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. 26, 2012) Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Judge Patrick F. Fischer has appointed six Cleveland-area lawyers to head OSBA committees and sections for 2012-2013. The OSBA maintains 40 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.
C. Lynne Day has been reappointed as chairperson of the Women in the Profession Section. Day graduated cum laude from Wittenberg University and earned her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While still an undergraduate, she completed an internship under Judge Marvin Halbert of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court and also served as a mediator for the Franklin County Municipal Court. Day is currently a partner in the Chardon firm of Petersen & Ibold, where she practices family law. She is a past president of the Geauga County Bar Association and currently serves as a trustee for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. She is the current president of the Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Day was identified as an Ohio Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and was named Board Member of the Year by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio.
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 serves 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. Named one of Ohio’s “Super Lawyers” for 2012, Gordillo will also be included in the Super Lawyers list for 2013, and in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Leigh Herington has been appointed to chair the Public Utilities Law Committee. A partner in the firm Christley, Herington & Pierce, Herington recently retired as 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. Herington, who has represented public institutions for more than 30 years, 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 OSBA for more than 30 years, and earlier this year served as its representative on the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council. Herington received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Kent State University, and his law degree from the University of Akron. He is married and has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Jack Kurant has been reappointed to chair the Corporation Law Committee. Kurant is a partner in the Cleveland firm of Wachter Kurant, LLC. An active member of the OSBA Corporation Law Committee for more than 20 years, Kurant most recently chaired the Limited Liability Company Subcommittee of the Corporation Law Committee. Kurant’s practice at Wachter Kurant, LLC focuses on corporate and business law, real estate acquisition and development and estate planning and probate. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is an emeritus member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Kevin G. Robertson has been reappointed to chair the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section. Robertson is a partner in the Cleveland firm of Baker Hostetler, where he focuses his practice on matters involving estate planning and estate/trust administration for high net worth individuals. He received both his bachelor’s of science degree and law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Robertson is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and serves on the editorial advisory board of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio. In his community, he is a member of the Case Western Reserve Alumni and the Cleveland Whist Club, and is on the board of directors of the Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland. He is also chairman of Case Western Reserve University’s Estate Planning Advisory Council.
Jennifer L. Strazzella has been reappointed to chair the Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee. Strazzella’s practice at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP focuses on the development and documentation of complex commercial loan transactions, DIP financings, commercial law, creditor’s rights and out-of-court restructurings and workouts. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Montana-Missoula and graduated magna cum laude in 2000 from the University of Toledo College of Law as a member of the Order of the Coif. Strazzella has been a member of the OSBA’s Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Committee since 2000 and served as the Secured Transactions Subcommittee chair from 2003 to 2011. She and Alex Strazzella, her husband, live in Bay Village.
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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