Randy Freking has written The Real Employee Handbook: What You Need to Know — and What Your Boss Won't Tell You, to help employees learn what their rights are in the workplace. Freking is the managing partner of Freking & Betz, which specializes in employment law.

Seven partners at Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP have been selected for the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. The lawyers, all honored for work in public finance law, are Dirk M. Bedarff, John W. Fischer III, John Weld Peck, Roger L. Peterman, Glendon B. Pratt, Dennis G. Schwallie and Brenda A. Wehmer.

Two attorneys in the Cincinnati office of Roetzel & Andress have been selected for The Best Lawyers in America. Honored were Brian J. Augustine, who specializes in litigation, and Eric G. Bruestle, who focuses on labor and employment and estate matters. Bruestle is the partner in charge of the local office.

Kevin Ghassomian has joined Dinsmore in the family wealth planning practice group. He has been involved in many civic projects including co-founding the Bacchanalian Society and helping to establish Wills for Heroes, a pro bono legal clinic for first responders.

Medical

The Christ Hospital's Mechanical Heart Assist Device Program has been recognized as a Gold Standard Center by Thoratec, a leading developer of therapies for patients with heart failure. The notice means Christ has achieved top 20 percent status in quality and outcomes metrics defined by the company. Metrics include length of stay, readmission rates and best practices in post-implant communication and outreach. Christ is one of the few non-transplant centers implanting ventricular assist devices (VAD) in the U.S. VAD therapy is used to treat patients with heart failure whose hearts can no longer effectively pump blood on their own.

Kenneth Mook has been named medical director of Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital in Florence. He has been on the faculty at the University of Louisville since 1999 and has served as the residency director of the school's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program.

Becky McGilligan has joined The Christ Hospital Physicians — Primary Care at the hospital's Outpatient Center in Anderson Township. The internal medicine physician was chief resident in The Christ Hospital residency program after earning her medical degree from Florida State. She is a certified provider through the North American Menopause Society.

Ruth Lavigne, a radiation oncologist, has joined The Christ Hospital Cancer Center in Mount Auburn. Her research on depression in breast cancer patients has been presented internationally. Lavigne, who graduated from Walnut Hills High School and Miami University with degrees in French and Italian literature, earned her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She also has an MBA in international business.

Business

Sunit Gogia has joined Fort Washington Investment Advisors as a senior equity research manager focusing on technology companies. He worked in a similar capacity at Morningstar and is a former program manager and software developer from Microsoft. He earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Total Quality Logistics, the Cincinnati-based trucking transportation broker, has been named to Inc. magazine's list of America's fastest-growing private companies for the eighth time in its 15-year history. TQL, which employs more than 2,000 people in 15 locations, plans to add approximately 1,000 employees over the next three years.