William J. Seitz III Receives Chamber Institute for Legal Reform State Legislative Achievement Award
CINCINNATI, OHIO (October 7, 2013) – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Taft attorney and Senator William J. Seitz III has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform State Legislative Achievement Award. The award honors individuals and organizations whose outstanding work has contributed to making America’s civil justice system simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. Seitz will be honored for his leadership as a key architect of comprehensive civil justice reform in Ohio and for spearheading groundbreaking asbestos bankruptcy trust legislation that now serves as a model for other states to follow.
Seitz has been with Taft since 1978 and is currently of counsel in the firm’s Litigation group. Edward D. Diller, partner-in-charge of Taft’s Cincinnati office, states, “Taft congratulates Bill on this well-deserved honor. We are grateful for Bill’s numerous contributions as an outstanding legislator, lawyer and citizen of this community and region.” The award will be presented at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 14th Annual Legal Reform Summit in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23.
Prior to joining the Ohio Senate in 2007, Seitz served in the Ohio House of Representatives for seven years. He rose through the ranks, serving as Majority Whip and Assistant Majority Whip and chair of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee. In the Senate, Seitz serves as chairman of the Public Utilities Committee and vice-chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee. He has also been named to the Transportation Committee, the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee, the Civil Justice Committee, the Commerce & Labor Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on General Government.
Throughout his adult life, Seitz has worked with organizations that promote livable neighborhoods and strong local communities. He served as president of the Westwood Civic Association and the Western Economic Council, as secretary of the Bridgetown Civic Association, as a commissioner of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, and as a trustee of Invest in Neighborhoods. He remains active with the Price Hill/Western Hills Kiwanis Club and has also been a strong supporter of law enforcement as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates and past president and secretary of the Cincinnati District 3 Police-Community Relations Committee.
Senator Seitz is an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, where he graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in history. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was Order of the Coif. For the last several years, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Seitz currently resides in Green Township.
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