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Angela Glaser Receives Indigent Defense Clinic’s Gideon’s Trumpet Award


Congratulations to Angela Glaser, recipient of the Indigent Defense Clinic’s Gideon’s Trumpet Award! 

Working under the supervision of Danielle Anderson, Glaser provided excellent representation to a client who faced several old, alcohol-related charges, including an OVI.  The client had successfully battled alcoholism and had been sober for a year when she contacted the Indigent Defense Clinic office for legal assistance.  As part of her recovery, she wanted to take responsibility for and address her outstanding legal issues.   Because the charges were so old, much of the evidence and information on the cases had been destroyed.  But, Glaser spoke with the police officer, tracked down the whereabouts of old witnesses, and conducted extensive legal research on the evidentiary issues associated with the lab results from the OVI.  At the same time, she maintained constant communication with the client and got to know the client as a whole person. 

On the day of trial, Glaser did all of the talking with the prosecutor, eventually convincing him to dismiss four of the cases and amend the OVI to a lesser offense that doesn’t carry all of the collateral consequences of an OVI conviction.  She also persuaded the prosecutor to recommend a sentence that had, in effect, already been served, given that the client had already done an in-patient detox program and had been participating in alcohol treatment and counseling.  When Glaser stood next to the client in the courtroom and spoke on the client’s behalf in mitigation, it was abundantly clear to everyone in the courtroom that she cared deeply about her.

This case illustrates the criminal justice system at its best – and demonstrates how the system can produce fair and equitable results for everyone!  When Glaser and Anderson (the supervisor) first arrived to the courtroom, the victim – whose car our client hit – was livid.  He was angry he had to be there in court, missing work.  He was angry that our client had hit and destroyed his car.  And he believed that he would never be reimbursed for that.  But, as Glaser communicated with him, and the prosecutor, the police officer and the judge, and told them what kind of person the client had become and how she overcame her addiction, the victim eventually became an advocate for the client.  He asked to speak to our client after court was over to congratulate her on all that she had achieved, to thank her for taking responsibility, and to hug her. 

Congratulations to Angela Glaser for how hard she worked on this case and how fought to get the best results for her client!

Alumna Tiffany Reece Named ProKids' 2012 Volunteer of the Year


Tiffany ReeceCINCINNATI (December 10, 2012) – Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that ProKids has named Tiffany Reece Clark the 2012 Leslie R. Jaffee Volunteer of the Year. Since 2006, Clark has advocated on behalf of eleven children as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for ProKids, and helped launch the ProKids Young Professionals (PKYP) group in the summer of 2011.

Ms. Clark has been recognized because she is involved in nearly every aspect of the ProKids organization. As an ambassador of ProKids’ mission, an advocate on behalf of the children the agency serves, and a leader for young professionals, she exudes passion and dedication for ProKids. Her grace and compassion have helped to mobilize the Greater Cincinnati community to do more for children in Hamilton County who are still waiting for abuse and neglect to stop.

ProKids works closely with government and other social service agencies to make sure foster children are safe, that their needs are met and that each child can have a safe, permanent and nurturing home as quickly as possible. For 31 years, ProKids has served Hamilton County as one of more than 1,000 CASA volunteer programs nationwide. Each CASA volunteer receives training from ProKids before being paired with a child who needs an advocate in the court system.

Executive Director of ProKids, Tracy Cook states, “Tiffany’s energy and desire to help - combined with her openness to all sorts of people, new information, ideas, and ways to further ProKids’ reach – make her a powerful advocate for our children. Her ability to accept people for who they are, remain positive in turmoil, mediate difficult relationships, and act with empathy is what makes her an excellent ProKids CASA volunteer. She is tireless in her advocacy, clear-minded and savvy in her thinking, and objective in her investigating.”

Scott P. Kadish, partner-in-charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office commented, “We are very proud of Tiffany’s involvement with ProKids. Her energy and involvement are a positive reflection of the ethos that Ulmer & Berne brings to the Cincinnati community – to share its resources and voice with those who can’t.”

As a dedicated leader of PKYP, Ms. Clark is described by Beth Mandel, law clerk for Judge Susan Dlott, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and fellow PKYP board member as, “an indispensable member of PKYP.” Ms. Mandel said, “Tiffany has poured her efforts into introducing ProKids to hundreds of up-and-coming young professionals who we hope will become long-term supporters. Despite her already packed schedule, she is always willing to lend a hand at PKYP’s awareness-raising events and volunteer gatherings. She is truly one of ProKids’ most dedicated and valuable advocates.”

Tiffany has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She concentrates her practice on product liability defense, drug and medical device defense and environmental litigation.

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 Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati 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.

Matthew Parrish '94 joins Calfee’s legal team as its newest partner in the Cincinnati office


(CINCINNATI) – December 11, 2012 – Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP (Calfee) is pleased to announce it is expanding its presence in Ohio, led by partner John Mongelluzzo, who has been joined by partner Matthew Parrish.

In addition to providing legal expertise, Calfee has separately formed Calfee Strategic Solutions (CSS), led by Meghan Glynn, to provide government relations and public affairs services. Both offices are located on the 28th floor of the First Financial Center in downtown Cincinnati.

“Cincinnati is a dynamic, growing market and we look forward to bringing the top- flight counsel clients have relied on from Calfee for more than 100 years to this great region,” said Brent Ballard, Calfee managing partner. “With John’s leadership on the legal side, and Meghan’s expertise under Calfee Strategic Solutions, we offer our clients outstanding knowledge, energy and expertise to support their businesses.”

Calfee opened its Cincinnati offices in 2011 with two prominent local leaders, former Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken and former state Senator Richard Finan. Mongelluzzo and Parrish add experienced corporate law counsel to the firm’s practice groups in Cincinnati.

John Mongelluzzo brings extensive corporate and international legal and business expertise to Calfee’s Cincinnati office. His practice areas include information technology and licensing, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, government regulation, labor and employment, employee benefits and executive compensation.

Before joining Calfee, Mongelluzzo held senior executive positions at MSC Software and SDRC. He has a long history of active volunteer service in the Cincinnati region and currently serves on the boards of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, ArtsWave Community Campaign and Stepping Stones, an agency that serves children and adults with disabilities in the Cincinnati area.

Additionally, Matthew Parrish joins Calfee’s legal team as its newest partner in the Cincinnati office. Parrish’s has many years of experience in domestic and international business transactions, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and business and capital markets. A particular area of focus of his practice has been working with manufacturers and marketers of consumer products, both domestically and internationally. Parrish also serves as counsel to a number of clients in the entertainment industry. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the country’s leading entertainment lawyers by Newsweek magazine. His previous experience includes serving as in-house counsel for KAO USA, Inc.

Calfee Strategic Solutions (CSS)

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Calfee, Meghan Glynn and her team at CSS work closely with their own clients to help them achieve their business objectives through strong relationships with key decision makers in Ohio and Kentucky. CSS provides counsel to clients regarding strategic public affairs, issue management, reputation management, government relations and the procurement of government contracts.

Glynn is a highly regarded public affairs professional with more than 15 years of experience in senior communications leadership roles. Most recently, Glynn was vice president of External Affairs for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport where she led marketing, communications and government affairs. Her corporate experience includes The Kroger Co. and Delta Air Lines. She began her career as a business reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Glynn serves on the board of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence in Kentucky, which is recognized nationally as a leader in education reform. She also serves on the marketing committee for Cincinnati Works and is a member of Leadership Cincinnati’s current Class 36.

CSS* can call upon the expertise of Calfee’s Government Relations attorneys and lobbyists as well as drawing from the legal expertise of the 160-plus attorneys in Calfee’s Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati offices. They include Luken, Ohio’s longest-serving mayor, Leah Pappas Porner, a partner in Calfee’s Columbus office, and Finan, former president of the Ohio Senate.

“With Calfee’s expanding presence in Cincinnati, we look forward to offering clients a full service platform to serve their legal and public affairs needs,” Mongelluzzo said. “Matt and Meghan’s expertise coupled with Charlie and Senator Finan’s experience offer companies big and small throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky accomplished counsel on a wide range of business issues and opportunities.”

Stephanie Mark Loucka appointed Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Aging


Stephanie Mark Loucka, J.D. has been appointed Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Aging. She started with the Ohio Department of Aging in March 2011 as chief of the Human Resources Division. In this capacity, she assisted in the development and implementation of the department's strategic plan and led the recent department-wide reorganization. She previously worked at the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Administrative Services. Prior to coming to the State, she worked at the Thomson Reuters in Cleveland and Brown, Cummins and Brown, LPA in Cincinnati.

Ms. Loucka graduated summa cum laude from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. She went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio.

Stephanie and her husband Frank reside in Pickerington with her two children.

Vincent Aug '73 retired in 2011 and teaches an undergraduate course in Criminal Justice at the College of Charleston


Vincent Aug '73 who served on t he federal bench for 35 years as a U.S.Magistrate Judge, Chief Judge of the Southern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Court, and Chief Judge of the 6th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel retired in 2011 and moved to Charleston South Carolina. He enjoys riding his motorcycles in the Lowcountry, being active again in Democratic politics, and teaching an undergraduate course in Criminal Justice at the College of Charleston.

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 www.ulmer.com.

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. (www.ficlaw.com) 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 http://businesslitigationinfo.com, 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 http://www.linkedin.com/company/347629?trk=tyah.

 

About Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. (www.ficlaw.com) 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. (www.ficlaw.com/) 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 http://businesslitigationinfo.com, 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 http://www.linkedin.com/company/347629?trk=tyah.

About Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. (www.ficlaw.com) 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.