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  • 22 Aug 2013 8:11 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Tenth District Appeals Court Judge Julia L. Dorrian served as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday and heard oral arguments in an Ohio Power Siting Board case.

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  • 08 Aug 2013 9:28 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Working Mother and Flex Time Lawyers LLC are delighted to announce today the 2013 Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women, an initiative they launched in 2007. Download the press release about the initiative and the executive summary highlighting the key data.  Click on the links to download the winning law firm features and the accompanying article.  

  • 07 Aug 2013 11:37 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on Children, Families & the Courts as one of its co-chairs.
  • 24 Jul 2013 1:05 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli at Cleveland is due to expire on April 19, 2014. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

    A full public notice of the magistrate judge position is available on the court’s Internet website at (

    Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:

    Geri M. Smith, Clerk of Court
    Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House
    801 W. Superior Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44113-1830

    Comments must be received by August 23, 2013.

  • 22 Jul 2013 10:22 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Lancaster’s law director and city prosecutor will become a judge on the Fairfield County Probate/Juvenile Court on August 5 after her appointment today by Gov. John R. Kasich.

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  • 19 Jul 2013 10:53 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Supreme Court Reminds Attorneys of Upcoming CLE Changes

    In less than six months significant continuing legal education (CLE) changes will take effect that impact attorneys, judges, magistrates, and new lawyers.

  • 24 Jun 2013 5:57 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Governor John R. Kasich today appointed Hudson attorney Jane M. Davis to sit on the Summit County Common Pleas Court starting July 8.

    Davis must run in the November 2014 general election to retain the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 4, 2017.

    Since 2005, Davis has worked in private practice as a self-employed attorney. She previously served as magistrate of the Stark County Common Pleas Court, and she also has practiced law in Akron, Cincinnati, and North Canton.

    Davis received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and earned her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.

  • 24 Jun 2013 5:45 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    We are pleased announce Frost Brown Todd has been named a WILEF (Women in Law Empowerment Forum) Gold Standard Law Firm for a third year in a row.  To qualify for certification, firms had to satisfy at least four of six criteria with respect to women.  This year, FBT satisfied the following four criteria:


    - 20 percent of equity partners or 25 percent of the non-lateral partners who became equity partner in the past 12 months.

    - 10 percent of the firm chairs and managing partners

    - 20 percent of the firm’s primary governance committee

    - 20 percent of the firm’s compensation committee


    Only 42 firms in the country qualified for this certification this year. 


    Congratulations goes to the many attorneys in the firm who make this recognition possible, and especially to Kim Amrine who keeps us in the loop on such opportunities.  We are pleased to receive this recognition again, and committed to continuing our progress to make FBT an even more inclusive place to work.


    For more information, please see the attached article from Vivia Chen's The Careerist, an ALM publication:

  • 06 Jun 2013 11:35 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced the unanimous selection of Mary Amos Augsburger as the OSBA’s new executive director. She will assume the duties of executive director on July 1, 2013.

    Augsburger succeeds Denny L. Ramey who will retire at the end of June after an impressive 33-year tenure with the OSBA. She becomes only the fourth executive director in the OSBA’s 133-year history. 

    “The OSBA has a national reputation for service to its members and its entrepreneurial spirit, so it was important to select a new executive director to carry on that proud tradition,” said OSBA President Judge Pat Fischer. “A unanimous board selected Mary with an eye on the future to help us continue to meet the needs of Ohio lawyers and the clients they serve.”

    Augsburger most recently has served as legislative counsel for the OSBA.  Prior to joining the Association, she served as chief counsel in the Ohio Senate, chief counsel for the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions and director of policy and public affairs for the Ohio Auditor of State.

    Augsburger earned her law degree from Capital University and her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.  She and husband Ryan reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and have a new son, Alex. 

    “I am looking forward to working with our leadership, our members, and our talented staff to continue the Association’s great work and to prepare the OSBA for both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Augsburger. 

    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 paralegals 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.

    From the date of its founding, the Association’s objectives, according to its Constitution, have been to:

                 Advance the science of jurisprudence;

                 Promote improvement of the law and administration of justice;

                 Uphold integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession and encourage and enforce adherence to high standards of professional conduct;

                 Take positions on matters of public interest as deemed advisable;

                 Encourage thorough legal education;

                 Cultivate cordial relations among members of the Bar; and

                 Perpetuate the history of the profession and the Association.

    The OSBA’s core purpose is to advance the professional interests of members of the Ohio State Bar Association. The Association’s core values are member satisfaction, professionalism, foresight and quality services and products. The OSBA’s goal is to make membership in the Ohio State Bar Association indispensable to Ohio lawyers.

  • 06 May 2013 10:15 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Susan E. Petersen, a founding partner of Petersen & Petersen, has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the Ohio Chapter of ABOTA. Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only. Prospective members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and have additional litigation experience. They must demonstrate the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism.

    Since its founding in 1958, ABOTA’s primary mission is the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury. Admission to the national association is limited to experienced trial lawyers and judges who have demonstrated high personal character and an honorable reputation. Its membership includes lawyers from the plaintiff and defense bars, as well as judges from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

    Susan Petersen was also recently selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers List for 2013. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. The attorneys on the list are selected after considerable polling and peer evaluation efforts with detailed research that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indications of peer recognition and professional achievement. The process to be named to the Super Lawyers list involves checks and balances that produce a well-rounded and diverse listing of attorneys.

    The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a list that is useful to consumers of legal services and is a credible rating system to be used in choosing legal counsel. Inclusion on this list is not a guarantee of quality, but is one piece of information that consumers can consider when searching for a lawyer.

    These are just two in a list of Attorney Petersen’s accolades which include selection for a second time to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s list of Ohio’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers; a 2009 selection by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine to its prestigious list of Forty under 40, and certified membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, recognized as the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. She is currently serving a ninth term on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, and a fourth term on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice. She previously served as President of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

    Susan Petersen continues to focus her practice in the representation of injury victims in the areas of wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, nursing home negligence, automobile accident, and employment discrimination matters. Over the years, she has handled cases resulting in substantial compensation awards for injured clients all over Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties, and her hometown of Youngstown

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