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Graydon Head Welcomes Attorney Stephanie Kabat '12

CINCINNATI – Graydon Head is proud to announce the addition of Stephanie Kabat as an attorney in the Firm’s Downtown office as part of both the Banking and Financial Services Department and the Commercial Real Estate Department

Stephanie worked for the Firm as a summer associate in 2010 and a legal intern in 2008. She also interned with Cincinnati Public Schools in their Legal Department in 2010 and clerked for Hon. Judge Tim Oliver in the Warren County Domestic Relations Court in 2011-2012.

Stephanie earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2012, and received her B.A. from Indiana University in 2008.

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.

John Hands '88 Selected for Fellowship in LCA

John Hands '88CINCINNATI – (December 5, 2012) – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that John M. Hands, a partner in the Cincinnati office, has been selected by the Advisory Board for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).

The LCA is an honorary trial lawyer society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

Mr. Hands has over 24 years of trial and appellate experience, and focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, pharmaceutical, medical device and mass tort litigation, and construction law. Mr. Hands has extensive experience as lead trial counsel in complex business and commercial litigation and defending claims relating to drugs and medical devices and catastrophic injury claims.

Mr. Hands graduated from Miami University with a B.A. and his J.D. is from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is a member and past president of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.

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 Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, 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. The firm has a long-established reputation for excellence and professionalism and has been ranked by general counsel among the top law firms for delivering superior client service in The BTI Client Service A-Team 2012: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance. For more information, please visit

Faruki Ireland & Cox’s Dan Donnellon wins the UC College of Law 2012 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Dan DonnellonCINCINNATI—Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. ( is proud to announce that partner Dan Donnellon has received the 2012 Adjunct Professor Outstanding Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. For the past three years, Donnellon has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he teaches advanced trial practice and coaches the competitive mock trial teams.

The Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award is based on student nominations. The nominations are then submitted to the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association. Along with serving as an adjunct faculty member and coach of the mock trial teams, Donnellon is a 1986 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a former Law Review editor.

“I am honored that my students took the time to nominate me and that the Association provided this recognition. But, helping to develop law students into future trial lawyers is its own reward. I was fortunate enough over 20 years ago to have been taught advanced trial advocacy and complex litigation by my now law partner Charlie Faruki whom I, and others in Ohio, consider to be the most outstanding in our field. Had Charlie not volunteered his time for others, and myself, then my career would not likely have been as successful. I am not only happy to give back, but also happy to be recognized for the effort,” said Dan Donnellon.

In addition to his 24 years as a practicing attorney, this past year Donnellon was recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, along with many of his fellow Faruki Ireland & Cox partners. In addition to volunteering for the University of Cincinnati, Donnellon is active in children’s religious education at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and was a founder and the first president of the St. Thomas More Society of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. An advocate for the Deaf, Donnellon is a former board member of St. Rita School for the Deaf, and is fluent in American Sign Language.

To learn more about Donnellon or Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., contact John Kendall at (937) 227-3723.

Also, please visit, Faruki Ireland & Cox’s business litigation blog, for the latest developments in business litigation, intellectual property, data security and advertising and media. You can also follow Faruki Ireland & Cox on LinkedIn at


About Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. ( is a 35-attorney firm with offices in Cincinnati and Dayton that handles complex business disputes nationally, including intellectual property, class actions, competition-based litigation, employment, antitrust, privacy and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Monique Hoeflinger Selected for Prestigious NoVo Foundation Program Building Movement to End Violence Against Girls, Women

NEW YORK—Nov. 19, 2012—Ms. Foundation for Women Senior Program Officer for Safety Monique Hoeflinger was selected to join the NoVo Foundation’s groundbreaking Move to End Violence program, a 10-year, $80 million program to strengthen leaders and organizations, and build a breakthrough movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States.

“These leaders have shown incredible vision and courage in their day-to-day work, confronting violence, abuse, rape and trafficking of women and girls in their communities,” said Jennifer Buffett, president and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. “The Move to End Violence program is an effort to honor their bold leadership and harness their potential to create the change needed so that girls and women can live free of violence.”

Leaders selected for the program participate in an intensive, two-year experience that includes time for essential, big-picture conversations; the opportunity to sharpen their vision and develop a strategy; skills-building sessions to advance social change and advocacy skills; and a strong emphasis on self-care and empowerment. Leaders’ organizations also receive general support grants and technical assistance to advance organizational development.

“The Ms. Foundation for Women applauds the NoVo Foundation for its deep commitment to ending gender-based violence, including child sexual abuse, which disproportionately affects girls,” said Hoeflinger. “This innovative opportunity will strengthen not only the Ms. Foundation’s efforts to advance prevention policies, but also its broader impact on the cultural conditions that perpetuate child sexual abuse.”

The Ms. Foundation was one of the first organizations to specifically address child sexual abuse, which is increasingly understood to be at the root of many other problems women face later in their lives. Through its investment in grantees at the local, state and national level, the Ms. Foundation is supporting policies that hold institutions accountable and ensure that children are safe in the places they live, learn and play. The Ms. Foundation is committed to working toward a future in which women and girls control every aspect of their lives and bodies.

Over 10 years, the Move to End Violence program will connect and strengthen hundreds of advocates and organizations, investing in a national network of committed leaders with the vision, skills and renewed energy necessary to reinvigorate efforts to end violence against girls and women. The NoVo Foundation will also consider funding a select number of collaborative campaigns that will be designed by program participants, chosen for promising potential to create meaningful change.

“We are delighted to name Monique Hoeflinger and the Ms. Foundation for Women as partners in this effort,” said Jackie Payne, Move to End Violence director. “We look forward to supporting her and the other ‘Movement Makers’ as they develop bold new strategies to confront violence and create lasting change for women and girls.”

Jeffrey DeBeer Passes the Ohio Bar and Joins Faruki Ireland & Cox

Jeffrey DeBeer CINCINNATI Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. ( is proud to announce that Jeffrey DeBeer, its newest attorney, has passed the Ohio bar exam. DeBeer joined FI&C in 2012 after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. DeBeer is currently licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of Ohio, and is involved in various aspects of the firm's complex business and commercial litigation practice.

During law school, DeBeer served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. DeBeer also competed on Cincinnati's competitive mock trial team, recording numerous victories at regional and national tournaments. He was the recipient of the James B. Helmer Law Review Prize and the Chesley & Hon. Susan J. Dlott Award for having the highest grade point average in the litigation curriculum. DeBeer plans to remain involved with the University of Cincinnati, both as a Law Review mentor and as an assistant coach with the Mock Trial Team. DeBeer graduated cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2009. He and his fiancée reside in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

In addition, DeBeer is a Barrister in the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, and he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.

To learn more about DeBeer or Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., contact John Kendall at (937) 227-3723.

Also, please visit, Faruki Ireland & Cox’s business litigation blog, for the latest developments in business litigation, intellectual property, data security and advertising and media. You can also follow Faruki Ireland & Cox on LinkedIn at

About Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. ( is a 35-attorney firm with offices in Cincinnati and Dayton that handles complex business disputes nationally, including intellectual property, class actions, competition-based litigation, employment, antitrust, privacy and commercial litigation and arbitration.

UC Law Alum Jim Hunt Carries on the Mission of the Weaver Institute

On Oct. 25, 2007, Glenn M. Weaver, an adjunct professor and friend of the College of Law, passed away at the age of 86. It was nine years earlier that the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry was established at the College of Law. Today, Dr. Weaver’s friend and fellow adjunct professor, Jim Hunt, is helping to carry on his vision.

“Dr. Weaver was a longtime friend of mine,” said Hunt, an adjunct professor and the Weaver Institute’s new administrative director. “He and I taught a class that I still teach:  Law & Psychiatry. I’ve been teaching Law & Psychiatry since about 1986.”

Hunt taught alongside Dr. Weaver up until a few weeks before his death five years ago, although Hunt said he had not been directly affiliated with the Weaver Institute at that point. Prior to this school year, however, Hunt and former University of Cincinnati McMicken College of Arts & Sciences dean Valerie Hardcastle were asked to lead the program.

Community Involvement an Integral Part of the Institute

The Clermont County-based attorney said his role with the Weaver Institute is new, and he is using his position to promote the values Dr. Weaver brought to the College of Law. “My job with the Institute, at this point, is to try to get the Weaver Fellows involved in some community activities,” Hunt said. “It was one of the things that Glenn Weaver was very interested in doing and promoting.”

Hunt has been setting up opportunities for the six Fellows to partake in activities off campus, which will include working with the mental health court at the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas next semester, as well as involvement with the Hamilton County Probate Court (which has jurisdiction over involuntary hospitalization proceedings, Hunt said).

On Nov. 7, the Weaver Institute hosted a lunchtime panel discussion on psychiatric malpractice, focusing on the Littleton v. Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center case from the Supreme Court of Ohio, which established the professional judgment standard of care for psychiatrists. 

Who is Jim Hunt?

Hunt, a native Cincinnatian, graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1963 before graduating summa cum laude from UC in 1967 with an American Intellectual History degree. After a year of graduate school, Hunt taught at the Hillsdale School (now Seven Hills), where Dr. Weaver’s daughter and current Weaver Institute trustee, Ellen, was a student of his.

Following three years of teaching, Hunt began at the College of Law, where he became a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif.

“When I went to college and studied history at the University I became very interested in that and thought I might pursue an academic career. After doing a year’s worth of graduate work, it just didn’t seem like it was going to sit well with me,” Hunt said. “I felt like I could do more in terms of actually solving people’s problems and helping people in the legal arena.”

Hunt, who first considered law school when he was in high school, “thoroughly enjoyed” himself at the College of Law and said he is still good friends with some of his classmates.

“The one thing, unfortunately, that law school does not do, it doesn’t necessarily prepare you for an actual practice law. You read about it and hear about it and talk about it but sometimes the actual practice is a little different from what you read in law school,” Hunt said. “That’s one of the reasons that we wanted to, and Glenn Weaver wanted to, get the Weaver Fellows out into the community – to see just exactly how mental health law is practiced in this area, as well as having the background from taking my class and the other classes.”

After graduating from the College of Law in 1974, Hunt worked downtown at Kohnen, Patton & Hunt, specializing in litigation and healthcare issues. After more than 20 years there, Hunt began working near his home in Clermont County, going from defending doctors and hospitals to, instead, representing patients who sue them.

After working with Rosenhoffer, Nichols & Schwartz and then Hunt, Nichols & Schwartz between 1995 and 2002, Hunt has been in general practice outside of domestic relations work. He has been involved with commercial litigation, healthcare litigation, personal injury litigation and criminal law. Since 2005, he has also been an assistant Clermont County public defender, a part-time position.

Outside of the law, Hunt has always had a passion for music. In addition to playing the guitar, he is the treasurer of Play it Forward, a charity started by former radio personality Gary Burbank to help local musicians in need.

Hunt also co-authored a book published in 2009, Warrior: Frank Sturgis The CIA's # 1 Assassin Who Nearly Killed Castro But Was Ambushed By Watergate. Sturgis happened to be Hunt’s uncle.

For the last 10 or more years, he has been involved with the College of Law Alumni Association, serving as its president from 2008 – 2009, while also recently being on the Board of Visitors.

Hunt and his wife, Laura, live on a farm (with horses, dogs, cats and birds). They have three children: Noah, Sarah and Emily.

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Sharon Kennedy ’91 Elected to Ohio’s Supreme Court

Judge Sharon Kennedy, a Butler County (OH) domestic relations court judge, has won  a seat on the Supreme Court of Ohio. With this election, Justice Kennedy made history as the first Butler County (OH) resident elected to the state’s high court in almost 150 years. Prior to her current position with the domestic relations court, she worked in private practice for several years; served as a magistrate and warrant officer in Butler County; served as a warrant and compliance officer for Butler County’s juvenile court; and worked as special counsel for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery. She also worked as a police officer for many years in the City of Hamilton (OH).

Anita B. Folino, '80, Plunkett Cooney attorney among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’

Anita B. Folino '80Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 7, 2012 — Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 32 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2012 list of “Super Lawyers.” Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office member Anita B. Folino – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice is one among them.

The designation is based on statewide balloting by Michigan attorneys, research conducted by Thomson Reuters, which publishes Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses more than 70 different practice areas. Those named to the list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.

Rob Mecklenborg Join Peck, Shaffer & Williams

Rob MecklenborgCINCINNATI, Ohio, November 2012 – Two new associates have joined the law firm of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP. Robert Mecklenborg Jr. and S. Samuel Young will practice in the firm’s Cincinnati office.


Mr. Mecklenborg practices in the Traditional Issues and Conduit practice groups. Mr. Mecklenborg assists clients with tax-exempt financings health care projects, economic development and traditional governmental financings. Mr. Mecklenborg earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.S. from Miami University. Prior to joining Peck Shaffer, Mr. Mecklenborg worked at a leading economic development and government relations firm.


S. Samuel Young works in the firm’s Traditional Issues and Housing practice groups, and he assists clients in all stages of project finance. Mr. Young is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served on the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Lipscomb University.


About Peck Shaffer

Peck Shaffer is a national leader in public finance law, with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Covington, Kentucky, Atlanta and Macon, 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

Joseph E. Lehnert '12 Joins Keating Muething & Klekamp’s Litigation and Commercial Finance & Reorganization Groups

Joseph E. Lehnert '12Cincinnati, OH — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK?) is pleased to announce that Joseph E. Lehnert '12 has joined the firm as an attorney in its Litigation and Commercial Finance & Reorganization groups.

During his first summer and second year of law school (from May 2010 to May 2011), Lehnert worked as a law clerk at GE Aviation in Environment, Health and Safety. He worked at KMK as a summer associate in 2011. During his final year of law school, Lehnert worked as an intern at Great American Insurance Company in Accounting and Reinsurance.

Lehnert earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2012, where he served as the Problem Writer on the Moot Court Honor Board. He served as Co-Editor in Chief on the Freedom Center Journal Executive Board. Lehnert was an active member of the Black Law Students Association, and he served as president of the Latino/a Law Students Association. He earned his B.A. from Xavier University in the Philosophy, Politics and the Public Honors Program in 2009, magna cum laude.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK®), 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® 2012 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions and General Commercial Litigation. The 2011 Super Lawyers® Business Edition named KMK the Top Large Law Firm in Ohio in Business and Transactions Law. KMK received 28 first tier rankings in the 2011-12 Best Law Firms survey (Metropolitan Cincinnati) by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 105 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at