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George Jonson '83 received the 2014 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism


George Jonson, a managing partner at the law office of Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson, received the 2014 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism from the Ohio State Bar Association.

The Weir Award recognizes exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers and was presented to Jonson during the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Annual Convention in Columbus.

The OSBA Board of Governors established the Weir Award in 1998 to honor the memory of Eugene R. Weir, a former member of the board. Weir championed improvements in lawyer regulation and strongly advocated for the promotion of professionalism and legal ethics. Each year this award is given to one lawyer who has worked to promote and uphold legal professionalism and ethics.

Jonson's practice focuses on the defense of legal malpractice claims, as well as commercial litigation. He provides ethics advice to attorneys and judges and represents attorneys, judges and other professionals in disciplinary actions. He has represented clients in state and federal court for more than 30 years.

Jonson earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University at Oxford in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1983. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky state courts as well as a number of federal trial and appellate courts.

KMK Law Attorney Sophia R. Jannace '13 Admitted to Practice Law in Kentucky


Cincinnati, OH — Sophia R. Jannace, an attorney at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), was recently admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  She had previously been admitted to practice law in Ohio.

Jannace joined KMK Law in September 2013 where she practices in the firm’s litigation group with a focus on commercial disputes.  Jannace earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2013, Order of the Coif.  While in law school, she served as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable David L. Bunning, District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She also acted as a legal extern at General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where she drafted and reviewed commercial agreements and prepared due diligence materials for the issuance of high yield notes. Jannace worked during her summers in law school at a law firm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she drafted motions for summary judgment and administrative appeals. She was active in law school, serving as the Publications Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review, a member of the Cincinnati Trial Practice Team, volunteer with the Tenant Information Project, Class Representative on the Student Bar Association, and a member of the Student Court.

Prior to entering law school, Jannace served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, a non-profit organization, where she spent a year as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. The following year, she acted as the non-profit’s AmeriCorps Member Coordinator and served on the strategic planning committee for Lexington’s first Stand Down/Homeless Connect.  Jannace earned her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 2008, magna cum laude.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), 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® 2014 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK earned three national rankings (Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, and Venture Capital Law) and 36 metropolitan rankings in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” report 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. 

Michael J. Moeddel '02 named a winner of The 2014 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards


Cincinnati, OH — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law) partner Michael J. Moeddel has been named a winner of The 2014 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards in the Legal Advisor category.  The awards program recognizes leading professionals working in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, turnaround, and financing who have reached a significant level of success in the industry while still under the age of 40. Winners are chosen for their accom
plishments and expertise from a pool of international nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

Michael J. Moeddel head shotMichael J. Moeddel is a partner with KMK Law’s Business Representation & Transactions Group.  He represents public and private companies in a general counsel capacity on a broad range of corporate legal matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, capital market transactions and other complex business transactions.  In the negotiation of acquisitions, Moeddel represents clients in all aspects of the transactions, including structuring the transactions, negotiating financing terms and documentation, to transitioning the business into a company’s existing structure.  

Moeddel also regularly represents investors in structuring and negotiating private placements of securities, including venture capital and private equity transactions.  He has represented angel investors, venture capital firms, private equity investors, and mezzanine lenders in structuring investments in start-up enterprises and existing businesses.  Moeddel also has worked with investee companies and entrepreneurs in negotiating terms of investment and exit transactions, corporate governance, and operational matters.   His experience includes the representation of public companies regarding a wide variety of securities issues particular to public companies, including corporate governance matters and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Moeddel currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, on the Grants Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, as a Board Member of the Southwest Ohio Council on Child Abuse, and a member of the Ohio Bar Association's Corporate Law Committee.  He recently completed a seven year commitment as a Director (last two years as Chairman) of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, whose events annually generate 100,000 visitors to the region.  He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitor's Bureau.  In 2006, Mike was appointed by Mayor Mallory to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission where he served for three years and was responsible for overseeing Cincinnati’s 27 recreation centers, 41 aquatic facilities, and 2,500+ acres of outdoor athletic facilities.  At KMK Law, Moeddel has served important roles in many firm committees and efforts, including the firm's Diversity Task Force, Hiring Committee, and Employee Benefits Committee.  Moeddel has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® and to Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

The 2014 M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on June 24, 2014, in New York City in conjunction with the 2014 Emerging Leaders’ Summit.  This is the second consecutive year that a KMK Law partner has been named a winner in The M&A Advisors 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), 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® 2014 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, Bankruptcy & Restructuring, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK earned three national rankings (Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Venture Capital Law) and 36 metropolitan rankings in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” report 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. 

Pete Manso '82 named to BioFlorida Board of Directors


West Palm Beach, March 28, 2014 – Pete Manso ('82), a partner in Edwards Wildman’s Intellectual Property group and a veteran of technology-related law, has been named to the board of directors of BioFlorida, a statewide trade association for the bioscience industry.

As a board member, Manso will work to promote continued strong growth of the state’s bioscience, pharmaceutical and medical device industries via a series of networking events and educational programs.

Manso brings broad experience to the BioFlorida board.  He’s nationally recognized as a thought-leader in the pharmaceutical industry and a lifecycle management (“LCM”) and Hatch-Waxman/Orange Book specialist. Manso currently serves as intellectual property counsel to a number of leading domestic and foreign pharmaceutical companies. In addition, his patent strategy and litigation experience across life sciences technologies has earned accolades for savvy management of the intellectual property life cycle and creating significant value for new and aging pharmaceutical assets.

Manso has developed LCM strategies for Rx and OTC drugs that have earned in excess of $2 billion annually in gross sales in the U.S. alone.  During the course of his career, Manso has analyzed and/or created LCM strategies for well over 150 pharmaceutical assets in the oral, topical, rectal and injectable fields.

A former pharmacist, Manso received his undergraduate degree at Florida State University, his pharmaceutical degree at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and his law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About Edwards Wildman

Edwards Wildman is a full-service, international law firm with 600 lawyers in the US, Europe and Asia. We have market-leading capabilities in private equity and venture capital, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance, IP and technology, and corporate and public finance. We have more than a century of experience as business-minded legal counsel. We share our clients'

entrepreneurial spirit and understand their industries, and we succeed because we add value to our clients’ business. We have offices in Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Morristown (NJ), Miami, New York, Orange County, Providence, Stamford, Tokyo, Washington, DC, and West Palm Beach.

About BioFlorida

BioFlorida is the statewide trade association for the bioscience industry, providing companies with the necessary resources to succeed, and a strong marketing presence both locally and internationally. The organization serves its membership by providing a network to exchange information and discuss issues related to the field. Regional and statewide industry-specific programs, educational forums, as well as a variety of networking opportunities address important and timely issues.

University of Cincinnati's Office of General Counsel welcomes back Karen Kovach '92 as Deputy General


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 14: The Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel is pleased to announce that Karen Kovach has been appointed as Deputy General Counsel of the University of Cincinnati's Office of General Counsel. Kovach's appointment becomes effective on April 7, 2014. This appointment marks a homecoming for Kovach, who received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati, as well as her juris doctor from the University of Cincinnati Law School.

Kovach will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the Office of General Counsel and overseeing outside counsel. In addition, Kovach will serve as principal liaison between the University and Office of General Counsel and numerous other state and federal agencies.

Since 2010, Kovach has been General Counsel and Secretary of PNG Telecommunications, Inc., a telecommunications and technology company that is a global provider of communications solutions located in Cincinnati, Ohio. As General Counsel, Ms. Kovach is a member of the executive management team and manages all legal affairs for PNG. Previously, Ms. Kovach served as Associate General Counsel to PNG for 7 years where she handled a wide variety of legal issues including the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial contracts and IP licenses. As well, she managed the legal staff responsible for handling the legal affairs of the various business units. Prior to her position as Associate General Counsel, she held the position of Magistrate in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in Cincinnati, Ohio for 9 years where she conducted adjudicatory and dispositional trials and hearings and was part of a team that designed and implemented the Dependency Mediation and Drug Court programs.  She was previously an attorney in the law firm of Conway & Hall in Dayton, Ohio.

Kovach brings over 20 years of legal experience in both the public and private sector where she worked proactively and collaboratively with people from all walks of life. We look forward to Kovach bringing these skills to University of Cincinnati to help continue the transformation taking place and all the expertise she will bring to the Office of General Counsel. The University of Cincinnati community is pleased to welcome her back.

Alum takes position as Executive Vice President of External Affairs at Corinthian College


SANTA ANA, Calif., March 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Nasdaq:COCO) announced today that Anthony Guida Jr. will join the company as executive vice president of external affairs effective February 20. Guida, 52, will be responsible for initiatives related to public policy, government affairs and regulatory compliance.

Guida will report to Jack Massimino, Corinthian’s chairman and chief executive officer.

“With his extensive experience in government affairs and public policy, and in-depth knowledge of post-secondary education, Tony will effectively represent the interests of Corinthian’s students and schools,” Massimino said.

Guida is a 15-year veteran of the proprietary education sector. Prior to joining Corinthian, Guida served as senior vice president, external affairs, for Education Management Corporation (Nasdaq: EDMC), one of the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America. He previously served as chief financial officer and general counsel of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, a Pittsburgh-based culinary school.

Guida began his career as a lawyer. He was a partner at Pittsburgh-based Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, where he practiced for more than a decade. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Dayton.

About Corinthian

Corinthian is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. Our mission is to change students’ lives. We offer diploma and degree programs that prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen fields. Our program areas include health care, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. We have 107 Everest, Heald and WyoTech campuses, and also offer degrees online. For more information, go to the official website.

5 Alums named Leaders in the field by the Chambers U.S.A.


Chambers USA has recognized KMK Law for its Corporate/M&A, Commercial Litigation and Bankruptcy/Restructuring Practices and 13 KMK Law attorneys as leaders in their fields.

University of Cincinnati College of Law is proud to have 5 of these 13 lawyers as its alums. 

 

James E. Burke, who graduated in 1978 was acknowledged as the leader in General Litigation.

 

 

Robert Coletti

 

Robert E. Coletti, who graduated in 1982 was acknowledged as the leader in Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions.

 

 

Gary Kreider

 

Gary P. Kreider, who graduated in 1964 was acknowledged as the leader in Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions.

 

 

Kenneth Kreider

 

Kenneth P. Kreider, who graduated in 1989 was acknowledged as the leader in Real Estate.

 



Michael Scheier

 

Michael L. Scheier, who graduated in 1991 was acknowledged as the leader in General Commercial Litigation.

 

Read the official news release here.

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).”  

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.