Area attorneys certified as specialists


SUBJECT: Area Attorneys Certified as Specialists
CONTACT: Kenneth Brown - 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, Ohio (December 11, 2001) - The Ohio State Bar Association today announced that an additional 62 lawyers have been certified as specialist in either federal taxation or labor and employment law. (A list of names is attached to this release).

All attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio must have graduated from an accredited law school, passed an intensive examination, and attended 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. To become certified, they must:

  • demonstrate substantial and continuing involvement in a particular field of law, meaning they must devote at least 25% of their practice to a area of law;
  • submit five individual references attesting to their competency in the specialty area;
  • 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 credits required of all attorneys;
  • remain in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio;
  • pass a written examination; and
  • prove financial responsibility by maintaining minimum professional liability insurance coverage.

Attorneys who have earned a specialty certification must be recertified at least every seven years and must earn a minimum of 12 continuing legal education credits in the specialty area every two years.

"The OSBA congratulates these attorneys who have elected to earn certification," said Mary Jane Trapp, OSBA president. "As an organization, we pride ourselves on providing services that meet the needs of our members and the public. The specialization program is yet another example of that commitment."

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

Agencies that provide ongoing education for lawyers may submit their certification programs to the Court for approval. Once accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio, these agencies can then offer their certification programs to Ohio attorneys who wish to become specialists in those particular fields of law. The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio and was responsible for certifying this group of 62 lawyers. The OSBA will offer certification examinations in 2002 in family law, federal taxation, labor & employment law, and workers compensation.

The areas of law approved for specialty certification include: business bankruptcy law, business law, commercial and real property law, residential real property law, civil trial advocacy, consumer bankruptcy law, creditors' rights/debt collection, criminal trial advocacy, elder law, estate planning, trust and probate law, family relations law, federal taxation law, labor and employment law, and workers' compensation law. Some of these areas may not yet have accredited specialty programs available, and some have been combined. Other fields of law may be added to the Supreme Court's list in the future.

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.



(51) Labor & Employment

Thomas R. Crookes
Paul L. Jackson
Joanne Jocha-Ervin
Neil E. Klingshirn
James D. Kurek
Gary W. Spring
Dennis R. Thompson
Thomas J. Wiencek

R. Doreen Canton
Lee Hornberger
David D. Kammer
James K. L. Lawrence
Kelly M. Myers
Peter K. Newman
Robert J. Reid
Gregory P. Rogers
Roger A. Weber

Barton A. Bixenstine
Jennifer A. Corso
Bruce B. Elfvin
Amy S. Glesius
Bari E. Goggins
Mitchell B. Goldberg
Denise J. Knecht
David R. Knowles
Theodore E. Meckler
Richard A. Millisor
Susannah Muskovitz
Patrick J. Perotti
Robert C. Petrulis
F. Benjamin Riek III
Susan G. Ruben
Steven A. Sindell
Gregory P. Szuter
Stephanie D. Trudeau
Stephen S. Zashin

Jack W. Decker
Lawrence F. Feheley
Barbara K. Letcher
Samuel N. Lillard
John S. Marshall
Joshua J. Morrow

Karen T. Dunlevey
John R. Folkerth Jr.
Jeffrey M. Silverstein

Joe A. Simmons

James G. Burkhardt
R. Kevin Greenfield
C. Randolph Light

Ira J. Mirkin

Kenneth W. Scott

(11) Federal Taxation

Joel S. Brant

Lance A. Gildner

Edward C. Hertenstein
Russell W. Kessler

Kimon P. Karas
John S. Seich
Michael J. Shapiro
Frederick N. Widen
Gary A. Zwick

William F. Russo
Michael G. Schwartz



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