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Columbus, Ohio (March 6, 2018) – On Monday, March 5, 2018, the President of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) recognized 11 area attorneys for 50 years of service to the profession.
(Honorees are pictured with Ohio State Bar Foundation honoree Elizabeth E.W. Weinewuth.)
About the honorees:
Judge Harvey J. Bressler of Hamilton, a graduate of Salmon P. Chase College of Law, was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1968. He has led a lengthy judicial career, serving as Butler County Court Judge from 1980 to 1996, Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge from 1997 to 2005, and as 12th District Court of Appeals Judge from 2005 to 2011. He was also appointed Chairman of the Ohio Juvenile Sentencing Committee, Vice Chairman of the Ohio Sentencing Commission, and to the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline for the State of Ohio. Within the legal community, he has served as President of the Ohio Municipal County Judge's Association, Butler County Bar Association, and Greater Hamilton Trial Lawyers. In addition to his legal career, he served in the US Army from 1958 to 1961 in the US Army Security Agency as well as the National Security Agency.
J. William "Bill" Dunning of Lebanon earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1968 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar and US District Court the same year. He served as Assistant City Prosecutor and Assistant City Solicitor in Cincinnati before becoming the Lebanon City Attorney in 1974, a post he held until 1999. A partner at the Lebanon firm Gray & Duning, he has worked on matters related to annexation, estate planning, family law, personal injury, probate & estate settlement, real estate, and zoning. He has previously served as President of the Warren County Bar Association and as a Governor of the OSBA.
Louis John Finkelmeier of Cincinnati graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and has practiced law in Ohio since 1968. Specializing in workers' compensation and sports injury law, Louis serves on the NFL and NHL Players' Associations' Workers' Compensation Panels. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for Workers' Compensation Law, Ohio Super Lawyers, and was named an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rate attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to his legal work, he has served his community as President of the Indian Hill Board of Education and Chairman of the Indian Hill Recreation Commission. He has been married to Carole Finkelmeier for 51 years, with whom he has three children.
Richard Lameier of Cincinnati graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1967 and has practiced law in Ohio since 1968. A litigator, Richard has tried cases involving employment discrimination, product liability, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia. He has also appeared before the 1st and 12th District Courts of Appeals, Federal Tax Court, the 6th Circuit and the Ohio Supreme Court. He is an active swimmer and swim coach and last year won two swimming events at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama.
Sidney C. Lieberman of Cincinnati earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and has been a practicing attorney in Ohio since 1968. He is currently a partner with Cincinnati firm Lieberman and Lipez and specializes in matters related to divorce, estate planning, family law, personal injury and real estate law
Bob Maxwell of Cincinnati graduated from Duke University School of Law with honors in 1968. He has spent his legal career as a labor and employment attorney representing management in a variety of settings, pioneering the use of e-discovery in labor and employment law cases since 1976. He has written extensively on labor and employment law and has served as a part-time professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, Ohio Super Lawyers since 2004, and Cincy Leading Lawyers since 2014.
Joseph E. Newlin of Middletown earned his law degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and has been a licensed attorney in Ohio since 1968 and in Kentucky since 1989. He has served as a Magistrate in the Middletown Municipal Court and maintains an Elder Law and Estate Planning Practice. He also currently serves on the Charter Review Committee for the Middletown City Council. He was a past member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, a trustee at his church and masonic temple. He was a coach and referee for the USA Hockey & United States Soccer Federation.
Lee H. Parrish of Hamilton graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1968. Spending his career in the private sector, he has worked on matters related to real estate development, estate planning, business succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions. He practices at Parrish, Marcum & Trokhan, the Hamilton firm his father founded. He has served his community as President of the Butler County Bar Association, the Board of the Hamilton County Community Foundation, and Butler County United Way. He is a member of the Butler County Junior Achievement Hall of Fame.
Gerald L. Pater of Hamilton earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1968. He served in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for five years then became Hamilton Municipal Court Prosecutor in 1973. In 1989 he became Acting Judge for Hamilton Municipal Court, serving until 2016. He has served as President of the Butler County Bar Association and the Butler-Warren Legal Aid Society. Outside of the law, he has served on the board of Catholic Social Services and the Alcohol & Chemical Abuse Council, been happily married to his wife Susan for 51 years, with whom he has had three wonderful daughters and ten fabulous grandchildren, and traveled to 85 countries.
W. Andrew Patton of Cincinnati a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1968. He began his career in private practice concentrating on real estate law before eventually working at the City of Cincinnati's Solicitor's Office and a general practice firm. In 1974 he founded the Cincinnati firm Kohnen & Patton, where he has practiced as a litigator. He has served as President of the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association and on the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Association. Outside of the law, he has served as District Chairman in the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, on the governing board of his local church, and continues to be active in the Cheviot-Westwood Kiwanis Club.
Peter M. Rebold of Cincinnati earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center in 1968. He has worked as a staff attorney for Cincinnati Legal Aid and Dayton Legal Aid and in private practice with Haverkamp, Rebold and Riehl and starting his own firm, Rebold Larkin Murray. He served his country in the Vietnam War as an infantry and intelligence advisor to South Vietnamese troops, earning the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. A charter member and Service Officer of VFW Post 10380, he is active in helping other veterans with their medical and financial needs. He has also served his local community as Green Township Attorney, co-founder of the Thomas J. Rebold Foundation for Youth Performing Arts, and President of the Kiwanis Club of Cheviot-Westwood and the White Oak Improvement Association.
All honorees were recognized as part of the OSBA's District 1 annual meeting in Cincinnati at McCormick & Schmick's.
The meeting also included the election of 10 representatives to the OSBA Council of Delegates: Edward P. Brueggeman, Eric K. Combs, Kendra L. Daugherty, Stephanie M. Day, Timothy A. Garry Jr., John D. Holschuh Jr., Doloris F. Learmonth, Theresa L. Nelson, Zachary D. Prendergast and James C. Shew.
District 1 includes more than 2,800 attorneys who practice in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties.
About the Ohio State Bar Association
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. 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.