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UC Law Programs Highlight Presidential Economic Performance and the Story of Former Attorney Ken Lawson '89


Examining the Economic Performance of U.S. Presidents

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time: 12:10 p.m.

Location: Room 114

Professor Lewis Goldfarb, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, discusses his book “Bulls Bears and the Ballot Box:  How the Performance of Our Presidents Has Impacted Your Wallet.” Professor Goldfarb’s book, which has received considerable media attention in the run-up to November’s election, examines 80 years of presidential history, ranking the economic performance of the presidents and their respective parties.  The results may surprise you!

This program is first in a series of fall events sponsored by the Corporate Law Center.

 

Attorney Ken Lawson Shares His Story of Addiction, Recovery, and Redemption

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Room 118

All are invited to attend.

Ken Lawson ’89 was a well-known attorney in Cincinnati during the 1990s and early 2000’s. At one time considered by many to be one of the busiest criminal defense attorneys in the city, his clients included Cincinnati Reds’ Deion Sanders and the family of Lorenzo Collins (a psychiatric patient who was shot and killed by police), among many others. Mr. Lawson developed a drug addiction that led to the loss of his criminal practice, a stint in federal prison, and ultimately his disbarment in September 2011.   

Currently, he lives in Hawaii but will be at the College of Law to speak about his experiences, his recovery, and his redemption. A powerful story, Mr.  Lawson’s experience is a valuable cautionary tale that he wants to share. 

Mr. Lawson’s visit to UC Law is at the invitation of the professional responsibility professors.

Graydon Head Attorney Steve Goodin Appointed Hamilton County Public Defender Commissioner


Steve Goodin '99CINCINNATI - Graydon Head attorney and 1999 University of Cincinnati College of Law graduate Steve& Goodin has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission by the Presiding Judge of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. The five-member body appoints the Hamilton County Public Defender and sets general operational policy for the Hamilton County Public Defender's Office, which provides legal representation for indigent clients in criminal and family law matters.

The Hamilton County Public Defender's Office handles an estimated 65,000 cases each year, and maintains a staff of 127 employees. The Office is sustained by an annual budget of $14 million.

Goodin said his experience as both a former prosecutor and defense counsel would allow him to bring a unique perspective to the Commission. "I am honored that the judges trusted me with this appointment, and I will make sure their concerns are always in front of the Commission," Goodin said.

Goodin practices in the Grayon Head Litigation Department and focuses on white collar defense and investigations, as well as qui tam and civil rights defense. His extensive legal background includes: five years in the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office Criminal Division; serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with jurisdiction over a large Army base; litigating as lead counsel for more than three dozen jury trials; and managing his own successful downtown law practice. Goodin has also successfully litigated before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, the Ohio Elections Commission, the Ohio Unemployment Bureau and the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. He is also a commissioned JAGofficer in the United States Army Reserve.

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.

Nine Alumni Recognized included on 2013 Best Lawyers in America List


COLUMBUS, OH. -Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is proud to announce that nine Vorys attorneys, who are University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni, have been included on the 2013Best Lawyers in America list. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The attorneys, their practice areas and the year they graduated are listed below.

Melvin Bedree ’84 – Banking and Finance Law

Kent A. Britt ’97 – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – ERISA

Thomas L. Gabelman ’84 – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction

Hani R. Kallas ’94 – Banking and Finance Law

William D. Kloss, Jr. ’88 – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Nathaniel Lampley, Jr. ’88 – Commercial Litigation

Jeffrey A. Marks ’80 – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

M. Howard Petricoff ’74 – Energy Law

Eric W. Richardson ’96 – Commercial Litigation

 

One-hundred and twenty-six attorneys from Vorys were named to the 2013 Best Lawyers in America List.

Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio-based law firms with nearly 375 attorneys in six offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, DC; and Houston, Texas. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine. For more information, please visit www.vorys.com.

Five UC Law Ulmer & Berne Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America 2013 List


Donald Mooney ‘75

(August 23, 2012) – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that 50 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. The firm’s attorneys are recognized in a total of 46 categories.

The number of Ulmer & Berne attorneys listed by Best Lawyers has increased each year since 2006.

 

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has referred to Best Lawyers as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

 

Jeffrey Peck ‘82

The following UC Alumni attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2013:

  • Donald Mooney '75
  • Jeffrey Peck ‘82
  • Eric Robbins ‘01
  • Stuart Susskind ‘69
  • Gina Saelinger ‘93

 

Stuart Susskind ‘69

Eric Robbins ‘01

Gina Saelinger ‘93

Seven Peck Shaffer Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers


John Peck '69CINCINNATI, Ohio, August 2012 – Seven partners with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

They are Dirk M. Bedarff, John W. Fischer III, John Weld Peck, Roger L. Peterman, Glendon B. Pratt, Dennis G. Schwallie and Brenda A. Wehmer. All were honored for their work in Public Finance Law, while Mr. Fischer was also selected in the Administrative/Regulatory Law practice area. Mr. Schwallie has been included in Best Lawyers every year since 2006; Mr. Fischer, Mr. Peck, Mr. Peterman and Mr. Pratt since 2007, and Mr. Bedarff has been cited by the publication since 2010. Ms. Wehmer was selected for the first time this year.

Mr. Bedarff, who serves as chair of the firm’s management committee, has more than 20 years of experience in public finance with a particular emphasis on traditional governmental issues. He regularly advises agencies and departments for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as cities, counties, and school districts. Mr. Bedarff is a frequent speaker at municipal workshops and conferences. He works out of the firm’s Covington, Ky., office.

Mr. Fischer has more than 40 years of experience working in public finance. He has advised clients on a range of tax-exempt financings for health care facilities ranging from small rural facilities to national and regional health care systems. His current practice includes nursing care and continuing care residential communities. He is a frequent writer and speaker on public finance issues. Mr. Fischer works in the Cincinnati office.

Mr. Peck has more than four decades of experience in public finance law and is widely recognized as an innovator in tax-exempt multifamily housing finance. He is a frequent speaker or panelist in the multifamily finance area, and he is currently serving as vice president for the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association. Mr. Peck works in the Cincinnati office.

Brenda Wehmer '91

Mr. Pratt has worked in public finance law for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in health care, housing and industrial development, including financings for hospitals, continuing care retirement communities and senior housing facilities. Mr. Pratt is a frequent presenter and panelist for client groups and industry organizations. Mr. Pratt works in the Columbus office.

Mr. Peterman has been in the forefront of Kentucky public finance law for 30 years and has played a major role in enhancing the public finance tools available to state and local governments. Mr. Peterman represents state and local governments, has worked with nonprofit organizations and has helped structure financings for numerous economic development projects. He is chairman of the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, has served several terms on the Fort Thomas, Ky., City Council, and is a board member for Southbank Partners. Mr. Peterman works in the Covington office.

Mr. Schwallie, who works in the Columbus office, has more than 30 years of experience in public finance law. His work includes innovative structured financings for convention centers in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and for political subdivisions undergoing fiscal distress. He is a frequent speaker on public finance topics for groups such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Ms. Wehmer has provided public finance counsel to government and school officials throughout Ohio for two decades. Ms. Wehmer frequently speaks at seminars and conferences including the Ohio Government Finance Officers' Association annual conference, Ohio State Auditor's training sessions, Buckeye Association of School Administrators conferences and the Center for Local Government Seminar. Ms. Wehmer works in Peck Shaffer’s Cincinnati office.

Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, serving lawyers for more than 25 years. Selection to Best Lawyers is based solely on a survey of other lawyers.

About Peck Shaffer

Peck Shaffer is a national leader in public finance law, with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Covington, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. Peck Shaffer is regularly ranked among the top bond counsel firms in the country (based on principal amount) by information intelligence company Thomson Reuters. More information can be found at www.peckshaffer.com.

Seven Peck Shaffer Attorneys Honored as Best Lawyers


Tarik Haskins '03Wilmington, DE (August 13, 2012) – 2003 University of Cincinnati School of Law alumnus Tarik Haskins, partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP and member of the firm’s Delaware Commercial Law Counseling Group, has been appointed to a 3-year term as Vice-Chair of the Secured Lending Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, effective August 1, 2012.

The mission of the Secured Lending Subcommittee is to provide a forum for discussion of legal issues related to security interests in personal property in a variety of financing arrangements, from traditional asset-based loans and factoring arrangements to securitizations and more exotic forms of receivables sales and financings, whether under UCC Article 9, common law, international conventions, or otherwise. The Subcommittee welcomes discussion relating to collateral of all types.

Tarik’s practice covers a wide range of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, loan agreements and business counseling.  He also focuses on organizational and operational issues related to limited liability companies, limited partnerships and statutory trusts, and is involved in the preparation of third party legal opinions in connection with a wide range of transactional matters.

ABOUT MORRIS NICHOLS:  Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP 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. www.morrisnichols.com        


UC Law Grads on the move!


1. John Wirthlin ‘85 (146799) has joined Blank Rome LLP as counsel.

2. Andrew Emmert ‘88 (148860) has joined Katz, Greenberger & Norton LLP as counsel.

3. Yvette Simpson ‘04 (5037684) has joined Ulmer & Berne LLP as counsel in its Cincinnati office

4. Helana Darrow ’98 (5005954)  has joined Frost Brown Todd.

UC Law Alumnus Tarik Haskins '03 Appointed Vice-chair to ABA Secured Lending Subcommittee


Tarik Haskins '03Wilmington, DE (August 13, 2012) – 2003 University of Cincinnati School of Law alumnus Tarik Haskins, partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP and member of the firm’s Delaware Commercial Law Counseling Group, has been appointed to a 3-year term as Vice-Chair of the Secured Lending Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, effective August 1, 2012.

The mission of the Secured Lending Subcommittee is to provide a forum for discussion of legal issues related to security interests in personal property in a variety of financing arrangements, from traditional asset-based loans and factoring arrangements to securitizations and more exotic forms of receivables sales and financings, whether under UCC Article 9, common law, international conventions, or otherwise. The Subcommittee welcomes discussion relating to collateral of all types.

Tarik’s practice covers a wide range of commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, loan agreements and business counseling. He also focuses on organizational and operational issues related to limited liability companies, limited partnerships and statutory trusts, and is involved in the preparation of third party legal opinions in connection with a wide range of transactional matters.

ABOUT MORRIS NICHOLS: Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP 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. www.morrisnichols.com

Law Firm Graydon Head Kicks Off Fundraising Drive


In June of this year, Graydon Head kicked off fundraising efforts within the firm to support the Cornerstones Campaign and the new building efforts at the College of Law. Led by UC Law grads Lyndsey Barnett ’04, Barb Hopewell ’78, Katherine (Kelly) Leibold ’10, and Partners Dan Burke ’88, Jack Greiner and Richard La Jeunesse, the firm set out to raise $50,000 – with half of that amount coming from a generous matching gift from the firm.

These funds would be used to name one of the Law Review offices in our new building.  At the campaign kickoff, Dean Bilionis, the committee and nearly 40 alumni and friends of UC Law gathered to launch this new initiative.  After all was said and done, the Graydon campaign not only exceeded their $50,000 goal, but surpassed it, raising over $75,000! We’d like to thank the firm’s committee and the many alumni and friends who supported this great effort.

Lisa Hathaway '89 Looks at Healthcare With a Legal Eye


Lisa Hathaway became a lawyer specializing in healthcare through a side door, you might say: she started out as a nurse.

Hathaway earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1982 and was working on a master’s degree in nursing; she considered medical school. In the course of her studies, she reviewed a few legal cases that piqued her interest in the law. So she decided a change of career might be in order.

“I took the LSATs and did pretty well!” she says. So she entered the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Luckily, she still had her nursing degree to fall back on, she says: “I worked as a nurse during law school so I could eat.”

She passed the bar in 1989. Her first position was as a risk manager for Riverside Methodist Hospitals (now OhioHealth). Then she went to work for Baker & Hostetler, also in Columbus, as a staff attorney.

“I was lucky enough to land an in-house corporate position with HCR Manor Care just five and a half years out of law school,” she says. She worked a total of 10½ years there, half of which was in the legal department as one of the attorneys, the other half as the national director of managed care contracting — in addition to being one of the attorneys in the legal department.

At that point Hathaway was recruited by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida. “I was glad to leave my snow shovel behind!” she says. Now, as one of 12 assistant general counsel attorneys (in addition to one deputy general counsel and two vice president senior counsels), she works on complex contracts, Medicare Advantage and Part B issues. She frequently works with payment issues and care management staff.  “I also support the special investigative unit on fraud and abuse,” she adds.

Hathaway is active in the American Health Lawyers Association, a legal organization of 11,200  attorneys. She was elected to the board in 2011. Prior to that she chaired the Payors, Plans and Managed Care Practice Group for three years. Hathaway is also a board member of the North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is a frequent speaker at educational meetings, especially on topics related to long-term care, Medicare abuse and managed care contracting.

Hathaway says that she owes her knowledge of advanced contracting to College of Law Professor Alfonse Squillante. “He was the hardest contracting professor at UC,” she says. “I like contracting law now, but back then I had no idea what I was reading. It was so hard.” She recalls how he had students on the very first day stand in front of the class (Cris Collinsworth was a classmate, in fact) while he grilled them with questions as “Judge Squillante.” Although Prof. Squillante died in 1999, Hathaway had been able to convey the effect he had on her career. “He made me love contracts to this day.” Read more about Professor Alphonse Squillante in UC Magazine.

 

Lisa Hathaway shared her reaction to the recently announced United Supreme Court Decision in regards to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

The United States Supreme Court (“Court”) decision has limited precedential value as it was a 5-4 decision in regards to the individual mandate and the constitutionality of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). Only five of the Justices, including Chief Justice Roberts, agreed on the remedy of treating the mandate, which requires most Americans maintain “minimum essential” health insurance coverage as a tax and not a penalty (even though in PPACA, the word “penalty” is mentioned 18 times and it is never mentioned that it is a tax). The dissent by four of the Justices (Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito), which is very good, clearly sets forth these four Justices’ conclusions in regards to PPACA, the constitution, the separation of powers and their analysis of Congress’s intent. The dissent focuses on two questions of first impression regarding whether the “failure to engage in economic activity (the purchasing of health insurance) is subject to regulation under the commerce clause” and whether “Congress’s power to tax and spend permits the conditioning of a State’s continued receipt of all funds under the massive state administered welfare program upon its acceptance of an expansion to that program.” The dissent addresses whether failure to act may affect commerce (or not), and how the Court has never found a law enacted under the spending power to be “coercive.” The decision is a good read. Finally, what is more compelling is the 7-2 decision in regards to PPACA’s expansion of the Medicaid program. The Court concluded that Congress cannot compel the States to expand Medicaid to adults up to 133% of the federal poverty level and use the threat of the withdraw of all federal funding for a State for Medicaid if a State does not comply (increasing the coverage requirements and types of individuals covered). It is viewed by many that the Medicaid expansion in the PPACA is in essence an element of a comprehensive plan for universal health care coverage. And now, even with this Supreme Court opinion on PPACA’s constitutionality, the debate continues and there will continue to be much political and legislative activity in regards to health care and reform.