The long and winding road that led to the April groundbreaking for The Banks riverfront required some skilled navigators. Thomas L. Gabelman’s steering role was mostly behind the scenes until Hamilton County credited him recently with a Distinguished Citizen award for his service and dedication.

“We wouldn’t have a Banks, or a Great American Ball Park for the Reds to play in, were it not for Tom Gabelman,” says Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.

Gabelman, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, has served as a counsel to the county on special projects since 1999, and has been a member of The Banks Working Group since 2006. He worked on property acquisition, public and private funding, project team contracting, and project management issues related to the ballparks as well as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and related projects.

The Banks was first conceived as an 18-acre retail, entertainment, residential and office complement to Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium. Gabelman worked on property acquisition, public and private funding, project team contracting, and project management issues related to the ballparks, along with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and related projects.
 
 

Thompson Hine launched a web site to help advance fuel-cell technologies. The site, which can be accessed through www.ThompsonHine.com, archives U.S. patent data on fuel cells as a resource for Ohio companies, entrepreneurs and researchers working on alternative energy sources. “I believe that the web site will be a valuable tool to track developments in such areas as nanofiber membranes, catalysis and hydrogen generation,” says attorney Victor J. Wasylyna, who compiled the online data.

Stuart A. Schloss of Ulmer & Berne was named secretary of the board of trustees for Centerpoint Health, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare agency that provides outpatient treatment, counseling, case management, and crisis and prevention services to Hamilton County residents. Schloss has extensive experience with closely held businesses, domestic relations taxation, estate planning and probate, as well as practice in nonprofit corporations.

Marty Dunn joined Dinsmore & Shohl as a partner in the corporate department, moving from the Cincinnati office of Baker Hostetler. A leader in fostering economic development through entrepreneurial alliances involving for-profit, nonprofit and governmental entities, Dunn was the first African-American managing partner of a law firm in Cincinnati.

Mark J. Stepaniak, a partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s labor and employment department, was appointed vice president of the board of Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio, a comprehensive charitable organization administered by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He also was appointed to the board of the Boy Scouts of America’s Dan Beard Council. The labor and employment law veteran is a former scout.

Taft named three Cincinnati attorneys as partners: Jeanne M. Cors, of the litigation department and a member of the antitrust, franchise and white collar criminal defense practices; Cynthia C. Felson, in the workers’ compensation practice of the litigation department; and Justin D. Flamm, specializing in labor and employment.

Graydon Head & Ritchey beefed up its ranks through six new associates. J. Stephen Smith joined client service for litigation and dispute resolution. Emily S. Pan is in the personal planning industry group. Zachary D. Prendergast joined the creditors’ rights practice group. Kristin S. Blackwell and Lisa J. Caldemeyer are now in client services for human resources. And Michele L. Schuler is handling client services in the litigation department.

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