Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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65 BENCH & BAR | J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 2017. He worked as a summer associate at O'Bryan, Brown, & Toner during his second summer of law school, and joined the firm as an associate after graduating. Rooney's primary areas of practice include matters of insurance defense litigation, with a focus on medical and legal malpractice, and general civil liability claims. Fox graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.A. from the University of Louisville. She went on to earn her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school Fox clerked for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Kentucky, the Lawrence County Public Defender Agency, and a family law firm in Louisville. She also interned for Justice Steven David at the Indiana Supreme Court. She focuses her practice on the defense of professional neg- ligence claims against physicians, hospitals, and lawyers. Leitner, Williams, Dooley and Napolitan, PLLC , is pleased to announce that attorney Courtney L. Lutz has joined their Nash- ville office as an associate. Lutz is a native of Madisonville, Ky., and attended Belmont University where she graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in music business in 2012. She went to receive her J.D., magna cum laude, from Belmont University College of Law in 2015. While in law school, she acted as the vice president of Appellate Advocacy of the Belmont Uni- versity Board of Advocates and the executive articles editor of the Belmont Law Review. Lutz is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Kentucky. She is a member of the Tennessee, Nashville, Ken- tucky and Montgomery County Bar associations, and focuses her practice on general civil defense litigation and entertainment law. Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has added 4 new associ- ates to the firms Lexington and Louisville offices. Megan E. Niespodziany joined the Lexington office and will practice out of the litigation department, focusing her practice on commer- cial litigation. Niespodziany previously served as a summer associate at Reinhardt & Associates, PLC, drafting motions for summary judgment and conducting research regarding insurance defense and criminal law. Niespodziany earned her J.D. from University of Kentucky College of Law. James L. Bobbitt joined the Louisville office and will practice out of the litigation department. Bobbitt earned his J.D. from Washington Univer- sity School of Law, where he was the staff editor for the Washington University Law Review and a pro bono committee member on the Public Ser- vice Advisory Board. Bobbitt joined Dinsmore from Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, where he served as a summer associate, drafting docu- ments for Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. G. Luke Burton joined the Louisville office and will practice out of the litigation department. Burton previously served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Julia Gibbons in Memphis, Tenn., and Honorable David L. Bunning in Covington, Ky. Burton earned his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Paige N. Johnson joined the Louisville office and will practice out of the litigation department, focusing her practice on tort litigation. Previously, Johnson was with e Poppe Law Firm as a law clerk, where she assisted in trial preparation and research. Johnson earned her J.D. from University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. e Lexington office of Littler has added Sarah T. Laren to the firm as an associate. Prior to Littler, Laren served four years as a law clerk for two judges of the U.S. District Court in the East- ern District of Kentucky: the Honorable David L. Bunning and the Honorable Joseph M. Hood. Active in the community, she has served as a trained volunteer in the Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care. Laren earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in French and international economics with a minor in Japan studies from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. from the University of Kentucky Law School. The law firm of Kohnen & Patton LLP announces that Jordan T. Steiner has joined the firm as an associate in the litigation department. Upon graduation from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Steiner received his J.D., cum laude, while simultaneously receiving a Master of Science degree in health informatics. He was associate editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review during his second year of law school, and lead articles editor during his third year. Following graduation, he served as judicial law clerk to Justice Michelle M. Keller on the Kentucky Supreme Court. The Law Office of Brian Pack in Glasgow, Kentucky welcomes Ross C. Stanton . Stanton grew up in Prospect, Ky., in Oldham County and attended North Oldham High School from which he graduated as valedictorian. He went on to attend the University of Kentucky where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in psychology, Master of Public Health, and Juris Doctor degrees. While in law school, Stanton served on the Edi- torial Board of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law, and held an officer position on the Moot Court Board. Middleton Reutlinger announces that Jason Woodall and Nick Haering have joined the firm as associates in the business law group and litigation group, respec- tively. Woodall focuses on the areas of corporate law, contract drafting and negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate law, commercial lending and financing, and general business law matters. Prior to joining Middleton, he worked as a litigator in Lexington. He then returned to Louisville, his hometown, where he worked as in-house counsel for a healthcare company and most recently as a real estate advisor for an affil- iate of an international real estate firm. Woodall

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