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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.

Mary Claire Mahaney ’79 Enjoying Career as an Author


As a child in Warren, Ohio, Mary Claire Mahaney ’79 envisioned a career as a small-town general practice lawyer, just like her father. She made the announcement to her parents in the car as an eighth grader, joking to her father that it was “something you can do without having to be good at anything.”

Today, she is a member of the District of Columbia bar, although she is retired from the practice of law and is actually an award-winning author.

Road to her J.D.

Mahaney came to Cincinnati to study at Mount Saint Joseph, where she graduated in 1976 with B.A. in sociology, with a concentration in social work. During the summers, she worked at the Trumbull County courthouse and the county prosecutor’s office in her hometown.

The summer following graduation, Mahaney married Cincinnati native Herb Walter. She planned to attend law school in town and decided on the College of Law, as it was in walking distance from their apartment.

Mahaney, the youngest of four children, called her first two years at the College of Law “miserable.” She said she dreaded classes and “made it a point never to make eye contact with the professor and try to sit behind someone tall.”

When grades came out, Mahaney had difficulty understanding why she earned what she did, whether good or not so good, she said. Following a year and a half of “grade anxiety,” her husband opened her grades and Mahaney never looked at her grades in her final three semesters. 

3L year for Mahaney was “finally bearable,” she said, during which she took mostly “elective” classes. In that final year, Mahaney worked with a local finance company to fill out income tax returns in a working-class neighborhood. She also got the College of Law to approve an internship in which she taught an upper-level white collar crime course through UC’s College of Business Administration.

“I titled the course, worked out the syllabus, studied textbook options, led discussions, brought in speakers, assigned readings and papers, prepared and graded exams, and gave out grades,” Mahaney said. “I had total autonomy, and I loved it.”

An Alternative Career Path

Early on as a 1L, Mahaney realized her vision of being a small-town, general practice lawyer like her father – who had recently passed away in 1975 – would involve both civil and criminal work. But she was not interested in criminal law, in particular because of the prospect of representing people she believed were guilty.

In 1978, she and her husband moved to Madeira and, after passing the bar in the summer of 1979, Mahaney had three clients at her home office.  Outside of her mini law practice, Mahaney was a business law instructor at UC’s business school.

“I taught three sections of basic business law – contracts, torts and so on, the subjects covered on the CPA exam,” she said. “I enjoyed the preparation and felt comfortable in the classroom.”

Mahaney eventually published a comment on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 1981 in the American Business Law Journal. Before getting published, however, she became an Assistant Professor of Business Law at the University of Michigan. While up in Ann Arbor, Mahaney co-authored a piece that made the 1983 Administrative Law Review.

Despite a three-year contract to teach at Michigan, Mahaney’s first pregnancy put her on bed rest. After recovering she decided not to go back to a career for many years, she said.

Finding her Niche in Writing

When her sons, Ed and George, were young – today, they are both graduate students – a friend of Mahaney’s recommended that she be a writer. Mahaney began writing short fiction, and then took jobs writing performing arts columns for various newspapers. Soon after, she had columns published in Chicago’s Irish American News and then for the Herald in Sharon, Pa., where her parents grew up.

Today, she continues to write poems, essays and other fiction, including a short story to be published in an upcoming issue of an anthology called Defying Gravity. It was in 2007, however, when Mahaney published her most well-known work, Osaka Heat. The inspiration for this romance novel came from a trip she took, chaperoning her son’s high school group for a month-long stay in Japan.

“It was after I got back and had time to reflect that I realized living with two Japanese families during that month, and travelling within Japan to boot, had been the experience of a lifetime,” she said “My inspiration for Osaka Heat was Japanese culture and geography. It was the setting, so different from America – but similar in unexpected ways – that caught my attention, that caused me to think, ‘I could write a book-length story set in Japan.’”

It took six years for her to write the book, which won a Gold Medal in Romantic Fiction from Independent Publisher (for the e-version of the book), and two Silvers in Multicultural Fiction from the same organization (one for the paper edition, one for the e-version).

“Many readers have asked for a sequel, but I haven’t written it – yet,” Mahaney said.

Although Mahaney is not practicing law, her law degree has still been beneficial to her more recent writing career.

“I see the writing process as a persuasive process, whether I’m writing fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. The reader needs to empathize with my point of view, even if in the end he or she disagrees with it,” Mahaney said. “So as I write, I’m making a case, as an attorney would.”

She said her law degree also gives her credibility as a writer, editor, and speaker.

Outside Interests

Today, Mahaney and her husband live in McLean, Va. Herb is now retired from a 32-year career with Price Waterhouse/PricewaterhouseCoopers. He does financial consulting from their home, where the couple has two orange tabby cats, Rusty and Julius.

In her spare time, Mahaney knits dishcloths, plays the piano, sends paper and email correspondence to family and friends, and enjoys scenic walks around the neighborhood. Not surprisingly, Mahaney reads “extensively.” She also has “500 flicks in my Netflix queue,” she said.

 Mahaney said she has three professional fantasies: 1) having Osaka Heat picked up by Hollywood; 2) seeing college instructors assign her book as required reading, and ask her to speak to their classes; and 3) to have a home stay in Bavaria.

“I’m studying German, in part as preparation for setting a story in Germany; in part to be able to speak the language of my Bavarian cousins,” she said.

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Mary Sullivan '80 Joins Observatory Board


Mary Sullivan '80CINCINNATI, Ohio, May 2013 – Peck Shaffer attorney Mary Sullivan has been elected to the board of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

The Cincinnati Observatory Center maintains an observatory in Mount Lookout that has been designated a national historic landmark. Designed by the renowned Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford in 1873, the observatory houses the world’s oldest professional telescope still in public use, manufactured by the German firm of Merz and Mahler in 1842. A second telescope, made by Alvan Clark and Sons in 1904, is also still in use. The Observatory also promotes the study and practice of astronomy and provides assistance to professional and amateur astronomers, schools and universities. 

Ms. Sullivan has been with Peck Shaffer for more than 30 years and is currently Of Counsel to the firm.  She has served as both bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in transactions throughout the country, including serving as bond counsel to the Ohio Turnpike Commission for 16 years. Ms. Sullivan earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in 1977 and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati  College of Law in 1980.

Ms. Sullivan is active with civic groups in Cincinnati and Ohio. She is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Advisory Committee and served as a board member for Seton High School, the Seton High School Foundation, Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio, and the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, among other activities.

 

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 www.peckshaffer.com.

Jon Lieberman '90 Appointed Co-Chair of the ABI Legislation Committee


Jon J. Lieberman '90Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A. (WWR) is pleased to announce that attorneyJon J. Liebermanhas been appointed Co-Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Legislation Committee.

Mr. Lieberman will serve as Co-Chair of the ABI Legislation Committee for the 2013-2015 term. The Legislation Committee analyzes proposed bills at the request of Congress and legislative staff. In addition to testifying before Congressional committees, the ABI prepares white papers on current bankruptcy topics and also conducts periodic briefings for Congressional staff members. As a part of his duties, beginning this April, Mr. Lieberman will preside over the full Committee’s semi-annual sessions in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Policy-makers on Capitol Hill have long relied on the expertise of the ABI in the evaluation of bankruptcy law and efforts to improve the system. Past Co-Chairs include Judge Jeffery Hopkins of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Chief Judge David Houston of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Karen Cordry, Esq. of the National Association of the Attorneys General.

“Jon will make an excellent contributor as Co-Chair of the ABI Legislation Committee,” said Alan C. Hochheiser, Managing Partner of the Bankruptcy Unit. “He has a focus and knowledge base that reflects his level of commitment and excellence to his profession.”

Jon J. Lieberman practices in Bankruptcy with a focus on the Consumer Bankruptcy Group and is based in the Cincinnati office. With more than 20 years of bankruptcy experience, Jon is extremely knowledgeable of the industry. He earned his B.A. Semple Classics Scholar summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 (Distinguished Military Graduate Air Force ROTC), and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1990. Jon is licensed in Ohio and Kentucky, and is admitted to practice before the Bankruptcy Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He is also admitted to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Supreme Court.

The American Bankruptcy Institute is the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 13,000 attorneys, auctioneers, bankers, judges, lenders, professors, turnaround specialists, accountants and other bankruptcy professionals providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. In fulfillment of its mission to provide information to its members, journalists, Congress and the public, ABI is engaged in numerous educational and research activities, as well as the production of a number of publications both for the insolvency practitioner and the public.