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Law Firm Strauss Troy Adds Attorney Christopher "Kit" Houston

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - October 27, 2015) - Strauss Troy, a leading law firm with offices in Ohio and Kentucky, announces that Attorney Christopher Houston has joined the firm. Houston has significant first-chair trial experience and strives to obtain fast and efficient results for his clients, whether at trial, through motions practice, mediation, arbitration -- or even avoiding the judicial process all together.

Christopher S. Houston"Kit brings valuable expertise to our Litigation Practice Group," said Marshall Dosker, Strauss Troy president. "His diverse experience in aviation; construction; financial services; healthcare; natural resources, and oil and gas makes him an excellent addition to our firm."

Houston focuses his practice in federal and state court, primarily in the areas of business, real estate and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a vast-range of legal disputes including: breach of contract; collections; construction; personal injury; prosecuting and defending consumer claims, and many other areas where his clients encounter legal challenges in either their personal lives or business activities. He has spent substantial time working with local banks to protect their interests in distressed loans, both in state court and bankruptcy court.

Houston's experience isn't limited to the courtroom. He also serves many clients in the acquisition and sale of real estate. This work has included representing a commercial developer responsible for the purchase and development of more than 100 parcels throughout an eight-state region. Additionally, he has advised oil and gas exploration companies on issues related to development of the Utica Shale.

An experienced pilot, Houston holds his multi-engine commercial certificate, as well as various flight instructor ratings. His Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 121 certificate gives him significant experience in the operating requirements for domestic, flag and supplemental operations. This makes him the ideal attorney for any aviation issue.

Houston is licensed to practice in Ohio; Kentucky; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Kentucky, and U.S. District Court -- Western District of Kentucky. He holds a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Taft College of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee.

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.

Donald J. Mooney, Jr. '75 Receives Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter

Cincinnati-based attorney Donald J. Mooney, Jr. will receive the 2015 Excellence in Journalism in Written Communication “Editorial” award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter. The award is in recognition for Mr. Mooney’s bi-monthly commentaries titled “Another View” written for Cincy Magazine. He will receive the award on June 18, 2015 at the Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Program held in downtown Cincinnati.

The Society of Professional Journalists promotes and protects a free press and the highest standard of professional ethics, providing a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely and to unite Cincinnati journalists behind those goals. The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists works with community partners in the region to host events and recognize the best of Cincinnati journalism. 

Mr. Mooney is a certified specialist in employment labor and law. With over 35 years of experience, his practice concentrates on civil trials and appeals; employment and labor relations; antitrust, trade secrets, securities and business litigation; and land use law. He represents employers in federal and state litigation involving noncompete agreements and discrimination. In SEC investigations and related securities litigation, he represents officers of companies.

In addition to his roles as a practicing attorney and columnist in Cincy Magazine, Mr. Mooney is a frequent writer and speaker. He has received the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell® and has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer. He earned his B.A., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

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 180 attorneys, located in Chicago, Cincinnati, 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

Patricia Kirkwood Burgess '94 returns to Northern Kentucky as a member of Frost Brown Todd in Florence

June 15, 2015 (Florence, KY) – Frost Brown Todd (FBT) is pleased to announce the relocation of Patricia (Trish) Kirkwood Burgess to the firm’s Florence office, after nine years of serving as a member in the Lexington, Kentucky, location. Burgess is a native of Northern Kentucky with strong ties in the region.

“It’s very exciting to be back in this area where I grew up, was educated all the way from grade school through law school, and still have many close connections. I look forward to serving this community the same way I have served clients and the wider community in Lexington,” she says.

As a trusted legal adviser for more than 20 years, Burgess places great emphasis on understanding all aspects of her clients’ businesses to focus not only on legal issues, but also the practical implications of those issues on their businesses and lives. She practices in business and commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and reorganization law, and helps individuals and companies of all sizes navigate financial difficulties and legal issues to reach innovative, cost-effective and efficient solutions. She is a member of the Kentucky, Ohio and American Bar Associations, and of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College in 1991, and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1994.

Burgess joins 12 other legal professionals as the only female member in FBT’s Florence office. The team is led by member-in-charge Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, who served as the 135th President of the American Bar Association. The attorneys in the office serve in community leadership roles throughout the region for companies and organizations such as the Kenton County Airport, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center and The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

About Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in industries including insurance, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, construction, energy and healthcare.  Its over 475 attorneys in ten offices throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia provide unparalleled service to meet clients’ needs; deliver the insights and solutions available only from a diverse group of professionals; and support the communities in which they operate. To learn more, visit

Professor Chris Bryant to Speak at Taft National Historic Site Program

A. Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law at the College, will be the keynote speaker this week at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site Summer Tea Program. Professor Bryant will speak about President Taft (a College of Law graduate!) and his relationship with the law school. The program will be held tomorrow, July 29th , beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

The program is free and open to the public; reservations and additional information can be made by calling 513-684-3262. 

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Michael Daevenport '93 newly invested to operate Grandville stamping firm as minority enterprise

GRANDVILLE, MI – Jireh Metal Products has been acquired by a group of local investors who plan to operate the metal stamping company as a Minority Business Enterprise.

The new owners include by Michael Davenport, Andy Otteman and Gregory VandenBosch, the company said in a news release on Tuesday, May 19. Jireh produces metal stampings and assemblies for the office furniture, hardware and automotive industry.

Davenport, a basketball star at Ottawa Hills High School in the 1980s who went on to star at Xavier University, will lead Jireh as president and CEO.

Seller Ron Wierenga, who has led the company since 2000, will retain an ownership share and have an active role in the development of customer relationships, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the new ownership structure, Jireh plans to pursue Minority Business Enterprise certification, the company said.

The certification "will allow Jireh to provide support to many companies, including current customers, that have supplier diversity programs in place and those that recognize that a diverse supply base offers a competitive advantage in today's multicultural business economy," the company said..

With more than 30 years in business, Jireh employs nearly 100 people and operates two manufacturing plants with 120,000 square feet. The company is headquartered at 3635 Nardin Street SW in Grandville and has a production facility at 864 Productions Place in Holland Township.

Davenport most recently served as the director of community development for First Financial Bank in Cincinnati, where he led the bank's community development strategy. Previously, he served as a regulatory attorney for First Financial, Fifth Third Bank and U.S. Bank, where he managed the implementation and review of consumer lending legislation.

"Jireh's current products and customer base provided our team with a solid platform and the potential to grow with existing customers. We have a great opportunity to extend our relationships with these partners," said Davenport in a news release.

"While we retained all of Jireh's employees in the transition, we are also looking forward to adding additional staff to expand our areas of expertise and industry knowledge."

"Our team has done extensive due diligence on Jireh and knows the business inside and out. With Ron's involvement and guidance, Jireh will be able to continue in the direction that has allowed Jireh to grow with its partners," said Davenport. "We're confident that we'll be able to reach the company's growth targets."

Otteman, a former employee of Herman Miller Inc. and tech start-up, Parnunu, will serve as director of new business development.

The deal was financed by Mercantile Bank. Grand Rapids-based StreamSong Advisors played a key role in the deal structure.

"Providing acquisition and growth capital for proven leaders like the new Jireh Metal Products team is a perfect fit for the Mercantile business model and our local focus, said Kevin Paul, senior vice president of commercial lending at Mercantile Bank.


Deborah Brenneman '93 recognized with the 2015 Glass Ceiling Award by the Ohio Diversity Council

Thompson Hine is proud to announce that Cincinnati Labor & Employment Partner, Deborah Brenneman has been recognized with the 2015 Glass Ceiling Award by the Ohio Diversity Council.  This award recognizes women in the workplace who demonstrate leadership excellence, maintain a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise, display integrity and portray the highest ethical standards among colleagues and clients.  Deborah has over 20 years of experience, focusing her practice on representing management in all areas of employment law.  She has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts around the country for global companies, and is a recognized expert in the field of trade secret and noncompete litigation.  She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2009.  She currently serves as the Cincinnati co-chair for the Spotlight on Women Initiative, a firm-wide program designed to foster an energetic and supportive atmosphere for women at the firm and within the business community. Debbie is the Vice Chair of the board of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, which awarded her its Women of Excellence Award in 2010.  She is also a former Athena Award Finalist.

John S. Fronduti '97 Named Assistant Vice President of American Financial Group, Inc.

CINCINNATI, May 04, 2015 -- American Financial Group, Inc. AFG, +0.87% is pleased to welcome John S. Fronduti as Assistant Vice President. In addition, he will serve as Vice President of American Money Management, a wholly owned investment management subsidiary of AFG, where he will provide legal advice in connection with the Company’s investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fronduti was a partner with the Cincinnati-based law firm Keating, Muething and Klekamp.

John is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About American Financial Group, Inc.

American Financial Group is an insurance holding company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio with assets in excess of $45 billion. Through the operations of Great American Insurance Group, AFG is engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company.

UC Alum Catherine Neal '98 inducted in the 2015 Western Brown Hall of Fame

Western Brown Local School District will hold its annual Academic Hall of Fame induction at Western Brown High School 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. The event will take place in the High School Auditeria to be followed by the high school academic awards program.

Being inducted into the Western Brown Academic Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor to be bestowed upon a (Hamersville High School/Mount Orab High School) Western Brown graduate. These individuals will have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and/or excellence in their chosen profession.

Criteria for nomination: Nominee must be graduated a minimum of 10 years and has accomplished achievements above and beyond normal standards including military academy graduate, doctor, lawyer, engineer, veterinarian, education, pharmacist, dentist, architect, music, arts, business, politics, etc. Nomination period closes each year on Jan. 15. Additional information available on the website at

One of the 2015 Western Brown Hall of Fame Inductees is a UC Alum:

CATHERINE S. NEAL, Esq. – Graduated in 1979 from Western Brown High School. She earned degrees from both the University of Cincinnati Clermont and Northern Kentucky University where she graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in 1992. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1998 from the College of Law, University of Cincinnati.

As a college student she received the National Business Education Association Award of Merit and was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She was named a Corporate Law Fellow by UC’s Corporate Law Center. She was the recipient of the Brendamour Tax Prize for completing the tax curriculum with the highest GPA; the Ernest Karam Book Award in Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy; the West Publishing Award for Scholastic Achievement in Criminal Law and was included on the Dean’s Honors List.

After law school, Neal entered private practice with the law firm of Wood & Lamping in Cincinnati. Her work included business law, tax and estate planning matters, maritime law and federal litigation. Her input on a case being argued before the Ohio Supreme Court significantly changed international commercial law in the state of Ohio.

Neal left private practice in 2002 to become an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College and was recognized for “Excellence in Teaching” and “Promoting Good Student/Faculty Relations.” Professor Neal joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University in 2005 where she received “Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching” in 2010 and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

Her research interests include white-collar crime, corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate scandals. Her work has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is a frequent speaker on business ethics and business law topics. In 2014, Professor Neal’s first book, “Taking Down the Lion” was published . The book is the consummate account of the Tyco International corporate scandal and is based on over two years of intensive research. During this time, Professor Neal was granted unprecedented access to former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski, his papers, attorneys, family, friends, and former Tyco colleagues as well as transcripts and evidence from two criminal trials. Since the book was released, Neal has appeared on numerous national, regional, and local media outlets. She is frequently invited to speak about her research, among those most recent include events at Sacred Heart University, the Harvard Business School Club and was invited to give the keynote address at Oxford University (UK).

Professor Neal and her husband, Douglas Havelka, Ph.D., reside in the Anderson Township area. They are the parents of a daughter and a son and the grandparents of a granddaughter. Catherine Neal is the daughter of Creston and Joyce Neal of Mount Orab.

Buckley King’s Jeffrey R. Teeters '93 Again Receives “Top 50” Rating from Super Lawyers

CINCINNATI, OH – Buckley King is pleased to announce that Jeffrey R. Teeters (’93) has again been distinguished among a premier group of attorneys recognized as one of the “Top 50 Lawyers in Cincinnati.” Super Lawyers’ 2015 “Top” list features the “best of the best” – those attorneys who have attained the highest degree of recognition for legal excellence, professional achievements, and ethical standards.  Being listed in Super Lawyers demonstrates Teeters’ superior legal acumen, and is a singular honor limited to the top 5% of attorneys across Ohio. 

Teeters serves as Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Cincinnati office and chairs its Commercial Litigation Practice Group.  He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s publication, Litigation News, and is co-editor of the ABA book, Business Torts: A Practical Guide to Litigation. Teeters provides counsel and representation to businesses and professionals in business disputes, employment matters, with a deep concentration on non-competes, trade secrets, and professional liability.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Every year the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multiphase selection process that includes a state wide survey of lawyers, independent evaluations of candidates by an attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

About the Law Firm of Buckley King

Buckley King is a commercial law firm with offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Phoenix.  The firm maintains a culture where integrity, transparency, creativity, better solutions, teamwork and passion is non-negotiable. Buckley King is known for giving straight answers, thinking big picture, hearing clients’ needs, providing practical and effective solutions, and completing engagements on time and on budget. Rethink your outside counsel.℠



Henry Ford College appoints new director of labor and human resources, William Lodge '78

Henry Ford College announced the appointment of Bill Lodge as the college’s new director of Labor & Human Resources, effective March 30.

William LodgeLodge has 37 years in human resources, 26 of them in management roles. He comes to HFC from the Judson Center in Royal Oak, a nonprofit human services agency for children with special needs, where he served as director of human resources. His duties at Judson included workforce planning, talent acquisition and retention, total compensation, performance management and employee safety.

Prior to the Judson Center, Lodge was director of human resources and legal affairs for 12 years at GreenPath Debt Solutions in Farmington Hills, a nonprofit organization that provides credit counseling, debt management services and financial education services.

Additionally, Lodge is no stranger to Dearborn, nor to higher education. From 1995-99, he was director of human resources at the Oakwood Healthcare System in Dearborn. He has spent 18 years in higher education – 14 at the University of Cincinnati and four at the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills.

“I am looking forward to returning to higher education and, in particular, becoming part of the community college world,” Lodge said. “I strongly believe that community colleges are one of the primary solutions to the problems caused by the unsustainable growth in the cost of a college education in this country.”

Lodge earned an undergraduate degree in history from Ohio State University and a juris doctor degree from the U-C College of Law. He also has completed master's of business administration courses at the U-C Graduate School of Business.