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April 2015

  • Matthew Cheney, JD '97,  left private practice in Washington, DC to accept an appointment as the Assistant United States Trustee for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids.
  • Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce that attorney Acacia Perko has joined our Columbus Office. Acacia focuses her legal practice on a wide variety of areas including commercial and corporate litigation, employment and business law. She also represents and counsels business owners on a variety of employment and business issues. Acacia regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and also appears before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Before joining Reminger, Acacia practiced business law for three and a half years. While in law school, Acacia clerked for a law firm and worked as a judicial extern for the Southern District of Ohio for the honorable Gregory L. Frost and also as a judicial extern for the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals for the honorable Richard Rogers. Acacia is active in the legal community as a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Women's Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She is originally from Pataskala, Ohio, where her family operates a large horse farm. Acacia continues to participate in the equine industry as an active rider with the United States Equestrian Federation. She also serves as the co-chair of 4word Columbus, the Columbus chapter of a national faith-based community designed to connect, lead and support professional women to achieve their potential.

January 2015

 

December 2014

  • Congratulations to Sarah Williams (JD '09) for being named a 2015 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine!

November 2014

 


 

March, 2014

  • Attorney Anthony Calamunci, JD '94, Earns Certified Franchise Executive Designation: (Toledo, OH — March 31, 2014) — The law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA is pleased to announce that partner and manager of the firm’s Franchise Law Practice Group, Anthony J. Calamunci, has earned his accreditation as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) through the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE).  IFCE’s certification requirements are stringent, with a minimum of 3,500 credits required to qualify for the CFE designation. Credits are earned through experience, participation and education. Once the minimum credit requirement has been reached, candidates must be approved by the ICFE Board of Governors before the CFE designation is awarded. The CFE signifies that the recipient has reached a recognized standard of excellence and professionalism in the franchising community. In addition to his role as head of the firm’s Franchise Law Practice Group, Mr. Calamunci serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the Toledo office. He practices within a wide range of franchise law and corporate matters, focusing on franchise law and franchise litigation. Other areas of emphasis include distribution, licensing and supply chain law. He is counsel to a number of U.S. companies, in addition to some foreign companies as well. His clients include both regional and national franchise companies. Mr. Calamunci has been retained to advise a number of companies with techniques for managing regulatory issues. He is the founder of the "Franchise Rescue Team" comprised of top franchise executives focused on creating strategic solutions for underperforming franchisees. He is a frequent writer and speaker on both domestic and international distribution, licensing, and franchising law.
  • After 15 years of leading the Ohio Supreme Court, it was announced today that Administrative Director Steven C. Hollon will leave his position at the court and become executive director of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. “It is with great sadness that I will be leaving the Supreme Court, but it is also with a strong sense of accomplishment,” Hollon said. “We have been able to bring forward many innovations over the years that have helped improve the operation of the court and the administration of justice statewide. Now, I look forward to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of working with some of Ohio’s finest citizens and legislators in reviewing and making suggestions for improving Ohio’s constitution. I greatly appreciate the trust the commission has shown in me and will provide all members with my highest effort.” Hollon is one of only five people to serve in the position established in the 1968 Modern Courts Amendment, and he is the longest serving administrative director in the history of the court. He served under three Chief Justices and 16 justices during his tenure. Read Full Article Here...

December, 2013

  • Nathaniel K. Peters, JD '02, - Governor Sean Parnell (Juneau, Alaska) appointed Nathaniel Peters to the Bethel District Court. Peters served in Bethel with the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 2003 – 2006, and has served in Palmer since 2008. Peters clerked in the Palmer Superior Court as well as serving as deputy magistrate. He later worked for the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Bethel and then moved to Ireland, where he worked in a civil law practice before returning as an assistant public defender in Palmer. Peters is a member of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and volunteers with Mat-Su Youth Court, Fronteras Spanish Immersion School, and Mat-Su Project Homeless Connect.

November, 2013

  • Cynthia Callender Dungey, JD 96, is director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), a $3.6 billion agency with approximately 3,000 employees. ODJFS is responsible for supervising the state's public assistance, unemployment compensation, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.  Dungey is a dedicated public servant who has held leadership positions throughout state government for the past decade. No stranger to ODJFS, she served as assistant deputy director of the Office of Ohio Health Plans from 2007 through June 2013. There she managed the daily operations of Ohio’s Medicaid program, including the efforts to identify and reduce Medicaid fraud. In July 2013, Dungey transitioned to the newly formed Ohio Department of Medicaid, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of procedures and policies needed to ensure that the state’s Medicaid operations and support systems functioned properly and efficiently.  Prior to her service with ODJFS and the Department of Medicaid, Dungey served as director of the Fraud and Investigative Audit Group within the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office, where she managed a team of auditors responsible for uncovering misuse of public funds, including abuse within the Medicaid system. Prior to her tenure with the Auditor of State, Dungey served in both the Health Care Fraud and Crime Victim Services sections of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  Dungey is a past president and vice president of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, currently serves as a bar examination reader for the Supreme Court of Ohio, and was a 1998 recipient of the Ohio Attorney General Professionalism Award.

July, 2013

  • Amanda Kuryluk, JD '10, has joined the firm of Maguire Cardona, P.C. (www.maguirecardona.com) based at The Sage Mansion, NY.  Kuryluk, who currently serves as a mentor for Siena College's pre-law program, is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, and the Capital District Women's Bar Association. She also serves as co-chair of Albany County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Committee. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, State of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the Third Federal Circuit.  Kuryluk, focuses her practice in the areas of medical malpractice, as well as all aspects of civil litigation, including research, motions and appeals.

June, 2013

  • John S. Gleason, JD ’85, regulation counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court for 14 years, received the ABA Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award during the 2013 ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility in San Antonio.  The award, presented by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, recognizes individuals whose career commitments in areas such as legal ethics, disciplinary enforcement and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the best accomplishments of lawyers.  Gleason was recognized for developing new and effective methods of regulating the practice of law, assisting other jurisdictions to implement new approaches to attorney and judicial regulation, and addressing unauthorized practice of law issues. He also devoted over 2 years as independent bar counsel for the Arizona Supreme Court and was charged with investigating allegations of misconduct in the Maricopa County Attorney's office while maintaining his role as regulation counsel in Colorado.  He has participated as a member of consultant teams for state lawyer and judicial regulatory systems and funds for client protection by the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection. He is a past-president of the National Client Protection Organization and active with the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, the American Judicature Society, and the American Bar Association. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and taught at the University of Colorado School of Law and undergraduate law classes at a local college. Following active duty in the U.S. military, Ohio Air National Guard, Toledo-Bowling Green Metro Bomb Squad, and Arapahoe County Colorado Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit, he graduated from Ohio Northern University Claude Pettit School of Law in 1985. In March, 2013 he joined the Oregon State Bar as Disciplinary Counsel and Directory of Regulatory Services.

 

  • Edward P. Canterbury,  JD '05, a Real Estate attorney in the firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes Holt, P.A., was recognized by 2013 Florida  Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Magazine.
  • Matthew B. Herdzik, JD '79, of West Seneca has been honored with the New York State  Bar Association's 2013 President's Pro Bono Service Award for his volunteer legal work with the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer lawyers Project. Herdzik, a solo practitioner, was one of 20 attorneys statewide to receive the award at a luncheon held in May at the State Bar Center in Albany.

May, 2013

  • Kurt A. Kaufman, JD '92, of Waynesfield, was appointed to the Ohio Board of Regents by Gov. John Kasich. His term begins May 20, 2013 and ends on Sept. 20, 2018. The nine-member board advises the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. Kaufman is an attorney who has owned and managed Kaufman Law Office in Lima for the past 16 years. His practice focuses on worker's compensation, representing both injured workers and employers. His practice areas also include business and probate. Kaufman's civic involvement includes serving as a state-certified volunteer EMT with the Wayne Township EMS and serving as a member of the Waynesfield-Goshen Athletic Boosters. He and his wife, Natasha, have two sons, Kale, 13, and Hyatt, 10.
  • George Peter McCarthy, JD '90, of Athens, in May 2013, was named Athens Common Pleas Court judge by Gov. John Kasich replacing Judge Michael Ward.  He will be required to run for election to the bench in 2014, and the person elected will serve the remainder of Ward's unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2016.  McCarthy, who lives in Athens, is a partner in the law firm of Mollica, Gall, Sloan, Sillery & McCarthy, where he represents clients in civil and criminal cases. He previously worked as an Athens city prosecutor, from 1993 to 2002,  and a Meigs County assistant prosecutor from 1991 to 1993.
  • Mark Miller, JD 91, of Findlay, has been presented the Distinguished Leadership Award by the Hancock Leadership Alumni Association in recognition of exceptional community leadership. Miller is a 1997 graduate of Hancock Leadership.  Miller will be honored with other similar recipients at the Association of Leadership Professionals conference in Indianapolis in June '13.  Miller has served as Hancock County's prosecutor since 2007.  He serves on the Crime Stoppers board of directors, is past chair of the Hancock County Republican committee and is an active Rotarian and a member of the Boy Scouts' Black Swamp Area Council in addition to the local and state bar associations.  He has supported the Government Leadership Academy in various ways and is a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church.
  • John Hoopingarner, JD ’79, will be honored Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Quaker Foundation's annual awards banquet at the Kent State University-Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. John Hoopingarner will receive the Alumnus of the Year for Special Achievement  Award.   He is a 1972 graduate of New Philadelphia High and a 1976 cum laude graduate of Muskingum College (now Muskingum University) with a bachelor's degree in history. In 1979, he received a law degree from Claude W. Pettit School of Law at Ohio Northern University. He returned to New Philadelphia after law school to join the law firm of Hanhart, Miller & Kyler, becoming a partner in 1985 and serving as legal counsel to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District for 10 years. In 1989, he became the third person to lead the MWCD. Hoopingarner has served on numerous boards of both nonprofit and government-related organizations, including the Tuscarawas County YMCA, Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Dover Public Library, Water Management Association of Ohio and the Ohio Water Advisory Council.

 

April, 2013

  • John Melvin, JD '95, both as Baptist minister and prosecutor, has earned a reputation for doggedly fighting corruption. Over the past 18 years, Melvin has worked as a prosecutor in Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb counties in Georgia.  Being a prosecutor isn't that different from being a pastor in some ways, Melvin says. But instead of teaching a congregation about the Bible, he instructs juries on Georgia law. In January, Melvin and close friend Geary, who had been the No. 3 employee in the DeKalb DA's office, left together to take a job with the newly elected Cobb County District Attorney, Vic Reynolds. The move will allow Melvin, a husband and father of four, to spend more quality time with his family. Reynolds has said Melvin will handle any public corruption cases that arise going forward, along with white collar crimes and other specialized prosecutions.
  • Mark R. Klym, JD ' 95, has been promoted to partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. Klym is a partner in the firm's Naples, FL office who focuses his practice in estate planning. Klym's experience includes development of succession plans, drafting limited liability companies and start-ups, administration of trusts and guardianships and administration of estates. He has experience in the preparation and implementation of all segments of estate plans, including durable powers of attorney, health care directives, revocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, beneficiary designation planning and utilization of Section 529 plans.

March, 2013

  • Steven Christopher, BS '81, JD '84, of Kenton was appointed by Governor John Kasich to serve as a judge on the Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Probate and Juvenile Division. Christopher will assume office on March 18, 2013, and must run in November 2014 to retain the seat for the unexpired term, which ends February 8, 2015. Christopher is replacing James Rapp, who retired. Since 1991, he has been the proprietor of Christopher Law Office. He has been involved in Amnesty International, and is a member of New Hope Fellowship Church. Since 2006, He has been on the Fair Board for the Hardin County Agricultural Society. He and his wife, Jill have three children, Savannah, 24, Sarah, 23, and Noah, 20.
  • Scott N. Barrett, JD '76, of Kenton was appoined by Governor John Kasich to serve as a judge on the Hardin County Common Pleas Court, General and Domestic Relations Division. Barrett will assume office on March 25, 2013, and will run in November 2014 to retain the seat for the unexpired term, which ends December 31, 2016. Since 1988, he has been self employed at Roof & Barrett Attorneys at Law.  He was appointed by the mayor in 1977 to be on the Kenton City Planning Commission. He also received the Award of Merit from the Ohio Legal Center Institute where he briefly lectured.

February, 2013

  • Jo Ann Koontz, BA '01, JD '06, launches Koontz amp; Parkin, CPA, in Sarasota, FL. Koontz will continue to own and operate Koontz amp; Associates, PL, a Sarasota law firm focusing on residential and commercial real estate transactions, federal and state tax law and business law. Marina Parkin, CPA, brings a wealth of experience providing their clients with strategic tax planning and comprehensive solutions for federal, state, local and international tax issues.
  • Kimberly C. Dumpson, JD 94, was named senior vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and member of the UMES presidential cabinet.  Before assuming the role as senior vice president, Dumpson was UES director of alumni affairs, and was instrumental in securing more that $1 million in gifts, including a $350,000 donation that is the single largest alumni gift in the university history.
  • Judge M. Welbaum, JD, 77,  joined the Court of Appeals in February 2013. He was a General Division Miami County, Ohio Common Pleas Judge from 1995 to 2010 and served as its Drug Court Judge for eight years. Judge Welbaum was frequently assigned by the Ohio Supreme Court as a Visiting Judge in many Western Ohio counties from 1996 to 2011.

January, 2013

  • Duane A. Stewart II, JD '00, of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Pittsburgh, PA has been promoted to shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property Section and co-chair of its Chemical Practice Group. Stewart focuses his practice on patent prosecution, portfolio management and litigation; trademark procurement and portfolio management; and analysis and due diligence for transactions including significant intellectual property. In 2011, he was one of 318 attorneys nationwide named a Client Service All-Star by research and consulting firm BTI, based on unsolicited client recommendations in interviews conducted with corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 companies.  Duane's patent practice includes preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign utility and design patents in the fragrance, hair products, home products and biotechnology fields. He has also obtained multiple foreign and domestic patents in the field of industrial water purification. Duane also has significant experience managing international patent portfolios.  Duane’s trademark practice includes all phases of procurement and enforcement, including knock-out searches, clearance opinions, watches, filings and oppositions. He has supervised foreign trademark filing both directly and through the Madrid Protocol, and he has filed foreign-origin applications in the United States. 
  • William W. Montgomery, JD ‘75, of Celina, was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Wright State University Board of Trustees for the term of January 17, 2013 to June 30, 2013. Montgomery is chairman, president and CEO of the Celina Insurance Group. He is a former two-term state representative in Indiana and was chairman of the Indiana Public Service Commission.
  • I. Carson Crow, JD '75, was elected to the bench of the Meigs County Common Pleas Court in the March 2012 primary election and again in the Nov. 2012 general election. He has served as Meigs County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for 12 years. He has been admitted to practice in all Ohio Courts, the Federal District Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Crow is a member of the Meigs County and Ohio State Bar Associations and has practiced with Crow and Crow Law Firm established in 1907 by Crow's grandfather. Crow has coached middle school football for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Barbara, are parents to Crockett and Morgan.
  • Brigham Anderson, JD '04, was sworn into the office of Lawrence County Prosecutor 60 years to the day that his great grandfather, Carl Rose, was sworn in as Lawrence County Sheriff. As assistant prosecutor, Anderson tried a variety of cases, and served as lead prosecutor for the second trial of Megan Goff after the Ohio Supreme Court overturned her first conviction of aggravated murder. Goff was found guilty of murdering her estranged husband and sentenced to life in prison. Anderson stated that the prosecutor's office under his leadership will continue to take criminal matters very seriously and will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law and request the court, if they are found guilty, to impose maximum penalties on violent offenders, home invaders and the like. Before serving as assistant prosecutor, Anderson was an associate in the family firm of Anderson & Anderson.
  • Gary Loxley, JD '87, of Clear-creek Twp., will attend qualification training at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and then will be assigned to the Second Judicial Circuit as an Army Reserve Military Judge. Loxley is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Warren County Prosecutor's Office. Army Reserve Judges perform duties similar to those of United States Federal District Court Judges and preside over Special Courts-Martial on active duty installations, conduct military legal training, and serve as legal advisors to administrative boards. Loxley, a Colonel, is a 31-year veteran of the Army and has been mobilized onto active duty three times since 2001 in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He previously served as Commander of all Army Reserve legal units in Ohio and Michigan, and is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command in Gaithersburg, Md.
  • Simon Patry, JD '05, associate at Dysinger & Associates, LLC, has been elected chairman of the board of directors for the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce. He is active in both the Tipp City Rotary Club (president-elect) and the Downtown Tipp City Partnership (Board of Directors).

December, 2012

  • Hon. Steven O.Williams, JD '76, Fairfield County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge retires after 18 years of service.
  • J. Breton McNab, JD '12, has joined the Charleston, WV office of Bowles Rice.

October, 2012

  • Brian Peppler, JD '79, of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, has been appointed by the Governor of Michigan to serve on the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission for a three-year term.
  • Michael E. Powell, JD '79, of Lebanon (Warren Co.), has been appointed by Gov. John R. Kasich to serve as Judge of the 12th District Court of Appeals. Since 2000, he has served as the judge of Probate and Juvenile Courts of Warren County. Powell is currently the Vice Chairman of the Warren County Salvation Army Advisory Board, and is a past president of the Lebanon Kiwanis. Powell is also an inductee of the Lebanon City Schools Hall of Fame.

 

September, 2012

  • Dan W. Bratka, JD '86, was appointed by Gov. John R. Kasich to serve as Judge of the Logan County Court of Common Pleas.
  • Adam W. Barrett, JD '93, has been appointed Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at New York Law School (NYLS) by Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of the Law School.
  • Timothy James Green, JD '92, joined the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as an associate in its litigation department and is a member of the tort and environmental practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Green practiced at Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. He works in the areas toxic tort litigation, medical professional liability litigation and commercial litigation.

 

August, 2012

  • Kevin Davis, JD '00, joined the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as an associate in its litigation department and is a member of the tort and environmental practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Green practiced at Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP. He works in the areas toxic tort litigation, medical professional liability litigation and commercial litigation.
  • James D. Gallagher, JD '79, has been named Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of John Hancock Financial, the US division of Manulife Financial Corporation in Boston, MA.
  • John P. Kennedy, JD '78, was appointed to the board of directors of International Silver Inc., Tucson, AZ. Kennedy is a founding member of Empire Advisors LLC., a midmarket private equity fund based in Columbus, Ohio. Empire is an investor in our and other mining projects. including CS Mining, LLC (www.csmining.com) located near our Pioche project. Mr. Kennedy is also a Senior Partner at the law firm of Crabbe, Brown & James LLP where he practices government relations.