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Taft 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


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.

 

 

 

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UC Law School Grad '80 and Local Trial Attorney Bruce Whitman 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.

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 www.riddelllaw.com.

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 www.collaborativepractice.com ).  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, (2005) 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 www.kmklaw.com

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JUDSON CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES


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 www.judsoncenter.org or call 248-549-4339.