Law Digest

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announced that Gregory P. Rogers, a partner in the firm's Cincinnati office, has been named co-chair of the firm's labor and employment practice group. The practice comprises 48 attorneys throughout Ohio and Indiana and has been designated by Chambers USA 2010 as a top-ranked leading team, which is Chambers' highest distinction.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP announced that Michael G. Schwartz, a partner in the Cincinnati office, has been named president of the board of Jewish Family Service of Greater Cincinnati. Schwartz represents individuals and closely held businesses in all facets of estate and business planning and is one of only four attorneys in Ohio certified as a dual specialist in the federal taxation law and estate planning, trust and probate law.

John Concannon joined Bricker & Eckler LLP as an attorney in the education department, working out of the firm's West Chester office. Concannon formerly served as general counsel for the Cincinnati Public Schools for 16 years and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Xavier University Graduate School of Education teaching school law, educational administration, history of education and staff personnel.

Richard L. Moore has joined the labor and employment practice group at Frost Brown Todd. He is a lateral partner from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease and will be based in the Cincinnati office of Frost Brown Todd. Moore defends clients in federal and state court
litigation arising from various claims of employment discrimination and wrongful termination.

Michael DiSanto, a founding partner of Reed Smith's Silicon Valley office, has joined Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as a partner in the corporate department and a member of the securities practice group. His practice focuses on corporate and securities law matters, including formation, financings, growth strategies, compliance, governance and related matters.

William N. Kirkham, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd, was one of seven individuals appointed by Gov. Ted Strickland to the new Ohio state casino control commission which licenses and regulates casino operators, management companies retained by such casino operators, key employees of casino operators and management companies and gaming-related vendors.

Dinsmore & Shohl announced that Michael Newman, a partner and chair of the firm's labor and employment appellate practice group, was named the 2010 recipient of the Federal Bar Association's Elaine R. "Boots" Fisher Public Service Award. This award is given annually to one individual from across the United States for his or her "exemplary community, public and charitable service," and is considered the FBA's most prestigious national public service honor.

Business/Economic Development Digest

SCORE (small business counseling) named its top clients of the year at an annual awards luncheon. Winners included: Albert Oehler, president of Alco Technologies of Blue Ash for Best Turnaround; Carmen Krupar of Cybervise, Ltd. of Norwood for Best Service; and Marilyn Baker of Yankee Doodle Deli, LLC of Covington for Best Product.

First Financial Wealth Management welcomed Christa Halsey as assistant vice president and financial adviser. Halsey, a resident of Monroe, joins First Financial with more than 16 years of industry experience and will focus on providing wealth management solutions, including financial planning, investment management and retirement planning. 

Leo Sack joined the staff of the Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout as the outreach educator. Sack has seven years of experience in science education, coming to the Observatory from Trailside Nature Center (home of the Wolff Planetarium), where he served as a naturalist. He is a graduate of Miami University with a degree in environmental education.

Design and technology firm Sanger & Eby hired David Botos II as a Microsoft SharePoint developer. Botos received a Bachelor of Science in computer information technology and a minor in computer science from Northern Kentucky University in 2008 and is certified in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

Cincinnati startup company Blackbook EMG announced the hiring of Myrita Craig as president and Stephen Samuels as vice president of client experience. Craig served for eight years at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, most recently as executive director of Agenda 360, and Samuels is founder and president of advocacy group Bridging Broadway.

Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care recently opened a new branch in Cincinnati to provide services to seniors and disabled clients. New area director and franchise owner Melnea Paige is a licensed social worker with more than 10 years of experience in social, human service fields.

Q10 | Triad Capital Advisors Inc. announced that the firm added John J. Harvey to the staff as commercial real estate analyst. Harvey, who was a senior development analyst with Miller-Valentine Group, will be responsible for extensive financial analysis and document preparation to support initiatives including dispositions/acquisitions, investor reporting, preparing financial statements, strategic planning, budgeting and various special projects.

Education Digest

For the seventh year in a row, Xavier University's Williams College of Business was named an outstanding business school by the The Princeton Review. Princeton Review editors describe WCB as "garnering more prestige with every graduating class" and as having a "unique intimacy of small class sizes, which allow for forming of stronger relationships and an abundance of networking opportunities."

In 2007, a $20 million gift to the University of Cincinnati created the Space Exploration Research Fund, which established two space exploration chairs "” the Thomas Jefferson Endowed Chair and the Alan B. Shepard Endowed Chair. Professor Tomasz Stepinski was recently named the Thomas Jefferson Chair and began his tenure at UC this fall in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Geography.

Northern Kentucky University President James C. Votruba joined presidents from Kentucky's colleges and universities to sign a resolution pledging their commitment to the Kentucky Department of Education in preparing high school graduates to be college- and career-ready. The initiative is a result of Kentucky Senate Bill 1, which was passed by the 2009 general assembly, calling for P-12 and higher education systems to work closely together to create the alignment necessary to improve readiness levels.

The Art Institute of Ohio "” Cincinnati was recently awarded a Bronze Telly at the 31st Annual Telly Awards. Under the direction of faculty member Erik Sprowls, the student-run Video Club produced Culinary Delights "” Living the Dream, a series of mini-documentaries chronicling the efforts of culinary arts students at The International Culinary School at AIOHC.