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Cincinnati-area lawyers appointed to chair OSBA committees and sections

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

Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 26, 2012) Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Judge Patrick F. Fischer has appointed five Cincinnati-area lawyers to be chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2012-2013. 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.
 
Hon. Robert H. Lyons has been reappointed to chair the Traffic Law Committee. Judge Lyons received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University and his law degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law. Since 1999, he has served on the bench of the Butler County Area I Court. Judge Lyons is also the founder of Lyons & Lyons Co., L.P.A., where he focuses his practice in the area of OVI criminal defense. Judge Lyons has been named Greater Cincinnati’s “Leading Lawyer for DUI” by Cincy magazine. In addition to being an active OSBA member, he is president of the Butler County Municipal & County Court Judges Association and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Judges and the International Judges Association. Judge Lyons has served as a Miami University business law instructor and is a certified instructor for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the area of DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He and his wife, Bea, have four adult children.
 
Timothy M. Maloney has been appointed to chair the Health Care Law Committee. Maloney has worked in healthcare operations and finance his entire adult life. He currently serves as vice president of Payor Relations for Cincinnati’s UC Health. In this role, he is responsible for negotiating and managing contractual relationships with commercial managed care plans and government managed care plans on behalf of Greater Cincinnati’s academic medical center. Prior to joining UC Health, Maloney was chief operating officer for Summit Medical Group in Northern Kentucky (now St. Elizabeth Physicians). He was involved in both the start-up and on-going management of this hospital-owned physician group practice. He has also held management positions with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Hospital. Maloney received both a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University, and earned his law degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law in 2010. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
 
John B. Pinney has been appointed 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 Northern Kentucky Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Union Internationalde des Avocats. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and chairs its subcommittee on international arbitration. An AV-rated attorney, he was named an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2011 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 to 2012.
 
Rhys J. Richards has been appointed 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 African 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 Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association, the Mid-Miami Valley Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Butler County Bar Association. In his community, Richards serves on both the Greater Hamilton Civic Theater Board and the Butler County Advisory Board to the American Cancer Society.
 
Daniel R. Warncke has been reappointed to chair the Antitrust Law Section. Warncke received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and his master’s degree from Webster University. He received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He currently practices in the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, and serves in state and federal courts as trial counsel in complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on antitrust and franchise matters. Warncke is a recipient of the 2011 BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star Award. In his community, Warncke is secretary of the Lakota Family YMCA and has served on the boards of directors for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross and the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance. He also is a former member of the boards of education for the Lakota Local School District and Butler Technology and Career Development Schools.
 
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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