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Tom Donnelly '85 named "Athletic Director of the Year" for Southwest Ohio


Thomas Christian Donnelly graduated with a JD degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1985.   

Tom has just been named “Athletic Director of the Year” for all of Southwest Ohio(nearly 200 high schools) for his work at Cincinnati Public’s Walnut Hills High School (founded in 1895).  He will be formally honored this spring.  When he first came to Walnut, the school had not won a football game in years.  Tom changed all that in his very first season.  But that was just the beginning.  He has also added numerous new sports and brought excellence to all of them.  To find out more, check out: http://www.walnuthillseagles.com/athletics/.  

Walnut Hills High School (7th-12th grades) now, thanks to Tom, has more than 90 teams, for both boys and girls, for every grade level, and throughout all seasons.

Walnut Hills is one of the best schools academically in the country.  (It’s the only gold star school in the entire state of Ohio.)  The 2,400 member student body is culturally and ethnically diverse, with students attending from every urban neighborhood in Cincinnati. 87% of the graduates enter college with advanced standing, and students score especially well on the Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement. All students pass all parts of the Ohio Proficiency Test, 100% on the first sitting, and Walnut Hills places first in the state on the test. Upon graduation, Walnut Hills High School students are accepted by the finest universities and colleges throughout America. 

Now, thanks to Tom, WHHS is as good athletically as it is academically.  Graduates often get athletic as well as academic scholarships.  Also, thanks to Tom, a larger than ever number of students participate in athletics.

In short, Tom embodies the school’s motto:

SURSUM AD SUMMUM (“Rise to the Highest).”  

John F. Bennett '01 joins Ulmer & Berne LLP


Ulmer & Berne Adds Accomplished Patent Litigator John F. Bennett to Cincinnati Office

CINCINNATI (January 14, 2014) – Ulmer & Berne LLP announced a significant expansion to its Intellectual Property & Technology Practice with the addition of patent litigator John F. Bennett as counsel in the firm’s Cincinnati office. Mr. Bennett, who joins Ulmer & Berne from Baker & Hostetler, adds depth to the Intellectual Property & Technology practice, consisting of over 20 attorneys including 18 registered patent attorneys.

“Successful litigation stems from persuasion through meticulous preparation and effective communication, which John has mastered to the benefit of his clients,” said Eric Robbins, chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. “John brings deep patent litigation experience to the Cincinnati office, allowing us to provide our clients with full-service intellectual property and technology capabilities here.”

Handling over 20 patent litigations in the last four years, Mr. Bennett is an accomplished patent litigator that serves a wide range of clients – from small companies to large corporations. He is savvy on both sides of litigation, representing patent owners and accused infringers. He also has extensive experience with cases involving trademark, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, and other intellectual property claims. In addition, he also has experience handling complex business litigation. His experience covers a wide range of technologies, and he has represented clients in matters before federal district courts throughout the U.S., including the largest patent multidistrict litigation in history.

“John is another example of the high caliber of talent we have recruited to the Cincinnati office,” said Scott Kadish, partner-in-charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office. “John will increase the service we can provide to our clients and add to our ability to exceed client expectations.”

Mr. Bennett has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and is involved in the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association, where he serves as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Committee. Mr. Bennett earned his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Saint Thomas and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  Prior to his legal career, Mr. Bennett was the founder of a software company and the architect of its flagship software product, which had hundreds of thousands of users. 

Representing clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, Ulmer & Berne’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice establishes, preserves, defends, and commercializes the IP rights and technology assets of its clients. It leverages the knowledge and skill of lawyers experienced in the areas of patent and other IP litigation, copyright and trademark law; the protection and enforcement of trade secret rights; and the consummation of acquisitions, divestitures and licensing transactions dealing with technology assets, to assist its clients to achieve their business goals. They also have extensive experience in data privacy, protection, and information security. Whether representing technology-based companies whose interaction with the public is primarily via the Internet, or traditional “brick-and-mortar” clients, the firm delivers value by working closely with its clients to understand their businesses and the issues they face.

About Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ulmer & Berne, established in 1908, is a full-service law firm focused on exceeding client expectations and delivering superior, customized legal solutions for an exceptional value. Its more than 190 attorneys, located in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, serve as counselors and partners to a wide range of clients to help them solve their business challenges and achieve their goals. The firm represents publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, pharmaceutical companies, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, family offices, start-ups and emerging businesses, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit www.ulmer.com.

Robert T. Razzano '06 elected partner at BakerHostetler


BakerHostetler Announces New Partner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – January 16, 2014 – BakerHostetler announced today that a lawyer associated with the firm’s Cincinnati office has been elected to the Partnership. Twenty-three attorneys were elected to the Partnership nationwide.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

Robert T. Razzano is a member of the litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and patent matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning government contracts, construction, and patent infringement. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, with honors, where he was an associate member and executive editor of Cincinnati Law Review. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a certificate in materials science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit www.bakerlaw.com.

Robert T. Razzano '06 elected partner at BakerHostetler


BakerHostetler Announces New Partner in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – January 16, 2014 – BakerHostetler announced today that a lawyer associated with the firm’s Cincinnati office has been elected to the Partnership. Twenty-three attorneys were elected to the Partnership nationwide.

New partner in the firm’s Cincinnati office:

Robert T. Razzano is a member of the litigation group and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and patent matters, with an emphasis on matters concerning government contracts, construction, and patent infringement. He earned a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, with honors, where he was an associate member and executive editor of Cincinnati Law Review. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering with a certificate in materials science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit www.bakerlaw.com.

Scott Kane Speaks at the 2013 Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute


Squire Sanders partner Scott Kane was a speaker at the 10th Annual 2013 Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute in Washington, DC. The Institute is one of the preeminent electronic discovery conferences in the country and draws hundreds of judges, in-house and outside counsel, technology professionals, and other attendees. This year’s program discussed the use of technology assisted review (also known as predictive coding) in electronic discovery.  Mr. Kane’s session, “Determining when Technology-Assisted Review (TAR) is or isn’t the Right Solution,” addressed emerging legal authority from courts around the country, as well practical issues for implementing a defensible predictive coding process.

 

Mr. Kane leads Squire Sanders’ national eDiscovery & Data Management Team, which serves as a resource for lawyers and clients regarding defensible and cost effective strategies for the preservation and discovery of electronic documents. Mr. Kane teaches a course on eDiscovery issues as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is also an active member of the Electronic Document Retention and Production Working Group of The Sedona Conference.

Staci M. Jenkins elected partner to Thompson Hine


CLEVELAND – December 17, 2013 – Thompson Hine LLP has elected seven lawyers to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2014. The new partners, located in the firm’s Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, New York and Washington, D.C. offices, represent a broad range of practice areas including Business Litigation; Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy; Corporate Transactions & Securities; International Trade & Customs; and Labor & Employment
 
“Each of these lawyers has exceptional legal acumen and has demonstrated our firm’s commitment to client service excellence by continually delivering high value to clients. We welcome them to our partnership and look forward to their assistance, as future firm leaders, in shaping our initiatives for innovative service delivery,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner.
 
Staci M. Jenkins, a member of the Labor & Employment group in the Cincinnati office, focuses her practice on employment-based immigration and affirmative action compliance issues. Her immigration practice concentrates on health care organizations, global companies and Fortune 500 companies, while her affirmative action work is for federal contractors. Jenkins serves as Cincinnati office vice chair of the firm’s women’s initiative, Spotlight on Women®. In 2012, she was named a Rising Star by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement. Jenkins received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005 and her B.A. from Hanover College in 2002.
 
About Thompson Hine LLP. Established in 1911, Thompson Hine is a business law firm dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has been recognized for more than ten consecutive years as one of the top law firms in the country for client service excellence in The BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, and for seven years has ranked as one of the top 30 law firms in the United States for client service. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ThompsonHine.com.
 

Twelve University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni included on 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List


COLUMBUS, OH. -Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is proud to announce that 12 Vorys attorneys, who are University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni, have been included on the 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers Magazine distinguishes the top five percent of attorneys in Ohio in more than 70 practice areas, and recognizes those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the most recognizable up-and-coming lawyers in Ohio. 
 
The attorneys, their practice areas and the year they graduated are listed below. 
  • Kent Britt ’97 – Super Lawyer, Litigation 
  • Daniel Buckley ’74 – Super Lawyer, Litigation 
  • Colleen Devanney ’08 – Rising Star, Litigation  
  • Whitney Gibson ’04 – Rising Star, Litigation  
  • William Kloss, Jr. ’88 – Super Lawyer, Litigation  
  • Nate Lampley ’88 – Super Lawyer, Labor and Employment  
  • Heather Lutz ’07 – Rising Star, Litigation 
  • Jeffrey Marks ’80 – Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights 
  • Eric Richardson ’96 – Super Lawyer, Litigation  
  • Elizabeth Weinewuth ’04 – Rising Star, Litigation 
  • Kristin Woeste ’05 –Rising Star, Real Estate 
  • Nici Workman ’07 – Rising Star, Real Estate 
 
Fifty-seven Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and 24 attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Rising Stars.

Andrew Cleeves '12 gets a new job


Andrew J. Cleves joined Zashin & Rich Co., LPA in 2013. Andrew is a member of the firm's Employment & Labor group. His practice focuses on private and public sector labor relations and employment law.

Prior to joining Zashin & Rich, Andrew represented public sector labor unions in Cincinnati. Andrew's experience includes advising clients in collective bargaining negotiations, contract arbitrations, and employment litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal court and before the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

Andrew earned his B.A. from Xavier University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati. Andrew is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and the Southern District of Ohio.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announces that Brain G. Dershaw, Ryan M. Martin and Peter J. O’Shea were 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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Bruce Whitman '80 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.