Leadership at one of Cincinnati’s largest firms has changed hands for the first time in more than a decade. George H. Vincent was given the nod to lead Dinsmore & Shohl as managing partner and chairman of the board. He succeeds Clifford A. Roe Jr., who has been at the helm for 11 years.

“The firm couldn’t be in better hands,” Roe says. “George brings to this leadership role extensive experience and a commitment — to the firm, our clients and the communities that we serve.”

Vincent, a member of the firm since 1982, practices general business and corporate law with an emphasis on corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state securities law. He also serves as chair of the firm’s finance committee.

“Dinsmore & Shohl has grown under Cliff’s leadership, becoming one of the largest firms in the Midwest with the addition of offices in five cities and a corresponding increase in the range of legal services offered,” Vincent notes. “We look forward to building on his exemplary record.” Roe joined the firm in 1967 and will continue his practice of corporate law as a senior partner with the firm.

Jenny Hughston joined the Cincinnati office of Thompson Hine as an associate in the firm’s corporate transactions and securities practice group, focusing her practice on mergers, acquisitions and securities law compliance. Also, Thompson Hine partner Beverly A. Lyman was named an adjunct professor at The University of Cincinnati College of Law. She develop and teach a course on licensing intellectual property.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease named three new partners: Anthony L. Osterlund, a member of the litigation group who focuses on civil litigation in state and federal court; Kimberly J. Schaefer, a member of the corporate and finance group whose practice includes general corporate law, securities, banking and franchising regulation; and Michael G. Schwartz, a member of the probate and tax practice group who represents individuals and closely held businesses in all facets of estate and business planning.

Wood, Herron & Evans named three new partners: John Davis, an intellectual property specialist who joined the firm in 2000; Brett Schatz, an intellectual property litigator who joined the firm in 2001; and Sarah Otte Graber, who focuses on all areas of trademark prosecution and litigation, copyright law and unfair competition.

Karen K. Gaunt, a veteran intellectual property specialist, joined Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, moving from her previous practice at Keating Muething & Klekamp in Cincinnati.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister opened a law office in Phoenix. Theresa Vella is the partner-in-charge of what represents the firm’s sixth office location. Also, Taft associate Antonia Mitroussia was elected secretary of the European-American Chamber of Commerce, which is pursuing a strategic alliance between Cincinnati and Dusseldorf, Germany, following a visit there by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

Ulmer & Berne, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, named Ronald H. Isroff chairman of its employment and labor group and Mark Katz as the vice chairman. Isroff, whose practice includes labor law, complex business litigation and intellectual property, previously served as chairman of the business litigation group. Katz has extensive experience in labor and employment law, serving in both the public and private sectors. Ulmer & Berne also named three new partners to its Cincinnati office: Christopher D. Cathey, who practices civil litigation; Paul J. (P.J.) Cosgrove, who represents medical device, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturers in product liability claims;; and Eric M. Robbins, who focuses on intellectual property.

Dinsmore & Shohl added 13 partners: Michael G. Dailey, Helana A. Darrow, Becky Barlow Fitzsimmons, David P. Fornshell, William A. Jividen, Daniel L. Jones Jr., Amanda Prebble Lenhart, Joshua A. Lorentz, Jennifer Orr Mitchell, Richard D. Porotsky Jr., H. Toby Schisler, Matthew D. Shuler and Paul M. Ulrich.

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