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Alums, Laura A. Ringenbach '83, Earl K. Messer '84, and Catherine T. Dunlay '81, Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015


Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio (October 9, 2014): Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that the following University of Cincinnati alumni were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. The number in parentheses refers to the number of years (in five-year increments) that the attorney has been listed.

  • Catherine T. Dunlay, Health Care Law
  • Earl K. Messer, Construction Law
  • Laura A. Ringenbach, Environmental Law

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

 

Attorneys Corey Hamilton and Theresa Nelson Join Strauss Troy


Firm Expands With Additional Expertise in Business and Litigation

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - October 15, 2014) - Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in Ohio and Kentucky, announces that attorneys Corey Hamilton and Theresa Nelson have joined the firm.

"These two talented attorneys bring notable expertise to the services we are able to provide our business and litigation clients," said Marshall Dosker, Strauss Troy president. "Corey provides a strong core of business and real estate knowledge including key intellectual property experience, while Theresa has significant trial experience in a wide variety of matters including labor and employment disputes."

Attorney Corey Hamilton  focuses his practice on corporate and business advisory services including contract negotiations and intellectual property, as well as real estate transactions and commercial finance. He has successfully negotiated multiple large, company-wide outsourcing contracts for Fortune 1000 clients and has represented clients in more than 100 commercial and multi-family real estate closings. Hamilton is licensed to practice law in Ohio and in the U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Ohio.

He is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management, Licensing Executive Society, the Ohio School Boards Association Sports and Entertainment Law Committee and the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Hamilton earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Cincinnati's Taft College of Law and his bachelor's degree from Indiana University. He is also certified by Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation.

Attorney Theresa Nelson focuses on representing clients in complex labor and employment, commercial, product liability and general civil litigation. She has represented clients throughout the country in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Nelson is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court -- Southern District Ohio and Eastern District of Michigan.

She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association, and she is a board member of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Invisible Kids Project and the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association. Nelson earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati's Taft College of Law, and she completed a fellowship from the Glenn M. Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor's degree from Ohio University.

Nelson has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years and a Cincy Magazine Leading Lawyer in Personal Injury for three consecutive years. She has been honored in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She is also a graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association's Leadership Academy and the Cincinnati Bar Association's Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) Class XV.

About Strauss Troy

As a full-service law firm founded in 1953, Strauss Troy has diverse expertise and a history of proven success. No matter what issue you face, the firm has the right professionals, working together as a team, to get you the answers you need quickly and affordably. Strauss Troy's Practice Groups include: Corporate | Business, Criminal | White Collar Defense, Domestic Relations | Family Law, Labor | Employment, Litigation, Municipal | Government, Real Estate | Finance, Tax Planning | Compliance and Trust | Estate Planning.

Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in the Greater Cincinnati | Northern Kentucky region, is a Martindale-Hubbell Top Ranked Law Firm™ in Fortune Magazine and a U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm. Many of its attorneys are honored as peer-rated Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Attorneys, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Four UC Alums, Jim Burke '78, Lou Gilligan '68, Joe Trauth '73, Mark Weber '80, selected as "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America


KMK Attorneys Recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law) congratulates the firm’s five attorneys who have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year,” a designation that is presented annually to a single attorney in each practice area and metropolitan area.  These attorneys will be recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  

  • James E. Burke was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Louis F. Gilligan was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Product Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" in Cincinnati
  • Daniel E. Izenson was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Construction Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Joseph L. Trauth, Jr. was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Land Use & Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Mark J. Weber was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. 

In addition to the recognition as 2015 "Lawyers of the Year," these five KMK attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers publication for several areas of practice. The listings below include the year the attorney was first recognized by The Best Lawyers in America.

James E. Burke (2006) 

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation – Securities 

Louis F. Gilligan (1989)

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs  

Daniel E. Izenson (2012) 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Construction 
  • Litigation – Real Estate

Joseph L. Trauth, Jr. (2007) 

  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Mark J. Weber (2007) 

  • Real Estate Law

Nine University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015


Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio (October 9, 2014): Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that the following University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. The number in parentheses refers to the number of years (in five-year increments) that the attorney has been listed.

  • Doreen Canton , Employment Law – Management; Labor Law - Management
  • Ralph W. Kohnen, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Eugene B. Lewis , Family Law
  • Stephen M. Nechemias, Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Timothy P. Reilly , Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Laura A. Ringenbach 20, Environmental Law
  • Sara Simrall Rorer, Health Care Law
  • Timothy C. Sullivan, Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking & Finance; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Mark S. Yurick, Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law

Additionally the publication has designated Ms. Canton as Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” in the Labor Law – Management Practice area.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

AEterna Zentaris Inc.Hires Philip A. Theodore As Chief Management Executive


Boston, MA 10/08/2014  – AEterna Zentaris Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:AEZS), which is a specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced the election of Philip A. Theodore as its Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Secretary. He will also act the company’s General Counsel, as well as corporate Secretary. According to the company’s press release, he will be engaged with managing several functions, including corporate development, human resources, legal as well as administrative operations.

Theodore’s Experiences

Before associating with AEterna Zentaris Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:AEZS), Theodore was playing the role of Vice President at Zep, Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), which is a leading chemical packaged products’ company. At the previous company, he was also enjoying the roles of the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Before his tenure at Zep, he worked with BioReliance Corporation for a period of almost one year between Sept 2008 and April 2009. He was employed at BioReliance in the capacity of a VP of its Corporate Development, Compliance and Legal. From Sept 2006 to Sept 2007, he was the Senior VP and General Counsel at John H. Ahrland Company. Prior to that, from 2004 to Aug 2006, he was the VP, General Secretary and Corporate Secretary at Serologicals Corporation. Apart from this, Theodore had been a partner in the corporate practice of an Atlanta-based law firm, King & Spalding, LLP. He served at the firm for a long period spanning from 1986 to 2003.

Theodore has graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He gained the B.A. degree in Political Science from Chattanooga’s University of Tennessee. On the occasion of joining the new company, he said that he finds it an exciting opportunity to join AEterna Zentaris Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:AEZS) during its transition phase. The company is transiting into an operating specialty biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes new treatments in endocrinology and oncology. Theodore said that the company is on the right track to becoming a commercial-focused entity and he seeks to pay his contribution in its becoming a sustainable, successful and competitive organization.

Dean Search Committee Formed


Dr. David Szymanski, Dean of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, has been appointed to chair the search committee for the next College of Law dean.  Members of the decanal search committee are now available.

  • A. Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law
  • Sandra Sperino, Professor of Law
  • Verna Williams, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law
  • Elizabeth Lenhart, Associate Professor of Practice
  • Mark A. Godsey, Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law and Director, Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project
  • Elizabeth Thoman ’15, President, Student Legal Education Committee
  • Kenneth J. Hirsh, Director, Law Library and Information Technology and Professor of Practice
  • Nancy Oliver ‘90, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Affairs and Professor of Practice
  • Doloris Learmonth ‘78, Board of Visitors member
  • Robert E. Richardson, Jr. ’05, University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees member

 

The Provost Office has retained Jonathan Fortescue of Park Square Executive Search (Cambridge) as the search firm.

Updates about the status of the search will soon be available as a link on the law school’s website and regular updates about the search also will be provided in future issues of Updates@UC Law.

Doreen Canton elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers


Taft Attorney Elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

CINCINNATI, OHIO (Sept. 25, 2014) – Doreen Canton, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has been elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Canton, a partner and co-chair of the Labor & Employment practice group of Taft, graduated from Canisius College and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was Lead Articles Editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.Canton has advised and represented private and public employers in all areas of labor and employment law and has tried many Title VII, Title IX and state law claims, including age, sex, race, disability and national origin discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation and contract claims to defense verdicts. She also has substantial experience in traditional labor matters, including arbitrations, contract negotiations, elections and labor disputes. 

Canton is listed in Best Lawyers in America and was named a 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Cincinnati Labor Law - Management. She is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Sept. 25, 2014

Leading Lawyers for Business. Ohio Super Lawyers rated her one of the "Top 25 Women Attorneys in Ohio" and one of the "Top 50 Women Attorneys in Cincinnati."

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Robert J. Martineau, Jr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, elected to serve as ECOS President


State Commissioners Elect Tennessee Commissioner Martineau President

Santa Fe, NM – Robert J. Martineau, Jr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, was elected by his peers to serve as ECOS President at the organization’s Fall Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joining Martineau at the helm of the national nonprofit, nonpartisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders are newly elected Vice President Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Secretary-Treasurer Henry Darwin, Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and Past President Dick Pedersen, Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. 

“I am honored to lead ECOS at a time when the state-federal relationship is front and center in critical discussions on air, water, and natural resources in our nation,” said Martineau, who was appointed to his Commissioner post by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in 2011. “ECOS is leading conversations on how we collectively are going to deliver a clean and healthy environment to all Americans in a fiscally responsible, modern, and efficient manner.” 

Martineau’s priorities will include advancing the joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-state E-Enterpise for the Environment initiative, building an enhanced relationship between state environmental agency attorneys and EPA’s Office of General Counsel, and advocating for federal funding for state environmental agencies. “States implement 96 percent of the delegable environmental programs in our country. 

This means that the state voice has to be heard and considered, as we are co-regulators with EPA,” said Martineau. “At the same time, state primacy and autonomy must be respected.” 

He also plans to enhance the association’s relationships with the Departments of Defense and Energy. “Silos are breaking down between agencies and departments every day,” Martineau noted. “This opens up new partnerships and opportunities for ECOS to seize.” 

Martineau has spent more than 25 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law, including seven years of service in EPA’s Office of General Counsel and 16 years as a partner in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee.

Best Lawyers selects Edward Taber as the 2015 “Lawyer of the Year”


THREE TUCKER ELLIS PARTNERS NAMED 2015 “LAWYERS OF THE YEAR”

Tucker Ellis LLP is proud to announce that Best Lawyers has selected three of the firm’s partners as 2015 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Cleveland market. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

The Tucker Ellis attorneys honored as 2015 “Lawyers of the Year” are:

  • Henry Billingsley—Admiralty and Maritime Law 
  • Matthew Moriarty—Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Edward Taber—Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Best Lawyers conducts exhaustive peer-review assessments with thousands of leading lawyers each year and bestows the “Lawyer of the Year” honor on those attorneys with particularly impressive voting averages. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

About Tucker Ellis LLP

Tucker Ellis LLP is a full-service law firm of more than 180 attorneys with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The firm is proud to service a Fortune 250 list of national litigation clients and sophisticated business clients for whom we individually tailor our client service teams. For more information, please visit tuckerellis.com.

Gregory M. Utter '81 Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates


KMK Law Partner Gregory M. Utter Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

Cincinnati (Sept. 15, 2014) — Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law) is pleased to announce that Litigation Partner Gregory M. Utter has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  ABOTA’s mission is to “foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.”  

Specifically, ABOTA serves to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, to promote the efficient administration of justice, and to preserve the United States jury system. The ABOTA Foundation serves to preserve the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and preserve the civil justice system in the future.

For the past 33 years, Utter’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of class action, complex commercial litigation, and personal injury. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous commercial and class action matters involving employment, shareholder derivative, tort, antitrust and contract disputes.  Utter has significant experience in trial and appellate, state and federal courts in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. In 2012, Utter was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he is a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America. He serves as an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Utter earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1981, and his B.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, magna cum laude, in 1978.

About Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

The law firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law), based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally-recognized law firm delivering sophisticated legal solutions to businesses of all sizes — from Fortune 100 corporations to start-up companies. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2014 recognized KMK as a leading law firm in Ohio in Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Law, and General Commercial Litigation.  KMK earned three national rankings (Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Venture Capital Law) and 36 metropolitan rankings in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” report by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Founded in 1954, KMK has approximately 110 lawyers and a support staff of 150 employees. Additional information is available at www.kmklaw.com.