Area attorneys certified as specialists

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Columbus, Ohio (Jan. 4, 2017) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced that it has newly certified 27 lawyers as specialists in seven legal practice areas. (A list of names is attached to this release.) They join a total of 696 Ohio State Bar Association Certified Attorneys in various specialty areas.

All attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio must have graduated from an accredited law school, passed an intensive examination and attend continuing legal education courses as required by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Attorneys who devote a large part of their practice to a particular area of the law may choose to go beyond these requirements to earn specialty certification.

"Becoming certified as a specialist helps attorneys strengthen their practice skills in a particular area of the law and earn an additional professional credential. They can also use this designation to inform their clients of their legal expertise," said OSBA President Ron Kopp. "The Ohio State Bar Association congratulates these attorneys who have successfully completed the certification process."

To become certified, attorneys must: demonstrate substantial and continuing involvement in a particular field of law, meaning they must devote at least 25 percent of their practice to that area of law; submit five professional references attesting to their competency in the specialty area; have earned a minimum of 36 hours of intermediate or advanced continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the past three years as part of the continuing legal education hours required of all attorneys; pass a written examination; prove financial responsibility by maintaining minimum professional liability insurance coverage; and remain in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Attorneys who have earned specialty certification must file annual reports attesting to compliance with program requirements. Additionally, they must be re-certified at least every four to seven years by meeting all of the original requirements for certification except the written examination.

The Supreme Court of Ohio established a Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists to identify specialties and set minimum standards for specialty certification. The Commission accredits the certifying agencies.

The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio. It is currently accredited to certify specialists in 11 areas of law.

Attorneys who wish to become certified in 2017 can apply for certification online through the OSBA website at between January and June.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 23,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students.  Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

Editor's note: Home zip code provided below unless otherwise indicated.


Angela M. Sullivan
Columbus 43215Ohio Attorney General's Office
Levi J. TkachColumbus 43215Graff & McGovern, LPA

Jennifer L. Brogan Dayton 45066Bieser Greer & Landis LLP
John P. JohnsonColumbus 43081The Behal Law group
Corinne H. SixCuyahoga Falls 44224Hoover Six & Assoc., LLC
Elizabeth J. Zuercher                                         Columbus 43215Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP


Joshua L. GoodeCincinnati 45202Barrett & Weber
Matthew R. HochstetlerCanton 44702Day Ketterer Ltd.
Andrew W. KirkpatrickBeachwood 44122The Glenmede Trust Company
James Bart LeonardiWestlake 44145James Bart Leonardi, LLC
Jennifer L. LileCanton 44735Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty
Neil H. SpikeElyria 44035The Spike & Meckler Law Firm LLP
Julia E. TarvinCincinnati 45202Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Patrick J. TulleyCleveland 44114Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL


Elizabeth A. Durnell Yorkshire 45388Lovett & Lovett Co., LPA


Ann-Marie AhernCleveland 44115McCarthy Lebit Crystal & Liffman
Nathan J. PangraceCleveland 44114Roetzel & Andress LPA
Stacy V. PollockColumbus 43065Mazanec Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA
Christine M. SnyderCleveland 44113Tucker Ellis LLP

Anthony A. BauccoIndependence 44107Ross Brittain & Schonberg LPA
John A. ColemanAkron 44333Hanna Campbell & Powell, LLP
Katherine E. IvanColumbus 43215Agee Clymer Mitchell & Laret
Mathew A. LalloWilloughby 44094Lallo & Feldman Co., LPA


Lucas M. BlowerAkron 44311Brouse McDowell LPA
Matthew S. BrownColumbus 43215Carlile Patchen & Murphy
M. Terence CawleyCleveland 44124ABA Insurance Services
Robert P. RutterCleveland 44131Rutter & Russin



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