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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.


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 or

Jackson Kelly welcomes two new associates

Charleston, W.Va., October 25, 2013 – Jackson Kelly PLLC is pleased to welcome two new associates to the firm’s Charleston, West Virginia, office: Chase O. Holcomb and Nicklaus A. Presley

Holcomb is practicing in litigation. He received his Juris Doctor in 2013 from the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law where he served on the staff of the Environmental Law and Policy Review. Holcomb has an undergraduate degree in political science with minors in history and philosophy from West Virginia University. 

Presley joins the Commercial Law Practice Group. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013 and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University, receiving his Master of Business Administration from the Marshall University Graduate School of Management in 2010. While in law school, Presley served as Notes and Comments Editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Jackson Kelly PLLC is a national law firm representing leading global corporations, national companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in areas of law such as environmental, business, labor and employment, federal and state workers’ compensation, civil litigation and occupational safety and health. The firm has offices in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. 


Douglas Riddell, 2005 listed as Rising Star of 2014 by Ohio Superlawyers

Doug Riddell opened Riddell Law LLC, a solo criminal defense practice, in 2010 after spending several years as a public defender in Franklin County.  In 2012, his wife, Bridget Purdue Riddell, joined the practice.  Doug represents clients facing criminal misdemeanor and traffic charges, including OVI offenses, throughout Columbus and Central Ohio.   

Recently, Doug was named a 2014 "Rising Star" by Ohio SuperLawyers Magazine.   

He can be found at

Richard A. Gilbert '73 is Recertified in Business Litigation by The Florida Bar

Richard A. Gilbert has earned recertification as a specialist in business litigation through the Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Gilbert is also Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, is a Master Emeritus in the Justice William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court, and is listed in Best Lawyers of America in both personal injury law and business litigation. Gilbert serves on the Development Council for Bay Area Legal Services, and he has been elected the Chair of the Pre-Law Program for Miami University for 2013-2014.

Gilbert is a shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. in Tampa. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, past President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, past President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and past Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.

Ross Evans '86 elected President of IACP

Ross Evans, (Class of 86’) Managing Partner of Katz, Greenberger and Norton LLP, has recently been elected President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP ).  Mr. Evans, who commenced his term at the conclusion of the 14th Annual Forum held in San Antonio in October, now leads the 5000-plus member organization which has an established presence in 20 countries around the globe. The IACP is an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.  The Vision of the IACP is to transform how conflict is resolved worldwide through Collaborative Practice.

Mr. Evans is a founding member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a past Chairperson of that organization.  He is a former Magistrate from the Hamilton County Juvenile Court and Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. His practice is focused on Family Law, Collaborative Practice and Mediation, and he regularly serves as a Guardian Ad Litem.  Mr. Evans has also served the community over the last 30 years as a board member of numerous local, national and international non-profit boards.

Super Lawyers provides Attorney Profile of Ross Evans located in Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) focused on Family Law. Look up his profile here

Michael T. Cappel, '05 was recently elected partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp

Cincinnati, OH — The Cincinnati law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK) is pleased to announce that it has elected four new partners: Michael T. Cappel, Jonathan M. Hiltz, Bethany P. Recht and Benjamin G. Stewart.

Michael T. Cappel practices in the firm’s Litigation Group with a focus on commercial litigation, tort defense, and appellate practice. He also has experience in personal injury litigation, wrongful death litigation, employer intentional tort litigation, real estate and construction litigation, and environmental litigation.  He has represented private companies, public companies, financial institutions, and individuals in a variety of legal matters, including corporate and partnership disputes, zoning disputes, fraud claims, breach of contract claims, and insurance disputes.  Cappel has litigated cases within federal and state courts, state appellate courts, and private and court-sponsored mediation and arbitration throughout the country, including Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas. Prior to joining KMK in 2007, Cappel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mark P. Painter in the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. Cappel earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.  While in law school, Cappel was a fellow with the Lois Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence, and served on the editorial board for the University of Cincinnati Law Review.  He earned his B.A. from St. Louis University, magna cum laude, in 2002.
About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL


The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK®), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally-recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes — from Fortune 100 corporations to start-up companies. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers® 2013 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK received 20 first tier rankings in the 2013 Best Law Firms survey (Metropolitan Cincinnati) by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 110 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at

Read the complete news release here.



ROYAL OAK, MI-August 19, 2013- Judson Center is pleased to announce the appointment of  William Lodge, J.D., to their executive management team. He joins the agency in the newly created Director of Human Resources position.

Mr. Lodge will be providing strategic oversight for Judson Center’s Human Resources Department and will be responsible for developing approaches to workforce planning, talent acquisition and retention, total compensation, performance management, organizational culture and employee engagement.

Mr. Lodge joins Judson Center after 12 years at GreenPath Inc. in Farmington Hills, where he was Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (Class of 1978).

Cameron Hosner, Judson Center president and CEO, remarked, “Judson Center is very fortunate to enhance the executive management team with Mr. Lodge. His experience and skill will undoubtedly be a significant asset for Judson Center.”

About Judson Center

Judson Center is a non-profit human service agency that provides compassionate, comprehensive services to children and families in need in southeast Michigan.  Since opening its doors in 1924, Judson Center has grown to provide services to more than 4,100 individuals and families each year in southeast Michigan. Responding to the needs of the community, Judson Center offers services in four Centers of Excellence:

Autism Ÿ Behavioral Health Ÿ Child Welfare Ÿ Disability Services

For details, visit or call 248-549-4339.

Constitution Day Programs and Speakers

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday.

Public Lecture
Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University


Elections and the Constitution
A. Christopher Bryant, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati
Timothy M. Burke,Partner, Manley Burke, LPA and Chair, Hamilton County Democratic Party
Alex M. Triantafilou,Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, and Chair, Hamilton Bounty Republican Party
Verna L. Williams, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati


The Future of Privacy and Free Speech on the Roberts Court
Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University


Dangerous Reading: What Does the Constitution Really Say?
Garrett Epps, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law


Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption
Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton (book authors)
Followed by a presentation by Professor Mark Godsey about constitutional issues that arise in wrongful conviction claims.


Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a presentation by Judge Ann Marie Tracey entitled, “Professionalism, Advocacy, and the Constitution”


Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a discussion of the most recent Supreme Court decision involving voluntary efforts of school districts to use race in student assignments by attorney John Concannon, former Cincinnati School Boad General Counsel.


Impeach Justice Douglas!
Presentation by Periaktos Productions, followed by a panel discussion consisting of Martin S. Pinales, Sirkin, Pinales & Schwartz LLP; Susan Grogan Faller, Frost Brown Todd LLC; and Thomas E. Callinan, Cincinnati Enquirer. Panel moderator was Professor Ronna Greff Schneider.

2013 Law and Leadership Graduates Plan Careers in Legal Field, Business and Engineering

Four years ago a group of rising ninth graders began a summer experience at the College of Law as participants in the school’s first year with the Law and Leadership Institute (LLI), a statewide initiative in collaboration with the legal community designed to inspire and prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary and professional success. This is done through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism.

Today, the remaining members of the inaugural class have reached several milestones. They have graduated from their respective high schools and the LLI program, and are now matriculating to college. And yes, several have plans for a career in the legal field in their future.

  • Jordan Posey. A National Achievement Finalist, Posey graduated from Walnut Hills High School with honors. He will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall in the Honors Program, majoring in English Literature and International Affairs. Posey is a recipient of a Cincinnatus Excellence scholarship and plans for a career in law. He authored an editorial about his experience with the LLI program and how it prepared him for future success. It is a must read.
  • Kabria Tyler. Valedictorian of her class at Gamble Montessori High School, Tyler will attend the University of Cincinnati this fall and major in business. 
  • Jonathon Freeman. Voted “Most Inspiring” and “Most Courageous” by classmates at Gamble Montessori High School, Freeman will be attending the University of Cincinnati this fall. He will major in electrical engineering and pre-law. 
  • Sydney Thomas. Thomas will be attending Hampton University this fall on a full-tuition scholarship. 
  • Shamiyah Hood. Hood will first attend Cincinnati State and Technical College and then transfer to the University of Cincinnati. 
  • Joshua Harker. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati beginning this fall. 
  • Lauren Posey. Posey is an outstanding senior at Walnut Hills High School.

Several LLI program is assisted by law school students and public school teachers who work with the students over the course of the program.  Read more about their experience and a reflection piece on how the Constitution was brought to life for the students in a very real way.  (Teachers' Perspective)

About the LLI Program

The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) is an intensive program designed to support high-achieving students from under-served communities as they progress toward success in college and professional life. Its purpose is to introduce minority students and others from under-served communities to the legal field as a possible career option. Students learn about legal concepts, including constitutional principles governing searches and seizures; participate in vigorous debates and write extensively about current issues. Today, LLI provides effective law and leadership programming to over 400 high school students, on eight law school campuses across the state of Ohio.