CONTACT: Kenneth Brown – (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-4426Columbus, 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 www.ohiobar.org/certification
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.
ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY LAW
Angela M. Sullivan
|Columbus 43215||Ohio Attorney General's Office|
|Levi J. Tkach||Columbus 43215||Graff & McGovern, LPA|
|FAMILY RELATIONS LAW SPECIALISTS|||||
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|Jennifer L. Brogan ||Dayton 45066||Bieser Greer & Landis LLP|
|John P. Johnson||Columbus 43081||The Behal Law group |
|Corinne H. Six||Cuyahoga Falls 44224||Hoover Six & Assoc., LLC|
|Elizabeth J. Zuercher ||Columbus 43215||Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP|
|ESTATE PLANNING, TRUST, AND PROBATE LAW SPECIALISTS|||||
|Joshua L. Goode||Cincinnati 45202||Barrett & Weber|
|Matthew R. Hochstetler||Canton 44702||Day Ketterer Ltd. |
|Andrew W. Kirkpatrick||Beachwood 44122||The Glenmede Trust Company|
|James Bart Leonardi||Westlake 44145||James Bart Leonardi, LLC|
|Jennifer L. Lile||Canton 44735||Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty|
|Neil H. Spike||Elyria 44035||The Spike & Meckler Law Firm LLP|
|Julia E. Tarvin||Cincinnati 45202||Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP|
|Patrick J. Tulley||Cleveland 44114||Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL|
|ELDER LAW SPECIALIST|||
|Elizabeth A. Durnell ||Yorkshire 45388||Lovett & Lovett Co., LPA|
|LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW SPECIALISTS|||
|Ann-Marie Ahern||Cleveland 44115||McCarthy Lebit Crystal & Liffman|
|Nathan J. Pangrace||Cleveland 44114||Roetzel & Andress LPA|
|Stacy V. Pollock||Columbus 43065||Mazanec Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA |
|Christine M. Snyder||Cleveland 44113||Tucker Ellis LLP|
|WORKERS' COMPENATION LAW SPECIALISTS|||
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|Anthony A. Baucco||Independence 44107||Ross Brittain & Schonberg LPA|
|John A. Coleman||Akron 44333||Hanna Campbell & Powell, LLP|
|Katherine E. Ivan||Columbus 43215||Agee Clymer Mitchell & Laret|
|Mathew A. Lallo||Willoughby 44094||Lallo & Feldman Co., LPA|
|INSURANCE COVERAGE LAW SPECIALISTS|||
|Lucas M. Blower||Akron 44311||Brouse McDowell LPA|
|Matthew S. Brown||Columbus 43215||Carlile Patchen & Murphy|
|M. Terence Cawley||Cleveland 44124||ABA Insurance Services|
|Robert P. Rutter||Cleveland 44131||Rutter & Russin|