumni Affiliate

As we begin a new year at The University of Toledo, I am honored to serve as the president of the Law Alumni Affiliate. I look forward to working with the Board, Dean Barros and his faculty and staff, University staff, and the law students.

Although last year ended with incredible challenges for all of us as we tried to find new ways to practice law, run a court, make a living and keep ourselves and our families healthy, I am committed to making this a year in which we can come together and find new and renewed ways of benefiting you as Alumni Association members and the future lawyers of the College of Law.

We had a number of successful events last year, including the Dean's Breakfast during Homecoming week, Law Lapalooza, and of course the ever-popular Law Trivia Night. In addition to these events, we contributed to the PILA fundraiser run by the law students and are proud of the financial, employment, teaching and mentoring contributions many of our members have made. We hope to repeat these events this year and would love to hear from you if you have ideas as to what other events or opportunities you would like to see.

Thank you for being a member of the Law Alumni Affiliate. I look forward to seeing you this year and thank you for your continued support of our alma mater.

Judge Jack R. Puffenberger '78
Law Alumni Affiliate President, 2020-21


Tom Lewandowski has survived cancer for the second time.


Tom Pletz was recognized for his service as part-time acting judge in Sylvania Municipal Court for the past 30 years. Sylvania City Council declared Jan. 8, 2020 as "Judge Tom Pletz Day."


Jeffrey Bogart has again been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer and has been included on the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list. He announced his retirement from active practice but remains active conducting mediations and arbitrations.


Stuart KleinStuart Klein is a licensed Florida real estate broker and a partner in International Hospitality Partners, LLC.


Nancy GervinskiNancy Gervinski is a commercial arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association National Panel of Arbitrators and hears commercial and consumer cases.

Jeff E. Smith has been included on the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list. Jeff practices corporate law at Vorys, Stater, Seymour and Peace LLP.


Harry Gensler retired after 25 years as Nye County public defender in Nevada. The Las Vegas Municipal Court appointed Gensler to serve as an alternate judge.

Roderick KennedyRoderick Kennedy presented an overview of search/seizure law for genealogical genetics at the 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting and is editing the ABA's Summer 2020 Sci/Tech Lawyer magazine.


Stephen DaneStephen Dane has started a new law firm, Dane Law LLC, with focus on fair housing and civil rights litigation.

Denise Navarre Cubbon helped establish the Bridge to Independence and Success Pilot Program which helps young men aging out of foster care or leaving Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center.

Connie (Farmer) Zemmelman was the recipient of the 2020 YWCA Milestones Award for her role in government. She received the 2020 Director's Award from the executive director of Lucas County Children Services.


Kevin Joyce volunteers with Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, serves on the Natural Resources Assistance Council in Lucas County, and is editor of TBA News, the Toledo Bar Association newsletter.


Jim GarrityJim Garrity released the third edition of his best-selling litigation guide "10,000 Depositions Later" on Amazon and two new field guides, "Creating Invincible Deponents" and "FRCP 30(b)(6)."

Matt MittenMatt Mitten co-authored the fifth edition of "Sports Law and Regulation: Cases, Materials, and Problems."


Sheila Nolan Gartland has been included on the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list. She practices corporate law at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

Bradley Le BoeufBradley Le Boeuf's short story, "The Bloodhounds," was published by the Ohio State Bar Association in the Summer 2020 issue of Solo, Small Firms and General Practice News.


Terrence Finn, a shareholder in the Environmental, Energy, and Health & Safety Group of Roetzel & Andress, was cited by Chambers USA as a leader in Natural Resources & Environmental Law. He has been selected every year since 2006.


Shane Farolino, a shareholder with Roetzel & Andress, was cited by Chambers USA as a leader in Natural Resources & Environmental Law. He has been selected every year since 2004.

Nancy A. Miller was sworn in as president of The University of Toledo Alumni Association for the 2020-21 year.


Linda (Chugh) Ulinski's law firm, Ulinski Law, focuses on trust and will-based estate planning, trust and probate estate administration, real estate, small business, and guardianships.


Marty MillerMarty Miller was elected to partnership in the firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.


Sean W. WalshSean W. Walsh recently joined Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his litigation practice in the areas of business insolvency, bankruptcy, employment law, intellectual property, real estate law and commercial financing transactions.


Christi BartmanChristi Bartman is focusing on human trafficking issues in Ohio. She recently concluded a housing study for trafficked victims in Central Ohio and published on the topic.


Jenifer Belt began a new position as the first chief operating officer for the Sisters of St. Francis in February 2020.


Ann Erickson GaultAnn Erickson Gault was elected to Troy City Council in Michigan in November 2019. She is a solo practitioner and of counsel to Cohen Lerner in Royal Oak, Mich.


Ken Hicks has been a member of the West Virginia State Legislature for three terms, 2014, 2016, and 2018. He has practiced law in Huntington, W. Va. since 1988.


Ellen GrachekEllen Grachek wed Damon J. Williams in 2019. Pictured in the front row with Ellen is Nadeane (Johnson) Howard. Pictured in back with Damon: Stephanie Risk and Jennifer Benedict.


Andrea (Jones) TottenAndrea (Jones) Totten was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve as a County Court Judge in Flagler County, Fla., where she lives with her husband and children.


Gina Clausen Lozier has been recognized as one of South Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers in the insurance category by the Daily Business Review.


Sarah Skow was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. She is a partner at Spengler Nathanson, PLL in Toledo.


Christy PrinceChristy Prince was ranked in Chambers USA for Up and Coming, Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Ohio.

Katie (Carollo) SchuylerKatie (Carollo) Schuyler was named assistant director of the Office of Professional Development at The University of Toledo College of Law.


Jeanne (Whalen) BarberJeanne (Whalen) Barber welcomed a daughter, Maren, with husband Brian Barber in May 2019.

Ernest Huang was named partner at Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

Andrew Maunz was sworn in as legal counsel for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission. He will oversee internal and external policy for the nation’s leading civil rights agency.


David Cowen is a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of New Mexico. He currently lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Cassandra, and their two children.

Beth O’LaughlinBeth O’Laughlin was named partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. She focuses her practice on counseling families and businesses on trust and estate planning and administration, succession planning, tax matters and wealth preservation.


Nicholas TurnerNicholas Turner started a new position with the U.S. Army at the Pentagon. He's serving as the career manager for around 1,300 U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocates.

Nicholas WittenbergNicholas Wittenberg, legal counsel at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (pictured far right), gave Dean Ben Barros, Professor Eric Chaffee, and Assistant Dean Heather Karns a VIP tour of The West Wing.


David MannDavid Mann was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He remains the president of the Lucas County Land Bank.

Bradley ProudfootBradley Proudfoot has been named the Reader’s Choice "Best of the Best" attorney in Medina County, Ohio, by the Medina Gazette.


J. David AtkinsJ. David Atkins started a solo practice, J. David Atkins Law, P.A. and started a sports management company, Dream Sports Management, Inc., representing soccer and mixed martial arts athletes in Miami.

Lidia (Bosek) Ebersole was appointed to serve as vice chair of the Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Language Services. She has served on the committee as a member since 2015.

Kelli NovakKelli Novak has been promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP. She focuses her practice on health care law.


Steven VandercookSteven Vandercook was appointed as a warranted contracting officer for the Office of Procurement at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.


Arnold FinkbineArnold Finkbine is an associate with the firm of Williams & Schoenberger Co., LLC in Columbus, Ohio. He practices mainly in the areas of insurance defense and domestic relations.

Lindsey (Cavese) SchertingLindsey (Cavese) Scherting welcomed a daughter, Eloise Margaret, with husband, Andy Scherting, and big brother, Colin, in December 2019.


Brandy Brown started a new position as assistant director of development for The University of Toledo College of Law.

Madeline K. (Jarrett) FullerMadeline K. (Jarrett) Fuller joined Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. as an associate with the firm's business and corporate team.

Evangeline NketiaEvangeline Nketia has joined Bodman PLC in Detroit, Mich. as an associate. She is a member of Bodman's Individual Clients Practice Group.

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