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Christopher Varner, '96 Elected Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow


Christopher T. Varner has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 801 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 29 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.

The Bar Foundation's purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $20,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Mr. Varner is a partner in the firm of Evans Harrison Hackett, PLLC and has been practicing law in Chattanooga, Tennessee for 19 years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

 

Alum and Brinks Attorney Rashad L. Morgan, '06 Joins The National Black Lawyers–Top 100


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Rashad L. Morgan, an attorney at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, was recently invited to join The National Black Lawyers–Top 100, a professional honorary organization composed of the top 100 black lawyers from each state.

Members of The National Black Lawyers–Top 100 exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, and performance.

Eligibility criteria include nominations from one’s peers, board certification in the attorney's respective area of specialty, leadership in other legal organizations, and rankings by leading national evaluation organizations.

Trained as a chemical engineer, Morgan focuses on patent litigation and prosecution for domestic and international clients with cutting-edge, complex technologies. His legal experience includes landmark litigation at the Federal Circuit and at the International Trade Commission.

Along with helping clients succeed in today’s evolving patent landscape, Morgan is deeply committed to increasing diversity in the law. Active in the North Carolina State Bar Association’s Legal LINK diversity pipeline program, Morgan also participates in programs including The Just the Beginning Foundation and Legal Prep Charter Academies. He provides volunteer legal assistance through Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and has mentored minority attorneys through The Chicago Committee. Morgan also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and serves on Brinks’ recruiting, hiring, and diversity committees.

The mission of The National Black Lawyers–Top 100 is to promote excellence in the legal profession for accomplished black attorneys in the United States through advocacy training, marketing, networking opportunities, and continuing legal education. The invitation-only organization highlights its membership by providing a public online search tool that identifies the top black attorneys in 20 areas of legal specialty. More information is at www.nbltop100.org.

Michael Stewart, ’07 received the designation as “Rising Stars” by the 2015 publication of Ohio Super Lawyers


(SANDUSKY, Ohio) - Recently three attorneys at the law firm, Murray & Murray Co., L.P.A., received the designation as “Rising Stars” by the 2015 publication of Ohio Super Lawyers® for their outstanding legal work.

 Specifically, Ohio Super Lawyers honored Murray & Murray partners, Florence J. Murray and Leslie O. Murray, and associate attorney Michael J. Stewart, naming the group among its “2015 Rising Stars.”  “Rising Stars” undergo a rigorous selection process that begins with peer nominations by fellow attorneys.  The honor recognizes exceptional up-and-coming legal talent, as it is only awarded to attorneys who are under the age of 40 or have been practicing law for less than ten years.   Indeed, selection to the “Rising Stars” list is a rare and exceptional accolade, as no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State of Ohio are named to the list each year.

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Founded in 1931, Murray & Murray is operated by the Murray family.  The firm has fourteen attorneys including nine Murray partners.  Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Murray & Murray provides legal representation for clients throughout Ohio and offers a free initial consultation.  Involved in many landmark decisions and settlements, Murray & Murray’s main practice areas are personal injury, wrongful death, consumer protection, business litigation, and class actions.

Tad LeVan (JD cum laude, 1995) Teaches "Deposition Boot Camp" at Penn Law


(Philadelphia) –LeVan Law Group LLC founder and managing partner Peter H. “Tad” LeVan, Jr., recently created and taught an intensive 4-day workshop for law students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School entitled “Deposition Boot Camp: The Art of Taking, Defending and Preparing for Depositions.”

Held from January 5-8, the workshop offered instruction on deposition procedures, examination techniques, how to deal with difficult witnesses and obstreperous opposing counsel, and best practices in taking, defending and preparing a witness for deposition. The workshop also provided the students with an opportunity to conduct and defend a full-day mock deposition, with witnesses, volunteer legal professionals and leaders, and actual deposition service providers, such as court reporters and videographers.

LeVan is a seasoned trial and appellate attorney who has tried a number of high-stakes cases against national banks, Wall Street financial institutions and a Madoff investment firm, securing settlements on behalf of injured plan participants that have exceeded $700 million. Earlier this year, he launched the firm that bears his name under a unique business model, offering flat-fee and other predictable alternative fee structures in high-stakes litigation matters.

For more information on LeVan Law Group, visit www.levanlawgroup.com.

Jennifer Bennett, '94 joins Day Ketterer


January 8, 2015 - Day Ketterer is delighted to announce its merger with the employment law firm of Andrews & Wyatt. Joining Day Ketterer from Andrews & Wyatt is Jennifer Bennett (J.D. 1994). Jennifer Bennett is a skilled workers’ compensation attorney working to defend self-insured and state-funded employers in workers’ compensation claims and related litigation before in claims involving back injuries, repetitive motion, and other common healthcare industry workplace injury claims.

Day Ketterer is a Crain’s Cleveland Top 30 law firm with locations in Canton, Hudson, Toledo, Akron, and Youngstown, serving clients across Ohio. We have a proud history of being one of the oldest firms in Ohio. Our practice areas include Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Law, Banking Law, Business Law, Education Law, Environmental Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration, Family Law, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Non-Profit and Foundations, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Taxation, and Workers’ Compensation. Learn more about our attorneys, services, and history by visiting www.DayKetterer.com, or calling (330) 455-0173.

Chad Austin '97 promoted to the grade of Colonel in the USAF Reserve JAG Corps


Chad Austin '97 was recently selected for promotion to the grade of Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve JAG Corps.

Col (sel) Austin is attached to 12th Air Force located at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.  In his civilian capacity Chad serves as an Associate Professor of Law at the United States Air Force Academy.  He recalls his UC Law commencement speaker saying, "Confucius says find a job you love and never work a day in your life." Chad found two and still has yet to work a day

Herbert B. Weiss, '65 appointed by Mayor John Cranley to the City of Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board


Herbert B. Weiss, a partner in the Real Estate Group at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law®), has been appointed by Mayor John Cranley to the City of Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board. The Historic Conservation Board, established by ordinance in 1980, consists of seven members. The Board must include at least one professional historic preservationist, one historian, two architects, one attorney, one person engaged in the real estate or development business, and one economist.

Weiss earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati School of Law (1965), where he served on the Editorial Board of the Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati (1962).

Kari K. Hall, '03 promoted to Counsel at BuckleySandler LLP


BuckleySandler LLP Announces Attorney Promotions; Associate Promoted to Counsel

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2015) - BuckleySandler LLP announced today that Kari K. Hall, along with seven other associates, residents in the firm's Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices, has been promoted to Counsel, effective January 1, 2015.

Kari K. Hal ‘03 counsels financial services companies on a variety of regulatory compliance and risk management matters, with a focus on fair lending, fair servicing, UDAAP, Community Reinvestment Act, Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, deposit account and electronic card issues. Hall represents clients in internal reviews and investigations, as well as examinations, investigations and enforcement actions by both federal and state regulators. She received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (2003) and a B.S. from Miami University (1996).

Beth Mandel, '05 joins downtown law firm Dinsmore & Shohl as an attorney


Prior to Dinsmore, Mandel served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Susan J. Dlott with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She managed approximately one-third of Chief Judge Dlott's civil and criminal docket as a full-time legal advisor to the Judge. In that role, Mandel researched and analyzed civil and criminal litigation issues and drafted court opinions in a variety of cases. She also assisted Chief Judge Dlott in mediating settlements and offering creative solutions to disputes in civil cases and serve as an advisor to Chief Judge Dlott prior to and during hearings in civil and criminal cases.

Mandel also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She teaches a seminar on International Women's Human Rights that compares domestic, regional, and international human rights law pertaining to issues such as discrimination against women in employment and education and health care equity and access.

Mandel earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Alumna Megan Gramke, '05 Named Partner at at Ulmer and Berne LLP


Ulmer & Berne Elects Six Outstanding New Partners and Promotes Three to Counsel

(January 2, 2015) – Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the promotion of six attorneys to the partnership effective January 1, 2015. The new partners are Megan B. Gramke, Elizabeth M. Hill, James D. Houston, Joshua A. Klarfeld, Nathan W. Lamb, and Robin D. Miller. In addition, the following three attorneys are being promoted to Counsel: Kristin W. Boose, Elise Balkin Ice, and Thomas G. McIntosh.

“We are pleased about these promotions,” said Kip Reader, managing partner of Ulmer & Berne. “Each of these attorneys has demonstrated exceptional legal knowledge and ability, a sharp focus on client service and client goals, and an active engagement with a collaborative work approach. We like to think that these characteristics are a significant part of our firm’s reputation for high quality client service and results.”

Megan Gramke of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses her practice on product liability defense. She represents medical device, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturers on a local and national level. Her experience includes defense of claims pertaining to antidepressants, cancer medications, cardiac drugs, dietary supplements, and medical devices. Ms. Gramke has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.S.J., magna cum laude, from Ohio University.

Elizabeth Hill of the firm’s Cleveland office concentrates her practice on business litigation involving financial institutions. She represents national banks, broker-dealers, and financial advisory firms in court, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the American Arbitration Association arbitration proceedings. She also represents financial institutions in FINRA and state regulatory investigations. Ms. Hill has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University.

James Houston of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses his practice on construction law as well as labor and employment. His trial experience includes first chair representation of contractors, employers and sureties in both arbitration and traditional trial court settings (including actions for emergency injunctive relief). He has also successfully defended Ohio employers against various wrongful death and discrimination claims. He has drafted and argued appellate briefs for various courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, various Ohio District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Mr. Houston received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and his B.A. from Miami University.

Joshua Klarfeld of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses his practice on product liability litigation, pharmaceutical, medical device and mass tort litigation. He also is engaged in complex business litigation. He represents major corporations in the defense of multidistrict, coordinated, and consolidated litigation; putative class actions; mass torts; toxic torts; drug and medical device; employment-related torts; and premises liability actions. Mr. Klarfeld has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University.

Nathan Lamb of the firm’s Chicago office focuses his practice on securities-related litigation, FINRA, the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), and state securities commission regulatory investigations and disputes. He defends brokers, broker-dealers, and investment advisors in FINRA arbitrations, SEC actions, and FINRA enforcement actions. Mr. Lamb’s practice also involves advising clients on how to navigate the complex financial services regulatory environment. Mr. Lamb has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and his B.B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Robin Miller of the firm’s Cincinnati office focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She successfully represents publicly traded corporations, as well as small private businesses, at all stages of litigation including requests for immediate injunctive relief, trials, and appeals. She has experience defending and pursuing a variety of cases involving breach of contract, fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secret misappropriation, construction, employment discrimination, and product liability. Ms. Miller has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio University.

Kristin Boose of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses her practice on assisting lenders, borrowers, and developers in financing matters. She represents clients in all facets of commercial real estate and commercial lending, including traditional mortgage lending, HUD-insured mortgage lending transactions, Fannie Mae Multifamily, and asset-based and cash flow credit facilities. Ms. Boose also represents developers in transactions utilizing New Markets Tax Credit, Low Income Tax Credit and/or Historic Tax Credit transactions. She also counsels clients on general real estate matters as well matters involving loan workouts and restructurings. Ms. Boose has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, her M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Elise Ice of the firm’s Cleveland office focuses her practice on complex business litigation in both state and federal courts. She has successfully handled cases involving a variety of substantive areas, including ERISA, employment and labor, insurance, lead-based paint, class actions, product liability, securities, professional malpractice, and personal injury. In addition to her experience with these substantive areas of the law, she has solid experience taking fact and expert witness depositions, drafting and arguing motions, and preparing for trial. Ms. Ice received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her B.A. from Mary Washington College.

Thomas McIntosh of the firm’s Cincinnati office concentrates his practice on product liability litigation with a focus on personal injury defense involving pharmaceutical products. He has experience defending drug companies in complex matters across the country in multidistrict litigation and state-court consolidated litigation as well as individual cases in state and federal courts. He has worked on matters involving a variety of different products including generic and brand-name pharmaceuticals, supplements, and medical devices. Mr. McIntosh has specialized experience in federal preemption of state-laws involving generic drugs, and has briefed the issue in numerous state and federal courts across the country. Mr. McIntosh has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law and his B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky.

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, Chicago, Cleveland 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. For more information, please visit ulmer.com.