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Thomas B. Allen '94 Elected President of the Butler County Bar Association


April 16, 2012 (Cincinnati, OH)– Frost Brown Todd is pleased to announce Thomas B. Allen has been elected President of the Butler County Bar Association. The Butler County Bar Association is a voluntary association of approximately 400 attorneys who either practice or live in Butler County, Ohio. The Association acts as a resource for attorneys throughout Butler County by providing continuing education programs for its members, a referral network of attorneys easily searchable on the Association’s website, and a regular newsletter providing local legislation updates and event postings.

Mr. Allen is a partner in Frost Brown Todd’s West Chester office and practices in the governmental services, litigation, and labor and employment areas. He represents clients in a wide array of matters, with emphasis on litigation, school law issues, municipal law issues, and alternative dispute resolution. He has been named to the The Best Lawyers in America® list each year, beginning in 2008.

Mr. Allen is actively engaged in the community as a member of the Executive Committee of the Butler County Republican Party, and served as 1st Ward Seat of Middletown City Council, 2010-2011.

About Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in industries including insurance, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, construction, energy and healthcare. Its nearly 450 attorneys in nine offices throughout Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia provide unparalleled service to meet clients’ needs; deliver the insights and solutions available only from a diverse group of professionals; and support the communities in which they operate. To learn more, visit& www.frostbrowntodd.com.

Chambers USA 2012 recognizes Kathleen M. Brinkman '75 As 'Leader in their Field'


COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 13, 2012) – Porter Wright is proud to announce that 27 of the Firm's attorneys have been recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as “Leaders in their Field.” Twenty-six attorneys are recognized in Ohio across 10 different practice areas, and one attorney is recognized in Washington, D.C., as a national leader in International Arbitration.

"This year, we are honored to have five more Porter Wright attorneys named as 'Leaders in their Field,'" said Robert W. (Buzz) Trafford, Porter Wright’s Managing Partner. "It is a privilege to have such a large number of our exceptional attorneys recognized by the team at Chambers."

Kathleen M. BrinkmanLitigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Chambers USA rankings are based on lawyer and client interviews, among other things, and assess criteria such as technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness and astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities that clients consider relevant.

Jeffrey M. Nye '07 joins board of directors for Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati


CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 13, 2012) - Jeffrey M. Nye, associate with Finney Stagnaro Saba & Patterson Co. LPA joins board of directors for Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati.

Jeffrey Nye, an associate attorney with the Cincinnati law firm of Finney Stagnaro Saba and Patterson Co. LPA has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati. On the board, Jeff will serve the role of secretary. The Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati is a local chapter that is part of the Autism Society of America. The Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati, as the first organization within the region, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with autism and their families. They offer knowledge, information & resource services, education programs and events to increase autism awareness.

Founded in 1995, Finney, Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson Co. LPA is a full-service Greater Cincinnati law firm with offices in Hyde Park and Anderson Township. Practices areas include: business entities/commercial transaction; real estate; estate planning/probate; employment/labor law; and commercial/tort/constitutional litigation.

Mark F. Muething Named Chief Operating Officer for Great American’s Annuity and Supplemental Operations


Mark MuethingCINCINNATI, Ohio (Apr 11, 2012) - Great American Insurance Group recently announced the promotion of Mark F. Muething to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of its Annuity and Supplemental businesses. Mr. Muething will also serve as COO for Great American Financial Resources (GAFRI), a wholly-owned subsidiary. He will also continue in his role as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of GAFRI.

Mr. Muething started his career as an Associate at Keating, Muething & Klekamp in September 1984 and was promoted to Partner in 1991. In 1993, he joined American Annuity Group, a predecessor company to GAFRI, as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Over the last 19 years, his responsibilities have increased and include oversight of the Company’s Supplemental Insurance operations and key functions such as Information Technology, Operations, Legal, and Creative Marketing Services. Over the last few years, Mr. Muething has played a significant role in strategic planning for the Company’s Annuity and Supplemental operations and has led many of his teams through significant growth with a focus on organizational effectiveness.

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Attorney Emma L. Scharfenberger '11 Elected to Artworks Board of Trustees


Emma L. ScharfenbergCINCINNATI, Ohio (April 11, 2012)Emma L. Scharfenberg, of Graydon Head, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Artworks ArtWorks is a non-profit arts organization that connects artists of all ages with opportunities in the arts through inspiring apprenticeships, community partnerships, and public art.

Scharfenberger's practice is focused on the areas of general corporate law and securities and financial transactions. She is a member of the Firm's Corporate Counsel Practice Group and Banking and Financial Industry Group, Commercial Real Estate Industry Group, and Media, Communications and Information Industry Group. Scharfenberger has assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions; entity formation; securities law compliance and regulation issues; corporate governance; buy-sell agreements and other contract issues. She has assisted banks in various financing matters, including commercial loans and letter of credit financing.

Graydon Head provides interdisciplinary services to clients in a variety of industries with particular emphasis on: banking & financial services; commercial real estate; media, communications & information; construction; health, education & public sector; 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.

Clone of Partner W. Kelly Johnson '86 Selected to Serve as Interim Hamilton County Public Defender


CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 10, 2012) – The Hamilton County Public Defender Commission selected W. Kelly Johnson, of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur's Cincinnati office, to serve as the interim Hamilton County Public Defender.  Johnson replaces Shelia Kyle-Reno, who resigned effective April 12, 2012 to pursue other opportunities.

Johnson brings more than 25 years of criminal law experience, in both the public and private sectors, to the role. He is a Partner and Chair of Porter Wright's White Collar and Government Investigations Practice Group. Johnson's private practice focuses on white collar crime and civil and criminal forfeiture; he has extensive experience in cases involving fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, environment, and internet crimes.

Prior to joining the Firm, Johnson spent more than a decade in public service as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. His Public Defender duties included representing indigent criminal defendants in the federal courts in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky and supervising the Cincinnati and Dayton Federal Public Defender offices. He is a past President of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Johnson's service to the Public Defender's Office is being provided on a pro bono basis from Porter Wright. The Commission has thanked Porter Wright for its contribution of Johnson's services to the Office, and Chairman John Issenmann said they are very pleased to have Johnson serve in the role of interim Hamilton County Public Defender.

“Kelly brings significant experience and knowledge to this role. Having previously walked in the shoes of a public defender and now serving as defense counsel in private practice, he brings a unique perspective to this challenging position. His presence will provide a smooth transition in the Public Defender Office and will assure that high-quality services will continue to be provided to criminal defendants in Hamilton County.”

Issenmann said that while Johnson serves in the interim, the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission will conduct a search to fill the Public Defender position.

Robert W. "Buzz" Trafford, Porter Wright's Managing Partner, noted "Kelly's unique combination of skill and experience will prove a steady guide to the Public Defender's Office during the transition process. He understands the needs of community, the importance of serving the underprivileged, and the necessity of a stable Public Defender's Office. Porter Wright takes seriously the obligation of all lawyers to provide pro bono service to the communities where they live and work. Kelly will play a key role in helping disadvantaged individuals in Hamilton County navigate an often intricate legal system."

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP is a large law firm that traces its roots to 1846 in Ohio. With offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Naples, Florida, Porter Wright provides counsel to a worldwide base of clients.

Partner W. Kelly Johnson '86 Selected to Serve as Interim Hamilton County Public Defender


CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 10, 2012) – The Hamilton County Public Defender Commission selected W. Kelly Johnson, of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur's Cincinnati office, to serve as the interim Hamilton County Public Defender. Johnson replaces Shelia Kyle-Reno, who resigned effective April 12, 2012 to pursue other opportunities.

Johnson brings more than 25 years of criminal law experience, in both the public and private sectors, to the role. He is a Partner and Chair of Porter Wright's White Collar and Government Investigations Practice Group. Johnson's private practice focuses on white collar crime and civil and criminal forfeiture; he has extensive experience in cases involving fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, environment, and internet crimes.

Prior to joining the Firm, Johnson spent more than a decade in public service as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. His Public Defender duties included representing indigent criminal defendants in the federal courts in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky and supervising the Cincinnati and Dayton Federal Public Defender offices. He is a past President of the Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Johnson's service to the Public Defender's Office is being provided on a pro bono basis from Porter Wright. The Commission has thanked Porter Wright for its contribution of Johnson's services to the Office, and Chairman John Issenmann said they are very pleased to have Johnson serve in the role of interim Hamilton County Public Defender.

“Kelly brings significant experience and knowledge to this role. Having previously walked in the shoes of a public defender and now serving as defense counsel in private practice, he brings a unique perspective to this challenging position. His presence will provide a smooth transition in the Public Defender Office and will assure that high-quality services will continue to be provided to criminal defendants in Hamilton County.”

Issenmann said that while Johnson serves in the interim, the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission will conduct a search to fill the Public Defender position.

Robert W. "Buzz" Trafford, Porter Wright's Managing Partner, noted "Kelly's unique combination of skill and experience will prove a steady guide to the Public Defender's Office during the transition process. He understands the needs of community, the importance of serving the underprivileged, and the necessity of a stable Public Defender's Office. Porter Wright takes seriously the obligation of all lawyers to provide pro bono service to the communities where they live and work. Kelly will play a key role in helping disadvantaged individuals in Hamilton County navigate an often intricate legal system."

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP is a large law firm that traces its roots to 1846 in Ohio. With offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Naples, Florida, Porter Wright provides counsel to a worldwide base of clients.

Christopher D. Cathey '99 Joins Roetzel’s Cincinnati Office as Partner


(Cincinnati, Ohio, March 19, 2012) – Roetzel is pleased to announce that Christopher D. Cathey has joined the firm’s Cincinnati office as a partner. Mr. Cathey is a trial attorney who has more than 12 years of litigation experience.  He focuses his practice in business and commercial litigation, employment litigation and financial institution litigation. 

Mr. Cathey regularly defends and prosecutes claims on behalf of banks, finance companies, equipment lessors, debt buyers and other financial services providers in consumer and commercial disputes.  In addition, Mr. Cathey has substantial experience representing companies and individuals in a broad range of complex business litigation matters, including director and officer liability claims, commercial real estate and non-competition and trade secret litigation.

“The depth of knowledge and experience Chris brings to the firm will be a great asset to our clients,” said Eric Bruestle, Partner-in-Charge of Roetzel’s Cincinnati office. “I’m pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Cathey has been consistently selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, and he is a Fellow in both the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Mr. Cathey is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association and Cincinnati Bar Association, as well as the ACA International, Members’ Attorney Program (MAP). He is admitted to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

About Roetzel

Founded in 1876, Roetzel is a law firm with 13 offices throughout Ohio, Florida, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C. The firm has more than 200 attorneys who provide comprehensive, integrated legal counsel in more than 40 different areas of law, and practice both nationally and internationally.

Meet Campaign Donor Stephen Ewald '94 and Learn Why He Gives


For Stephen Ewald ’94, the law was his “destiny profession.” Giving back to UC Law allows him to help other students get the experience he did and find their true calling. That’s one of the reasons he recently made a significant donation toward the construction of the new law school building. 

Ewald, who is also a University of Cincinnati political science graduate, had decided upon law school long before entering college.  In fact, he even worked for the law school while still in college, documenting fundraising events for Counselor magazine. 

When the time came to make a decision about which school to attend, Ewald notes that there wasn’t a real contest. “I looked all over and had many other opportunities, but given the information I had on UC, I really only had an interest in going there,” he said. Staying in Ohio made sense both financially and in terms of opportunities. Beyond that, however, “once UC came through I just couldn't find another school like it.”           

Interestingly, since his professional career would cover the legal/financial industries, Ewald was “lucky” to begin his career at Fifth Third Bank—while still in law school. He began working there the summer after his 1L year and continued at the bank through law school and upon graduation. While at Fifth Third he concentrated his work on commercial litigation. 

In 1997, Ewald made the move to Wall Street, joining the firm Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft as a finance attorney.  While at the firm, he was a key figure in developing a Bank of America (BoA) program to cover the closing of distressed debt trades.  The program was so successful that BoA decided to “bring it in-house.” This, in turn, provided an opportunity for him to leave the firm for BoA.   

Ewald spent the next decade at the bank, “doing a little bit of everything” in both a legal capacity and as a senior business manager, but remaining focused on supporting global financial services businesses.  Eventually he joined the leadership team, ultimately serving as business manager and co-chief operating officer for the CEO for Bank of America Securities. This position gave him oversight of every aspect of the bank's activities outside of investment banking. 

When BoA acquired Merrill Lynch in 2009, Ewald decided it was time to make another move.  “The place felt very much the opposite of when I joined, the leadership team had all turned over and while I was offered a role at the merged enterprise, I decided to it was time for a new challenge” he says.  He left and joined Cantor Fitzgerald, a global financial services firm. (Though Cantor Fitzgerald lost two-thirds of its employees during the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the company had managed to survive and undergo rapid growth.) 

Ewald worked for Cantor Fitzgerald as a principal transactional attorney, manager and business developer until May 2011, when he joined Brevet Capital Management.  Today he serves as the company's Chief Legal and Operations Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Managing Director. His work involves asset management, structuring, compliance, and special situations investing. 

Ewald says he is very eager for UC Law to maintain its prowess among law schools, and he believes the new building is an integral part of the school's bright future.  “I love the location of the law school,” he says, “but it is definitely in dire need of new facilities.  I wanted to help facilitate getting that done in order to continue the rich tradition this school has.  In order to do that, [the school's] alumni, who represent after all the core legacy of the law school, have to continue to give back.” 

Apart from his own donation, Ewald, who is a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors, works to raise funds with other alumni located in New York City.  “For those of us who have graduated and had success since law school, it behooves us to give back,” he commented.  “The law school is urban and tied to a major university, but it is enhanced by its small size and focus on creating truly great lawyers.  I want to do what I can to help ensure that other students continue to get the experience and quality legal education offered by UC Law.” 

Kevin L. Miller’98 Named COO and VP at Industrial Scientific


Industrial Scientific Corporation, the global leader in gas detection as a service, has announced that Kevin Miller has been promoted to chief operating officer and vice president. Miller joined Industrial Scientific in 2007 as the director of sales, Americas, and since then has served as the vice president and general manager of Americas sales & services, and most recently as vice president of global sales, services & marketing. In his new role, Miller will be responsible for sales, services, marketing, product development, and manufacturing for Industrial Scientific’s portable gas detection business. 

Prior to joining the company, Miller was vice president of Argosy University Online Programs. He also held positions at FreeMarkets, Inc., now Ariba, Inc., including director of supplier solutions and global commercial operations, and director of North American sales operations.

In addition to his JD, Miller earned an MBA from the Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary, and a BA from Davidson College. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.