Tuesday June 12, 2012

June 2012 Alumni News

Roundup of news from alumni from around the country.

A.J. Wagner '77 announced that he is running for mayor of the city of Dayton. A.J. is is an attorney at Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman and Swaim. He is also a former Montgomery County, Ohio, Common Pleas judge and former Montgomery County auditor. He currently serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley, Dayton Mediation Center Advisory Board, Montgomery County Futures Advisory Board and Think TV Visionary Society Committee.   

Ronald L. Burdge ’78 presented “How to Make a Living Practicing Poverty Law Issues” during a CLE program at the Ohio State Bar Association’s annual convention in May in Cincinnati. He operates Burdge Law Office in Dayton, where he handles consumer law and consumer bankruptcy matters. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in individual and class action cases. He participates in conducting the annual U.S. Consumer Law Attorney Fee Survey, which studies and reports the law office economics of attorneys who represent consumers.  

Robert “Chip” Mues’ ’78 blog, the Ohio Family Law Blog, was named the number two divorce law blog by CriminalJusticeDegreeSchools.com. Rankings were based on website authority, inbound links from other sites and Twitter followers. Chip is the managing partner of the Dayton law firm of Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, where he handles probate, personal injury and divorce matters. He has published his blog since 2007.

Michael Coleman ’80, the mayor of Columbus, Ohio, delivered the commencement address at Capital University’s graduation ceremony on May 5 in Columbus. He told the school’s 642 graduates that they can change the world with “inspiration and perspiration.” “You need to be focused, you must sweat for success,” he told graduates. “As you are conferred this degree from one of the finest universities in the country — Capital University — and as you go forward to change the world, do it with inspiration and perspiration.”

Michael Dyer '80 and A.J. Wagner '77 are quoted in a Dayton Daily News article “Legal battle brewing over camera tickets, towing,” examining the city of Dayton’s decision to begin towing cars to enforce unpaid tickets triggered by red-light cameras. The article also included comments from professor Thomas Hagel. Mike is managing partner of the Dayton law firm Dyer, Garafalo, Mann & Schultz. A.J. is an attorney at Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman and Swaim and former Montgomery County, Ohio, Common Pleas judge.   

Bob DeRose ’91 was elected president of the Ohio Association for Justice, the state’s largest association of plaintiff's attorneys, for 2012-2013. A partner in Barkan, Meizlish, Handelman, Goodin, DeRose, Wentz, a law firm in Columbus, Bob leads the firm’s complex litigation division and handles wage and hour/overtime issues, Ohio and federal election issues and union-side labor matters. He also has served on the executive committee of Columbus Jobs with Justice and the National Board of Directors for Interfaith Worker Justice based in Chicago, and is a former president of the Greater Columbus Workers’ Rights Board. A frequent lecturer and author on workers’ compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act and Medicare topics, Bob is an adjunct faculty member at Capital University Law School’s Graduate Program.  

Ava Rottell Dustin ’92 was named head of the Toledo branch office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. She oversees an office of nearly 20 people, including 10 lawyers. Ava joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2001 after eight years as an assistant county prosecutor in Richland County, Ohio. She has focused on drug and violent crimes, including prosecuting a series of high-profile gang cases. She was recently featured in an article, “U.S. attorney got start in Richland County,” in the Mansfield News Journal.  

Clifford “Clay” Athley Jr. '93 received the College Board Medallion of Recognition from Lord Fairfax Community College in Warrenton, Va., during the college’s commencement ceremony on May 12. He received an associate of arts degree in business administration from the community college in 1988. Clay is a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. Previously, he served as on the Front Royal, Va., Town Council and mayor of Front Royal. He has been recognized as a Lord Fairfax Community College distinguished alumnus and was inducted into the Virginia Community College Hall of Fame in 2003.  

John Clough ’94 presented “Disability and Testamentary Planning Alternatives: Use of POAs, PODs and TODs in Estate Planning” during a CLE at the Ohio State Bar Association’s annual convention in May in Cincinnati. A shareholder in the Dayton law firm of Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling, John practices in the fields of estate planning, estate and trust administration, business succession planning and taxation. He is an Ohio State Bar Association board certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

Mark Denney ’94 and Susan Berchelmann-Denney welcomed their son and first-born child, Wyatt Joseph Denney, on May 24, 2012, in Creve Couer, Mo. Mark reports that “Wyatt is a beautiful boy and a great joy to his family. He spent his first days charming the hospital staff and all who came to visit him.”

Frederick Mischler ’94 has joined Edward Jones as an investments financial adviser in Oklahoma City. He is licensed to advise on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance and annuities. He previously served as auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick, Certified Public Accountants, and Trans World Airlines in Kansas City; and international tax consultant for Price Waterhouse in Warsaw, Poland; controller and management board member for Invesco Pension Fund in Warsaw; and attorney for Jablinski, Folino, Roberts & Martin in Dayton.

Steve Blaine ’95 has joined the legal department of Interactive Intelligence, Inc., as staff attorney, intellectual property. Interactive Intelligence is an Indianapolis-based global provider of business telecommunications and process automation software. A registered patent attorney, Steve primarily works in the areas of licensing and confidentiality agreements, trademarks and patents.

Ron Raether Jr. ’96, a partner with Faruki, Ireland & Cox, participated in a panel on “Vendor Management: How to Do It Well,” examining data security issues that businesses face, at the annual NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum on June 5 in Philadelphia. NetDiligence is a cyber risk assessment and data breach services company. Ron works in the areas of technology-related litigation, class action defense, privacy, data security and compliance, antitrust and intellectual property litigation.

Jason S. Miller '98 cowrote an article “Keep a Close Eye on Your Competition: Intellectual Property Law” on the National Law Review website. Jason is of counsel and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group at the Orlando law firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed. Jason concentrates his practice on the procurement and enforcement of domestic and international patents, trademarks, and copyrights in the mechanical, chemical, material, electrical and electro-mechanical arts.

Lt. Katie Florence Worstell '06, a Navy judge advocate, received a Military Leadership Award during the USO Woman of the Year luncheon in May. She received the award for her dedication, achievement and exceptional service to the country. Katie is an operational law instructor at the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I. She accepted her commission into the JAG Corps in 2005.

Ricky Palladino ’06 will present at a nationwide CLE “Immigration Workshop: Family & Employment” on June 25. The CLE, which will be held in Las Vegas, will be available as a live webcast. Ricky is an attorney with Bagia & Associates in Philadelphia, where he focuses on immigration law as well as criminal law and personal injury. Ricky was also recently named a "Super Lawyer" in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Magazine.  

Patricia R. Foley ’09 has been appointed general chairman of the annual National Coin and Currency Convention, sponsored by the Professional Currency Dealers Association, Nov. 8-11 in Rosemont, Ill. Patricia operates the Law Office of Patricia R. Foley in Milwaukee. She also serves on the staff of the New York International Numismatic Convention and is deputy bourse chairman for the Central States Numismatic Society anniversary convention.

Michelle L. Francis ’11 has joined the Raboin Law Firm and will practice in its Baxter, Minn., office. Michelle will practice in the areas of personal injury and employment law.

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