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  • 28 Feb 2013 8:05 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Governor John Kasich today appointed former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg to the same court. Synenberg replaces Eileen T. Gallagher, who was elected to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in November. Read more
  • 12 Feb 2013 10:14 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The firm is pleased to announce that it has elected Patricia A. Gajda, Chair of the Business, Corporate & Securities practice group, to the Executive Committee of the firm. Pat is the first female partner to be elected to Brouse McDowell’s Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on corporate transactions, joint ventures, general corporate counseling and securities. Pat has negotiated complex, multi-entity joint ventures and acquisitions, and also advises clients on a variety of general corporate issues and agreements. She has advised and consulted with both privately-held and publicly-traded clients. In addition to chairing the Business, Corporate & Securities practice group, Pat also led the Associate and Paralegal Review Committee of the Firm until 2013.  Pat is a member of the Class of 2011-2012 Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, and an active member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.  She was a 2006 recipient of the Women of Professional Excellence recognition of the YWCA.  Pat is a mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court's Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program.  She served as a Trustee for Art Therapy Studio from 1997 to 2011, and as a Trustee with Youth Challenge. She is a former member of the Case Western Reserve School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.  Pat is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio State and American Bar Associations. Pat graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, in 1990 and from John Carroll University, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, in 1987.

  • 11 Jan 2013 1:07 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Are you interested in serving on the board of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and/or the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation? Below you will find a link that contains a letter from the OWBA Nominating Chair, Jennifer Rhoads; a brief description of the OWBA and OWBF; a list of open positions with job descriptions and an application. The deadline is January 27, 2013. Questions? Call the Ohio Women’s Bar Association at (866) 932-6922.

    OWBA Board Application
    OWBF Board Application
  • 04 Jan 2013 8:24 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The New Year has resulted in a lot of new faces on the bench in Ohio. Of the 724 judgeships in the state, 37 posts have a new judge behind the bench with the majority of those filled by attorneys who have never been judges. Read more.
  • 03 Jan 2013 3:38 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) starts her tenure in the Senate, where she stays in office until 1973; the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate as she previously served in the House (R-Maine, 1940-1949). To read more about Margaret Chase Smith click here.
  • 21 Dec 2012 12:56 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Gov. John R. Kasich appointed Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Judith L. French to the Ohio Supreme Court on December 20. Her appointment becomes effective on January 1, 2013. Read more.
  • 20 Dec 2012 8:05 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Ohio. These attorneys are selected via peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Those Ohio lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the nomination, research and peer review process are further recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers Top Lists. Read more
  • 17 Dec 2012 8:16 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Dina Tantra is Managing Director and General Counsel for Beacon Hill Fund Services, a provider of compliance, finance and regulatory outsourcing services to the financial services industry over the past five years.   Beacon Hill is wholly-owned by Diamond Hill Investment Group (DHIL), a publicly traded asset management company based in Columbus, Ohio. 

    In 2011, Dina led an initiative at Beacon Hill to create Advisers Investment Trust, a proprietary mutual fund complex which would enable Beacon Hill’s investment adviser clients a platform to offer their advisory services to the U.S. market.  After recent management changes at Beacon Hill in 2012, Dina was elected as President and appointed to the Board of Trustees of Advisers Investment Trust, which has grown to nearly $250M in assets under management within the past year. “We are excited about the rapid growth of Advisers Investment Trust as Beacon Hill believes this will be its flagship offering over the next five years.  We are targeting investment advisers around the global who provide advisory services to institutions and high net worth investors and are now seeking to expand their target market to the U.S.” explained Dina.

    Dina will wear multiple hats going forward.  As General Counsel, she remains responsible for all legal and governance functions of Beacon Hill.  With her new responsibilities, she steps into an executive role driving strategic direction and day-to-day business decisions of Advisers Investment Trust.

    Dina is an active OWBA member. She recently planned a session of the OWBF Leadership Institute.
  • 14 Dec 2012 11:16 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Today in history, December 14, 1961, the President's Commission on the Status of Women was established to investigate questions regarding women’s equality in education, in the workplace, and under the law. Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the commission until her death in 1962. Read more
  • 10 Dec 2012 8:33 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Central Ohio’s new women attorneys started their day off right at the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s (OWBA) “Coffee & Conversations Meet & Greet for Central Ohio's New Women Attorneys” on December 4, 2012. With coffee and pastries, new women attorneys mingled and got to know each other as well as local practitioners while engaging in an informal discussion about job hunting tips, interview advice, and networking. Panelists Michelle Proia Roe, general counsel--Americas and secretary of Mettler Toledo LLC and OWBA president, Desiree Blankenship, chief legal counsel of the Ohio Department of Commerce, and Sherri Lazear, partner at Baker Hostetler LLP instilled the new women attorneys with advise and wisdom on the importance of networking, dos and don’ts of resume and cover-letter writing, thank you letters, professional references, LinkedIn, what will make or break an interview, and the importance of keeping an open mind during the job hunt. The new woman attorneys asked many great questions such as how to explain employment gaps in a resume and what not to ask during an interview which were also answered by local practitioners Nita Hanson, associate at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and Valoria Hoover, partner at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL. Thanks to the panelists and local practitioners, the new women attorneys walked away with not only great new contacts, but also the tips and tools necessary to take the job market by storm.

    Jane Brener is an attorney in Columbus, Ohio and was recently admitted to the Ohio bar. Jane graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is currently working as a contract attorney at Carpenter, Lipps, and Leland LLP.

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