Law Alumni News: Winter 2016

Mohamed Al-Hamdani '13 has been named to the Dayton Business Journal's 2016 Forty Under 40 winners.

Daniel R. Allnutt '09 has joined Casper & Casper LLC as an associate and will be representing employees who are injured on the job and handling claims at all levels of the administrative process and trials, when necessary. He will also represent persons cited for OVIs, as he had been doing in the past. Allnutt is presently a member of the Butler County, Warren County, and Ohio State Bar Associations. He will be joining the Dayton Bar Association in the near future. His services in both Workers’ Compensation and OVI matters are available in all of the Casper offices in Dayton, Middletown, Hamilton and Cincinnati.

Matthew D. Austin '02, a partner at Roetzel in the Columbus, Ohio, office has been named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star in the field of Employment & Labor by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

Eric Babych '07 was elected as shareholder to Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms. "All of this year's class of new shareholders are highly qualified attorneys, each offering a unique background and qualifications in specific technical areas," said Brinks president James R. Sobieraj. "I am pleased to welcome them as shareholders." Babych has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. as well as in most foreign jurisdictions. He provides guidance regarding overall patent portfolio strategy, and regularly renders legal opinions related to patentability, freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, and invalidity. Additionally, Babych has handled patent appeals before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and oppositions before the European Patent Office. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Babych worked as a research chemist at a biotechnology company. He is listed as an inventor on several patent applications. 

Charles B. Baldwin '83 has been re-elected to the position of managing director of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management. Baldwin serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and is responsible for the strategic direction and daily affairs of the firm. Baldwin, a shareholder in the firm’s Indianapolis office and member of the firm’s Board of Directors, has served in this role since 2014. He has held numerous leadership roles with Ogletree Deakins since joining the firm in 2000. He has served on Ogletree Deakins’ Board of Directors since 2011 and was previously the Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Indianapolis office. Baldwin has devoted his 30-year legal career to representing employers in a full range of labor and employment matters, including lawsuits involving Equal Employment Opportunity claims, labor arbitrations, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, wage and hour disputes, union avoidance, employment contracts, non-competition and trade secret disputes, and class and collective action litigation.

Alyssa Baute '12 has recently joined the Cincinnati office of Reminger Co., LPA. Baute's practice focuses on the areas of general casualty, medical malpractice, professional liability, employment practices, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Reminger in 2015, she practiced at a large regional law firm in West Virginia, where she primarily represented energy companies in the defense of personal injury, mass tort, and employment litigation, as well as doctors and hospitals in the defense of medical malpractice actions. Baute is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, the West Virginia State Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Baute served as Executive Publication Editor of the University of Dayton Law Review and was selected for publication in their thirty-seventh volume.

April Besl '07 has been named to partnership in the by Dinsmore & Shohl firm's Cincinnati office. A member of the Intellectual Property Department, Besl focuses her practice on counseling clients with respect to non-patent intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights, social media, Internet law, advertising and trade secrets. She services a large and diverse portfolio of trademarks and copyrights both domestic and worldwide for a variety of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individual entrepreneurs. Besl has extensive experience assisting clients with emerging issues related to the impact of social media, the web, and technology on their business and marketing strategies. She frequently appears in Federal Court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to defend her clients’ non-patent intellectual property rights. Besl currently serves as the President of CincyIP, an organization made up of intellectual property professionals from around the region based in Cincinnati. She is also a member of the U.S. Subcommittee of the Non-Traditional Marks Committee with the International Trademark Association. In addition, she serves as the Chair of CincyBrand, a highly successful conference for legal practitioners, marketers, and business owners on the subject of branding and licensing that first debuted in Cincinnati in April 2014. 

Stacie C. Bordick '04 has been named as partner with Hirschler Fleischer. Bordick is based in the Fredericksburg, Vir., office and is a member of the firm's litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice. She handles a broad range of civil and commercial matters, including contract negotiation and disputes, business torts, land use, condemnation litigation, employment and landlord-tenant matters. She has been recognized by her peers among Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and “Super Lawyers” for business litigation. She is an active member of the Women’s Initiatives Network at Hirschler Fleischer (WIN at HF) and the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorney Association. Bordick currently serves on the board of directors for Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc., and she is an active member of the Fredericksburg Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association.

Carl M. Carlotti '80, currently Senior Vice President of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, the Utility segment of National Fuel Gas Company, has been named President of the Utility, succeeding Anna Marie Cellino. “Carl has managed virtually every functional area of the Utility during his 30-plus years with the company,” said Ronald J. Tanski, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Fuel Gas Company. “Carl will continue our history of strong customer service and commitment to the safe, reliable delivery of low-cost, environmentally advantageous natural gas to our utility customers.” Carlotti joined the Company in 1985 and has been Senior Vice President of the Utility since December 2007 and head of the Utility’s Pennsylvania Division since 1993. Currently, he serves as a board member for the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.

Michael B. Coleman '80 returned to private legal practice after 16 years as Columbus mayor. In 2010, Columbus Monthly ranked Coleman as the fourth most powerful person in the city—the highest ranking for any politician since the magazine began surveying Central Ohio power four decades ago. “I’ve always used my role as mayor to persuade, to influence, to guide, to facilitate,” he said in November after announcing his post-mayoral plans to work for the Columbus office of the Ice Miller law firm, where he will serve as the director of business and government strategies. “And that style of leadership is not likely to change just because I’m no longer in the mayor’s office.” Read more.

Benjamin M. Cooke '04 of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. was promoted to shareholder. "The Shareholders of WHP are proud to welcome and congratulate Ben on this wonderful milestone. He is a [sic] shining examples of the professionalism demanded of WHP attorneys and are outstanding stewards in guiding our clients through the challenges of their business ventures," said Firm President Matt Nakon. Cooke is a member of the Business Organizations and Tax Department and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. Cooke focuses his practice on corporate and business matters. He handles business organization and formation, business contract issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters, banking and financing, employment issues, bankruptcy and records retention/e‑discovery. He also represents a number of individuals, including professional athletes, in their business ventures from start-up to operation to disposition.

Christopher E. Cotter '08 was promoted to partner at Roetzel in the Akron, Ohio. He manages a national practice focused on providing business counsel, litigation strategy, and trial capabilities to transportation companies, product manufacturers and distributors, retail establishments, professionals and other businesses and individuals. He serves on Roetzel's Emergency Response Team to immediately address the issues that may arise as a result of industrial accidents, personal injuries, or other catastrophes. Cotter has also been named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star in the field of Transportation/Maritime by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.

Scott D. Eickelberger '91 has been appointed to Century National Bank’s Board of Directors. Eickelberger, a partner at Kincaid, Taylor & Geyer, has been employed with the firm for 25 years. He has been the solicitor for the Village of New Concord, Ohio, since 1992 and has served as President of both the Muskingum County, and Perry County, Bar Associations. He is a member of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, American Land Title Association and the American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry), Ohio, Muskingum, Perry, Licking and Franklin County Bar Associations. Eickelberger is a lifelong resident of Perry County where he currently resides with his wife, Marianne.

Michael Eshleman '08 received a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, in December 2015. While there, Eshleman worked as the graduate assistant to the copyright librarian.

Scot Ganow '09 of Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., spoke at the Ohio Information Security Conference in Dayton, Ohio, at Sinclair Community College. He presented, "10 Years of Data Breach: What We Have Learned and What's Coming." Drawing on his experience as both a Chief Privacy Officer and privacy attorney, Ganow walked the audience through the history of what has transpired since the first major security event, and when "data breach" became part of the national conversation. He also provided insights into best practices on the new normal of information security. Ganow’s practice focuses on privacy and information security law. He has written and presented extensively on the topics of data protection, and also holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) certification.

Magistrate Michael Howley '96 was named as the Dayton Bar Association's Barrister of the Month for March 2016.

Joshua Kin '10 received the prestigious Rising Litigator Award for 2015 which is only awarded to two attorneys in Ohio annually by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Krystle Marko '08 was named Generation Dayton Featured Professional of the Month. Marko is an associate attorney at Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co. LPA. In addition to Generation Dayton, she has served in a number of other roles including the Dayton Art Institute Associate board, Dayton Bar Association, Miami County Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and First Place Food Pantry Board.

Brandon C. McClain '11 was appointed to serve as a Magistrate in the Dayton Municipal Court. Read more.

Glen McMurry '07 was named Dayton Bar Association's Rising Star in the March edition of Bar Briefs. McMurray was also named as a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star which is recognition for those 40 years or younger who've been in practice no more than 10 years, a designation given to no more than 2.5% of practitioners in any given year. He also was elected to a three year term as one of 12 national directors for the Federal Bar Association.

R. Thomas Payne '81​​​​​, president of RTP Consultants, LLC​​, has joined The Expert Network, as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and career accomplishments in Intellectual Property and Government Relations law. He has over thirty years of domestic and international Intellectual Property experience within public, private, and military environments, with an aim towards protecting the interests and growth of American businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists, and workers. He has served as a Patent Examiner for the United States Patent Office since 2012.

Erin Rhinehart '04 was named to the Better Business Bureau's Top 25 Women to Watch for 2016.

Judge Greg Stephens '95 will serve as Butler County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court judge, Gov. John Kaish announced in February. Stephens replaces Judge Patricia Oney, who retired earlier this year.

Judge John Trucilla '85 of Erie County (Ohio), administrative head of the Damily Division, was unanimously elected to a five-year term as president judge. "It is an honor and a privilege to have the unanimous support of my colleagues whom I respect, "said Trucilla. "The public should trust that this bench is going to work as a unified voice for their best interest."

Melinda Warthman '08 joined the University of Dayton's Department of Public Safety on October 1 as the Clery Compliance and Records Coordinator for UD. This newly created position within the university centers on maintaining the university's compliance with the Clery Act and responding to public records requests.


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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