Bench & Bar

JUL 2018

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63 BENCH & BAR | Sitlinger & eiler announces that Christopher N. Snead has joined the firm as an associate with his practice focusing on civil and insurance defense litigation. Snead graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2005. June 14, 2018 marks the 60 th year of practicing law for Wilbert L. Ziegler , founding and senior partner of Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C. , in Crescent Springs, Ky. Well known as general counsel for the Kenton County Airport Board, he began serving in this position on Nov. 20, 1967 when TWA flight 128 crashed at what was then, the Greater Cincinnati Airport, killing, among others, Ziegler's partner, Andrew Clark, who was then the airport's general counsel. For the next 50 years, he would serve at the helm of the legal matters at the airport. He served as general counsel to the airport longer than any other attorney in the United States. Also notable in his career is the 25 years he served as general counsel of e Bank of Kentucky, Inc. Ziegler currently serves as a member of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health as a designee for the Kenton County Judge Executive, a Trustee of omas More College, a Trustee of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Inc., and a member of the Board of Advisors of U.C. College of Law. He holds degrees from omas More College (A.B.), University of Cincinnati College of Law (LL.B.) and the University of Michigan Law School (S.J.D.). Dinsmore partners Barbara B. Edelman and J. Tanner Watkins , both graduates of the Univer- sity of Kentucky College of Law, were recognized for their contributions to the legal profession at a reception in June. Edelman was inducted into the college's hall of fame, while Watkins received the 2018 Young Professional award. Six other alumni were also honored at the event, which is hosted annually by the college's alumni association. Edel- man is a member of Dinsmore's board of directors and executive committee. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation and business disputes, including fiduciary duty claims, lender liability, fraud and negligent misrepresentation. A member of the firm's litigation department, Watkins has experience in state and federal courts, having represented a variety of companies, including banks, financial advisors and trust compa- nies in fiduciary litigation matters. He also represents a number of transportation companies and product manufacturers in personal injury, mass tort, and general tort matters, and his experience spans both trial courts and appellate courts. Kopka Pinkus Dolin is pleased to announce the addition of a Louisville office, led by Man- aging Partner S. Rob Hickey . Hickey has over 28 years of litigation experience, and a thriving practice defending and resolving a variety of lia- bility claims, including property damage, personal injury, wrongful death, and large loss trucking liability claims. He joins the Kentucky team of Kopka Pinkus Dolin insurance defense attorneys, representing clients in the practice areas of transportation, professional liability, premises liability, construction, product liability, automobile, cov- erage, bad faith litigation, employment law, medical malpractice, large loss, complex commercial disputes, workers' compensation and much more. Fisher Phillips announced that 42 attorneys nationwide are fea- tured in Chambers USA 2018. Chambers USA publishes a list of the top law firms and attorneys across the United States each year. e organization determines rankings through thousands of in-depth interviews with randomly selected attorneys, clients, and businesses. e Fisher Phillips lawyers who are featured in Chambers USA 2018 and are members of the Kentucky Bar Asso- ciation are noted here. Louisville: omas J. Birchfield , Laurel Cornell , Cynthia Blevins Doll , Raymond Haley III and Jeffrey A. Savarise . Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Robert K. McBride has joined the firm as a partner in the corpo- rate compliance and white collar criminal defense practice. McBride will work out of Taft's Northern Kentucky office. McBride is a senior trial attorney with experience in prosecuting cases related to national security and critical infrastructure, complex financial frauds, income tax violations, money launderings, and violent crimes arising from narcotics trafficking, firearms violations and the exploitation of children. He also has experience in litigating various habeas actions and complex civil forfeiture matters, preparing briefs and arguing cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. McBride is a mentor coordinator for the Northern Kentucky Veterans Treat- ment Center and a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, Navy League and has been nominated by the FBI for the Attor- ney General's Award. McBride earned his J.D. from University of Dayton School of Law and received his B.A. in political science from Miami University. Middleton Reutlinger is pleased to announce that Julie Ray has been recognized by e BTI Consulting Group, Wellesley, Mass., as a BTI Client Service All-Star. Ray is one of only two lawyers recognized in Kentucky and one of only two women recognized in the United States with the primary practice of Intellectual Property in 2018. Ray is an attorney in the Middleton's Intellectual Property Group, concentrating in the areas of trademark prosecution, liti- gation involving trademark infringement, unfair competition and copyright law. Her practice includes both trademark clearance and registration, as well as the maintenance and licensing of intellec- tual property. Ray's practice involves both foreign and domestic trademark clientele and she manages several intellectual property portfolios with global properties. Ray also advises clients on issues involving the Rights of Privacy and Publicity, intellectual property issues pertaining to social media and website development. e American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA) has recognized the exceptional performance of attorney J. Clark Baird as 2018 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

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