CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 16, 2013) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Jonathan Hollingsworth has appointed six Cincinnati-area lawyers to be chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2013-2014. The OSBA maintains 31 standing committees and 11 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.
Mark Bamberger has been appointed to chair the Animal Law Committee. A general, sole practice attorney with offices in Tipp City, West Chester, Enon and Spring Valley, his areas of concentration include environmental law, policy and economics, and geology. He earned his undergraduate degree in geology from Miami University, his master’s degree from Wichita State University (geology), his doctoral degree in environmental science and policy, and his law degree from Capital University School of Law. Before opening his law practice, he founded Timber Wolf Consulting in Springboro and served as a private consultant in the areas of hydrology, hydrogeology, hazardous waste site investigation and remedial design, and as a regulatory liaison. He also taught at Capital University and Miami University as an adjunct professor. He is a member of the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce, and serves as general counsel for Bonnie’s Animal Rescue and Kennels and for Citizens for Animal Rights and Ethical Standards. He also serves on the board of directors for The River Institute, Center for Applied River Science. He is an active member of the Dayton and Cleveland Metropolitan bar associations, having served in leadership roles for a variety of bar association committees. An avid motorcyclist, he also belongs to the Ohio chapter of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and is a former chapter president of the Buckeye (Motorcycle) Rider’s Riding Club of Southwestern Ohio.
J. Michael Cooney has been appointed to chair the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section. A partner in the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, he serves as chair of the firm’s Estate and Trust Practice Group. He advises clients in estate planning, including federal and state estate and gift tax matters and related income tax planning. He also represents trustees and trust beneficiaries in trust administration matters, and executors and beneficiaries in probate court matters. Cooney has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 20 years, selected by Law & Politics as one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio since 2004, and is certified by the OSBA as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law. He is a past chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Trust, Wills and Estate Planning Section, and a past president of both the Cincinnati Bar Foundation and the Cincinnati Estate Planning Council. In addition, he is a fellow and state chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a past chair of the Southwestern Ohio Tax Institute. Cooney earned his undergraduate degree from Xavier University in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1975. He and Michele, his wife, have five children and two grandchildren.
William M. Deters II has been appointed to chair the Education Law Committee. A shareholder in the Cincinnati-based firm of Ennis Roberts Fischer Co., LPA, he represents and counsels boards of education in a variety of education law issues with emphasis on labor negotiations, employment matters and special education. He is also the law director for the City of Harrison and the City of North College Hill. He serves as legal counsel for Whitewater Township and the Western Joint Ambulance District. After having earned his degree in journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University in 1990, he received his law degree, cum laude, from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1995. He is a graduate of United States Army Basic and Advanced Armor Officer courses (1989 and 1996). Deters has served as an adjunct professor for both Ashland University and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and has been a guest lecturer for Xavier University’s Williams College of Business Graduate Program as well as its Masters in Education Program. He is a past chair of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Executive Committee and belongs to the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys.
Janet E. Pecquet has been appointed to chair the Elder and Special Needs Committee. Currently an attorney with the Cincinnati firm Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC, she previously served seniors and low-income individuals while working for two nonprofit organizations: Pro Seniors and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc. (ABLE). Pecquet earned her undergraduate degree from California State University Long Beach in 1978 and her law degree from Southwestern University in 1980. She has served as chair and secretary of the Cincinnati Bar Association Elder Law Committee and as both secretary and board chair of the Association for Professionals in Aging. In her community, she is a volunteer for the St. George Food Pantry and is involved with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation. Pecquet has four children: Michael, Christopher, John and Levi.
John B. Pinney has been reappointed to chair the Federal Courts and Practice Committee. Pinney is a partner in the Cincinnati firm of Graydon Head, where he is the senior trial lawyer in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Client Service Department and chair of the International Practice Group. Pinney graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in economics. He went on to receive his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. A frequent speaker on enforcement of foreign judgments and on international commercial arbitration, he has traveled to many other countries to give presentations. Pinney is a member of the International Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Union Internationalde des Avocats. He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), is active in its Litigation Section and International Section, and serves in the ABA’s House of Delegates as the Cincinnati Bar Association delegate. An AV-rated attorney, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® from 2006 to 2013.
Rhys J. Richards has been reappointed to chair the Negligence Law Committee. A personal injury lawyer in the Middletown, Ohio office of Casper & Casper, LLC, he graduated from Bowling Green State University with majors in English and history and a minor in Africana studies. Richards received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. An active OSBA member, he served as the immediate past chair of the OSBA’s Insurance Law Committee. After participating in the inaugural OSBA Leadership Academy, he began serving on its Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Ohio Association for Justice, the Mid-Miami Valley Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Butler County Bar Association. He also serves as treasurer of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association. In his community, Richards recently completed his service on the Greater Hamilton Civic Theater Board and continues to serve as president of the Butler County Volunteer Leadership Council, affiliated with the American Cancer Society.
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.