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Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 23, 2013) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Jonathan Hollingsworth has appointed 15 Columbus-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.
Col. Duncan Aukland has been reappointed to chair the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Col. Aukland was born in Delaware, Ohio but grew up in Arlington, Virginia and graduated in 1978 from Virginia Tech, where he majored in political science. Following his graduation from Capital University Law School in 1982, he served as a legal intern, staff attorney and consultant for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. In 1983, he entered the private practice of law in Columbus, and was commissioned in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps a year later. He became the chief legal counsel to the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department in 1990, and is now the longest-serving judge advocate serving on full-time National Guard duty in the country. Col. Aukland serves as a committee chair for the Columbus Bar Association’s Military Legal Assistance Task Force and is a frequent continuing legal education presenter. He has also published several articles and won second prize in the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Essay Contest in 2003.
William C. Becker has been reappointed to chair the Paralegals Committee. Becker is presently a principal trial attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. A faculty trainer for the National Association of Attorneys General, Becker has also taught trial practice at The Ohio State University School of Law and at Capital University Law School’s paralegal program. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and evidence. In addition to his public service, Becker was in private practice for ten years and represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Dayton.
Troy A. Callicoat has been reappointed to chair the Agricultural Law Committee. Callicoat is partner of Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth, LLP, in Dublin, where he specializes in agricultural law, environmental law, civil litigation and transactional law. Callicoat graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000, having majored in both agribusiness and applied economics. He went on to receive his law degree, magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School in 2003. Callicoat is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Franklin County Bar Association and the Columbus Young Professionals Club. He is also a member of the Ohio Agricultural Council.
Kacey Chappelear has been appointed to chair the Women in the Profession Section. An attorney with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Chappelear is currently a member of the office’s Special Victims Unit, which prosecutes sex crimes and crimes of violence against children and intimate partners. A 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia, she earned her law degree in 2007 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Chappelear is a past chair of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers Committee and current chair of its Criminal Law Committee. She also serves on the CBA’s Barrister Leader Planning Committee. An active OSBA member, she is a past chair of the Young Lawyers Section, a member of the OSBA’s Task Force on Gender Fairness, its Task Force on Legal Education and its Task Force on Committees and Sections. She is currently the OSBA Young Lawyer Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. In her community, she referees high school field hockey and volunteers as a teacher for “Street Legal,” a program she created with the CBA to teach at-risk youth about legal rights and responsibilities at local community centers.
Diane Kappeler DePascale has been reappointed to chair the Family Law Committee. Since 1981, she has represented hundreds of clients throughout Ohio in 7 appellate districts and 25 counties, and has been an OSBA-certified specialist in family relations law since 2005. She has held the positions of secretary and vice-chair of the OSBA Family Law Committee, and has chaired the Subcommittee on Legislative Review of Family Law Committees of both the OSBA and the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). DePascale has also presented at numerous seminars for the OSBA, the CBA and the Dayton Bar Association. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a major in political science and a minor in English, and received her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.
William H. Dulaney III has been reappointed to chair the Construction Law Committee. Dulaney is an attorney and principal with Dulaney Law LLC in Dublin, Ohio. During his 25-year practice, he has represented public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in Ohio and Kentucky in the areas of construction, safety and traditional labor matters. Before entering the practice of law, he developed considerable construction background, having worked for 10 years in the construction industry for two major Ohio construction companies in their Midwest, East Coast and Southern markets. Dulaney received his B.S. degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati, his M.B.A. from Xavier University and his J.D. from the University of Dayton. He is admitted to the state and federal courts in Ohio. He is also an active panel member for the American Arbitration Association and the American Bar Association’s Construction Forum.
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.
Sheila Nolan Gartland has been appointed to chair the Real Property Section Council. A partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, she is a member of the firm’s finance, energy and real estate group. She regularly advises clients in the acquisition, sale, leasing and disposition of real property. She also advises them in real property development matters, including annexation and zoning, and assists them in obtaining economic development incentives and other real estate financing. In addition, Gartland represents clients in connection with oil and gas transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, title matters and leasing. She earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Dayton, and her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been included in the Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, since 2010. In the community, Gartland has been a member of CREW Columbus since 1997, and has served on the CREW Network National Education Committee and its Recognition Committee. She has also served as committee event chair for the Central Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1994. She lives in Powell, Ohio.
Christopher Lardiere has been appointed to chair the Corporate Counsel Section. A principal in the Columbus law firm of Lardiere McNair, LLC, he serves as lead counsel in civil litigation matters and provides outside general counsel services for a wide variety of business and individual clients, including non-profit entities. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and his law degree from Capital University Law School. A member of the OSBA and the Columbus Bar Association, he previously served as vice-chair of the OSBA Corporate Counsel Section. He also served as associate council member for the Columbus Apartment Association from 2008 to 2012, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In his community, he currently serves as first vice-president of the Hilliard Optimist Club and as president of the Hilliard All-American Travel Baseball League. He has also been inducted into Hilliard’s Northwest Football League Coaches Hall of Fame. Lardiere and his wife, Diane, have two children: Matt and Jason.
Bradley W. Miller has been appointed to chair the Young Lawyers Section. Principal in the Columbus-based firm of Miller Law LLC, Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 2003 and his law degree from Capital University in 2006. He is a past chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s (CBA) Solo/Small Firm Committee, coordinator of the CBA’s Legal Practice Lab, and a member of the CBA Future of the Legal Profession Committee. He is also a member of the OSBA’s Corporation Law Committee and Solo/Small Firm Committee. In the community, he serves as vice president of the BNI Success Builders Chapter and is a member of the Hilltop Business Association. He also volunteers for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) High School Mock Trial Program. He lives with Nicole, his wife, in Columbus.
Nicholas M.J. Ray has been reappointed to chair the Taxation Law Committee. Ray is a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and a member of the firm’s tax group. His practice focuses on real property tax valuation disputes and appeals. Ray also has significant experience in other aspects of state and local taxation including personal property taxation sales and use. He has represented clients before more than 60 of Ohio’s 88 county boards of revision and before both the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Supreme Court of Ohio, and has served as lead counsel in scores of Ohio Board of Tax Appeals cases. Ray frequently lectures on state and local tax issues in Ohio and has chaired the OSBA’s Property Tax Sub-committee since 2006. In his role as an adjunct professor of law at Capital University Law School, Ray has taught classes on state and local tax matters as well as tax research, tax and professional responsibility and tax policy. He received his law degree cum laude and his master of law degree in taxation from Capital University Law School. He is also a certified public accountant (inactive).
Judge Guy L. Reece II, of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus, has been appointed to chair the Criminal Justice Committee. He has served as a trial judge for over 17 years and currently serves as the presiding judge. Judge Reece is a colonel, United States Army Retired, and has earned numerous military awards, including the Bronze Star. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his law degree from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. He is a member of The John Mercer Langston Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Trial Court Judges, Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, and is first vice-president of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association. Judge Reece serves on the boards of Ohio Dominican University, Maryhaven and the YMCA’s Metropolitan Board and Directions for Youth and Families. Judge Reece also chairs the Capital City District of the Boy Scouts of America and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Simon Kenton Council Boy Scouts of America. He is a recipient of The Ohio State University’s Minority Alumni Award and Affirmative Action Award.
Aaron M. Shank has been appointed to chair the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. An attorney with the Columbus office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP, Shank focuses his practice on complex commercial and transportation litigation, including a significant e-discovery practice, and litigation concerning federal and local regulation of wireless telecommunications and Internet protocol video services. Having earned his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University in 1993, he went on to receive a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology from Radford University. He earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Shank lives in Worthington with his wife, Roshini, and their three children.
Anthony Spina has been reappointed to chair the Insurance Law Committee. Spina is of counsel in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, and is a member of the firm’s corporate and finance practice group, concentrating in insurance regulatory matters. He handles regulatory and transactional matters for all types of insurance companies and entities regulated by the Ohio Department of Insurance, including insurance agencies, multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), fraternal benefit associations and health insuring corporations. Spina received his J.D. cum laude from Capital University Law School and his B.S. from the University of Akron. He also clerked for the Honorable David W. Fais of the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas.
Daniel F. Trevas has been appointed to chair the Media Law Committee. Trevas is a senior communications consultant at Nationwide Mutual Insurance. In addition, he is a solo practitioner who focuses on campaign finance, election law, media law and administrative law. He received his bachelor’s degree (1987) and master’s degree (1999) in journalism from Ohio University. Trevas’s legal interests stem from his work as an Ohio statehouse reporter, as a senior legislative research analyst for the city of Columbus and as the communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party. He received his law degree from Capital University Law School in 2006. He currently volunteers with Nationwide’s pro bono mediation services and contributes to OSBA’s “Law You Can Use” series.
Jennifer L. Wilson has been appointed to chair the Professionalism Committee. Wilson currently practices in the Columbus office of Freund, Freeze & Arnold, where she is a shareholder. She focuses her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance coverage, personal injury defense and governmental defense. She graduated from the University of Dayton, magna cum laude, double majoring in both criminal justice and psychology, and received her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association as well as the OSBA. In her community, she is involved with the Red Shoe Society, the young professionals’ organization for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, and supports the American Cancer Society. She also participates in the Cap City and Columbus half-marathons.
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.