Area attorneys certified as specialists


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Columbus, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2018) The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced that it has newly certified 23 lawyers as specialists in seven legal practice areas. (A list of names is attached to this release). They join a total of 703 OSBA 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.   


"Attorneys who are certified as specialists in a particular area of law have an additional professional credential and they stand out to clients," said OSBA President Randall Comer. "By meeting the requirements and maintaining their certification, these lawyers hone and strengthen their practice skills. The OSBA congratulates them on their achievements."  


Attorneys seeking certification must satisfy several criteria: 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 (CLE) credits in the specialty area during the past three years as part of the CLE 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 recertified every four to seven years by meeting all of the original requirements for certification except the written examination.  


"I am very honored to be a newly certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law," said Franklin County attorney Bradley Glover. "While the certification test was challenging, I certainly believe it was worth the time and effort and I would definitely encourage my fellow practitioners to consider pursuing this opportunity for themselves."  

Cuyahoga County attorney Max Rieker, certified specialist in labor and employment law, said that going through the steps to obtain certification has already helped advance his practice: "I have every reason to believe that it will further my practice for years to come. Plus, the process has given me a whole new respect for those who have been certified previously."  


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 of which the OSBA is the largest in the state.   


The OSBA is currently accredited to certify specialists in 11 areas of law: administrative agency; appellate; elder; estate planning, trust and probate; family relations; federal taxation; insurance coverage; labor and employment; business; commercial and industrial real property; residential real property and workers' compensation.   


Attorneys who wish to become certified in 2018 can apply for certification online through the OSBA website at between January and June.   


About the Ohio State Bar Association  

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing more than 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. 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. 

Newly Certified Attorney Specialists 

AttorneyCountySpecialty LawCityFirm/Court
Kyra M. RaimeyButlerFamily RelationsWest ChesterCordell & Cordell PC
Duydan H. VuButlerElder Hamilton Cooper Adel & Associates
Russell S. BensingCuyahogaAppellateClevelandRussell Bensing, Atty at Law
Toni J. Querry-FarkasCuyahogaAppellateShaker HeightsCuyahoga County Court of Appeals
Max V. RiekerCuyahogaLabor & Employment Bay Village Walter Haverfield LLP
Michael J. RocheCuyahogaWorkers' Comp.Cleveland Ohio Attorney General's Office
Amanda A. BarretoErieResidential Real PropertySanduskyOtt & Associates Co., LPA
Kendra L. CarpenterFranklinFamily RelationsColumbusFreytag Carpenter LLC
Bradley R. GloverFranklinEstate Planning, Trust & ProbateGrove City Kessler & Ballenger Co LPA
Steven D. StrangFranklinInsurance Coverage Columbus Gallagher Sharp
Melanie B. WallsHamiltonFamily Relations CincinnatiMelanie Beth Walls, Atty at Law
Julie S. KehresHamiltonEstate Planning, Trust & ProbateCincinnati Schimpf, Ginocchio & Kehres Co., LPA
Kimberly A. KyleHamiltonInsurance Coverage Cincinnati Kohnen & Patton LLP
Anthony V. JagoditzHamiltonWorkers' Comp.Cincinnati Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Kristin L. WedellLakeLabor & Employment Mentor Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, PC
Kurt D. AndersonLorainInsurance Coverage Elyria Collins Roche Utley & Garner LLC
Joshua D. DidionLucasEstate Planning, Trust & Probate Toledo Marshall & Melhorn, LLC
Dean HinesMontgomeryFamily RelationsKettering Dean Edward Hines Co LPA
Sarah G. WorleyMontgomeryEstate Planning, Trust & ProbateKettering Dungan & LeFevre Co., LPA
Aletha M. CarverStarkAppellateCantonKrugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty
Patrick J. SaccognaSummitEstate Planning, Trust & Probate Hudson Thompson Hine LLP - Cleveland
Sue A. SokolowskiSummitElder ClintonCleaver & Sokolowski, LLC
Tonya M. RobinsonWoodFamily RelationsPerrysburg   Spengler Nathanson PLL

More information on the OSBA's certification programs and a complete list of certified attorney specialists by practice are can be found here. 





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