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Springfield lawyer, Randall Comer named to State Bar Board of Governors


Columbus, OH (July 1, 2013) – Attorney Randall M. Comer of Springfield has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 6 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). District 6 includes 468 attorneys who reside or practice in Champaign, Clark, Fayette, Greene, Logan, Madison and Union counties.Comer was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting several months ago. He succeeds retiring District 6 representative Hon. Thomas J. Grady of Springfield. The 21-member Board of Governors manages the OSBA’s business affairs, sets policy, reviews pending legislation and conducts other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers who are OSBA members.

 

Comer earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1993 from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, and his law degree in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A member of the Springfield law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper, PLL, he handles civil defense litigation and serves as defense counsel in labor and employment and workers’ compensation matters. A member of the OSBA since 2000, he also belongs to the Clark County Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.

 

In his community, Comer serves as vice-chair and trustee of the Clark County Mental Health Foundation. He also serves on the Selective Service Board, and as secretary, Personnel Committee chair and trustee of The Springfield Foundation. He and Tamara S. Comer, his wife, have three children: Grace, age 10; Grant, age 9, and Matthew, age 7 months. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, triathlons, hiking, camping, yoga, travel, meditation, reading and cooking.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

Journalists:Visit the OSBA’s ONLINE PRESS ROOM at www.ohiobar.org for news releases, feature stories, a multimedia library, legal publications and other media resources. Mr. Comer’s business zip code is 45502. To download a picture of him, visitwww.ohiobar.org/comer.

Richardson, Jr. is Recipient of the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award


This award, presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association,  is given to a UC graduate, 35 years of age or younger, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community. This award is in honor and memory of Jeffrey Hurwitz, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, former president of the UC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.  CEAS ’02, Law '05

The philosophy of life espoused and modeled by Rob Richardson, Jr., can be summed up fairly easily: Don’t sit on the sidelines. Richardson was a whirlwind of activity and leadership while a UC student in the early 2000’s, and has maintained that fast pace and deep dedication to his community and university as an alumnus.

Mr. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the Tristate and was elected Student Body President for his senior year, when he also was awarded the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, UC’s highest honor for undergraduates.

Currently, Richardson serves as Of Counsel with the law firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, with his practice areas including labor and employment, securities and class action litigation. He also serves as a Construction Market Representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) for eight states, including Ohio. In this role, he has led campaigns in Cincinnati on behalf of workers and local residents on publicly funded construction projects. In 2009, he successfully implemented a community workforce on Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) construction projects. The agreement required contractors bidding on projects to pay prevailing wages and employ local residents, graduates of CPS and parents of current CPS students. Richardson also led the effort to implement Cincinnati’s first-ever Responsible Bidder Ordinance in 2012. He now advises the Southeast Laborers’ District Council on its "Build 305" campaign to ensure that local taxpayers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are provided with opportunities for employment on publicly funded infrastructure projects.

 Richardson hosts a weekly radio show in Cincinnati called "Real Talk with Rob Richardson," featuring politicians, community leaders and public policy experts from across the country discussing both local and broad scale issues.

In January 2012, Richardson was elected Secretary of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees, becoming its youngest-ever elected officer. He also chairs the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee where he works toward providing lower education costs and more scholarships for students.

 Mr. Richardson serves on several other boards, including the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, the Agenda 360 Advisory Council, the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Board of Visitors for the UC College of Law.

Bill Keating, Jr. ’79 is Recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award


The Alumni Distinguished Service Award, presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association, recognizes those individuals who have rendered outstanding, faithful and selfless service to their alma mater.

Bill Keating, Jr.  Bus '76, Law '79

When you combine accomplishments as a student-athlete, success in professional life and deep commitment to UC, there are few Bearcats like Bill Keating, Jr. Keating compiled a Hall of Fame career at academic and swimming powerhouse St. Xavier High School, then replicated it with a Hall of Fame career as a Bearcat. In his four years, he earned both his BBA and MBA while being awarded the coveted Jimmy Nippert Award as UC’s outstanding graduating student-athlete.

After graduating from UC Law School, Keating has had a successful career as an attorney with Keating Muething & Klekamp. He primarily practices corporate law while also advising clients in business succession planning, executive compensation, and estate and tax planning. He has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list.

He dedicates his time and energy to a variety of community causes, serving in board and leadership positions with Magnified Giving, GCNKY Women’s Sports Association, the Pro-Seniors, St. Ursula Academy, St. Xavier High School, the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp., and a number of other organizations that promote education and athletics.

Keating’s love and support of his alma mater truly stands out. After his sophomore year, he donated his athletic scholarship back to UC and became a dorm resident advisor. At graduation, he donated his first paycheck to UC. At age 27, he became the youngest person appointed to the UC Board of Trustees, serving from 1981 to 1990. He chairs the Lindner College of Business Board of Advisors and is vice-chair of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship, past president of C-Club, and former trustee of UCATS.

He has also provided tremendous support to women’s athletics and was the driving force behind selling out recent women’s UC-Xavier basketball games. He also chaired the effort to honor the pioneers of women’s sports by finally awarding their varsity letters. He has received the highest honors bestowed by UC Athletics through induction into the James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame and the Order of the Black Blazer. In addition, the Lindner College of Business has honored him with its Distinguished Service Award.

In short, if there’s a club, committee or board at UC, it seems there’s a good chance Bill Keating, Jr. has been, or still is, involved in it — and quite possibly leading it. He has come to personify the words “UC Alumni Distinguished Service.”

Matt Strzynski Joins Cohen Garelick & Glazier as Partner


Matt StrzynskiIndianapolis, Ind. –Matt Strzynskihas joined the law firm of Cohen Garelick & Glazier as partner. Strzynski concentrates hispractice in a wide range of commercial matters, including litigation, creditors’ rights, banking, real estate, and construction.

Strzynski received his B.A. degrees in Latin and Criminal Justice from Indiana University, and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected to Order of the Coif, won the Commercial Law Academic Prize, and was a member of the Law Review.

Strzynski has represented financial institutions and creditors in a variety of complex commercial litigation, has been active handling litigation arising out of the largest real estate frauds in Indiana, and has experience in all aspects of Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.In addition, he has first chair trial experience.

Strzynski is also known for taking an active in the community. He was appointed by Governor Daniels to serve as a Commissioner for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, he is the Chairman of the Hamilton County Election Board, serves as the Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Commercial & Bankruptcy section, and is an active member of both the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Further, Strzynski serves as a volunteer coach for the Carmel Dad’s Club.

For more than a century, Indianapolis-based Cohen Garelick & Glazier has provided comprehensive legal representation throughout Indiana. Their attorneys are widely recognized for providing effective solutions in the practice areas of business and tax planning, litigation, family law and divorce, bankruptcy, adoption, real estate, personal injury, estate planning, probate and trust litigation, arbitration and mediation, construction, criminal defense, employee benefits, employment law and medical malpractice. Cohen Garelick & Glazier is dedicated to individualized service for every client and provides innovative solutions specific to meet every business or personal legal need. For attorney biographies and firm information, visitwww.cgglawfirm.com.

Lori Krafte presented with the Distinguished Service Award


The American Advertising Federation Cincinnati (“AAF-C”) recently presented Lori Krafte, partner with Wood Herron & Evans, with the professional association’s highest volunteer honor – the Distinguished Service Award. Krafte has served in various capacities on the AAF-C Board including as president; was chair of AAF-C’s 2012 Digital Non Conference and is assisting with this year’s event; and provides legal advice to the organization as needed.

“Our Distinguished Service Award is not an annual recognition, but rather is an honor we present only when a volunteer has made a truly significant contribution over time to help sustain us, achieve goals, and reach to higher levels,” said Judy Thompson, AAF-C Executive Director. “Lori has given of her time and her professional expertise. As a board member, committee chair and volunteer, she consistently goes above and beyond. Under her leadership our fall Digital Non Conference far exceeded our goals.”

Krafte was named 2013 Cincinnati Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America®; and named by Ohio Super Lawyers® among the top 25 women lawyers in Cincinnati. She counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes and other Internet law matters. She also teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.

About Wood Herron & Evans – For more than 140 years, the firm has been a regional, national and international leader in providing innovative solutions for clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. Its practice is committed to aiding clients in the acquisition, development, protection, licensing, defense, and enforcement of patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright rights and in advertising, privacy, data security, and related matters. Those clients include businesses, trade associations, universities, foundations and individuals, many of whom are leaders in science and industry worldwide. Integrity and in-depth legal expertise, coupled with technical and business experience, are the hallmarks of Wood Herron & Evans service.

Six UC Law Alumni Included in 2013 Chambers USA Guide


Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys who attended The University of Cincinnati College of Law have been recognized among the leading practitioners in the country in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA conducts in-depth research and ranks the leading firms and attorneys in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America.

Leading lawyers, listed with their field of practice, office, and law school graduation year are:

  • Melvin Bedree (`84), Banking and Finance, Cincinnati
  • Dan Buckley (`74), Litigation, Cincinnati
  • Hani Kallas (`94), Banking and Finance, Cincinnati
  • ; Jeffrey Marks (`80), Bankruptcy Cincinnati
  • Howard Petricoff (`74), Natural Resources and Environment, Columbus
  • Kristin Woeste (`05), Real Estate, Cincinnati

Thirty-nine total Vorys attorneys were selected for the inclusion in 13 different practice areas in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA. In addition to individual attorney rankings, Vorys is ranked as a leading Ohio law firm in 10 practice areas: banking & finance; bankruptcy/restructuring; corporate/M&A; employee benefits & executive compensation; health care; labor & employment; litigation: general commercial; natural resources & environment; real estate; and real estate: zoning/land use.

About Vorys: 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, D.C.; and Houston, Texas. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine. Learn more at www.vorys.com.

The University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association Announces the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners


Cincinnati, OH—For 180 years, University of Cincinnati College of Law graduates have made their mark on the world as leaders of the bench and bar, in senior governmental positions, in the public service community, and in business, academia, and countless other fields. Friday, May 17, 2013 brought an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud three of them. Congratulations to the most recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award:  Daniel J. Buckley '74, Hon. Dennis S. Helmick '72, and James L. Johnson '80.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, voted by College of Law alumni, honors those graduated who exemplify excellence and achievement in their chosen field of practice or procession. Their achievements are a testament to the college’s tradition of distinction.

Meet the 2013 Award Recipients
Daniel J. Buckley '74

Daniel Buckley, a partner in the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, practices in the area of civil litigation. His focus includes banking, complex business, probate, fiduciary, and medical privacy cases.  After attending the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and the University of Exeter, U.K., he received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He then went on to the College of Law, graduating in 1974. At the law school Buckley served as Case Note Editor on the University of Cincinnati Law Review.  Buckley began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Julius J. Hoffman, Senior US District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.  Throughout his professional life he has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching in the area of trial skills. In fact, Buckley received the 2009 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. He has served on the college’s Board of Visitors since 2001.

Buckley is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and currently serves as chair of its committee on Special Problems in the Administration of Justice.  He was recognized as a founding member of The Best Lawyers in America “Bet the Company” category and remains a member.  He is included in two additional categories: Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury.  Buckley has been recognized in Chambers USA in General Commercial Litigation and as an Ohio Super Lawyer in Business Litigation since 2004.  He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2005.  In 2007, he received the BTI Consulting Group award for superior client service.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.

Buckley is married to the Hon. Ann Marie Tracey ‘75, a 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Honorable Dennis S. Helmick ‘72

The Honorable Dennis S. Helmick, a native of the tri-state, has a long, distinguished career in the legal field. A graduate of Xavier High School and Xavier University, he went on to receive his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1972. After being admitted to the bar, Helmick worked as an associate with the law firm Wood, Lamping, Slutz and Reckman (now known as Wood and Lamping LLP).  From there, he went on to work for the city as assistant city of Cincinnati solicitor, assigned to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Ten years later in 1983 Helmick became special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, a position he held for seven years, after which he went into private practice. In 1990, he was elected to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. In 2001 Judge Helmick won election as Common Pleas Judge of Hamilton County, a position he held until 2012. (In 2011, he was recognized as presiding/administrative judge of the court.) Earlier this year Helmick was named a retiring visiting judge.

Throughout the years Judge Helmick served in many leadership positions, including as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Association, president of the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association, a member of the Selective Service Board (appointed by President Ronald Reagan), a member of the college’s Board of Visitors, and vice president of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court.

Helmick is married to Bertha Garcia Helmick ’95.

James L. Johnson '80

James "Jim" Johnson grew up in the public housing community of Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood where he attended Washburn and Hays elementary schools.  A 1964 graduate of Walnut Hills High School, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1980.

Johnson retired from a 25-year career with the City of Cincinnati in December 2005.  He spent the majority of that time as a senior assistant city solicitor.  His assignments in this role were varied.  Johnson joined the Juvenile Court Division of the Law Office of the Hamilton County Public Defender in January 2008 where he is now a team leader supervising seven other attorneys.

Johnson created the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL) in 1988 as a pilot program of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Bar Association Round Table. The program consisted of seven high school student interns that first year. As SWEL’s creator, Johnson has served as an inspiring role model and dedicated volunteer in the education and development of young African Americans. 

Kathleen M. Brinkman recognized in Ohio as "Leaders in Their Field"


Kathleen M. BrinkmanCOLUMBUS, Ohio (May 2013) —For a decade, Porter Wright has been recognized as a leading law firm byChambers USA®, one of the most definitive referral guides of business law firms and lawyers in America. Ten of the firm's practice areas are ranked and 33 of its attorneys are named as leading lawyers in the 2013 edition released this month.

Three of the firm's attorneys in its Cincinnati office are recognized in Ohio as "Leaders in Their Field."

  • ·       Kathleen M. Brinkman – Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • ·       David T. Croall – Labor and Employment
  • ·       Holly D. Kozlowski – Intellectual Property

Chambers USA ranks leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. 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.

About Porter Wright

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP is a large law firm that traces its roots to1846 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. www.porterwright.com

Barbara Howard ’89 is Recipient of the Ohio Bar Medal Award


Barbara Howard ’89 received the Ohio Bar Medal Award, the highest honor of the Ohio State Bar Association, at the recently held OSBA Annual Convention.  This annual award is given to honorees who exemplify unusually meritorious service to the legal profession, the community, and humanity.

Howard is principal of Barbara J. Howard Co., L.P.A., a Cincinnati firm that focuses on family law.

Jean Geoppinger McCoy ’90 has been named the 122nd president of the Cincinnati Bar Association


Jean Geoppinger McCoy ’90 Jean Geoppinger McCoy ’90 has been named the 122nd president of the Cincinnati Bar Association. McCoy is an attorney with the local firm White, Getger & Meyer Co., L.P.A. read the profile article in the May 2013 issue of CBA Report.