For more than 20 years, Andrew M. Kaplan has taken time away from his lucrative civil litigation practice to volunteer for low-income residents in a bid to bring justice to those who can’t normally afford top attorneys.
Kaplan’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. He has been named the Volunteer Lawyer of the Year for 2006 by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation. The group was established in 1982 by the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati and serves Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.

“This is a special pleasure for me,” said Roger Gates, president of the board of trustees of the volunteer lawyers. “Andy has demonstrated a strong and special commitment to the goals and work of the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Under his leadership, his firm accepts a wide range of cases from us. Andy not only encourages members of his firm to volunteer their skills, he often handles cases himself.”
Nathaniel Lampley, managing partner of Vorys’ Cincinnati office, added, “We’re exceptionally proud of Andy’s contributions. It’s important to us at Vorys that we give back to the community. Andy is a fine example of that.”
Kaplan practices general civil litigation with an emphasis on employment-related litigation and workers’ compensation.
 


Frost Brown Todd has opened an office in Florence, with Wm. T. Robinson III serving as member in charge. The office, which is the firm’s eighth, wil also include H. Lawson Walker, Philip J. Schworer and Jeffrey S. Rosenstiel.

Harry D. Rankin, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald attorney in Covington, has been appointed chairman of the merit selection panel that will recommend to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky whether or not the current Magistrate Judge should be reappointed. Rankin is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and the White Collar Crime Team Chair, focusing on on civil and criminal litigation including commercial, personal injury/wrongful death, domestic, and criminal defense matters.
 
George Molinsky, a Taft, Stettinius & Hollister partner, has joined the executive committee of the Cincinnatus Association, whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Cincinnati, especially civic causes such as improving local government, quality of education and economic growth.
 
Greg Bee, an associate in Taft’s Cincinnati office, has been elected to the board of directors of the Building Blocks Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to children with medical needs and their families.
 
Amy Ashton, an associate in Taft’s Cincinnati office, has been elected to the board of trustees for the Friends of the William Howard Taft Birthplace. The Friends support the preservation and public awareness of this historic home in Mt. Auburn through lobbying, fundraising and soliciting donations
 
Donald Mottley, an associate in Taft’s Cincinnati Office and director of Focused Capitol Solutions, will chair a two-year project to review and update policy positions on taxation and public finance for the Ohio League of Women Voters.
 
Richard L. Moore, a partner with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease has been appointed to the board of The Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, part of a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education, and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.
 
Graydon Head & Ritchey partner Bruce A. Hoffman, was honored by the Village of Mariemont with Mayor Daniel J. Policastro declaring May 15, 2007, “Bruce Hoffman Day” in the Village. Hoffman, a two-term village councilman and former vice mayor, was honored for years of service to the village, including work toward the revitalization of the Village Square and the development of the Mariemont Strand. Hoffman also served on the Mariemont 50th Anniversary Committee and has served on the Mariemont Planning Commission, most recently as its chairman.
 
Dinsmore & Shohl has hired Sarah Rose Aikman who will focus on immigration law within the firm’s corporate department. Aikman received her J.D. from Syracuse University.
 
Marc Collins has joined the Cincinnati office of Thompson Hine as of counsel in the corporate transactions and securities practice group. He focuses his practice on investment companies, broker-dealers and investment advisers.

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