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Ohio State Bar Foundation Inducts New Fellows

COLUMBUS – (June 15, 2016) The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) inducted 46 attorneys as Fellows at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center on June 14.  Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and OSBF President Thomas P. Moushey presided over the ceremony and reception. 

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. 

OSBF President Moushey notes that the Foundation granted over $750,000 this past year alone to law-related organizations. “We are honored to induct 46 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,” Moushey adds.

Joyce Anagnos, of Toledo, works with the City of Toledo Department of Law and is responsible in particular for its public utilities.  She is on the board of the Toledo Bar Association, works with other local bar associations and is a past member of the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Board of Directors.  Anagnos is very active in leadership roles with the Toledo Greek Community as well as being a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

James C. Aranda, of Lancaster, is a solo practitioner and a graduate of Notre Dame Law School. He is active with the Estate Planning Council in Lancaster and helped to start the Fairfield County Bar Association’s monthly pro bono clinic of which he continues to serve as it’s coordinator. In addition, he is a member of the Fairfield County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. 

Kacey S. Chappelear, of Columbus, is an assistant county prosecutor and member of the elite Special Victims Unit with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.  She recently received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under in District 7, is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates and is a delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.  She is a past chair of the Young Lawyers Section for the Columbus Bar Association and past secretary of the Chief Justice Thomas Moyer Inn of Court.

Susan A. Choe, of Columbus, is the Deputy Director & General Counsel at the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation and is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  She is a trustee for the Columbus YWCA Board of Trustees, is co-chair of the Advisory Board for the American Constitution Society and is a pro bono lawyer for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.  She also is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Michael L. Cioffi, of Cincinnati, is a partner at the international law firm of Blank Rome LLP where he manages the firm’s Cincinnati office while practicing general litigation with an emphasis on commercial litigation and environmental law.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, a member of the Cincinnati Arts Association, board member of the Cincinnati Opera, and a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association/Inn of Court.  His professional memberships include the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

George L. Davis III, of Portsmouth, practices law at the George L. Davis, III Co., LLC and is a graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Law.  He is involved with the Ohio Lawyer Mentoring Program, is a member of the Southern Ohio Port Authority’s executive committee, is on the Scioto County Law Library Resource Committee and is a member of the Portsmouth Ohio Board of Health.  He is a past member of the Ohio Charter Review Commission in Portsmouth and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

J. Michael Debbeler, of Cincinnati, is a partner at Graydon Head & Ritchey, LLP where he focuses on bankruptcy, banking, loan workouts and creditors’ rights.  He has been very active in the Cincinnati Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee and is a past chair.  He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Law Forum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar and a member of the Cincinnati, Kentucky and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations.

Eleni A. Drakatos, of Columbus, is a personal injury lawyer at Yacobozzi Drakatos LLC. She has served on the boards of the Ohio Association for Justice, the Central Ohio Association for Justice and the Women Lawyers of Franklin County (president 2013-14). Eleni is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 40 Under 40, and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2011 to 2014 and a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer.  She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and serves on the Board of Governors for the Ohio State Bar Association.

Lauren K. Epperly, of Dayton, practices litigation at Subashi & Wildermuth and is proud of having been an intern with The Ohio State University Football Team during its 2002 National Championship Season.  She is a member of the Leadership Development Program for the Dayton Bar Association, participates in the Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, provides pro bono services for the Wills for Heroes program, and is a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.  In addition to being a member of the Dayton Bar Association, she also is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, serving on the Governmental Liability Committee and the Young Lawyers Committee.

Jonathan E. Faulkner, from Dayton, focuses on the areas of estate and trust planning, probate estate administration, and real estate transactions with Elliott & Faulkner LPA.  Faulkner is a volunteer for and member of the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Southwest Ohio (Dayton, Ohio Volunteer of the Year), a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council for Dayton Children’s Hospital, and a member of the Dayton Bar Association, serving on the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Gary F. Franke, of Cincinnati, practices insurance law, medical malpractice law, personal injury law and product liability law in his own firm, Gary F. Franke Co., LPA.  He actively volunteers for the Special Olympics, the Poor Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  He also gives of his time as a mock trial judge and as a volunteer mediator for the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.

John C. Greiner, of Cincinnati, is a partner at Graydon Head & Ritchey where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation and First Amendment law. He is board chairman for Charitable Words, president of the St. Mary Parish Council, chair of the St. Mary Parish Discipleship Commission, chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association Communications Committee and a volunteer for ProKids Cincinnati.  His professional activities include the Ohio State Supreme Court Lawyers to Lawyers Mentoring Program and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Jeffry D. Harris, of Gambier, practices at his own firm, Harris Law Offices, LLC and is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is a voting member of the Foundation of Knox County Community Hospital, a board member of Chomp Ministries, secretary of the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation and a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Vernon.  He is also a member of the Knox County Bar Association and provides pro bono services to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

Genevieve M. Hoffman, of Lewis Center, works at the Industrial Commission of Ohio and is a graduate of Capital University Law School where she is a member of the Alumni Association Board.  She also is an adjunct professor at Capital Law School, is on the board of the Orange Township Board of Zoning Appeals and is a member of Lewis Center United Methodist Church, the Franklin County Women’s Lawyers Club and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.

Sunny L. Horacek, of Dublin, practices personal injury law, construction law, and insurance law at Collins, Roche, Utley & Garner.  She participated in the 2015 Barrister Leadership Program of the Columbus Bar Association, is a supporter of the Ohio Legal Aid Foundation and the Franklin County Friends of the Shelter as well as being a member of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.

Catherine A. Jopling, of Columbus, is a litigator and experienced appellate lawyer at the firm of Kooperman Mentel Ferguson Yaross and a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law. She is involved with the Chief Justice Moyer Inn of Court, the Barrister Leadership Program of the Columbus Bar Association and eDiscovery Roundtable.  Her professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

Charles A. Kirby, of Portsmouth, is involved in business, probate and family law matters in the firm Cole, Kirby & Associates, LLC.  He also serves as a Guardian ad Litem for the Scioto County Domestic Relations and Scioto County Juvenile Courts.  He is a member of the Scioto County Bar Association, the Holy Redeemer Church and is an active parent volunteer with Portsmouth Notre Dame Schools.  He is a former board member for South Ohio Shelter for Domestic Violence, is current board president for STAR Inc. Adult Services and is a volunteer attorney for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services.

Robert A. Klingler, of Cincinnati, practices civil litigation at the firm Robert A. Klingler Co., LPA and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  He is a mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, a board member for the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and an elder at Knox Presbyterian Church.  His professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the American Bar Association where he serves as a member of the Section of Litigation.

Amanda M. Leffler, of Akron, is a partner at Brouse McDowell and is a certified specialist in insurance coverage law by the Ohio State Bar Association.  In 2014, she received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under in District 11 and is a Class 31 graduate of Leadership Akron.  She serves as chair for the Governance Committee of United Disability Services, is a trustee for Child Guidance and Family Solutions, is a former president and current member of Torchbearers and is a committee member for the Akron Art Museum’s SWITCH fundraiser. Her professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association Foundation and the American Bar Association.

Clement H. Luken, Jr., of Cincinnati, is a partner with Wood Herron & Evans LLP where he focuses on the prosecution and enforcement of patents and trademarks for both U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He has been a musician in the Sound Body Jazz Orchestra for over 20 years, is the coordinator for attorney exchange between Cincinnati and Munich, Germany, and is a member of the Mariemont Civic Association and president of the Mariemont Town Meeting.  His professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, the American and Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Associations and the American Chemical Society.

J. Kevin Lundholm, of New Philadelphia, maintains an active litigation practice at Kyler, Pringle, Lundholm & Durmann.  He volunteers with the YMCA as a youth sports coach, is branch president for Lutheran Brotherhood, is an Ohio High School Mock Trial Competition judge, a Webelo leader and a trustee for both the Garcia Foundation and Haman Family Charitable Foundation. 

Mathias D. Manner, of Columbus, represents plaintiffs in civil litigation matters including wrongful death, serious personal injury and medical malpractice at the Manner Law Firm, LLC.  He is co-founder and director of the Hilltop Legal Clinic and the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church Legal Clinic, offering free legal services for those below the poverty level.  He is also a volunteer at Stand-Down Veterans Legal Clinic and at the Amethyst Volunteer Clinic.  His professional memberships include the Ohio Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

Mag. Arvin S. Miller III, of Dayton, is a magistrate with the Montgomery County Probate Court and a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a Fellow and board member of the Dayton Bar Association Foundation, a member of the Collaboration Against Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation and a project coordinator for the Montgomery County Eldercaring Coordinator Pilot Project created through an Association for Conflict Resolution task force.  He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Magistrates and the American Bar Association.

Katheryn L. Munger, of Westerville, is a prosecutor in the juvenile division of the Delaware Prosecutor’s Office and a graduate of the University of Toledo School of Law.  She recently received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s 2016 District 5 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under and is a member of the Delaware County Bar Association.  Her interest in theater has kept her active in the Westerville Civic Theater and as a six-year participant in the Pleasure Guild for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s annual musical fundraiser.  She also is a cantor for St. Paul’s Church in Westerville.

Kevin P. Murphy, of Warren, practices business transactions, workers’ compensation and employment law at Harrington Hoppe & Mitchell.  He is past president of the Youngstown Feis Society and is the current president of the Trumbull Country Club.  He is also the vice president of the Kent State University Trumbull Advisory Board and a volunteer with the St. Joseph Development Foundation.  In addition, he is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, a trustee for the Trumbull County Bar Association and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Drew Odum, of Cleveland, is an associate at Tucker Ellis LLP where he focuses on mass tort, product liability and maritime litigation.  He recently received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s District 12 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under and is recognized for his work as a Louis Stokes Scholar Mentor and for his participation in the Tucker Ellis Pipeline Partnership.  He is on the executive board of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network and a mentor in the College Now Mentoring Program.

Joseph C. Oehlers, of Dayton, practices business litigation, business and corporate transactions, employment law, healthcare law and professional liability at Bieser, Greer & Landis LLP.  He is a member of the Harvard Club of Dayton, the vice president of the board of trustees for St. Joseph Children’s Treatment Center, a trustee for United Rehabilitation Services and a trustee for the Dayton Metro Library.  His professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Tina T. Pecuszok, of Toledo, is a trial attorney for Nationwide Insurance and a graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law.  She is chairperson for the Ohio State Bar Association Staff Counsel, a judge and past coach for Ohio High School Mock Trial and is on the faculty at Nationwide Trial.  She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Bradley D. Reed, of Cleveland, is an associate in Frantz Ward’s transactional and healthcare practice groups, where he works on a wide range of corporate, transactional and real estate matters.  He has participated in the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Civic Leadership Institute and the Manos Inn of Court.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Society of Ohio Healthcare Attorneys and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Brian M. Roberts, of Dayton, practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, business planning and litigation at Jablinski, Roberts & Gall.  As a member of the Dayton Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association, he has been included in “Who’s Who in American Law” since 1987.  He is a member of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Kettering Schools PTO, the Kettering Amateur Baseball Commission and the First Kettering Athletic League.

Meghan A. Roth, of Toledo, is an associate in the litigation, labor and employment groups at Marshall & Melhorn where she has practiced since 2014.  She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, is president of the Toledo Bar Association Junior Bar and a board member of the Toledo Bar Association.  She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Marybeth W. Rutledge, of Kettering, practices probate administration, estate planning, business law and real estate law at Winwood Rutledge Law. She is a board member and volunteer for Day of Caring and a volunteer with Wills for Heroes. In the past, she has served on the advisory board for the Sinclair Community College Paralegal Program and has donated her time to the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Her professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association and the Dayton Bar Association, serving on its Arbitration Committee.

Alan B. Schaeffer, of Dayton, is a real estate attorney who has been with Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling for over 40 years.  He is chief legal adviser to the city of Huber Heights and to the city of Springboro.  He is also involved with the Dayton Bar Association Real Property Section, the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and the Public Law Section, the National Association of Office and Industrial Parks and the American Planning Association.  He is also a board member for WDPR Public Radio and Culture Works.

Thomas R. Schuck, of Cincinnati, is a partner in the law firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP practicing primarily in the area of commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Tom is past president of the Federal Bar Association, former barrister of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit and a member of the Clermont County Ohio Mental Health & Recovery Board. In addition, he is a trustee of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Sen. William J. Seitz, of Cincinnati, is a state senator from District 8 as well as being a litigator at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.  He is the chair of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee, the co-chair of the Ohio Senate Majority Policy Committee, is on the board of directors for the American Legislative Exchange Council and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates and the Ohio Power Siting Board. Seitz is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.      

Jeffrey S. Senney, of Dayton, is a business attorney and shareholder with Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling.  He is past president of the Centerville Rotary, the American Business Club and the Miami Valley Estate Planning Council.  He currently serves as the vice president of the Miami Valley Venture Association, is a member of the House of Bread Fundraising Committee and is a board member of ABLE and LAWO.  He also donates his time to the Dayton Volunteer Lawyer Program and the American Red Cross.  His professional commitments include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Hon. James F. Stevenson, of Sidney, is the judge of the Shelby County Common Pleas Court. He is a member and former president of the Shelby County Bar Association, a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors and a member of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, the Government Lawyer Division and the National Conference of State Trial Judges.  He is also co-chair of the Court Technology Committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference and a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Technology and the Courts.

Matthew D. Stokely, of Dayton, is a shareholder at Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling focusing mostly on employment matters.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Dayton Bar Association, the American Bar Association and a board member and secretary of House of Bread, a non-profit that operates a community kitchen in Dayton.

Frederick W. Stratmann, of Westerville, is general counsel and chief compliance officer for CommuniCare Health Services.  He is on the board of directors for Operation Legal Help Ohio, co-chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and a 2014 graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Health Care Compliance Association and the St. Charles Lacrosse Boosters.

Dean Andrew L. Strauss, of Dayton, is the dean of University of Dayton School of Law where he brings his expertise in public international law, international economic law, international transactions and international organizations. Dean Strauss is internationally active in many civic and professional organizations. He has conducted human rights missions to Asian countries and consulted for Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First. He is a member of the Consultants Working Group of the Climate Legacy Initiative, the International Advisors Group of the One World Trust and the Advisory Council of the Center for U.N. Reform Education. In addition, he is the founder of the International Court of Justice Jurisdiction Project.

Courtney J. Trimacco, of Cleveland, is a partner in Janik LLP and focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability, commercial, casualty, employment, and securities matters.  Courtney also represents professional athletes and coaches as a certified NFL Players Association Agent. She has been recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine and organizes food drives for Harvest Hunger and the Cleveland Food Bank. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Junior League of Cleveland.

Robert J. Wagoner, of Columbus, has his own firm, Robert J. Wagoner Co., LLC, where he represents clients involved in bodily injury, business litigation and insurance related disputes.  He is a board member for the Ohio Association for Justice, past president and board member for the Central Ohio Association for Justice and mentors new and young lawyers as a member of the Columbus Bar Association.  His other professional organizations include the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice.

Christopher A. Watkins, of Lebanon, is an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.  He is a member of the Cincinnati Church of Christ and is a former trustee and past president of the Warren County Bar Association.  He is a current member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Law Forum and the Cincinnati Bar Association.  He is also active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Warren and Clinton counties.

Vicki R. A. Werneke, of Cleveland, is an assistant capital habeas unit director and assistant public defender at the Office of the Federal Public Defender. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law, she has served in various posts as a public defender and has been involved in many organizations that advocate on behalf of death row inmates and for the abolishment of capital punishment. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a dedicated member of the United Church of Christ.

Dennis V. Yacobozzi III, of Columbus, practices general civil litigation, personal injury and contract disputes at Yacobozzi Drakatos LLC.   He also serves as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, handling matters involving Medicaid Estate Recovery.  Dennis is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Franklin American Inns of Court and the Ohio Association for Justice.

Mechelle Zarou, of Toledo, is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP where she focuses on labor and employment law.  She has received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's District 4 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under and the Toledo Bar Association’s Trustees Award.  She is a board member for the Toledo School for the Arts and the Toledo Bar Association. In addition, she is the chair of the steering committee for the Toledo legal community’s biennial Habitat for Humanity build and is on the steering committee of Welcome Toledo- Lucas County.  Her professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Toledo Women’s Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Junior Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation      

As the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Foundation advances the philanthropic interest of the Ohio’s lawyers to recognize excellence, improve the justice system and enhance public understanding of the rule of law. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit www.osbf.net.

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