Ulmer & Berne can point to a lot of milestones over the last few decades, especially branching out from Cleveland into Columbus in 1989, Cincinnati in 2000 and Chicago in 2002.

But this year marks a rare accomplishment for any law firm: 100 years in business.

“There aren’t all that many law firms that have survived and prospered for 100 years. For our firm, it’s been due to a combination of focusing on high quality, ethical legal representation, and also on solid, respectful relationships with all the staff at the firm,” says Kip Reader, managing partner.

Ulmer & Berne was founded in Cleveland in 1908 by Yank Ulmer and Joe Berne, graduates from Western Reserve University Law School who remained active until their late 80s. The firm has grown to include 180 attorneys in four cities, including a rapidly growing Cincinnati office.
Managed by Scott Kadish, the Cincinnati office has more than twice the attorneys today than when Ulmer & Berne acquired the Cincinnati office of Benesch,

Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, which was founded in the 1960s.

“Our Cincinnati office has been a tremendous success story,” Reader says. “We have prominent, very accomplished lawyers in Cincinnati with nationally significant practices in product liability, real estate and pharmaceuticals.”

Reader anticipates continued growth in the Cincinnati office. He said Ulmer plans to expand into other Midwest and East Coast cities in the near future. The firm also plans to beef up its presence in Columbus, where its intellectual properties group is growing.

“I expect that we will be expanding over the next few years to other locations in the region,” he says.

To help celebrate its 100th anniversary, the firm has donated $100,000 to the Legal Aid Society in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. The money is being used for the Volunteer Lawyers program and other Legal Aid programs. The firm is planning other community and civic activities throughout the year to mark the milestone.

Frost Brown Todd was one of four law firms nationwide to be honored recently in New York by The Humane Society of the United States’
Animal Protection Litigation program for its outstanding pro bono animal protection litigation work. Frost Brown Todd was honored for defense of an Indiana regulation banning the killing of animals in canned hunts, in which customers kill animals trapped within enclosures.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease partner Eric Richardson has been appointed to serve as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court to consider four cases. Richardson is a member of the litigation practice group who specializes in civil litigation and white collar criminal defense work, as well as commercial, employment, construction, accounting malpractice, and intellectual property matters.

Michael L. Scheier, a Keating Muething & Klekamp partner, has been appointed co-Chairman of the Litigation Practice Group. Scheier’s practice is concentrated in complex banking and creditor’s rights disputes, bankruptcy related litigation, and mass tort bankruptcy proceedings.
J. Michael Hurst  has joined Keating Muething & Klekamp as of counsel in the intellectual property practice area. Hurst has experience in trademark prosecution and protection as well as in domestic and international intellectual property licensing. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.S. from Duke University.
Beckman Weil Shepardson attorney Kristen M. Myers, who practices litigation, university law, tax and elder law, has been appointed to the housing committee of Mayor Mark Mallory’s Young Professional Kitchen Cabinet, which was formed in 2006 to advise the city on ways to recruit and retain young professionals. Myers was also appointed to Cincinnati’s Citizen Complaint Authority, which is responsible for investigating allegations of police misconduct.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease has promoted Ryan Daniels to Marketing & Web Supervisor. Daniels was instrumental in the launch of the firm’s new web site and will be responsible for ensuring consistent brand and visual applications across all firm marketing materials. He will play a lead role in the planning and execution of advertising campaigns and providing creative direction and leadership to the Vorys graphic design department.

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