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Catching Up With Rob Lewis '97, Alumni Association President

Dear Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the UC Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees, welcome to the New Year! I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the great year that the UC Law Alumni Association had in 2011.  With tremendous support from the alumni, the Association continued to work closely with the law school to provide our alumni and the Greater Cincinnati legal community a valuable array of CLE programs and activities – both social and professional.

  • In May, we continued our 30 year tradition of honoring Distinguished Alumni when we presented Distinguished Alumnus Awards to George Fabe ’81, Louis F. Gilligan ’68, and Col. Levator Norsworth, Jr. ’73 at our annual Spring Luncheon. At this event, we also awarded our annual scholarships to James (Jimmy) Harrison ‘13 and Antwuan Williamson ‘13.
  • In August, we hosted a summer social/happy hour at Via Vite Restaurant.   Approximately 75 alumni and students attended, all of whom had a great time networking, catching up and enjoying appetizers, drinks, and views of Fountain Square.  
  • In November, we provided almost a full day of CLE at the Kingsgate Marriott to nearly 100 alumni and friends.  This year’s speakers included Judge and Professor Marianna Brown Bettman (Ohio Supreme Court Update), Professor Sandra Sperino (Civil Procedure Update), Chuck Strain (Professionalism) and Patrick Garry (Substance Abuse).  We also honored Mike Zavatsky  with the Adjunct Faculty Award.
  •  We also held our first-ever joint Alumni Association/Student Bar Association Bearcat Tailgate. Helped along by some great grilling by SBA President (and Board Member) Jared Hess ‘12 and great weather, the tailgate attracted close to 200 attendees covering five decades of College of Law alumni as well as many current students from each class.  Everyone managed to have a great time despite UC’s loss to WVU. 

Of course, these are just some of the highlights.  We also supported the law school and the SBA in many other activities, including the Barrister Speed Chats, a career discussion forum, and the charity golf tournament sponsored by the SBA.   

In 2012, I would encourage you to take full advantage of these programs.  Not only do they provide excellent opportunities for networking and professional growth, but they also are a lot of fun.  This year I hope we can work together to expand both the size and the number of the Alumni Association’s events and activities so that we can include more alumni from more classes. 


Rob Lewis ’97

Law Review Meant Opportunity to Learn and Contribute to Legal Scholarship for James Tate '09

It has been less than three years since James Tate ’09 took a position at Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham, but his experience thus far at the seven-lawyer firm has been “incredible.”

“I couldn’t ask for more diverse and challenging work, and have had endless opportunities to take on new tasks and develop new skills,” Tate said. “Your first year or two as a lawyer is daunting, and most of us don’t really know what we are doing. Being at a small firm with talented and experienced lawyers gives me the opportunity for structured growth and mentoring whenever I need it.”

Tate said the firm’s main focus is “qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act,” while they also do an array of litigation and appellate work. In his time at Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham, Tate has taken and participated in many depositions; briefed summary judgment multiple times; and written motions in limine, jury instructions, pretrial orders and discovery. He also traveled throughout the United States for a False Claims Act case – one he worked on for two years right out of law school – involving “bid rigging at a Navy supercomputer center in Mississippi.”

Like countless attorneys working in downtown Cincinnati, Tate received his legal education up the hill at the College of Law. It was there that he founded the College’s ACLU student chapter and also participated in Law Review. “I applied for Law Review because you had to apply to get on Law Review, and I wanted to see if I could,” said Tate, who was born in Louisville but moved to Cincinnati at age six. “I chose to be on Law Review because I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn and make a real contribution to legal scholarship.”

As a 2L associate editor, Tate found the writing to be challenging, but he also learned a lot, he said. He credited the 3L editors for helping “sharpen” his writing, and he ultimately had a comment published: “Eliminating the Nexus Obstacle to the Prosecution of International Drug Traffickers on the High Seas.”

“I grew a lot as a 2L and valued the Law Review as an institution,” he said. “The Law Review is an unparalleled opportunity for students to read, write, think and participate in legal debate. I wanted to help sustain and grow one of the prized assets of UC Law.”

And Tate did just that, becoming the Law Review’s editor-in-chief in 2008-09. His work on the Law Review not only earned him a prestigious award, but he eventually landed a job with the namesake of that accolade.

Tate and publications editor Kelley Brandstetter were 2009 recipients of the James B. Helmer, Jr. University of Cincinnati Law Review Prize. Based on Helmer’s continued involvement with the College of Law and the Law Review since graduating in 1975, he and Tate met a few times as a result. “He was looking for another lawyer, and I was looking for interesting work,” Tate said. “It was a good fit.”

Coming to the College of Law was also a good fit for Tate, who earned a bachelor of philosophy degree from Miami University in 2004. Between 2004 and enrolling in law school in 2006, Tate was a counselor, followed by a file clerk at Manley Burke.

Today, Tate is not only a busy attorney, but his family keeps him busy as well. “I have a two year old daughter (Julia), so I answer lots of questions, dig in the mud, sword fight, go to the zoo and museum, play with stickers and stuffed animals, have tea parties, and wrestle,” said Tate, who added that he and his wife are expecting another child this spring.  The Mt. Washington resident also enjoys canoeing, fishing and bike riding. “I am very happy with the work I am doing right now, and with my present and future opportunities for growth,” he said. “When I’m not at work, I try to live simply, take time off, and enjoy my family.”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Scott A. Kane '97 Named Managing Partner of Squire Sanders’ Cincinnati Office

Scott A. KaneOhio (January 24, 2012) - Scott A. Kane has been named managing partner of Squire Sanders’ Cincinnati office.

Squire Sanders is a global law firm with 37 offices in countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Lawyers in the Cincinnati office offer clients a full range of counsel pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, commercial litigation, financial services, public finance, business reorganization and bankruptcy, intellectual property, and international matters.

Kane is a Litigation partner with a focus on business and financial services-related litigation. He also represents debtors, creditors’ committees, and other clients in disputed matters in commercial bankruptcy cases and has worked on Enron, WorldCom, Lehman Brothers, and other large bankruptcies. In addition to his litigation practice, Kane leads Squire Sanders’ E-Discovery & Data Management team and teaches a class on electronic discovery as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Under his leadership, Squire Sanders serves as national e-discovery counsel to several Fortune 500 corporations around the country.

“Scott balances an active litigation practice, challenging work on e-discovery and active involvement in the Cincinnati legal community, and we are very pleased to have him join Squire Sanders’ leadership team in this office management role,” said James J. Maiwurm, Squire Sanders chairman and CEO.

Deborah L. Spranger '97 Elected to Executive Committee of Saul Ewing LLP

Deborah L. SprangerGary B. Eidelman and Deborah L. Spranger, partners and Vice Chairs of Saul Ewing's Business and Finance Practice in the Baltimore, MD and Chesterbrook, PA offices respectively, have been elected to the Firm's Executive Committee, effective immediately. The seven-attorney committee serves as the firm's managing body; they will each serve a five-year term....

Spranger is a business transactional attorney with significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and the licensing and commercialization of intellectual property. She serves as outside General Counsel to technology, manufacturing and other companies of all sizes, including a number of start-up and growth-stage biotechnology, specialty pharma and medical device companies. She assists companies in a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters, from counseling on formation and organizational issues, to developing strategies to incentivize and retain employees, to negotiating and documenting licensing, supply and distribution arrangements with customers and suppliers. In addition to her role as Vice Chair of the Business and Finance Practice, Spranger is Co-Chair of the Firm's Life Sciences practice and the creator of its Medical Device Roundtable Series. She is active in community and industry organizations, including serving on the Boards of Directors of the Southeastern Economic Development Council of Pennsylvania and the Chester County Keystone Innovation Zone.

Spranger received her B.A., cum laude, from Furman University and her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Kearney Elected to Lead Senate Democrats

Eric KearneyCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democrats in the Ohio Senate have elected a Cincinnati lawyer with close ties to President Barack Obama to head a new slate of caucus leaders in the presidential election year.

State Sen. Eric Kearney replaces state Sen. Capri Cafaro, of Hubbard, who led minority Democrats since January 2009. Cafaro said she wants to focus her energies in her district.

Kearney aide Damien Hardy said the full Senate must act on the transition. That vote is expected next week.

Joining Kearney on the new leadership team are state Sens. Joe Schiavoni of Youngstown, Nina Turner of Cleveland and Edna Brown of Toledo.

Kearney served on the national finance committee of Obama's 2008 campaign and as a state co-chair. His wife, Jan-Michele, was a Harvard law school classmate of the president's.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Kristyne A. Bullock '98 Promoted to Shareholder of Flaster/Greenberg

Kristyne A. BullockFlaster/Greenberg PC is pleased to announce the election of Kristyne A. Bullock and Jeffrey D. Hofferman to shareholders effective January 1, 2012. Both Bullock and Hofferman reside in the firm’s Philadelphia office and are members of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation practice groups, respectively.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the election of Kristyne Bullock and Jeff Hofferman to shareholders of the firm,” said Peter R. Spirgel, Managing Shareholder and Chief Operating Officer at Flaster/Greenberg. “Both are exceptional attorneys and have been tremendous assets to our dynamic law firm.”

Nearly doubling the size of its Intellectual Property practice in the last five years, Flaster/Greenberg’s attorneys help protect intellectual property crucial to both companies and individuals conducting business in emerging and growth industries that include biomedical, biotechnology, chemical, information technology, energy, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and telecommunications. Currently comprised of 15 attorneys, their depth of knowledge and experience in this complex legal area ensures maximum protection and realization of value for their clients.

Bullock concentrates her practice in patent procurement and transactional matters, patent litigation, and IP portfolio strategy and management. She conducts due diligence analyses for mergers and acquisitions and provides guidance and counseling to clients in patent law and interpretation, the implications of intellectual property law on business and commercial strategies, and licensing and IP-related agreements.

Bullock counsels and educates clients on matters involving the interaction of patent law and regulatory provisions in U.S. and non-U.S. jurisdictions. In addition, her past in-house experience as associate counsel at a Fortune 100 company provides her with a unique appreciation and insight into the needs of her corporate clients.

A resident of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Bullock is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D. 1998), University of Cincinnati (M.S. 1995) and Gettysburg College (B.A. 1993). She is also a member of the Biotechnology and Emerging Technologies Group within the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

Hon. Philip Rose '74 Becomes Elected Republican Representative of 87th House District

Philip Rose being sworn into office

McARTHUR — A Rose was plucked from the gardens of Vinton County when officials decided to name a Republican to the 87th House District seat Rep. John Carey, R-Wellston, vacated at the end of the year.

That Rose was former Vinton County Court of Common Pleas Probate and Juvenile Judge Philip H. Rose. Rose was sworn in Tuesday during the regularly scheduled House Session.

Rose was assigned to the seat after Ohio Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, made an announcement earlier this month that someone would be appointed to the seat to ensure proper representation to the 87th District. Under Congressional redistricting, the 87th District becomes the 93rd District.

Batchelder said during Rose’s swearing-in ceremony that he looks forward to serving with him.

“We are very fortunate to have someone like Judge Rose joining our caucus, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve in this fine institution with him,” Batchelder said.

Rose’s assignment will last until the the Primary Election in March, at which time the nominated Republican candidate will fill the seat until the November election.

Rose said he will be proud to serve in Carey’s seat until voters select his replacement. He said he is new to the office, but is certainly not unfamiliar with the area.

Rose said he has been a resident of Vinton County since the day he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1974. He currently resides in Hamden. He and his wife, Renee, have two children, Dr. Alyssa Rose-McIntyre and Taylor Quinn Rose.

He has served as the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas judge for the Probate and Juvenile division; acting Vinton County Court judge; law director for the villages of McArthur, Hamden and Zaleski; and he is a member of the Vinton County Bar Association.

Rose said he moved to the county after being recruited by his former colleague, McArthur Attorney John Beckley. It is a county he will now represent along with neighboring areas in the 87th District.

Rose will be the first Vinton County resident to serve as representative since Beckley served in a House seat in the 1960s.

Rose remembered Beckley and the role he played in bringing him to the county when he commented on his new position.

“I’m honored and delighted to serve. … I feel very gratified that I’ve been given the opportunity,” Rose said, before sharing his moment with man who brought him to serve in the area. “If (Beckley) were alive today, he would be very pleased.”

Rose said he will now try to please the citizens of the areas he will represent in the 87th district, and hope he receives the same reception he received in Vinton County when he served as a judge. He spoke fondly of his memories of first coming to the county.

“I was welcomed to the county with open arms. I’m so appreciative of how they supported my time on the bench,” Rose said.

Rose said he is currently gathering information on the seat he is filling and the area he will be representing. He said there is no specific agenda or speculation of specific work he will be attempting to complete as he finishes the term, but said he will work hard and do his best while serving not only his home county, but the surrounding areas.

“I will throw myself into it with as much energy and excitement as I can muster,” Rose said.

By Paul McManis

Commoner Journal staff writer

Karen Gaunt Joins Dinsmore

Karen GauntNationally Recognized IP Attorney Joins Dinsmore

Expands IP Group to More Than 40 Attorneys

CINCINNATI (January 30, 2012) – Karen Gaunt, a standout in the legal community and formerly with Wood, Herron & Evans, L.L.P., has joined Dinsmore’s Cincinnati office as a partner and as the Director of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright and Brand Strategies Group. She joins the firm's expanding worldwide intellectual property (IP) practice, which includes more than 40 full-time IP attorneys (and more than 30 registered patent attorneys) with substantial experience in all areas of intellectual property law.

Over the past two years, Dinsmore has expanded the firm’s IP practice to better serve specific client needs by hiring 15 attorneys, 10 of which practice in the Cincinnati office. Jim Gottman, Dinsmore’s IP Department Chair, explains how this move further positions Dinsmore’s IP Group as a leader in the industry.

“We are excited that Karen, a highly skilled, nationally recognized attorney, is joining our firm. Her broad experience representing several national clients and her extensive branding background will be extremely beneficial to our clients.” said Gottman. “Karen’s extensive experience adds additional depth to our trademark practice, which is something that we have been actively seeking, and will allow us to further meet the needs of a number of our clients.”

George Vincent, Dinsmore’s Managing Partner, said, “Karen’s skills, experience and entrepreneurial approach make her the perfect fit to help lead the trademark and copyright side of the IP group as we further expand our national footprint in IP. With the addition of Karen to our already skilled group, we believe Dinsmore’s IP group offers a national IP practice to our clients in all aspects of both transactional and litigation IP matters.”

Gaunt counsels clients on both transactional and litigation matters involving all aspects of domestic and international trademark matters, copyright, advertising, Internet, licensing, and trade secret law. Gaunt has represented such national brand owners as The Procter & Gamble Company, an industry leader in home audio systems, a large regional bank and other well-known brand owners in the luxury eye wear, music, health care and toy industries. Additionally, she has represented prominent professional athletes and other celebrities in trademark and branding disputes.

Gaunt has been selected for numerous awards for her work in IP, including being named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Ohio Super Lawyers®, Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, and Cincy Leading Lawyers. She was selected to the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) and she is very active in the community, serving on the University Club Board of Governors and as Co-Chair of the University Club's Speaker Series Committee. Gaunt also devotes time to Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship, serving on its Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Birthright, Inc. She earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.A. from Denison University.

Mike Glassman '76 Appointed to the Board at Dinsmore

Mike GlassmanCOLUMBUS (February 1, 2012) – Dinsmore is pleased to announce that Chris Benintendi and Mike Glassman, both partners in Dinsmore’s Cincinnati office, were recently elected to serve on the firm's Board of Directors. Dinsmore’s Board is comprised of 15 partners from across the firm....

Glassman is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Department and chairs the Employment Law Practice Group.; He has practiced management side labor and employment law for over 30 years. Glassman represents employers regionally and nationally in employment disputes and matters of all types in federal and state courts, administrative agencies and in arbitral forums. He earned his J.D. from University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.A. from University of Cincinnati.

Jennifer Pearson-Patsy Named Partner at Graydon Head

Jennifer Pearson PatsyPatsy’s practice is in the areas of corporate law and real estate law. She is a member of the firm’s banking and financial services industry group and commercial real estate industry group. She earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.