Law Digest

M. Gabrielle Hils, Nancy Lawson and Frank Woodside III, partners at Dinsmore & Shohl, were elected fellows to the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. Fellows are invited based on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and superior ethical reputation.

Deborah Adams, a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC, was inducted as a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an intellectual and practical resource for the support of the law profession and its audiences. Fellows are chosen for their display of professionalism and achievement.

Keating Muething & Klekamp hired three new associates: Ashley Couch, Pramila Kamath and Sarah McWhorter. Couch and Kamath practice in the firm’s litigation group, and McWhorter practices in the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation group.

Marcia Andrew, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was elected to a second four-year term on the Middletown City School District’s board of education. Andrew practices in general commercial litigation with an emphasis on franchise and distributor relationships, software performance and intellectual property disputes, and ERISA litigation.

Ulmer & Berne LLP announced the addition of associate Regan Merkel. Merkel earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 2003.

Bill Geisen, Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP partner and chair of the firm’s construction industry group, was elected to the American College of Construction Lawyers, a national legal association. Fellowship is extended by invitation only to lawyers and judges who have mastered the practice or the teaching of construction law and dispute resolution, and whose careers have been marked by ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

Daniel Buckley, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, received the 2009 Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Law students nominated Buckley, and the alumni association unanimously voted to recognize him for his outstanding teaching and service to the college.

Ryan Green joined Dinsmore & Shohl as a partner in the labor & employment department. Green’s practice focuses on all aspects of litigation including employment claims, non-competition and trade secrets violations, and business torts on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

Thompson Hine partner Michael Oestreicher was appointed to the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati’s board of trustees. Oestreicher is a member of Thompson Hine’s corporate transactions & securities and international trade & customs practice groups.

Thomas Anthony, a partner at Frost Brown Todd, was named president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions for mid- to large-sized companies.

Business/ Economic Development Digest

The Northern Kentucky ezone, a division of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. that aids startups, emerging and existing high-tech businesses, announced it led the state in 2009 in the creation of high-tech jobs. The ezone created 189 jobs out of the 660 new jobs created statewide.

Montgomery’s Affinity Center, which helps children and adults who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, announced the addition of three local doctors to its staff as part-time consultants: Donald Nofziger, KinKee “Henry” Chung and Zainab Contractor.

The Cincinnati Opera announced the appointment of four new members to its board of trustees. The new trustees include Mark Busher, Joanie Lotts, William Stanley Morton and Jane Votel.

Steinert US, a company specializing in designing separation equipment for the scrap metal market, announced the relocation of its North American headquarters to Northern Kentucky from Clearwater, Fla. The company now occupies 7,500 square feet of space in Erlanger.

The Emanuel Community Center in Over-the-Rhine welcomed two new members to its staff. Mary Jo McClain joined the Emanuel Center as director of community programs, and Louise Williamston joined as education program director.

Mason-based Intelligrated, an automated material handling solutions provider, received more than $24 million in financial incentives from the state of Ohio. The incentive package allows Intelligrated to integrate the operations of recently acquired FKI Logistex and expand its facilities in West Chester, London and Mason; it will also allow the company to retain 537 full-time positions and create 267 new jobs in Ohio.

Jason Inderhees joined EMI – Online Research Solutions, a market research consulting firm in Hyde Park, as a sales executive. Before he was hired at EMI, Inderhees held sales, service and branch manager positions in the retail banking side of U.S. Bank.
Education Digest

Dr. Denise Robinson was appointed the founding dean of the Northern Kentucky University College of Health Professions, which houses the university’s nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care and health science programs. Among her goals, Robinson hopes to establish a doctor of nursing practice program at NKU.

Gwen Etter-Lewis, professor of English, black world studies and women’s studies at Miami University, received the Uplifting Model Award from the Miami chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Etter-Lewis was honored for her work in developing a mentoring program that prepares low-income high school girls for college.

The University of Cincinnati recognized Phillip Cox, president and CEO of Cox Financial Corp., Faith Prince, a singer and actress, and Richard Thornburgh, partner and vice chairman of private equity firm Corsair Capital LLC, with honorary doctorate degrees. It also honored Nancy Russell Hamant, associate professor emerita and alumna of the UC
College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, with the UC Award for Excellence for increasing the stature of the institution.

The College of Mount St. Joseph Department of Nursing received funding to award 10 scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. The scholarships will be used to maximize diversity and increase the number of students in the Mount’s accelerated Master of Nursing degree program.

A Xavier University team of finance and accounting students placed in the top 10 in the nation in the eighth annual Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition. The Deloitte Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Deloitte LLP, invited students from more than 100 colleges and universities to address real-world business issues, solve complex tax challenges, and compete for more than $100,000 in scholarships and institutional awards.