Cleveland-area lawyers appointed to chair OSBA committees and sections

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 nine Cleveland-area lawyers to head 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.

Suzanne Fisher-Edwards has been appointed to chair the Environmental Law Committee. She is a partner at McMahon DeGulis LLP, an Ohio environmental and energy law firm with offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. She counsels clients in a variety of environmental law matters, including regulatory and compliance issues, and energy projects. She has represented numerous landowner groups in lease negotiations, and has particular experience in complex issues related to oil and gas, and wind farm leasing. She has also represented clients in the cleanup of contaminated sites, including brownfields and gas stations. Recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as a leading practitioner in environmental law in Ohio, she has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2011. Fisher-Edwards received her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1995 from John Carroll University and her law degree, cum laude, from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1998. She has served as vice-chair of the OSBA’s Environmental Law Committee, and as a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Club Program Committee. She lives in Hilliard with Eric Edwards, her husband.

Gregory A. Gordillo has been appointed to chair the Labor and Employment Law Section. Gordillo is a partner in the firm of Valore & Gordillo LLC, where he focuses his practice on employment law. He graduated in the top five percent of his class at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he also served as an adjunct professor. Gordillo has published numerous articles on trial procedure and employment law and is a frequent speaker on many different employment and litigation topics. He is on the board of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association and is a past chair of the Cleveland Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Since 2005, Gordillo has been one of the masters of the bench for the Cleveland Employment Law Inn of Court. Gordillo has been included in the “Super Lawyers” list for 2012, 2013, and in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. He will be included in the same lists for 2014.

Leigh Herington has been appointed to chair the Public Utilities Law Committee. Herington is the recently retired executive director of the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC). NOPEC is a public entity that represents more than 160 communities and nearly 600,000 residential and small business customers that aggregate to save on costs of electricity and natural gas. A lawyer representing public institutions for more than 30 years, Herington served in the Ohio Senate from 1995 through 2003. He was one of the seven members of the legislature that authored SB3 (1999), the legislation that resulted in deregulation of the generation of electricity in Ohio. After having served as a senator for less than two years, he assumed leadership roles as assistant minority whip from 1997 to 1999 and assistant minority leader from 2000 through 2001. In 2001, he was elected minority leader, a position he held until he voluntarily stepped down to run for Ohio Attorney General in 2002. He has been a member of the Ohio Bar Association for more than 30 years, and earlier this year served as the OSBA’s representative on the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University. He received his law degree from the University of Akron. Herington is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren.

Matthew E. Liebson has been appointed to chair the Antitrust Law Section. He is a partner in the Cleveland office of Thompson Hine, where he focuses his practice on antitrust, unfair competition and product distribution litigation. He earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in philosophy, politics and economics from Denison University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School. A frequent author and presenter, he was listed for inclusion in Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyer® magazine in 2009 and 2013 in the area of antitrust litigation. He has also been listed in Who’s Who in American Law® since 2007. Prior to his appointment as chair of the OSBA Antitrust Law Section, he served as vice chair. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section. In the community, he has served as secretary of the Rotary Club of Solon since 2011, and a president of the Ohio Postal History Society since 2010.

Marlon A. Primes has been appointed to chair the Litigation Section. He has served as assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, since 1992, and handles matters involving torts, contracts, medical malpractice and financial litigation. Primes earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Journalism from Ohio University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Named Volunteer of the Year by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) for 2013, Primes currently serves on its board of trustees. He has served on the OSBA Council of Delegates since 2009, and previously served as secretary of the OSBA Litigation Section. He also has been a Master of the Bench with the William K. Thomas Chapter of the American Inns of Court since 2004. In his community, he serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Akron. He has also served on the Ursuline College Advisory Board since 2002 and as general counsel for the Antioch Baptist Church and credit union since 2000. Primes and Kathi Howard-Primes, his wife of 22 years, have a son, Markus, and a daughter, Kayla.

Michael S. Tucker has been appointed to chair the Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee. A certified specialist in business bankruptcy law and a partner in the Cleveland office of Ulmer Berne LLP, Tucker practices in the areas of bankruptcy law and creditors’ rights. Tucker earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law since 2008, and to Ohio’s Super Lawyers® list since 2004. In addition to his involvement with the OSBA, he is an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), having served as the CMBA’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section chair, as a member of its executive board and as a member of its Bar Admissions Committee. He has also served as both director and dean of faculty for the American Board of Certification. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and served as director and treasurer of the Ohio Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy from 2003 to 2006. In his community, he has co-taught a course titled Rights, Responsibilities, Realities, sponsored through the CMBA’s 3Rs program for students at Glenville High School and the Jane Addams Design Lab. He has also volunteered for the CMBA’s Bankruptcy Bypass Program since 2009.

Laurence A. Turbow has been appointed to chair the Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. A sole practitioner in Cleveland, his general practice areas include civil litigation, business, family law, school law, probate law and criminal law. Having begun service in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in 1971, he graduated from the Ohio State University in June 1972 and taught social studies in the Cleveland Public Schools for two years before entering law school. He earned his law degree in 1976 from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in 1978. A former member of the OSBA Council of Delegates, Turbow served in 2006-2007 as president of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee. He also received the President’s Award from the Cuyahoga County Bar Association in 1998. In the community, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, the Bureau of Jewish Education, the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and the Beth Torah Religious School. He also served as co-chairperson of the Beachwood Recreation Board and as vice-president of the Beachwood Boosters. Turbow and Arlene, his wife of 40 years, have three grown children: Geoffrey, Carrie and Lindsay.

Judge Jennifer P. Weiler has been appointed to chair the Traffic Law Committee. Judge Weiler has served on the bench of the Garfield Heights Municipal Court since 2000. Previously, she was a member of the Cleveland firm, Weiler & Weiler, LPA. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, she earned her law degree, cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1979.  Judge Weiler frequently plans and presents continuing legal education seminars for the Ohio Judicial College, and is the co-author of the best-selling legal treatise, Ohio Driving Under the Influence Law, which is updated and published annually. She prepared and regularly updates Local Rules of Court for the Garfield Heights Municipal Court and brought to the court a driver’s awareness sessions sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She is the 2010 recipient of the statewide President’s Award for Judicial Excellence from the Association of Municipal and County Court Judges of Ohio, and has served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on the Rules of Superintendence since 2006. An active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, she has chaired its Municipal Law Committee and has served on its e-Publication Committee. She also has served as a volunteer judge for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Mock Trial. In the community, she serves on the Marymount Hospital Community Advisory Committee and the Garfield Heights Community Elder-Friendly Task Force, is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and is a member of the Italian-American Police Officers Association of Ohio, Inc., the Cleveland American Middle East Organization, St. Ignatius Loyola Society and Kiwanis. She lives in Brecksville with her husband, Kevin, and their three children.

David A. Zagore has been appointed to chair the Corporation Law Committee. A partner in the Cleveland office of Squire Sanders, he concentrates his practice on the business representation of public and private companies. He also regularly advises boards of directors and management personnel about mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary and securities law matters, corporate contests and corporate governance. The Best Lawyers in America® has listed Zagore since 2003, and recently named him Cleveland Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year for 2013. He has also been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers and in Lawdragon’s Leading Lawyer. Law & Politics magazine also has recognized him as an Ohio Super Lawyer. A frequent speaker on corporate, fiduciary and securities law matters, he is an active member of both the American Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He has chaired numerous drafting committees for Ohio corporate and securities legislation, including Ohio’s director liability and indemnification statutes. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from the Ohio State University.

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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