Attorneys certified as specialists

Certified specialistThe Ohio State Bar Association announced that it has newly certified 12 lawyers and recertified 154 lawyers as specialists in several legal practice areas. (A list of names is included below.)
All attorneys licensed to practice law in Ohio must have graduated from an accredited law school, passed an intensive examination, and attend continuing legal education courses as required by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Attorneys who devote a large part of their practice to a particular area of the law may choose to go beyond these requirements to earn specialty certification. To become certified, they must:
  • Demonstrate substantial and continuing involvement in a particular field of law, meaning they must devote at least 25 percent of their practice to that area of law;
  • Submit five professional references attesting to their competency in the specialty area;
  • Have earned a minimum of 36 hours of intermediate or advanced continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the past three years as part of the continuing legal education credits required of all attorneys;
  • Pass a written examination;
  • Prove financial responsibility by maintaining minimum professional liability insurance coverage; and
  • Remain in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Attorneys who have earned specialty certification must file annual reports attesting compliance with program requirements. Additionally, they must be recertified at least every four to seven years by meeting all of the original requirements for certification except the written examination.
“Certification as a specialist is one way attorneys strengthen their practice skills in a particular area of the law and this designation can be used to inform their clients of that expertise,” said Judge Patrick Fischer, OSBA president. The Ohio State Bar Association congratulates these attorneys who have successfully completed the certification process."
The Supreme Court of Ohio established a Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists to identify specialties and set minimum standards for specialty certification. The Commission accredits the certifying agencies.
The Ohio State Bar Association is the largest certifying agency in Ohio. It is currently accredited to certify specialists in nine areas of law. Attorneys who wish to become certified can apply for certification online between January and June 2013. There is also a new certification available in 2013 in Insurance Coverage Law.

Attorneys newly certified as specialists as of 01/01/2013

Specialists Appellate Law
Dale Cook, Wiles Boyle Burkholder & Bringardner, Columbus
Terry Posey, Thompson Hine LLP, Dayton
Specialists Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
David Bross, PNC Bank, Cincinnati
Bruce Favret, Bruce A. Favret, Atty. at Law, Cincinnati
Jill Scherff, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Cincinnati
Lee Stautberg, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Cincinnati
Specialists Family Relations Law
Jonathan Rich, Zashin & Rich Co., LPA, Cleveland
Roberta Roberts, Roberts, Kelly & Bucio LLP, Troy
Specialist Labor & Employment Law
Felix Gora, Rendigs Fry Kiely & Dennis LLP, Cincinnati
Specialist Residential Real Property Law
Carey Steffen, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Cincinnati
Specialist Workers' Compensation Law
Brett Bissonnette, Hochman & Plunkett Co LPA, Moraine
Raymond Tarasuck, Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP, Cleveland

Attorneys recertified as specialists as of 01/01/2013

Recertified Business Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law Specialists
Andrew C Emmert, Katz Greenberger & Norton LLP, Cincinnati
John David Jolley, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, Columbus
Timothy John McGrath, Strip Hoppers Leithart McGrath Terlecky Co., LPA, Columbus
John W Waldeck, Walter & Haverfield LLP, Cleveland
Recertified Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Specialists
Charles F Adler, Schneider Smeltz Ranney & LaFond, Cleveland
David F Bacon, Roth & Bacon, Upper Sandusky
Jacintha Kraft Balch, Balch Law, Columbus
Paul Alan Bodycombe, Paul A. Bodycombe, Atty. at Law, Hilliard
Jerry A Brock, Theisen Brock, LPA, Marietta
Robert W Buechner, Buechner Haffer Meyers & Koenig Co LPA, Cincinnati
J. Donald Cairns, Spieth Bell McCurdy & Newell Co LPA, Cleveland
John Ledyard Campbell, Kohnen & Patton LLP, Cincinnati
John D Clark, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty, Canton
John M Cloud, Rogers & Greenberg, LLP, Dayton
James Francis Contini, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty, New Philadelphia
W. Michael Conway, W Michael Conway Co L.P.A., Kettering
Christopher F Cowan, Cowan & Hilgeman, Dayton
Russell N Cunningham, Barrett Easterday Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP, Dublin
Richard E Davis, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty, Canton
Stephen S DeWeese, Hill & DeWeese LLC, Columbus
James B Dietz, Friedman & Rummell Co., LPA, Youngstown
Robert R Dunn, Bailey Cavalieri LLC, Columbus
Marie M Edmonds, Marie Mirro Edmonds Co., LPA, Medina
John Wagner Eilers, Wood & Lamping, LLP, Cincinnati
Timothy Joseph Gibbons, Timothy Gibbons Atty at Law, Strongsville
William R Graf, Graf & Stiebel, Cincinnati
Theodore Gerard Gudorf, Gudorf Law Group, LLC, Dayton
Daniel Joseph Hoffheimer, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati
Jon Hoffheimer, Jon Hoffheimer, Attorney at Law, Cincinnati
C L Huddleston, Huddleston Law Group LPA, Columbus
Frank D Jacobs, Eastman & Smith LTD, Toledo
James Lee Jacobson, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, Dayton
Brian J Jereb, McDonald Hopkins LLC, Cleveland
James P Kamerer, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, Canton
Bernard L Karr, McDonald Hopkins LLC, Cleveland
John David Kedzior, Wegman Hessler & Vanderburg, Independence
Russell W Kessler, Kessler & Ballenger Co LPA, Columbus
Roy Andrew Krall, Cavitch Familo & Durkin, Cleveland
Anne Einspanier Krehbiel, Anne E Krehbiel Atty at Law, Lebanon
James Jay Lanham, Critchfield Critchfield Johnston Ltd, Wooster
Kenneth L Lather, Kenneth L. Lather, Atty. at Law, Findlay
Ralph E Lehman, Logee Hostetler Stutzman & Lehman, Wooster
Harlan Scott Louis, Bailey Cavalieri LLC, Columbus
Richard S Lynch, Lynch & White, Norwalk
James M Mackey, Walter & Haverfield LLP, Cleveland
William J McGraw, Dungan & LeFevre Co, LPA, Troy
Daniel H McKinney, McKinney & Namei Co, LPA, Cincinnati
William J McLoughlin, Metz  Bailey & McLoughlin, Westerville
William B McNeil, McCulloch Felger Fite & Gutmann, Piqua
Ellen K Meehan, Squire Sanders (US) LLP, Cleveland
Keith D Meyer, Kohnen & Patton LLP, Cincinnati
Richard Francis Meyer, Browning  Meyer & Ball Co.,  LPA, Worthington
Jay Edward Michael, Jay E. Michael, Atty. at Law, Columbus
Sharon L. R Miller, Blaugrund Herbert Kessler Miller Myers Postalakis, Worthington
Michael J Millonig, Michael  Millonig  LLC, Dayton
Michael P Moloney, Sebaly Shillito & Dyer, Dayton
Edwin P Morrow, Key Bank, Dayton
William Andrew Morse, William A. Morse LPA, Columbus
Thomas Paul Moushey, Geiger Teeple Smith & Hahn LLP, Alliance
Thomas Mark O'Diam, O'Diam & Stecker Law Group, Inc., Beavercreek
Michael Alan Ogline, Geiger Teeple Smith & Hahn LLP, Alliance
Georgianna Inez Parisi, Georgianna I. Parisi, Atty at Law, Dayton
Jennifer E Peck, Budish, Solomon, Steiner & Peck Ltd., Beachwood
Thomas Pillari, Wickens Herzer Panza Cook & Batista Co., Avon
Michael Gerard Riley, McDonald Hopkins LLC, Cleveland
Nancy A Roberson, Roberson Law Co, LPA, Kettering
William Ford Ross, Ross Law Offices LLC, Wooster
Rennie Caryn Rutman, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland
Carl Duane Sherrets, Sherrets Law Offices, LLC, Kettering
Roger Lee Shumaker, McDonald Hopkins LLC, Cleveland
Michael James Stegman, Kohnen & Patton LLP, Cincinnati
Robin Rose Stiller, Smith and Condeni LLP, Independence
Nirakar C. Thakur, Law Offices of Nirakar Nic Thakur, Toledo
Craig Millard Vandervoort, Sitterley & Vandervoort LTD, Lancaster
Missia M. H Vaselaney, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cleveland
Ronald Francis Wayne, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs LLP, Cleveland
H. Patrick Weber, Barrett & Weber, Cincinnati
Susan E Wheatley, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati
David C Wiersma, Wickens Herzer Panza Cook & Batista Co., Avon
Nancy Ellen Wilkins, Nancy E Wilkins, Atty at Law, Cincinnati
Dennis P Williams, Weber & Sterling LLC, Maumee
Lisa Katherine Wiseman, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Dayton
Recertified Family Relations Law Specialists
Thomas Joseph Addesa, Artz Dewhirst & Wheeler LLP, Columbus
Gary J Carter, Shelby County Common Pleas Court, Sidney
Jon Michael Cope, Jon M Cope, LLC Atty at Law, Columbus
Susan S Donofrio, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Columbus
Vincent A Dugan, Vincent A. Dugan, Jr. Atty. at Law, Columbus
Heather Renee Gall, Friedman & Mirman Co, LPA, Columbus
Kenneth R Goldberg, Strip Hoppers Leithart McGrath Terlecky Co., LPA, Columbus
James Andrew Hanneman, Dougherty Hanneman & Snedaker, LLC, Columbus
Anne Catherine Harvey, Anne C. Harvey, Atty. at Law, Springboro
Patricia Hayden Kurt, Spengler Nathanson PLL, Toledo
Jill Friedman Helfman, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cleveland
Diane Kappeler DePascale, DePascale Law Offices, Dayton
Jonetta J Kapusta-Dorogi, Hermann Cahn & Schneider LLP, Cleveland
Aimee Lynne Keller, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati
James Lee Lane, Hermann Cahn & Schneider LLP, Cleveland
Pamela J MacAdams, Morganstern MacAdams & DeVito Co LPA, Cleveland
Kerry Lyn McCormick, Solove and McCormick, Columbus
Karen Ross Quinlan, Pucci & Quinlan LLP, Canton
Steven Howard Slive, Slive & Slive Co LPA, Cleveland
Robert Hume Snedaker, Dougherty, Hanneman & Snedaker LLC, Columbus
Ronald Charles Stoughton, Stoughton Law Office, Lancaster
Andrew Aaron Zashin, Zashin & Rich Co., LPA, Cleveland
Recertified Federal Taxation Law Specialist
Joseph G. Corsaro, Corsaro & Assoc Co LPA, Westlake
Recertified Labor & Employment Law Specialists
Daniel Lloyd Bell, Jackson Lewis LLP, Independence
Christy Beatrice Bishop, Thompson & Bishop, Akron
Gust Callas, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, Canton
James Craig Cochran, The City of Cleveland Law Dept, Cleveland
Charles Jackson Cochran, Charles J. Cochran, Jr., LLC, Suffield
Frank Consolo, Consolo Law Firm Ltd, Cleveland
George Sabato Crisci, Zashin & Rich Co., LPA, Cleveland
Sue Marie Douglas, Littler Mendelson PC, Cleveland
Jonathan James Downes, Downes Fishel Hass Kim LLP, Columbus
James Michael Drozdowski, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Cleveland
John D Franklin, Widman & Franklin, Toledo
Ned C Gold, Ford, Gold & Falgiani Law Group, Ltd., Warren
Terry R Griffith, Terry R Griffith, Co., L.P.A., Huron
Joseph Mark Hegedus, Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Columbus
Stacy Chubak Hinners, Buckley King LPA, Cleveland
Martin S Hume, Martin S. Hume Co., LPA, Youngstown
Michele Lynn Jakubs, Zashin & Rich Co., LPA, Cleveland
Pamela Straughan Krivda, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Columbus
Todd Howard Lebowitz, Baker Hostetler, Cleveland
Margaret J Lockhart, Cooper & Kowalski, LPA, Toledo
Aaron Benjamin Maduff, Maduff & Maduff, LLC, Chicago
Melanie Victoria Miguel-Courtad, Law Offices of Melanie Miguel-Courtad, Cleveland
Donald J Mooney, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Cincinnati
Michael Allen Moses, Moses Law Offices LLC, Columbus
Kimberly Vanover Riley, Montgomery Rennie & Jonson, Cincinnati
Daniel Goodman Rosenthal, Denlinger Rosenthal Greenberg LPA, Cincinnati
Elizabeth M Stanton, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Columbus
Matthew Douglas Stokely, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, Dayton
Vincent Joseph Tersigni, Jackson Lewis LLP, Independence
Karl R Ulrich, Sebaly Shillito & Dyer, Dayton
Stephen A Watring, Dunlevey Mahan & Furry, Dayton
Patricia Anne Wise, Niehaus & Associates, Ltd, Toledo
Linda L Woeber, Montgomery Rennie & Jonson, Cincinnati
Recertified Residential Real Property Law Specialists
David Andrew Freeburg, McFadden & Freeburg Co., L.P.A., Cleveland
Steven Michael Ott, Ott & Associates Co., LPA, Cleveland
Linda Michelle Rossie, Title First Agency Inc., Worthington
Recertified Workers’ Compensation Law Specialists
John Charles Barno, Barno Law, LLC., Columbus
Maureen Elizabeth Dodd, Robert J. Dodd, Jr., Co., LPA, New Lexington
Donald G Drinko, Gallagher Sharp, Cleveland
Samuel Montgomery Duran, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati
Linda U Elliott, Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP, Cleveland
Lloyd Ezra Hubler, Hubler & Hubler, LLC, Columbus
Paulette Marie Ivan, Reminger Co, LPA, Columbus
Ronald M Kabakoff, Casper & Casper LLC, Franklin
Barbara A. Knapic, Oldham Kramer, Akron
Anthony Gerard Palmieri, Anthony G. Palmieri, Jr., Co., LPA, Cleveland
Howard Marc Sanders, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, Columbus
Matthew David Shufeldt, Garvin & Hickey, LLC, Columbus
Jack R Starkoff, Ice Miller LLP, Cleveland
Linda L Stepan, Brouse McDowell LPA, Akron

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