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  • 10 Feb 2012 10:28 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP is pleased to announce that Sommer L. Sheely has been elected as a Partner of the firm.  Based in the firm's Columbus office, Sommer is a member of the firm’s Litigation group. She serves clients as lead and trial counsel before federal and state courts and administrative panels.
     
    Sommer’s practice includes defending and pursuing claims on behalf of insurance companies in disputes with agents and insureds; vendors, suppliers, manufacturers and designers in various contract litigation, including with respect to UCC issues; trustees, individuals and beneficiaries in fiduciary disputes, including charitable giving, will and trust contests and other fiduciary challenges; and individuals and entities in partnership disputes, including dissolution issues.  Sommer’s practice also regularly involves defense of class actions.
     
    A good steward of her community and profession, Sommer is actively involved in a number of organizations.  She is a regular presenter at the Ohio State Bar Association and National Business Institute on a variety of litigation topics.  Additionally, Sommer is a member of the inaugural class of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute.  She also serves as chair of the Charitable Events Committee for Bricker & Eckler’s Women In Networking group.  She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association’s Bar Admissions Committee. Also of note, Ohio Super Lawyers has recognized her as a “Rising Star” since 2009.
     
    Sommer earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.  She earned her law degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University, where she was managing editor of The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, and a finalist and regional Best Oral Advocate on the National Moot Court team.
     
  • 01 Feb 2012 11:02 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women’s Bar Association announced today its ratings for the 2012 contested March primary judicial candidates running for election in Cuyahoga County.

    The purpose of the OWBA Judicial Selection Committee (JSC) is to objectively evaluate and rate judicial candidates and publish the ratings to the community at large. To see the most recent ratings, go to www.Judge4Yourself.com.  

    The OWBA’s JSC is part of an organization known as the Judicial Candidates Ratings Coalition or “JCRC.” The JCRC consists of committees from the OWBA, the Norman Minor Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. Before each primary and general election, JCRC conducts interviews of candidates running for judicial office in Cuyahoga County.

    The evaluation process is confidential, non-partisan and independent. The candidates are evaluated based on the criteria of integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community involvement and understanding. Overall, the question is whether the candidate will be a competent, fair and trustworthy judge. The evaluations include a questionnaire which provides information regarding the candidates’ background, legal experience and motivation for becoming a judge.  Interviews of each candidate are also conducted by representative members of the organizations involved in JCRC. The candidates also provide writing samples and references. After the interview process is completed, each organization gives the candidates one of the following ratings:

    Excellent: This rating means that the candidate is outstanding based on the criteria and is a superior choice for the office.

    Good: This rating means the candidate substantially meets the criteria and is well-qualified for the office.

    Adequate: This rating means the candidate meets the criteria passably, or, alternatively, fails to satisfy one or more of them.  A candidate rated adequate possesses at least the minimum qualifications for the office.  

    Not Recommended: This rating means the candidate does not meet the criteria, lacking the minimum qualifications for judicial office.  

    Refused to Participate: If a candidate fails or refuses to appear for an interview or fails to complete the questionnaire, the candidate’s rating will be “refused to participate.”  However, if the candidate fails or refuses to appear and there is enough information relative to the candidate’s qualifications, a “not recommended” rating may be given.
  • 30 Jan 2012 2:01 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Well, I guess this is progressundefinedA majority of Americans don't give a hoot whether their boss is male or female. Harvard Business Review reports: "A recent online survey of more than 60,000 people by Kim M. Elsesser of UCLA and Janet Lever of California State University shows that the proportion having no preference now stands at 54 percent." Read more.
  • 30 Jan 2012 12:05 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Reminger partner Michelle J. Sheehan has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) as a specialist in Appellate Law. This distinction makes Michelle one of only 29 Certified Appellate Law specialists in the State of Ohio. Attorneys who pursue certification as specialists must pass an extensive written examination in their specialty field, demonstrate a high level of involvement and expertise in the specialty area, fulfill ongoing education requirements and be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.

    Michelle concentrates her legal practice on appellate advocacy and post trial matters as well as general litigation including insurance coverage matters, premises liability, and government liability issues. Michelle has argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and most appellate courts in Ohio.

    Administratively, Michelle is a chairperson of the firm's judicial liaison and marketing/public relations groups. She is also a frequent lecturer for professional associations and continuing legal education seminars dealing with appellate, insurance coverage and risk management issues.

    In support of the firm's community and charitable commitments, Michelle has served as President of the Ohio Women's Bar Association, and the Visiting Committee to the Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is currently a Board of Trustee for EcoWatch, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association and serves on the Rocky River Civil Service Commission. She was also a 2011 ATHENA Award Finalists. She is married to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brendan Sheehan.

    "We have one of the best appellate practices group in Ohio. Our partners, Michelle Sheehan and Holly Wilson are two of only twenty nine attorneys in the state that share this distinct honor. Their expertise further enables us to provide results for clients at the trial court and appellate court level.” remarked Reminger Managing Partner Stephen E. Walters.

  • 20 Jan 2012 11:22 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Marilena DiSilvio gets up to close her office door during an interview, but her assistant  asks her to leave it open. Everyone, it seems, wants to hear DiSilvio’s stories. That’s a good thing for any lawyer, but particularly for a medical malpractice litigator whose every case pits her against a patient with a heart-tugging tale. Read more
  • 19 Jan 2012 3:24 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women's Bar Association officially launched its mentoring program. The OWBA Law School Mentor Program matches women attorneys with women law school students from Ohio law schools. Mentors are drawn statewide from the OWBA membership.

    The goals and objectives are to continue OWBA’s mission of promoting the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, local bar associations, business and the community.

    For more information, click here.

  • 03 Jan 2012 8:14 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Fourteen municipal court judges and three common pleas court judges across the state will retire. They are:
    •     Ashland Judge Jacob M. Fridline
    •     Barberton Judge Greg Macko
    •     Bellefontaine Judge John L. Ross
    •     Bellevue Judge Kenneth P. Fox
    •     Chardon Judge Mark J. Hassett
    •     Chillicothe Judge Thomas E. Bunch
    •     Fostoria Judge John D. Hadacek
    •     Fremont Judge Michael L. Burkett
    •     Girard Judge Michael A. Bernard
    •     Miamisburg Judge Robert E. Messham Jr.
    •     New Philadelphia Judge Mary Wade Space
    •     South Euclid Judge Patricia Ann Kleri
    •     Toledo Judge Francis X. Gorman
    •     Willoughby Judge Larry Allen
    •     Pike County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Jerry D. Catanzaro
    •     Scioto County Domestic Relations Court Judge David E. Spears
    •     Van Wert County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Rex D. Fortney
    Read more
  • 16 Dec 2011 9:27 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Attorney Deborah Read will join a distinguished group as one of just 10 women heading the nation’s largest law firms.

    The Plain Dealer reports that Read, 54, will take over as managing partner of Cleveland-based Thompson Hine next May. She will succeed David Hooker, 61, who’ll remain a partner at the firm with 363 lawyers and seven offices, including one in Columbus. Read more
  • 15 Dec 2011 11:27 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Deborah J. Michelson was recently appointed as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law teaching trial tactics to third year law students.

    Michelson is partner at Miller Goler Faeges. She focuses her practice on business and complex commercial litigation, representing publicly traded companies, small businesses, and individuals in matters involving intellectual property rights, business torts, securities fraud, employment discrimination and retaliation, breaches of contract, commercial real estate, business "break-ups" and wind-downs, breaches of fiduciary duty, insurance coverage, estate and probate disputes, corporate governance, executive compensation, and ERISA-related issues.
  • 15 Dec 2011 9:59 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Sometimes, attending evening events in December can be a hassle.  You have holiday gifts to buy, you face the stress of entertaining and year-end deadlines increase work pressures.  An outing can pleasantly surprise you and that is just what happened to me at Middle West Spirits on December 1, 2011.  Under the Leadership of Attorney Delilah Nunez and her OWBA event committee, Diana Hawkins, Britani Galloway and Mary Nienaber, we were welcomed to Middle West Spirits for an innovative networking experience.  Middle West Ohio is Ohio’s first micro-distillery, and we quickly learned that micro-distilleries make beverages other than beer.  Middle West Spirits sources all of its ingredients from Ohio farms, and its brand name, OYO® (“O-WHY-0"), comes from the original name given to the Ohio River Valley.  Approximately 30 women attended and enjoyed the informative tour led by the charismatic owners of the distillery, Brady Konye and Ryan Lange.  Their site is located near the Short North on Courtland Avenue.  You can find their products in local stores, as well as at many restaurants in the region.  They can accommodate tours of up to 40 people, as long as everyone is over 21 years old.

    On the night of the event, Bleu & Fig provided the delicious appetizers.  Following the tour, we taste tested the OYO® brand of vodkas, namely the Stone Fruit and Honey Vanilla Bean flavored spirits.  They also make a whiskey that you need to order weeks in advance since they sell out so quickly.  We compared the taste of these vodkas to the famous national brand, Grey Goose® and were impressed with what the OYO® brand delivered.  We then had the pleasure of hearing The Columbus Dispatch’s Robin Davis teach us about impromptu holiday entertaining.  Ms. Davis is a former assistant editor of Bon Appetit magazine, a favorite of foodies across the country, and has been the Food Editor of the Dispatch for a decade.  She taught us how your serving ware at parties can create a lasting impression, from the pitchers you use to serve holiday cocktails to the platters on which you display your appetizers or other food selections.  She suggested something as simple as serving M&Ms® in a fancy crystal glass bowl, to serving drinks out of a tall and stately pewter pitcher.  She also gave us permission to cater many of the food items at our party – and to even put the food on our own serving dishes!  She noted that guests will be impressed if you buy from local food artisans, such as providing cupcakes for dessert from Bakery Gingham or creating a cheese platter with the help of the experts at Curds & Whey in the North Market.  Most importantly, she reminded us that the host must enjoy the party.  Quite simply, if the host is stressed, the guests are stressed.

    I left the event feeling energized – by the fact that we have such great local businesses in Columbus and by the positive turn-out at this unique event.  I even left with good ideas for holiday gift-giving and came away with some neat holiday entertaining tricks.  At my recent holiday dinner party, my guests loved the green and red M&Ms® I displayed on my mom’s crystal platter, and I proudly served a Kroger’s Red Velvet cake on a stunning red cake plate.  The Santa swizzle sticks in my signature holiday cocktail (served with OYO® vodka of course, diet cranberry juice and some secret ingredients) delighted guests and set the mood for a stress-free night away from the December shopping mall crowds.  I even actually enjoyed myself too!

    This event would not have been possible without the generous sponsorships of Benesch, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Nationwide, Khasawneh & Associates, Capital Style, Robert Bracco & Associates and Middle West Spirits.  We even had some male guests sneak in the back during the event, which is a good reminder that many of our events are open to our male colleagues.  The more the merrier!  I also urge you to “like” Middle West Spirits on Facebook® to encourage these amazing Columbus entrepreneurs to keep up the good work and to continue to source from our own backyard.  We hope to see you at an event in 2012! 

    Michelle Proia is the President-Elect of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.

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