Ohio State Bar Association announces appointment of Columbus-area committee and section chairpersons

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Columbus, Ohio (July 30, 2018) –The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) 2018-19 President Robin Weaver has appointed 20 Columbus area attorneys to serve as chairpersons of OSBA Committees and Sections. 

 

The OSBA maintains 33 committees and 10 sections, each of which specializes in 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. They also comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws. Chairpersons selected for this honor have demonstrated excellence and expertise in their practice area as well as outstanding leadership and a commitment to the profession and the rule of law.

 

The following attorneys from OSBA District 7 (Franklin County) were appointed to serve one-year terms as chairpersons, which began on July 1:

 

John P. Gilligan was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Access to Justice Committee. Gilligan has practiced at Ice Miller since 1985 in business litigation. He has previously served as an Ohio Assistant Attorney General and as a public defender in California. He is a past vice chair of the Access to Justice Committee, a member of the OSBA's Corporate Counsel Committee and a member of and past co-chair of the Access to Justice and Legal Services Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Gilligan is a past chair of the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, a member of the State Chairs Committee of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the board of trustees of the Mount Carmel Health System. He received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. *Download Photo

 

John A. Izzo was appointed to serve as chair of the Administrative Law Committee. Izzo is the assistant director of government relations at Graff McGovern, LPA. He is the former deputy director and legal counsel for the Ohio State Racing Commission and has worked for various state agencies and the Ohio Attorney General's Office prior to entering private practice. Izzo focuses his practice on administrative law and equine law. He is a hearing examiner for several state agencies, a frequent speaker on administrative law and the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Izzo is a board member of the Hilliard Girls Softball Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law *Download Photo

 

Amanda Stacy Hartman was appointed to serve as chair of the Agricultural Law Committee. Hartman is an associate attorney at Barrett Easterday Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP. She is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Federal Bar Association and the Ohio Agricultural Council and Ohio Farm Bureau. She also works as an adjunct professor at Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law. Hartman's family owns a farm in Marietta where she received her undergraduate degree from Marietta College. Her law degree is from Ohio Northern University. *Download Photo

 

Polly J. Harris was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee. Harris is a partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP and is experienced in representing federal and state chartered banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions and businesses in commercial transactions, litigation and product compliance analysis. She has represented federal and state financial institution regulators in compliance actions, and health care providers in workout situations. She also works with public and private companies in customer disputes and unclaimed funds issues. Harris is named in "The Best Lawyers in America"in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation. She serves as vice chair of the Goldman Guild Association. Harris received her undergraduate degree from Miami University and her law degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) Moritz College of Law. *Download Photo

 

Peter W. Hahn was appointed to serve as chair of the Construction Law Committee. Hahn is a partner at the law firm of Dinsmor & Shohl LLP where his practice is devoted exclusively to construction law. He is the former chair of the Columbus Bar Association Construction Law Committee and an active member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. Hahn is a frequent speaker with the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and other construction industry trade associations. He serves as a board member of the Upper Arlington Public Library, treasurer of the School Levy Campaign and a board member of the Upper Arlington and Tri-Village Chamber of Commerce. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and his law degree from the Washington University College of Law. *Download Photo

 

Daniel J. Dew was appointed to serve as chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. Dew is the legal fellow at The Buckeye Institute's Legal Centerwhere he focuses on legal policies that promote freedom and the public good. An expert on criminal justice reform, Dew was a leading voice in reforming Ohio's civil asset forfeiture policies and worked closely with Ohio's Criminal Justice Recodification Committee on developing proposals to reform the state's criminal code. He currently serves on the Ohio Justice Reinvestment Initiative Ad Hoc Committeewhich brings together legislators, judges, prosecutors, prison officials, defense lawyers and criminal justice experts to find ways Ohio can safely reduce its prison population. Prior to his current position, Dew was a visiting legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and an associate attorney at Ford, Gold, Kovoor & Simon. Dew earned his law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Lawand his undergraduate degree from Utah State University. *Download Photo

 

Megan E. Greulich was appointed to serve as chair of the Education Law Committee. Greulich serves as a staff attorney for the Ohio School Boards Association and is a 2018 OSBA Leadership Academy graduate. She is also a member of the OSBA Women in the Profession Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section. She was appointed to the OSBA Opiate Response Task Force, participates in the Central Ohio Diversity Consortium and volunteers with the Columbus Urban League. Greulich received her undergraduate degree from OSU and her law degree from Capital University Law School. *Download Photo

 

Blaine P. Brockman was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Elder and Special Needs Law Committee. Brockman is an attorney with Hickman & Lowder Co. LPA. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he operated Brockman Legal Services, a small firm dedicated to special needs and elder law. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Brockman also chairs the Elder Law Committee of the Central Ohio Association for Justice and serves on the Community Housing Network in Columbus which provides permanent supportive housing for people with severe mental illness and others who are at risk of homelessness. He also serves on the board of Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to protecting the rights of people with developmental disabilities by providing guardianship and protective services. Brockman received his undergraduate degree from OSU and his J.D., cum laude, from Capital University Law School. *Download Photo

 

Eric W. Johnson was appointed to serve as chair of the Family Law Committee. Johnson is a partner at Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson. He has been practicing in the area of family law since 1998. Prior to joining his current firm, he worked in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury and insurance subrogation. Johnson is an OSBA Certified Specialist in family relations law and an active member of the Columbus and Delaware County Bar Associations, serving on the family law committees of each. Johnson is a 2009 fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a former member of the Ohio Lawyer Magazine Board of Editors and a member of Mensa. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. *Download Photo

 

Matthew R. Oyster was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Gaming and Liquor Law Committee. Oyster serves as general counsel and director of licensing and investigations for the Ohio Casino Control Commission. He first joined the commission as assistant general counsel in 2011 and later served as deputy general counsel. He began his legal career as an assistant attorney general in the Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, where he represented the state in matters related to casino gaming, liquor, charitable trusts and bingo. Oyster received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Ohio Northern University. *Download Photo

 

Frederick W. Stratmann was appointed to serve as chair of the Health Care Law Committee. Stratmann is general counsel and chief compliance officer for the CommuniCare Family of Companies which owns or operates 91 skilled nursing facilities and three psychiatric hospitals in seven states. He oversees legal, contracting, clinical risk and regulatory compliance efforts for the companies. He is a member of the Council of Post-Acute Care Providers, the federal lobbying arm of the American Health Care Association. Previously, Stratmann was chief legal counsel at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services where he advocated for the creation of more veterans treatment courts and led to the doubling of the number of such courts in Ohio. He is the former co-chair of the OSBA's Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and a 2014 graduate of the OSBA's Leadership Academy. He is vice president of Operation Legal Help Ohio, a non-profit organization that provides free or low-cost legal services to veterans and active duty military. Stratmann received his undergraduate degree from Siena College and his law degree from Capital University Law School. *Download Photo

 

Stuart W. Harris was appointed to serve as chair of the Insurance Law Committee. Harris is assistant general counsel for Nationwide Insurance and previously served as a judicial law clerk in federal district court. He later worked for the Ohio Attorney General as assistant chief of the Criminal Justice Section and worked on legislation that resulted in longer prison sentences for violent criminals. He was also an associate at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, where he worked with property owners and small businesses. Harris is dedicated to serving the community through work in the Special Olympics, Miracle League, Dublin Youth Athletics and the YMCA. He has served on the Dublin School Board for 12 years and serves the Ohio School Boards Association on the board of trustees as president-elect of the Central Region. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. *Download Photo

 

Angie M. Lloyd was appointed to serve as chair of the Judicial Administration and Legal Reform Committee. Lloyd is the executive director of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF). Prior to graduate study, Lloyd served two years in the Peace Corps in Kenya and a year with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Nairobi. Before assuming her leadership role at OLAF, she was a clinical professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Lloyd received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, her master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her law degree from Columbia Law School.  *Download Photo

 

Hillary K. Santiago-Burgos was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Paralegals Committee. Santiago-Burgos is a member of the team at the Ratliff Law Office and owner of the Law Offices of Hillary Santiago-Burgos, LLC. Her legal background is in criminal, domestic and personal injury law. Santiago-Burgos volunteers her time at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus Pro Bono Clinic. She is a former collegiate boxer and received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and her law degree from Capital University College of Law. *Download Photo

 

Rebekah J. Glover was appointed to serve as chair of the Public Utilities Law Committee. Glover joined the Columbus office of Whitt Sturtevant LLP in 2015. She previously worked for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as legal aide to Commissioner Asim Z. Haque. During her time at the commission, she worked on issues involving EPA carbon emissions standards, renewable energy, energy efficiency portfolio standards and gas and electric coordination concerns. Glover also clerked with the Education Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Glover earned her undergraduate degree from Anderson University and her law degree from Georgetown University, where she was the executive editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy. *Download Photo

 

Chris L. Connelly was appointed to serve as chair of the Taxation Law Committee. Connelly is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he focuses his practice on state, local and federal economic development incentives and all aspects of public finance. He counsels developers, private businesses and governmental entities seeking to utilize public financing sources in connection with capital development and regularly appears before city councils, boards of county commissioners, boards of township trustees and school district boards of education to advise on public financing matters. Connelly is an inactive, certified public accountant and has been involved with the Taxation Law Committee for more than 12 years. He is a board member for Gladden Community House and an active volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure organization. Connelly received his undergraduate degree from OSU and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. *Download Photo

 

Cleve M. Johnson was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Traffic Law Committee. Johnson is the principal at his firm, The Law Office of Cleve M. Johnson where he deals in DUI, license suspensions and serious traffic defense. He has been appointed to serve on the governor's task force on impaired driving, the Department of Highway Safety Impaired Driving Task Force, the Traffic Subcommittee of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission and gives frequent testimony before committees of the Ohio Legislature. He earned his undergraduate degree from OSU and his law degree from Capital University. *Download Photo

 

G. Roger King was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section. King is senior labor and employment counsel for the HR Policy Association and former partner and of counsel for Jones Day. He is a highly regarded labor relations attorney whose career spans more than 40 years. King represented the winning side as co-counsel in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case known as Noel Canning, which successfully challenged President Obama's authority to make recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. He previously served as captain and legal services officer in the U.S. Air Force and was appointed as professional staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Labor Committee. King received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and his J.D. from Cornell. *Download Photo

 

Vincent I. Holzhall was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Litigation Section. Holzhall is an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson LLC where he concentrates his practice in the area of commercial and business litigation with an emphasis on banking and financial institutions. He is a member of the OSBA Paralegal Specialty Board and the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals. Holzhall received his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame, Masters from Columbus University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois. *Download Photo

 

Rita McNeil Danish was re-appointed to serve as chair of the Women in the Profession Section. Danish is a partner withTaft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. She has experience as a judge and magistrate in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas domestic and juvenile divisions, as a city attorney for Cincinnati, Dayton and Greensboro, NC and as a section chief for the Ohio Attorney General's Office. She has served as chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Commerce and as assistant deputy legal counsel for former Governor Voinovich. She has served on the board of directors for the Women's Small Business Accelerator and is a member of the Central Ohio chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her law degree from the OSU Moritz College of Law. *Download Photo

 

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