Law Alumni News: Jan. 2015

Martin Hamlette '02, J.D., M.H.A., was appointed as the executive director of the National Medical Association (NMA). An attorney and public health administrator, Hamlette has experience in both the public and private sectors, including health law and policy and current healthcare reform issues and their impact on medically diverse populations and the professionals who treat them. In 2007, he was named by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty as the chief health policy advisor within the executive office of the Mayor, Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs. Read more...

Morris Anyah '96 was featured in an article in the Chicago Sun Times, "Teen does more than play basketball at YMCA — he studies," that highlights his work in the Kelly Hall Mentoring Program, which started in January 2009. The program has been successful in helping high-risk kids change their lives for the better.

Sasha Vandegrift Blaine '06 is now the conference manager in the mediation center for the 12th District Court of Appeals in Ohio. The 12th district encompasses eight counties in southwest Ohio.

Richard R. Boykin '94, Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner, was recognized by the Chicago Defender as one of its "Men of Excellence" honorees at a dinner held on Jan. 16. Boykin was recognized for his commitment to public service and serving as a role model to African-American males. He was also recently elected as Cook County Commissioner, 1st District, on Nov. 4, 2014.

Elizabeth M. Chiaviello '12 has accepted a position as law clerk for Honorable Robert W. Schroeder of Texarkana, Eastern District of Texas. 

Christopher Cotter '08, an associate in Roetzel’s Akron, Ohio, office, has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” in the field of Transportation/Maritime Law by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

Richard A. Freshwater '06 was named as partner to Thompson Hine LLP. Freshwater is a member of the Business Litigation practice group in Cleveland, and focuses his practice on advising and representing financial institutions on consumer finance-related matters. In addition to providing counsel on regulatory and compliance issues to national banks, mortgage servicers and auto lenders, he routinely defends these entities from common law claims and those arising under Ohio’s Uniform Commercial Code, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act. Freshwater’s experience in this area spans the class action, appellate and trial levels. He is a sought-after speaker for his expertise on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s mortgage servicing regulations from both a compliance and litigation perspective. Freshwater was selected for inclusion in Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015. 

Nancy DeBiasi Gillen '12 is now with the Nassau County New York Attorney's office in the tax certiorari bureau.

Cori R. Haper '04 was named as partner to Thompson Hine LLP. Haper, a member of the Corporate Transactions and Securities practice group in Dayton, advises on mergers and acquisitions, organization and governance of nonprofit and for-profit entities, and contract negotiation. She also counsels health care providers on a wide array of issues including fraud and abuse, Stark law, regulatory compliance, false claims, billing investigations and repayments, Medicare provider/supplier revocations, HIPAA, state health care laws, licensure/change of ownership requirements, business transactions, hospital-physician contracting, clinical integration and joint ventures. Haper previously served as associate general counsel at a large health care system in Dayton, providing legal support to hospitals and physician groups. 

William M. Harrelson '11 of Faust, Harrelson, Fulker, McCarthy & Schlemmer in Troy, Ohio, was featured in the article, "Lehman planted seeds of faith, service in Harrelson’s life," in the February 2015 edition of The Catholic Telegraph.

James Houston '00 was announced as a new partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, Cincinnati. Houston focuses his practice on construction law as well as labor and employment. His trial experience includes first chair representation of contractors, employers and sureties in both arbitration and traditional trial court settings (including actions for emergency injunctive relief). He has also successfully defended Ohio employers against various wrongful death and discrimination claims. He has drafted and argued appellate briefs for various courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, various Ohio District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Gary Hruska '80 opened his new law firm, Gary M. Hruska LLC, Attorney At Law, in Dayton, after Hollencamp & Hollencamp law offices closed.

Curtis E. Kissinger '90 has been appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve as a Hamilton County (Ohio) Municipal Court judge. Kissinger, the county's juvenile court administrator, will began his abbreviated municipal-court term Feb. 9. He can run for election in November to retain the seat until the term expires Jan. 2, 2018, according to the Monday release from Kasich's office. Kissinger was selected from a list of nine names submitted to Kasich by the Hamilton County Republican Party in December to fill three vacant judgeships in Hamilton County. Kissinger will fill the vacancy left by Judge Russell J. Mock, who was elected to the First District Court of Appeals.

Allie Larsen '14, Trainee Patent Attorney at Forresters, Munich, Germany, was featured at forresters.co.uk. "My legal studies centered on intellectual property law, primarily patent prosecution and litigation, and I am registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in patent cases. My work at Forresters includes drafting and prosecuting UK and European patent applications in various fields of technology."

Robin D. Miller '01 was announced as a new partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, Cincinnati. Miller focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. She successfully represents publicly traded corporations, as well as small private businesses, at all stages of litigation including requests for immediate injunctive relief, trials, and appeals. She has experience defending and pursuing a variety of cases involving breach of contract, fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secret misappropriation, construction, employment discrimination, and product liability. Miller has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list.

Susan M. Oiler '06 was named as partner to Thompson Hine LLP. Oiler, a member of the Intellectual Property practice group in Dayton, focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution and opinion work, and has experience in joint development and transfer of ownership agreements, and trademark clearance, preparation and prosecution. Her practice also includes the assessment and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world and the management of worldwide intellectual property portfolios.

Erin Rhinehart '04 has been elected to be a partner at Faruki Ireland & Cox, Dayton. Rhinehart joined the firm in 2004 and is experienced in a wide array of litigation, including, class action defense, breach of contract, and environmental issues. She also focuses on advising clients on various aspects of state and federal media and communications laws. Rhinehart was recently listed as an Ohio "Rising Star" in the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers magazine and received the 2013 40 Under 40 award by the Dayton Business Journal. She is an active member of local and national bar associations. For the past several years, she has served on the editorial board of TYL, the official publication of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and, in October 2014, was sworn in as a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter.

The partners of Dungan & LeFevre Co., L.P.A. announced that Michael D. Rice '12 has joined the firm as an associate attorney. He will be working in the firm’s Piqua (Ohio) office and will concentrate his practice in the areas of General Civil Litigation, Domestic Relations and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Dungan & LeFevre, Rice was staff attorney to Judge Dennis J. Langer at the Montgomery County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court.

The article, "Certain 2015 Tax Changes Affecting Individuals" by Jeff Senney '86, was featured in the Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling E-Newsletter.

Mike Sandner '94 explains home construction services and how both parties can protect themselves in his Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling featured video, "Laws Affecting Services for the Home."

Steve Yuhas '85 was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Cardinal Mooney high school, Youngstown, Ohio. The award is given to those who demonstrate the school's motto of sanctity, scholarship and discipline.

For more information, or to submit a news item, contact Denise Baker, assistant director of communications at the University of Dayton School of Law, at lawcomm@udayton.edu. Or submit your news online here.

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