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Ohio State Bar Foundation inducts new Fellows

COLUMBUS – (June 12, 2015) The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) inducted 58 attorneys as Fellows at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center on June 9.  Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and OSBF President Lee Belardo presided over the ceremony and reception. 

The OSBF is the philanthropic arm of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and promotes the pursuit of justice and the public understanding of the rule of law. By extending membership to those lawyers and judges who are committed to these high ideals, OSBF enlists their talents to further its mission. A new class of civic-minded lawyers is inducted each year. These lawyers volunteer their time for a year of service to outreach programs around Ohio that help the public better understand the law. 

To become a Fellow, lawyers must first be nominated by their peers before going through a selection process and committing their time to OSBF’s outreach programs  while helping fund OSBF’s statewide grant-making program.  OSBF President Lee Belardo notes that the Foundation granted over $796,000 this past year alone funding programs such as Toledo’s Advocating Opportunities to address the state’s human trafficking program.  AO’s mission is to help young victims prosecute their traffickers and to secure educational and social services to prepare them for new futures.  “We are honored to induct 58 new members who are chosen because of the contributions they have already made to Ohio’s judicial system and to the welfare of their individual communities,” Belardo adds.

Deborah Adler, of Dayton, is the Director of Development at the University of Dayton.  She is a former board member and executive officer of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and current member of the development committee of St. Charles Catholic Church in Kettering.  Adler is a member of the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio Academy for Justice, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association.

Mike Bly, of Dayton, is a shareholder at Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling where he primarily deals with personal injury and insurance cases.  He is a graduate of Leadership Dayton, has been active in the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Dayton Lawyers Club.  He has also served on the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board (past president) the Leadership Dayton Alumni Association, University of Dayton Alumni Board of Trustees and is a past member of the University of Dayton Adjunct Faculty.  He is a member of the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Pamela Borgess, from Toledo, is a partner at the law firm of Zoll, Kranz, & Borgess, LLC, practicing in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation as well as other class action lawsuits, personal injury and wrongful death cases.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association as well as the Toledo Bar Association where she is former chair of Lawyer/Doctor Committee.  In addition, Borgess is a Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer and serves on the Access to Justice Dinner Steering Committee for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO).

Terri Brunsdon, of Akron, practices tax, estate planning, business planning and business litigation at the Brunsdon Law Firm.  She is an active member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountancy.  She is a board member for Akron SCORE, and an advisory board member for Kent State University Center for Entrepreneur and Business Innovation.

Catherine Burgett, of Columbus, is a labor and employment lawyer with Frost Brown Todd LLC. In 2012, Burgett was identified as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  She participated in OSBA’s Leadership Academy and Leadership Columbus.  She is a founding member of Mifflin Middle School Student Leadership Institute, is a member of the Mifflin Middle School Site Based Counsel and serves as an Ohio High School Mock Trial judge and We the People Competition judge.  She also volunteers at Huckleberry House, a home for runaway youths.

Randall Comer, of Springfield, is a partner in the firm of Martin, Browne, Hull and Harper, P.L.L. where he practices general civil defense litigation, labor/employment law and workers’ compensation law.  He has been identified as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star and is a member of the Clark County Bar Association as well as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, serving on the Board of Governors.  He also is a trustee and chair of the Clark County Mental Health Foundation, trustee of the Community Health Foundation, the Springfield Foundation, a member of the Selective Service Board and the chair of the Junior Achievement for the Mad River Region.

Kristina Curry, of Dayton, is an associate at Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling practicing with the Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law team. She has volunteered her time with United Way, the Dayton Bar Association Editorial Board, the Dayton Regional Manufacturer’s Association, and the Dayton Bar Association Robert B. Farguhar District Mock Trial Competition.  She belongs not only to the Dayton Bar Association but also to the Ohio State Bar Association where she is an active member in the Labor and Employment section and the Workers’ Compensation section.

Gina Davidson, from Cleveland, is a partner at Calfee Halter Griswold LLP chairing the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice.  She has been named as an Ohio Super Lawyer, as one of Benchmark’s 2014 Top 250 Women Litigators and as a Woman of Professional Achievement” by the YWCA of Greater Cleveland.  Davidson is national delegate and immediate past president of the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of Ohio Chapter.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association and its Criminal Justice section, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  She is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers as well as its Criminal Defense Specialty Section.

McKenzie Davis, of Columbus, practices with The Success Group, Ltd., a public affairs and lobbying firm focusing on business, trade associations and non-profit agencies.  Davis was an Ohio Supreme Court Extern for Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton before serving as the director of Government Affairs for the Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes. Currently he serves on the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline for the Supreme Court of Ohio, is a member of the Ohio Lobbying Association, a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Judicial and Legal Reform Committee and is a volunteer at St. Stephen’s Community House.

Ret. Hon. David Faulkner, from Kenton, served both on the Hardin County Municipal Court and on the Hardin County Common Pleas Court.  He is a member of the Rotary Club, serving as president twice, and is a member and past presiding officer of all Local Masonic Bodies. In addition, he is a current trustee and past presiding officer of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and a past president of Hardin County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and current elder of First Christian Church. He volunteers his time as a member of the Crippled Children Society, United Way and Hardin County Substance Abuse Board.

Mike Frantz, Jr., of Cleveland, maintains a multi-jurisdictional practice with a focus on construction law at Frantz Ward LLP.  Before returning to his home town, Frantz was recognized as a “Rising Star” in New Jersey Super Lawyers and as an outstanding young lawyer in New Jersey Monthly Magazine.  He was a member of the 2014 Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and is a member of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute.  His professional associations are with the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania State Bar Association, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Daniel Gentry, of Dayton, practices business and employment litigation and dispute resolution with Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A.  He is a board member with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley Foundation, president of the Virginia Hollinger Memorial Tennis Club of Dayton, Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus, 2014 Gala Co-Chair for the Access to Justice Campaign and has participated in Leadership Dayton.  Gentry is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Dayton Bar Association.

Holly Gleason, of Columbus, is an assistant court administrator at the Franklin County Municipal Court.  Gleason is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s 2014 Leadership Academy and is a participant in the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Allen County Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Magistrates, the Ohio Association for Court Administration, and the National Association for Court Management.

John Gouttiere, of Maumee, practices business law, litigation, real estate law, creditors’ rights law, bankruptcy law, elder law, and probate law in his own firm, John P. Gouttiere Co., LPA.  He has been a active in the Toledo Legal Aid Society as a member of the Board of Trustees and as past president. In addition, he is a member and the first president of the Board of Trustees of Corporation for Legal Assistance and Services for the Poor, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Toledo and is chairman of Charter Review Committee for the Village of Waterville. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association, and the Lucas County Bar Association.

Mike Grodhaus, of Columbus, is chief counsel in the Office of Governor John R. Kasich where he leads the governor’s legal staff as well as lawyers in each state agency. He was on the Board of Elders for the Dublin Presbyterian Church but is presently serving on the boards of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Law Alumni Association Board for the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, the Alumni Association, Miami University Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Muirfield Association, Inc. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Gowri Hampole, of Elyria, practices all areas of family law in her own firm, the Law Office of Gowri V. Hampole.  As a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Lorain County Bar, she serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates, is a member of the Lorain County Ethics and Grievance Committee, and is a member of the Family Law Section for both the OSBA and the Lorain County Bar.  She is an advisor to the Cleveland Chinmaya Mission, board member and past president of the Association of Asian Indian Women in Ohio (AAIWO), and has also worked with Asian Services In Action Inc. to obtain grants for AAIWO.

Fred Hatton, of Dayton, is an associate in the business department of Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling where he practices law dealing with entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, contract drafting and review, general corporate governance and succession planning.  He donates his time as a youth sports coach for Huber Height YMCA, a member of the Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, as a volunteer for the United Way and as a 2015 board member for the We Care Arts Board.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Dayton Bar Association.

Kathleen Havener, of Chagrin Falls, represents both large and small business entities in various levels of negotiations and disputes with her husband in The Havener Law Firm LLC.  She is founder of the Women to Women Lawyer Referral Network, is on the Board of Advisors for the Northeast Ohio Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Board of Advisors for Cleveland Democratic Lawyers, is a Life Member of the American Bar Foundation and is active on various committees for the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Much of her committee work is devoted to ensuring gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

Hon. Taryn Heath, of Canton, sits on the bench for the Court of Common Pleas for Stark County.  She is co-chairperson for the Ohio Attorney General Task force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness, Veterans Courts and Military Affairs Subcommittee, chairperson for the Judicial Advisory Board to Stark Regional Community Correction Center, chairperson for the Stark County Partnership for a Safer Community and is on the Stark County Community Corrections Planning Board. Heath has also served on boards of the Stark County District Library, the Association for Better Community Development, the University of Akron School of Law Alumni Association, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association, the Ohio Judicial Conference, the American Bar Association, and the Stark County Bar Association.

Hon. Jennifer Hensal, of Akron, sits on the bench for the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals.  She has helped with the mock trial training for the Judge Hoban High School Mock Trial Team and has served as a judge for the Ohio Mock Trial Competition. She is also a member of the Ohio State, Akron, Lorain County, and the Wayne County Bar Associations. She is also the past president of the Medina County Bar Association. 

Matt Huffman, of Lima, is a corporate law and commercial litigation lawyer at Huffman, Kelley, Brock & Gottschalk LLC.  In 2006, Huffman was elected as the 4th District Representative in the Ohio State House of Representatives and served as Speaker Pro Tempore in his final term. He has received the Watchdog of the Treasury Award, the Voice of Medicine Award from the Ohio State Medical Association and was named the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Legislator of the Year.  He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Allen County Bar Association.

Sara Jodka, of Columbus, practices law at McDonald Hopkins, counseling businesses on labor and employment issues and defending employment-related claims before administrative agencies and in federal and state courts.  She is a member of the 2014 OSBA Leadership Academy, has participated in the OSBA Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, is a member of the United Way of Central Ohio’s Women’s Leadership Counsel, is a member of Columbus Young Professionals Club and serves on various committees as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association.

Greta Kearns, of Grandview Heights, has established a business litigation and transactional practice in her own firm, Greta Kearns Law, LLC. She is a member of the Grandview Heights City Council and is president of the board of directors of National Alliance for Mental Illness.  She was chosen as a Rising Star in 2009 and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Anne Keeton, of Dayton, is a lawyer at Subashi & Wildermuth where she focuses on personal injury and defense, product liability defense, fire and arson claims, defense of mental health organizations and employment discrimination. Keeton is on the Women’s Board of Dayton Children’s Hospital, the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board, and the Hospice of Dayton Foundation Board and has been named as an Ohio Rising Star Super Lawyer.  She also is an acting magistrate in Dayton Municipal Court, a member of The Lawyer’s Club of Dayton, and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2014.  Keeton belongs to the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.

Michele King, of Dayton, is a shareholder and head of the labor department at Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling.  King has been active as a leader in Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, is a former board member for K12 Gallery and the Teen Educational & Joint Adult Studio, and is presently a board member for YMCA/Camp Kern.  She also belongs to the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Lawyers Club, the Dayton Bar Association and the Ohio Association for Civil Trial Attorneys.

Ron Kopp, of Akron, practices business litigation at Roetzel & Andress.  Many of his community affiliations include being on the board of trustees for Leadership Akron, the Welty Family Foundation, the Fairlawn County Board of Trustees, and the John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund. He is president-elect and a current member of the Board of Governors for the Ohio State Bar Association. In addition, Kopp is a member of the Akron Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Ronald Kozar, of Dayton, focuses on civil and business litigation in his own firm, Ronald J. Kozar, Attorney at Law.  Having been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, he is currently the chair of the Dayton Bar Association’s Solo and Small-Firm Practice Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court, and is a usher at St. Luke Parish in Beavercreek.

Hon. Bob Lavery, of Alliance, retired in 2013 from the Alliance Municipal Court and presently is a visiting judge when called upon.  He received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Alliance City Schools, the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Award for racial harmony and social justice by the Diversity Initiatives Steering Committee at Mount Union College, and Citizen of the Year by the Lion’s Club in 2009. He serves as a counselor for the American Legion Boys State Program, and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. He also volunteers as a mock trial judge.

Gerry Leeseberg, of Columbus, is a trial lawyer and partner in the firm Leeseberg & Valentine.  He has been named as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Best Trial Lawyers in America and has received the Ohio Association for Justice President’s Distinguished Service Award.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Columbus Bar Association.  He also is past representative at large for Ohio Association for Justice and past president of the Central Ohio Association for Justice.

Angie Lloyd, of Columbus, is executive director of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  She is also a member of the OSBA Access to Justice Committee, the National Association of IOLTA Professionals and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Russ Long, of Bucyrus, practices administrative law, bankruptcy and debt, corporate and incorporation, and estate planning with Kennedy, Purdy, Hoeffel & Gernert LLC. He also is a part time magistrate with the Crawford Common Pleas Court.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Bucyrus and the Knights of Columbus, and gives freely of his time as a volunteer coach for the Wooster Youth Little League, Upwards Basketball and Wooster YMCA. In addition, he is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Janet Green Marbley, of Columbus, is the administrator for the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. She serves on the board of directors of The Child Development Council and the board of directors of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Legal Aid Society, and Gladden Community House.  She is a member of the board of directors of Advent United Church of Christ and serves as a mentor at Linden-McKinley High School.  She is also a member of the National Client Protection Organization and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Client Protection. In addition, she is the Ohio State Bar Association’s delegate to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Elizabeth Martindell, of Marion, has a general practice focusing mostly on bankruptcy, social security/disability, probate/wills and intellectual property/patents in her own firm, M. Elizabeth Martindell, Esq., LLC. She has given extensive time as an OCLRE Mock Trial and Moot Court Program advisor for the Pleasant High School Mock Trial team, is a local Marion Legal Aid volunteer, a Cleveland Legal Aid volunteer, a professional counselor to the Ohio University Society of Women Engineers, and is a board member for Downtown Marion, Inc.  She recently received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s District 5 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.

Megan Mattimoe, of Toledo, is the executive director of Advocating Opportunity, an organization that provides legal services and whole person advocacy to victims of human trafficking.  Mattimoe has been a volunteer judge for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, a board member for Rescue Mental Health Services and a board member for Toledo Woman’s Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Timothy McKeen, of Wheeling, West Virginia, focuses his practice in oil and gas law throughout the Appalachian Basin at Steptoe and Johnson PLLC. He has been identified as a Super Lawyer and is an active member and past president of Rotary Club of Wheeling.  He is a founding member and past president of OVConnect, the upper Ohio Valley’s young talent organization. In addition, he is a volunteer, fundraiser and former counselor for Royal Family Kid’s Camp as well as a board member for the Elmhurst and Regional Economic Development Partnership.  He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Kristen Moore, of Canton, is a member of Day Ketterer’s Litigation Practice Group, concentrating her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, and appellate advocacy.  She is an executive board member of Women’s Impact Inc., the Jackson High School Community Advisory Board, as well as the Emerging Leaders Board of Akron Children’s Hospital.  She was a former McKinley High School Mock Trial Team legal advisor and has recently been named as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star.  Moore is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Tim Moore, of Canton, is a partner at Bixler & Moore Co. LPA where he helps families and businesses with planning and transactional assistance in estate planning, real estate and probate. Tim sits on the Akron Children’s Hospital’s Emerging Leaders Board, the Akron Children’s Hospital’s Donor Advisory Board and the Logos Institute Board.  He also serves on Stark County Bar Association’s Dispute Fee Committee, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section as well as the Elder Law Section.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and ElderCounsel.

Jeff Mullins, of Dayton, practices health care and labor employment law and is partner-in-charge at the Dayton office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.  Mullins is a member of the Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations, American Health Lawyers Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He serves on the boards of the Kettering Medical Center Foundation, Downtown Dayton Partnership, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Miami Valley Human Resource Association, Better Business Bureau- Miami Valley, St. Leonard Foundation and the American Heart Association.

Rob Neff, Jr., of Bucyrus, is a general practitioner at The Neff Law Firm, Ltd. He is the president of the Crawford County Law Library Resources Board and vice-president of the Bucyrus Preservation Society. He also is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Crawford County Bar Association, the Crawford County 2020 Vision Steering Committee & Quality of Life Action Team. In addition, he is a former member of the Crawford-Marion Counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board and the Crawford College Connection Board.

Tennille Newton, of Archbold, focuses her practice on family law with Plassman, Rupp, Hagans, Newton & Bohmer. She is a certified mediator and a guardian ad litem for children in custody disputes.  She is also the founding member of the Northwest Family Law Association and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Fulton County Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Sam Peppers III, of Columbus, is a partner in the corporate department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He focuses his practice on family wealth planning.  He is on the board of directors for the Columbus area American Red Cross, is an elder at Christian Community Church and a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity.  He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors and the John Mercer Langston Bar Association.

Patrick Perotti, of Painesville, is a partner at Dworken & Bernstein Co. L.P.A. primarily focusing on complex commercial litigation, civil rights and employment discrimination litigation, and class actions lawsuits. Through the innovative use of the legal doctrine, cy pres, Perotti has directed over $24 million dollars in unclaimed class settlement monies to charities and non-profits.  He serves on University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Leadership Council, is a member of the Ohio Right to Life Society, served on Gov. Voinovich’s Ohio Adoption Task Force and is honorary chairman of Save a Smile.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association and the Federal Courts and Practice Committee American Society of International Law.  He received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Ritter Award in 2014.

John Prelac, of Canton, practices estate planning, probate law, estate litigation, and business law at Day Ketterer Ltd. Prelac is chair of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Development Advisory Committee and board president for the St. Luke Lutheran Community Foundation.  He is also team member for the Coleman Professional Services Foundation Annual Campaign.  He serves on the Stark County Bar Association’s American Citizenship, Corporate Law, Elder Law and Probate Practice Committees and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Marlon Primes, of Cleveland, serves as a trial attorney for the Office of United States Attorney in matters involving torts, contracts, medical malpractice, and financial litigation.  He serves on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates and is chairperson of the Litigation Section.  He is a Master of the Bench with the William K. Thomas Chapter of the American Inns of Court and is a current trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Norman S. Minor Bar Association in Cleveland.  Primes currently serves as general counsel for the Antioch Baptist Church and Antioch’s Credit Union.

Zach Pyers, of Columbus, practices a variety of areas including commercial and corporate litigation and professional liability at Reminger Co., LPA. Pyers serves as an advisor to Capital University Law School’s Mock Trial team and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Ohio.  He is also a member of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys as well as a participant in the Columbus Bar Association’s Barrister Leadership Program. Recently he was recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine.  His memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute, and the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.

Andy Reitz, of Dayton, practices health care law at CareSource.  Reitz is a national member of The Order of Barristers and is also a program chair and barrister with the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. He is an active member with Generation Dayton, the American Association for Justice and the Incarnation Catholic Church Young Adults Group. He also gives of his time to the Media Law Resource Center Defense Counsel Section, is the chair of the Dayton Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, and is a member of the New Lawyers Committee and the Young Lawyers Division.  His membership associations also include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Erin Rhinehart, of Dayton, practices commercial litigation, and media and communications law as a partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L. In 2013, Rhinehart was honored as one of the 40 Under 40 recipients by the Dayton Business Journal and was a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Dayton Program.  She also received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's District 2 Community Service Award in 2008. She is on the board of directors for Hannah’s Treasure Chest and is co-founder of the Dayton Bar Association’s 5k Race to benefit CARE House.  She is the managing editor of The Young Lawyer for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and is a member the Ohio State Bar Association.  As a member of the Federal Bar Association, she is on the executive committee for the Dayton Chapter, is a national delegate, and is chair of the Public Relations Committee.

Bradley Sales, of Norwalk, is a magistrate with the Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is a member of the Huron County Bar Association, Ohio Association of Magistrates, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges. He is a member on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Family Support Association.  He is a former member of the Ohio CSEA Directors Association Legal Education Committee.

Emily Samlow, of Bowling Green, is a staff attorney with the Court of Common Pleas of Wood County.  She is a graduate of the 2014 Ohio State Bar Leadership Academy, an individual event and assistant debate coach/judge for the Napoleon High School Speech team, and a coordinator for Ohio High School Mock Trial for the Wood County District and Regional Competitions.  She is also a Wood County Youth Olympics volunteer and is currently serving as vice-president of the Wood County Bar Association. In addition, Samlow is a board member of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality/Legal Aid of Western Ohio. She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, and is a past secretary/treasurer and chair of the Wood County Bar Association’s Law Day and Certified Grievance Committees.

John Siciliano, of Toledo, is a partner, and labor and employment practice co-administrator at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.  His community activities include donating his time to ABLE/LAWO of Toledo, the United Way, and Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Council and is a master with the American Inns of Court, Morrison R. Chapter.

Matt Sorg, of Dayton, is a principal at the firm of Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling and focuses his practice on civil litigation, receivership law and family law. He volunteers at the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project and at the Artemis Center. As a member of the Dayton Bar Association, he is a member of the Certified Grievance Committee while also serving as a member of the Stanley Z. Greenberg Family Law Forum.  Previously, he was a member of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court. His professional commitments include the Ohio State Bar Association and the Miami County Bar Association.

Jerry Stebelton, of Lancaster, is a senior shareholder at Stebelton, Aranda & Snider focusing on family law and personal injury.  As a former state representative, he has served on board for the Lancaster Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce in addition to the Lancaster Board of Education. Stebelton is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association, and the American Bar Associations, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Barbara Strady, of Middletown, practices personal injury and product liability at Casper and Casper LLC.  She has served as past president of the Business and Professional Women's Association, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and was chosen as Woman of the Year in 2009 by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Middletown Bar Association, the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, and the Ohio Association for Justice where she is a trustee.

Dean Swift, of Canton, is a director at Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., where he focuses on asset acquisitions, corporate governance, and oil and gas matters. Swift has served as past president of the North Canton Hoover Track and Field Booster Club and the Legislative Committee of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar.

John Thomas, of Willoughby Hills, focuses on probate, estate planning, and elder law at Schraff & King Co., L.P.A.  He has participated in the Lake County Council on Aging's March for Meals, served as a Willoughby Recreation Little League coach, and is a past board member of the Boston College Alumni Association in Cleveland.  Presently he is the treasurer for the board of trustees of the Association of Specialists in Aging and serves on the Steering Committee for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease.  He recently received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's District 18 Community Service Award and is a member of the Luke County Bar, the Parma Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Levi Tkach, of Columbus, is an administrative law specialist at Graff & McGovern, LPA. Tkach is an active participant in fellowship and community outreach programs at F & K Church of Christ.  He also serves on the New Lawyer Section, Government Agency Section, and Real Property Section for the Columbus Bar Association and is a member of Council of Delegates with the Ohio State Bar Association. He also is chair of the OSBA Administrative Law Committee and member of the Young Lawyers Section Council.

Kevin West, of Columbus, is a member at Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC where he focuses on complex litigation, asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions.  He is a member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and is on the board of directors for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association as well as the Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.  He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Kentucky Bar Association.

Todd Williams, of Toledo, is a founding partner at Williams, Allwein & Moser, LLC, where he focuses mostly on advanced energy policy and law, public utilities law and business services.  Williams has served as energy counsel to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority's nationally recognized BetterBuildings of Northwest Ohio Program and is a member of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Solar Initiative. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Lucas County Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association and the Michigan State Bar Association.

 

 

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