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Columbus-area attorneys chair OSBA committees and sections

For Immediate Release

SUBJECT:  Columbus-area attorneys chair OSBA committees and sections

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown  800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

COLUMBUS (Sept. 2, 2003)—Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Keith A. Ashmus has appointed 19 Columbus-area lawyers as chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2003 - 2004. The OSBA maintains 39 standing committees and 10 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Committees and sections work to improve the justice system by keeping Ohio lawyers informed about the latest court decisions and regulatory changes. In addition, they comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws.

David T. Ball, an attorney and associate director of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation in Columbus, has been appointed to chair the Access to Justice Committee. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Ball received his law degree from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. Ball served for six years as the director of Religious Life and Service-Learning at Denison University. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Ball founded Interfaith Legal Services to provide monthly drop-in legal advice to low-income residents in five Ohio counties and is a member of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs’ Religious Liberty Council. He also serves as a board member for the Licking County Coalition for Housing. Ball lives in Granville with his wife, Kim, who is the senior pastor of the University Baptist Church. They have four children: Anna,12; Vince, 10; John, 5; and Lisa, 2.

Marjorie H. Brant, a former general counsel for Columbia Gas of Ohio who now works as a legal consultant, has been appointed to chair the Corporate Counsel Section. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and master’s degrees from Purdue University and the University of Pittsburgh. Brant received her law degree from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 1983. Brant has served on the OSBA’s Board of Governors and the Columbus Bar Association’s Notary Public Committee. She has participated in the Lawyer in the Classroom and Mock Trial programs and is a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association and the American Gas Association. In the community, she is a board member of Core One Credit Union, a disaster services volunteer for the American Red Cross, and a past board member of Junior Achievement Central Ohio. Brant and her husband, John, have three children: John, Douglas, and Laura.

Stephen R. Buchenroth, a partner in the Columbus firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP, has been appointed to chair the Real Property Section. A WittenbergUniversitygraduate, he received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1974. He now serves on Wittenberg’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for Capital University Law School’s Certified Legal Assistants Program. An active member of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA), Buchenroth is a past CBA president. The CBA awarded Buchenroth the Bar Service Medal in 2000. He is also a member of the OSBA’s Council of Delegates and Legal Assistants Committee. He serves on the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; Business Law Committee; and Antitrust Section. Buchenroth is a member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education. He and his wife, Vicki, have two children: Matthew, 22, and Sarah, 20.

Robert G. Cohen, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, has been appointed to chair the Antitrust Law Section. Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1988. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the OSBA Antitrust Section and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. Cohen is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association. In the community, he is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and has recently served on the Village of Powell Planning and Zoning Commission and the Village of Powell Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. He lives in Powell with his wife, Sheila Deselich Cohen.

Paul A. Colbert, a Senior Counsel with Cinergy Corporation’s Legal Department, has been re-appointed to chair the Public Utilities Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the Capital University Law and Graduate Center in 1991. He is currently a member of the Columbus Bar Association’s Public Utilities Committee. Colbert previously served as an Associate Attorney General with the Public Utilities Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. While there, he received the National Association of Attorneys General Best Brief Award for the 1996 term. Colbert has spoken on utilities law and related topics at a variety of professional conferences in Ohio.

Joseph R. Dreitler, a partner in the Columbus offices of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, has been re-appointed chair of the Intellectual Property Section. Dreitler is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Salmon P. Chase School of Law.P rior to entering private practice, Dreitler was associate general counsel for Anheuser-Busch Companies in St. Louis. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and chaired the INTA’s 1998 annual meeting in Boston. He has also served as chair of the INTA’s Amicus Curiae Brief Committee, and co-authored a brief used in a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court case of Qualitex v. Jacobson. Dreitler is a frequent speaker at the annual meetings on topics such as Internet issues, brand name clearance, and global trademark issues.

Anthony L. Ehler, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP, has been re-appointed to chair the Taxation Committee. A graduate of Notre DameUniversity, Ehler received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1987. He is a contributing author to Capital University’s Ohio Tax Review. Ehler has been a guest lecturer on state and local tax topics for the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Petroleum Marketers’ Association, and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Robert L. Ellis, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Ellis & Venable, LLP, has been appointed to chair the Computer Law Committee. Ellis received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the Antioch School of Law in 1981. Fluent in Russian and German, Ellis also practices international business law and assists in the support of disadvantaged children in the former Soviet Union. He frequently lectures on international law, privacy law, and Internet law. Ellis lives in Upper Arlington with his wife and two children.

Steven M. Herron, an attorney for the Ohio Public Defender in Columbus, has been appointed to chair the Lawyer’s Assistance Committee. Herron received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his law degree from Capital Law School in 1992. In the community, Herron is active in his church and coaches a tee-ball team. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons: Andrew, 5, and Samuel, 2.

Kenneth C. Johnson, a partner in Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Corporate Department, has been appointed to chair the Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1979. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Committee and the Columbus Bar Association’s Real Estate and Bankruptcy Committees. Certified as a bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification, Johnson chairs his firm’s creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice group, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League.

Marc J. Kessler, a partner with the Columbus firm of Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP, has been appointed to chair the Sports and Entertainment Law Committee. A graduate of Dickinson College, he received his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1992. He is now an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. Kessler is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and the vice chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee. He serves on the Columbus Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee and Sports and Entertainment Law Committee and on the OSBA’s Insurance Law Committee. He and his wife, Susan, have four children: Matthew, Nicole, Ryan, and Jacob.

Mary E. Ming, the executive director of Capital University Law School’s graduate law programs, has been appointed to chair the Paralegal/Legal Assistants Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, her master’s degree from Ball State University, and her law degree from the University of Dayton. Ming previously served as director of the Paralegal/Legal Nurse Consultant programs at Capital University Law School and as associate director of the Ohio CLE Institute/Ohio State Bar Association. She is a member of the OSBA’s Board of Governors and the Women in the Profession Section. She was previously a consultant on continuing legal education for the Columbus Bar Association and is a past vice-president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. Ming also is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society.

M. Howard Petricoff, an attorney with the Columbus firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP, has been appointed to chair the Natural Resources Committee. Petricoff received his bachelor’s degree from American University and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1974. Petricoff is now an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. He has also been appointed as a Special Assistant Ohio Attorney General. In the community, Petricoff serves on the Board of Visitors for Capital University, the Board of Directors for the Energy Institute of Ohio, and as a trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He and his wife, Hannah Sue, have two children: Nicholas and Eve.

Bradd N. Siegel, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, has been re-appointed to chair the Labor and Employment Law Section. A Cornell University graduate, Siegel received his law degree from George Washington University in 1977 and his master of laws degree from Georgetown University in 1978. In addition to being an active member of the OSBA, he is a fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Elizabeth M. Stanton, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP, has been appointed to chair the Government, Education & Construction Law Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from Drexel University and her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Houston in 1979. Stanton is board certified by the OSBA in the practice of labor and employment law. She is licensed in both Ohio and Texas, and practices in the areas of employment, higher education, annexation and local government. Stanton is a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Long-Range Planning Committee and a former board member. She is a fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation and a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She is a past chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee and was a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio/OSBA Joint Task Force on Gender Fairness. She and her husband, Robert, a professor at The Ohio State University, live in Upper Arlington.

Scott F. Sturges, a partner in the Columbus law firm of McNamara & McNamara LLP, has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee. Sturges earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, his master’s degree from Miami University, and his law degree from The Ohio State University. He is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a member of the Columbus Bar Association, and a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association. Sturges recently contributed to the OSBA’s Legal Basics for Small Business and has served on the Board of Editors of the Capital University Ohio Tax Review. He is the current president of the Columbus Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and acts as a board member and trustee for the Ohio Jury Management Association. Before becoming a lawyer, Sturges worked for the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served as the Fiscal Officer, assistant to the Speaker of the House, and assistant to the Majority Caucus.

Gregory M. Travalio, Associate Dean for Professional Relations at the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University, has been appointed to chair the Legal Education Committee. Travalio received his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his master of laws degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1979. He recently served as director of the Moritz College of Law’s Summer Law Program at Oxford and as chair of the law school’s Academic Affairs Committee. He currently serves the Ohio Judicial Conference as chair of the Jury Instruction Drafting Committee and as editorial advisor for the Jury Instruction Editorial Board. He also acts as Executive Officer (IMA) to the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. Travalio is a member of the OSBA Continuing Legal Education Advisory Committee, the OSBA Council of Delegates, and the Ohio Institute on the Legal Profession’s Organizing Committee. He is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and serves as Master of the Franklin Inns of Court.

Frederick A. Vierow, a Columbus attorney in private practice, has been appointed to chair the Uniform State Laws Committee. Vierow is also a legal counsel for the County Engineers Association of Ohio and is affiliated with Capital Insights, Columbus, a governmental affairs firm engaged in legislative lobbying. He received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1960. In addition to chairing the Uniform State Laws Committee, Vierow serves on the OSBA’s Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law; Government, Education and Construction Law; Health Care Law; and Public Utilities Committees. He is a former chair of the Health Care Law Committee. Vierow is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is a co-editor-in-chief of Baldwin’s Ohio Administrative Law Handbook and Agency Directory.

Benson A. Wolman, a partner in the Columbus law firm of Wolman & Genshaft, has been re-appointed to chair the Media Law Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from Capital University Law School. Wolman is a member of the OSBA’s Council of Delegates, a founding trustee and vice-president of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, and a founding trustee of the Center for Research into Government Processes. He is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Advisory Council, and has served the ACLU on the national, state, and local levels for many years. Wolman previously served on the Columbus Bar Association’s (CBA) Board of Governors, chaired the CBA’s Professionalism Committee, and chaired its Federal Courts Committee. He is a fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation. He also has served on the City of Columbus’s Drug Legislation and the Criminal Law Advisory commissions, the Attorney General’s Task Force on Regulating Lobbyists, and as consultant to the Ohio Department of Mental Health Committee on Patients’ Rights. In the community, Wolman has been active in many Jewish organizations including B’nai B’rith, the Hillel Foundation at The Ohio State University, and the Columbus Jewish Federation. For fifteen years, Wolman wrote restaurant reviews for Columbus Monthly magazine under the pen name of “Ben Vivant.” He and his wife, Dr. Jerilyn Lazear Wolman, have one adult son, Robert.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 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.

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