Tuesday October 1, 2013

Law Alumni News October 2013

Thomas Hurney '83 Law

Jackson Kelly PLLC is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Hurney, Jr. '83 was recently nominated to become Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Membership in this foundation is limited to less than one percent of lawyers admitted to practice in each jurisdiction of the United States. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have been selected by their peers to become members of The Fellows because of their outstanding achievements in the legal profession. Hurney handles the litigation and trial of cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death.  His practice includes industrial-related injuries and exposures, medical professional liability, products liability and pharmaceuticals, including class and mass tort actions. Hurney is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He has practiced with Jackson Kelly for thirty years since graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law and manages the firm’s Health Care & Finance Group.

David Montgomery '98 Law

Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling included David Montgomery '98 on the topic Do You Qualify to Save on Property Taxes? The article goes on to discuss how Ohio recently changed the Homestead Exemption Program.  The Homestead Exemption provides a qualified homeowner savings on real property taxes.  To qualify, a homeowner must meet the following criteria:  (1) Own and occupy a home in Ohio as their principal place of residence as of January 1, 2013 (for current year eligibility); and (2) the titled owner of the property is, or will become 65 years of age by December 31, 2013, or the homeowner has been certified as totally and permanently disabled as of January 1, 2013, or be the surviving spouse of a qualified homeowner, who was at least 59 years of age on the date of their spouse's death. For questions, please contact David Montgomery at 937-223-1130.

Governor John R. Kasich announced the appointment of Thomas M. O’Diam '85 of Beavercreek (Greene Co.) to serve as a judge on the Greene County Probate Court.

Allison Schaper '08 Law

National law firm Polsinelli welcomes attorney Allison A. Schaper '08 to the firm’s Environmental Litigation Practice in the St. Louis office. Schaper joins a national team of attorneys who counsel and represent clients in civil and enforcement actions throughout the United States. Schaper’s law practice encompasses the areas of environmental litigation, toxic tort and business litigation. Schaper graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology in 2005. She was a division one athlete during her time at Miami University, an athletic career culminated by serving as captain of the varsity softball team. Schaper was also a member of the University’s Honor Council from 2005 through 2008. She earned her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2008, and served as a law clerk for the presiding judge of Montgomery County. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association.

“I am very happy to be a part of the national environmental litigation team at Polsinelli,” said Schaper. “The firm is known for its growth and capabilities and I look forward to practicing with this very experienced group of attorneys who work proactively to help solve their client’s challenges.”

Jeff Senney '86 Law Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling's Jeff Senney '86 provided a checklist for both Individuals and Businesses to consider when preparing for 2014 Tax Planning. See more at Pre-Tax Planning and Check List for Individuals and Pre-Tax Planning and check list for Businesses.
Matt Sorg '93 Law The October 2013 edition of Legal News from Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling noted Matt Sorg '93 as their featured attorney. Sorg is a principal in the Litigation Department of PS&E. His areas of concentration are Family Law, Domestic Relations, Receiverships, Commercial Buy/Sell  and Liquor Permit transactions. Sorg said, "I take pride in my work, but I am most pleased with where the practice of law is taking me on a client level as I can see significant changes for my clients, advise them of those changes in an incredibly difficult time, and assist them to anticipate and adapt with the new rhythm of their lives."