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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP elects alumni Thomas M. Connor, Kristin Leinhart and Michael Proctor as partners


CINCINNATI (January 6, 2016) – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to announce five Cincinnati attorneys have been named Partner. April L. Besl, Thomas M. Connor, Allison H. Kropp, Kristin M. Lenhart and Faith C. Whittaker were elected to partnership effective January 1, 2016. Fourteen attorneys across the firm have been promoted to Partner this year.
“I am proud to welcome the newest attorneys elected to partnership. They share a passion for the practice of law and a commitment to serving our clients that we value at Dinsmore,” said George H. Vincent, Managing Partner & Chairman. “It has been a pleasure to see them advance in our profession and achieve this accomplishment.”

Thomas M. Connor- Cincinnati, OH
Thomas M. ConnorA partner in the Litigation Department, Tom is an experienced litigator, having handled trials, mediations, negotiations, and client counseling in a wide variety of matters. These include product liability and mass tort litigation, toxic tort matters, natural resources and land use disputes, intellectual property litigation, software and information-technology related litigation, contract matters, as well as defense of health care providers and hospitals. Tom has extensive experience practicing in both state and federal courts throughout much of the Midwest, including experience in complex and multi-district litigation.

For nearly a decade prior to his law career, Tom worked in a series of information technology leadership roles at one of the world’s largest and most diverse technology and manufacturing corporations. He worked with business partners to design, develop and implement a wide variety of complex technology and business process reengineering solutions to address business challenges and opportunities. As an attorney, he has leveraged this background to better understand the operations and legal needs of his business clients. Tom also has worked with technical personnel leading sophisticated large-scale e-Discovery efforts involving traditional business documents as well as non-traditional e-Discovery involving structured enterprise systems data, CRM systems, and CAD engineering drawings. p>In the course of his litigation work, Tom has developed a thorough understanding of the Medicare Secondary Payer statute and has advised clients on all aspects of litigating and settling cases that may give rise to Medicare reimbursement or reporting obligations. He is a member of the firm’s Information Systems and e-Discovery committees. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Kristin M. Lenhart- Cincinnati, OH
Kristin LeinhartA member of the Corporate Department, Kristin represents a variety of individuals in estate planning and probate and trust administration matters. Focusing largely on the planning side, Kristin leverages a practical, real-world approach to helping clients minimize the complications associated with the transfer of wealth. Understanding that estate planning sometimes involves an emotional component and complex family dynamics, Kristin tailors her approach to each client, quickly discerning their goals and laying out a strategy to help them get there. By building relationships with clients, Kristin is also able to advise them on other matters, including general business needs, business and LLC formation and implementing business succession plans.

Building on her past experience with a large accounting firm, Kristin also advises closely-held businesses, charitable organizations and family foundations on a variety of tax and business matters.

Beyond her practice, Kristin enjoys writing and in 2012 co-authored a children’s book called “The Notre Dame Spirit,” which highlights the picturesque and legendary South Bend campus through the eyes of a first-time visitor. She earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Michael R. Proctor- Morgantown, WV
MIchael ProctorA member of the Litigation Department, Michael handles business disputes throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mike also has extensive bankruptcy experience, representing creditors in all phases of bankruptcy, including claim litigation, nondischargeability actions and preferential transfers.

Overall, Mike’s litigation experience is wide-ranging and includes UCC Article 9 litigation, litigation under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, deliberate intent and employment litigation, contractual disputes and oil and gas production disputes. Some specific examples of Mike’s experience include: administration of class action funds on behalf of a local governmental entity, immunity of governmental entities in performing administrative duties, litigation of the co-extensive jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts and district courts, and providing advice to common carriers regarding Federal Transit Administration procurement regulations. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About Dinsmore & Shohl
Dinsmore & Shohl is comprised of 625 attorneys with locations in 21 cities throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals. For more information, please visit www.dinsmore.com.

Tarik Haskins '03 Named Fellow of the American Bar Foundation


Wilmington, DE (August 26, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partner Tarik J. Haskins has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. An honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars, the Fellows demonstrate outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

Established in 1955 to support the research of the American Bar Foundation, membership is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

As a member of the Morris Nichols Commercial Law Counseling Group, Tarik’s practice covers a range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, secured financings, joint ventures, and business counseling.

He serves on the Morris Nichols Executive Committee and chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee. A leader in the local community, Tarik was appointed by Governor Markell as a member of the Delaware Council on Development Finance and serves as a director of the Prestige Academy. He also serves on many committees of the American Bar Association and the Delaware State Bar Association.

About The American Bar Foundation
The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. Primary funding for the ABF is provided by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and the American Bar Endowment. Learn more at www.americanbarfoundation.org.

About Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Morris Nichols combines a broad national practice of corporate, intellectual property, business reorganization and restructuring, commercial law and litigation with a general business, tax, estate planning and real estate practice within the State of Delaware. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community.

Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP hires Maria Moyer '12


Maria K. Moyer has joined Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP as an Associate attorney. Maria will be working primarily in the Estate Planning and Administration group. Most recently, Maria was an associate practicing in estate and trust planning and administration with Vorys Sater, Seymour and Pease.  Previously, she practiced in that area with the law firm of Ritter and Randolph.

Maria is a 2012 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she earned her J.D., and a 2009 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business, where she earned her BA of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Visit our website for more information about Maria

Graydon Head attorneys serve clients in a variety of industries with particular experience working with clients in: banking and financial services; commercial real estate; media, communications and information; construction; health, education and human services; and manufacturing. The Firm’s personal planning group provides legal counsel to many local business owners and their executives and families in the estate planning and administration area. With offices Downtown on Fountain Square, in Northern Kentucky at the Chamber Center, and in the Butler/Warren area at University Pointe, the Firm provides convenient accessibility to clients in key areas of the growing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

Law Firm Strauss Troy Adds Attorney Christopher "Kit" Houston


CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - October 27, 2015) - Strauss Troy, a leading law firm with offices in Ohio and Kentucky, announces that Attorney Christopher Houston has joined the firm. Houston has significant first-chair trial experience and strives to obtain fast and efficient results for his clients, whether at trial, through motions practice, mediation, arbitration -- or even avoiding the judicial process all together.

Christopher S. Houston"Kit brings valuable expertise to our Litigation Practice Group," said Marshall Dosker, Strauss Troy president. "His diverse experience in aviation; construction; financial services; healthcare; natural resources, and oil and gas makes him an excellent addition to our firm."

Houston focuses his practice in federal and state court, primarily in the areas of business, real estate and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a vast-range of legal disputes including: breach of contract; collections; construction; personal injury; prosecuting and defending consumer claims, and many other areas where his clients encounter legal challenges in either their personal lives or business activities. He has spent substantial time working with local banks to protect their interests in distressed loans, both in state court and bankruptcy court.

Houston's experience isn't limited to the courtroom. He also serves many clients in the acquisition and sale of real estate. This work has included representing a commercial developer responsible for the purchase and development of more than 100 parcels throughout an eight-state region. Additionally, he has advised oil and gas exploration companies on issues related to development of the Utica Shale.

An experienced pilot, Houston holds his multi-engine commercial certificate, as well as various flight instructor ratings. His Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 121 certificate gives him significant experience in the operating requirements for domestic, flag and supplemental operations. This makes him the ideal attorney for any aviation issue.

Houston is licensed to practice in Ohio; Kentucky; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Kentucky, and U.S. District Court -- Western District of Kentucky. He holds a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Taft College of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee.

About Strauss Troy
As a full-service law firm founded in 1953, Strauss Troy has diverse expertise and a history of proven success. No matter what issue you face, the firm has the right professionals, working together as a team, to get you the answers you need quickly and affordably. Strauss Troy's Practice Groups include: Corporate | Business, Criminal | White Collar Defense, Domestic Relations | Family Law, Labor | Employment, Litigation, Municipal | Government, Real Estate | Finance, Tax Planning | Compliance and Trust | Estate Planning.

Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in the Greater Cincinnati | Northern Kentucky region, is a Martindale-Hubbell Top Ranked Law Firm™ in Fortune Magazine and a U.S. News & World Report Best® Law Firm. Many of its attorneys are honored as peer-rated Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Attorneys, Best Lawyers® in America, Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.

Jennifer S. Gutmore '03 joins Knott Ebelini Hart


Jennifer S. Gutmore has joined the law firm of Knott Ebelini Hart as an associate. She will concentrate her practice in the areas of business and civil law. Previously, she served as an assistant state attorney in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. She worked as a judicial law clerk for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell and as an assistant prosecuting attorney prior to moving to Florida in 2007. Ms. Gutmore received her law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Jennifer S. Gutmore '03 joins Knott Ebelini Hart


Jennifer S. Gutmore has joined the law firm of Knott Ebelini Hart as an associate. She will concentrate her practice in the areas of business and civil law. Previously, she served as an assistant state attorney in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. She worked as a judicial law clerk for Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell and as an assistant prosecuting attorney prior to moving to Florida in 2007. Ms. Gutmore received her law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Mark Stall '88 and Maria Rodell '96 hired at Escort, Inc. and Corporate Electronics


Maria Rodell – Hired as Director of Human Resources of Escort , Inc. and Cobra Electronics – Maria has her JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her BS from St. Mary’s College. Maria was most recently with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Mark Stall – Hired as General Counsel of Escort , Inc. and Cobra Electronics – Mark has his JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his BS from Miami University. Mark most recently served as General Counsel of Toyota Industries North America based in Columbus, IN.

About Escort Inc. - ESCORT is the leading manufacturer of high-performance radar and laser detectors and the patented ESCORT Live™ real-time ticket protection network. ESCORT manufactures products under the ESCORT, PASSPORT, Max, REDLINE, SOLO, Pro and BELTRONICS brands. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, with its principal manufacturing facility located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Additional information about Escort, Inc. is available at Escortradar.com. For more information about ESCORT, visit ESCORT Inc. on Youtube, our website ESCORTinc.com or call the company direct at 800-964-3138

About Cobra Electronics - Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products. Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations. To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at www.cobra.com. Follow Cobra on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CobraElectronic and Like Us at www.facebook.com/CobraElectronics.

Escort Inc. and Cobra Electronics are portfolio companies of Monomoy Capital Partners based in New York City.

2016 Robert S. Marx Lecture to feature Professor Catherine M. Sharkey


Thursday, February 11, 2016
12:15 - 1:15 pm - Room 114
University of Cincinnati College of Law

CLE: 1 hr./general

View the webcast of the lecture2016 Marx Lecture

 

Catherine Sharkey is the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at New York University and a Faculty Director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU. She is one of the nation’s leading authorities on punitive damages and federal preemption. She has published more than 40 articles, essays, and book chapters in the fields of torts, products liability, administrative law, remedies, and class actions. Sharkey is co-author with Richard Epstein of Cases and Materials on Torts (11th ed., 2016) and co-editor with Saul Levmore of Foundations of Tort Law (2nd ed., 2009). She is a founding member of the World Tort Law Society, established in 2012, and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Sharkey is an appointed public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and an adviser to the ALI Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm. She was a 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow.
 
In her lecture, Professor Sharkey will discuss the judicially created “economic loss rule,” which bars tort liability where a plaintiff has suffered strictly financial losses without accompanying personal injury or property damage. The Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Economic Harm provides two justifications for tort’s limited (or lack of) protection against purely economic losses: (1) the “floodgates” rationale, i.e., concern about potentially limitless liability; and (2) deference to contract. Courts’ reliance on these twin rationales, however, has bred confusion. Courts often intermingle the rationales or employ them inconsistently in different contexts. Professor Sharkey’s lecture will be an effort to map a clear path through the confusion and to provide a more robust theoretical justification for the economic loss rule, one grounded in the concept of the “cheapest cost avoider”. 
 
About the Marx Lecture
The Robert S. Marx Lecture was established by Judge Robert S. Marx to enrich the curriculum of the College of Law by bringing eminent scholars from various fields of law to lecture and interact with faculty and students. Judge Marx was a graduate of the College of Law and an outstanding member of the Cincinnati Bar for 51 years. The Lecture was endowed in 1989 through the generosity of the Robert S. Marx Testamentary Trustees.

Weaver Institute Celebrates Contributions of Founder, Dr. Glenn Weaver


The 2015-2016 Weaver Fellows; Jim Hunt and Valerie Hardcastle, co-directors of the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry; and Dean Jennifer S. Bard joined the Glenn M. Weaver Foundation Trustees, headed by Ellen Weaver, for their annual dinner on November 19th.  Honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Glenn Weaver, the event also celebrated the on-going legacy of Dr. Weaver in the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry and the activities of the Weaver fellows, both in the community and on campus.

 

 

LLM Program Is Opening Doors for Attorneys from China


“Law is the art about justice and kindness. It has depth and complexity; every court has two sides, and society is driven by multiple different forces,” states Ying (Nancy) Zhang, an LL.M. student from China.

The LL.M. program provides students who have studied law in a foreign country the opportunity to receive up to two years of exposure to the U.S. legal system. Each student has, at minimum, a bachelor’s in law and earns a masters in law for foreign-trained lawyers. The program is currently in its fourth year, and has so far graduated 30 students from 18 different countries. This year’s class features 18 students from 10 countries, and includes Qing Lyu, also from China, in addition to Zhang.

Before starting the LL.M. program, Zhang completed a bachelor’s degree at Zhengzhou University, where she received training to “think like a lawyer”, and a master’s degree at China University of Political Science and Law. She also had field experience, practicing corporate law at a local firm in Singapore for nearly four years.

When her husband relocated to the U.S. for work, it opened the door for Zhang to participate in the program.

Fellow student Lyu also left China to pursue education in America when her husband came to the States for work as well. “If you have a law degree in your country, and you know a little bit about American institutions, when you come back to my country, it’s very competitive for you to find a good job.” Although Lyu is not yet sure if they will return to China at some point, she does know that she wants to get work experience in America under her belt before they do.

Lyu also attended China University of Political Science and Law, but for her undergraduate education, where she studied both law and economics. For her graduate program, she went to Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, focusing on maritime law. 

Similar to other LL.M. students, these women have noticed disparities between teaching styles here and in their home country, and both point to talking during class being the biggest one.

Lyu explained that professors will lecture, and although you can ask questions, it typically doesn’t happen. In the third year, students take classes that do allow them to talk a little bit, but note taking is still the major point of class. During her studies here, however, “We are asked to engage a lot. To ask questions, discuss with each other, or debate with professors-that’s very different.” Professors, and other students, are more open to questions here as well, and she feels that there is not such a stigma of asking a “dumb question.” 

Zhang partially credited the factor of age for this phenomenon. While American law students hold some other type of degree, those in China do not necessarily have that. Law is open to younger students, meaning that they need to be told more of what the law is, and how it works, before they can reasonably be expected to make judgements about it.

This degree has also served as a reminder that looks can be deceiving. Although she researched what law school in America entailed, Zhang came to find out that actually doing it is different than imagining it. As taking class everyday in China was no problem, she didn’t understand why everyone said 17 credit hours would be too much. After delving into her classes, however, she realized that they were right. “When I’m really going through it, it’s like, Oh, okay, I really have a lot of homework. I actually need to read a lot before I come to school, I’m expected to talk in class, and I have to write a lot. I knew I would probably go through this, but actually doing it is a little bit different.” 

Lyu felt similarly, originally deceived by social media posts. “I feel like it’s more challenging than I thought. A lot of my classmates came to the U.S. to study law, and they always post pictures of a lot of interesting things, like parties, and they travel a lot...I feel like I don’t have time for that. Basically, I study in the library, I prepare for class, I go home to sleep, and that’s my life.”

Although there are not as many international students, specifically those from China, at UC as opposed to many other law schools, Lyu views this as a benefit. “It forces you to talk with Americans or people from different countries, which also helps you improve your english skills. It’s kind of common if you have a lot of Chinese here that you just talk with them. You discuss with them about the class, or anything, so I think it’s beneficial for me not to have that.”

After LL.M. graduation, Zhang hopes to continue practicing corporate law, similar to what she was doing before, but to stay in the U.S.

Lyu isn’t sure where she will end up. If she remains stateside, she wishes to become a lawyer. However, upon return to China, her goal is to become a judge. Although that’s often one’s final job in America, it is not the same in her home country. After graduation, many of her classmates became clerks, in pursuit of eventually becoming a judge, saying, “In our country, we want to work for the government.”

Wherever they end up, both women are extremely happy to be a part of the program, and grateful for the opportunity to learn from skilled professors who care. As Zhang put it, “It is a privilege to be back to school at this time of my life.”

Author: Michelle Flanagan '18, UC Honors Student